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How to spot and avoid an Airbnb scam like a pro

How to spot and avoid an Airbnb scam like a pro

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I fell victim to an Airbnb scam on my recent trip to Belize. I’ve been using Airbnb for years to book accommodations. I’ve never had a problem booking a home, until now. In fact, I’ve even recommended the site […]

Destination shaming, it needs to stop

Destination shaming, it needs to stop

Alright, let me stand up on my soapbox for a few minutes: I’m sick of hearing people bash destinations around the world. There, I said it. Whenever I read a post on social media about how an individual had a terrible time on vacation, I […]

Budget Breakdown: Iceland’s Ring Road Edition

Budget Breakdown: Iceland’s Ring Road Edition

This post contains affiliate links. Ahhh, Iceland, the Land of Fire and Ice, or what I like to call, the Land that Nearly Makes Everyone Broke. Yes, the rumors are true, Iceland is expensive. Since my trip in November, I’ve learned a few tips and […]

Review: Iceland’s outdoor oasis the Hrísmóar Cabin

Review: Iceland’s outdoor oasis the Hrísmóar Cabin

This post is sponsored by the owners of the Hrísmóar Cabin. This post also contains affiliate links.  After being awake for 36 hours, I was in desperate need of an oasis on my Iceland road trip. I had embarked from Minneapolis, Minnesota, and arrived in […]

Why I remain unplugged on vacation

Why I remain unplugged on vacation

We live through screens. We’re constantly regurgitating content on our smartphones, laptops, and devices from the moment we wake up to the moment we fall asleep. I’m very guilty of this since I lead a digital nomad lifestyle. I never unplug from my technological devices […]

The best lodging along Iceland’s Ring Road

The best lodging along Iceland’s Ring Road

This post is sponsored in part by the owners of the Airbnb rentals I stayed at during the duration of my Iceland road trip. When it comes to finding lodging in Iceland, there are certainly not a lack of options. Tourists can stay in glass igloos […]

Iceland’s Silfra fissure snorkeling review

Iceland’s Silfra fissure snorkeling review

A dozen expletives flew out of my mouth the first time I touched the water in the Silfra fissure. And, no, that wouldn’t be the last time profanity would be said through clenched teeth on this snorkeling tour. Ironically, though, the profanity was sometimes the […]

Why I quit my full-time job to travel full-time

Why I quit my full-time job to travel full-time

I quit my full-time job on a Tuesday morning. The reality that I needed to quit my soul-sucking job didn’t hit me until 3 a.m. I was in a zombie state of mind. My eyes burned from being up for days and my body ached […]

Stocking stuffer ideas for travel enthusiasts

Stocking stuffer ideas for travel enthusiasts

This post contains affiliate links. The first snowfall happened in Minnesota, which means I’m in a full holiday planning mode! My apartment is fully decked out in cranberries and pinecones for the winter months. I’m also racking my brain on what to purchase family and […]

Stop shaming female solo travelers

Stop shaming female solo travelers

My biggest pet peeve is people who say we don’t need feminism. Want to know my second biggest pet peeve? Shaming women travelers. Before I go into my educational tirade, let me tell you a story. At the time, I was a young, spry 21-year-old […]