Ok, sometimes traveling can be a pain, I get it. Logistics, planning, PAYING for the darn thing...Here you will find some guides for planning your trip, budgeting, sample itineraries, and more! I focus on DIY travel so you can save money and have a unique experience. Plus, many of my itineraries include links to my detailed TripAdvisor reviews--essential for planning your perfect trip!So grab a margarita (or coffee, I guess) and get planning!





I bet right now, you are conjuring up images of white sand beaches, misty jungles, and ornate temples. Idyllic, exotic, and beautiful. 

After our recent trip to Bali (jetlag still in full effect as I write this at 4am), I can attest that it is beautiful. 

And also l...


When people started coming to me for travel advice—and then asking outright for my itineraries, I thought it would be fun to start publishing them.  I started with my two-week trip to Thailand and then my northern Italy escape.

I spend hours (and I mean H...


Italy is at the top of many travelers’ bucket lists—and with good reason. If you are an art aficionado or history buff, you will find plenty to keep you occupied. And if you are a foodie (or just a lover of food, like me), then you can eat carbs for days. 

While It...


A lot has happened in the past couple months! Well, to sum it up; we said goodbye to China, moved back to the States, and I have started a new job with a travel startup. So, pretty awesome stuff. My new role is Brand Ambassador for CloudClub. CloudClub specializes in d...


Visit Thailand's vibrant cities, beautiful beaches, and jungle on this perfect 14 day itinerary with Thailand travel tips and things to do in Thailand. Plus, I've included my official TripAdvisor reviews so you can make the most out of your vacation. Woohoo!


Between ten and fifteen MILLION people will visit Harbin, China this year—located at 45° North, where temperatures can reach as low as -30 °C. Who are these crazy people and why would they endure the bitter cold? Well, the answer is most of China and for the Harbin Int...


Calling all coffee addicts! If Starbucks is your preferred method  of caffeine ingestion, hop on a plane and head over to Shanghai, where the world's biggest Starbucks just opened. Although I am not a coffee drinker, I knew I had to see the 29,000 square foot, two-...


Since China opened its borders to tourism within the last 50 years, it is still a mystery to many travelers. But for those who travel to the mainland will find Shanghai is a modern city with a generous mix of eastern and western culture. As an expat living in Shanghai,...


The temperature is dropping (along with the air quality) and Christmas is just around the corner. But just because the weather is cooler, doesn’t mean it’s time to pack away your suitcase and retire your passport. There are still plenty of incredible places to visit du...


For many people, October conjures up images of spiced pumpkin lattes, leaves changing colors, and Halloween preparations. In China, October ushers in the busiest travel week of the year—Golden Week. Nationwide, 710 MILLION people head to airports and train stations to...

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