Tag: Wander

Scribner’s Lodge

Scribner’s Lodge

When living in a place that is known as “the city that never sleeps”, it becomes essential to escape that uninterrupted noise in order to keep yourself sane. In October, we decided to venture upstate for Halloween weekend. We camped for the first night, and […]

2017, A Year in Review

2017, A Year in Review

In all honesty this year has not been great. Personally a large part of it was because of today’s political climate after the 2016 election. I myself noticed a shift in the atmosphere with everyone’s demeanor and for the first time there seemed to be […]

Away

Away

Throughout my travel profession I have gone through my fair share of suitcases. One always seems to last a few around the world travels and then it begins to deteriorate. At first it didn’t both me because I considered each rip or tear to just be another stamp in my passport. In the end though it just became downright frustrating. For awhile now I have been on the hunt for a new suitcase to be my companion for future adventures. Spending long hours on my computer doing research, reading reviews, and comparing prices I stumbled across the company Away. Not going to lie, the first thing that grabbed my attention was the fact that the founders got their start at Warby Parker. I’ve been a long time fan of Warby Parker and can be seen sporting different glasses of theirs around Brooklyn. Looking more into Away though I was loving the sleek design of the suitcases and been debating whether I should make the transition over to a hardshell suitcase. After quite a few months of pondering I decided to pull the trigger.

Now I can’t attest to whether the suitcase is the be all end all due to the fact that this weekend will be my first trip using it but I guarantee I will update this post on my conclusion. I have to say I already love the suitcase though. Any sort of travel is a favorite of mine but my least favorite aspect of traveling is packing. I detest it actually. However, I found I was thoroughly enjoying myself as I packed for my weekend trip to Napa. The different compartments and options are perfect for packing, especially for someone who has over packing tendencies. Review so far is 5 stars, stay tuned for an updated review once I’m back. For the time being you can catch me on my Instagram enjoying the California sun with a glass of red in hand.

Suitcase: Away / Leather Weekender: Mahi Leather / Hat: Janessa Leone

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Lake Placid

Lake Placid

Travel Thursday is back! A month ago I had the pleasure of taking a little weekend trip to upstate New York. One of my roommates ran the marathon held at Lake Placid. I didn’t know what to expect, and all I knew about Lake Placid […]

Hostels

Hostels

  There are many ways one can travel throughout Europe. It all depends on what type of budget you are working with. Europe is filled with gorgeous five-star hotel/resorts that anyone would be lucky to stay. Unfortunately, that is not feasible for every avid traveler, […]

Amalfi

Amalfi

During my time studying abroad, I had the wonderful opportunity to explore numerous parts of Italy. It’s difficult to pick one place, in particular, that was the most beautiful because each place was beautiful in its own way. One of those breathtaking places that I had the opportunity to travel to more than once was the Amalfi Coast. My first trip there was during my first month in Italy, the second time was for Christmas with my family. There are many places that I would suggest to anyone that may be traveling to Italy at some point, but the Amalfi Coast is a must. It will take your breath away with every view you take in.

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Each town is unique along the coast along with the island of Capri. The island is beyond beautiful and has amazing views of the coast. If you find yourself visiting during the warmer months, I highly suggest taking a boat tour around the island along with visiting the blue grotto. It is a sea cave that is along the coast of the island. In order to enter, you have to be guided in a tiny row boat, you may need to lay completely down in order to fit. Once you are inside it is like nothing you have ever seen. The sunlight passes through an underwater cavity that illuminates the seawater to create a blue reflection throughout the cave. If you manage to venture into this cave, you have then seen one of the seven natural wonders of the world. One more thing to cross off your bucket list!

After the boat tour, take your time exploring the island, get your feet wet at the beaches, and enjoy a delicious Italian meal with a few of the crystal blue sea. It is easy to walk around the island and get lost. During your time on Capri, I also highly suggest trying the infamous limoncello. Whether it’s too tart for you or the most delicious thing, you’ve ever had you won’t regret drinking like a local.

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After wandering around the island, you’ll be more than ready to head back to the mainland to indulge in some of the best pizza you’ll ever have. If you don’t at least have one meal solely dedicated to pizza in the Amalfi Coast, you are doing something wrong. Once you’ve experienced true Italian pizza it will be almost impossible to go back to American pizza. The other great phenomenon about Italian pizza, is it doesn’t make you feel like crap or guilty afterwards. It leaves you feeling refreshed and satisfied. As for dessert, it is always gelato and more gelato!

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Throughout all of the towns along the coast, Positano was by far my favorite. Once you arrive, you must walk down the ‘thousand’ steps walkway that leads to the bottom of the town. I’m not completely sure if it is a thousand steps or not but once you get to the bottom your calves will be twitching and aching like never before. It’s a perfect workout with an amazing view, and once you reach the bottom it gives you the perfect excuse to relax and lay out on the beach for the next few hours. Positano is a town that consists of colorful stones piled on top of one another. The colors and buildings are magnificent from the beach below. Positano is also home to an amazing customs sandals cobbler. It is a little shop that you will easily miss if you are not keeping an eye out for it. The sandals are beyond beautiful and nothing like what you would find at Nordstrom. I still wear my pair to this day, and they are still in perfect condition after quite a few years. It’s a great souvenir that will always remind you of the Amalfi Coast every time you take a step in them.

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If you have a travel bucket list like me and Amalfi Coast is not already on it, write it on there immediately. It will be a place that you won’t regret visiting and may repeatedly visit throughout the years. My first time there I stayed in a wonderful youth hostel and then the second time around a five-star resort with my family. Both times were equally as magical and exciting. Throughout all my travels in Europe I’ve come to realize it isn’t about where you stay but how you utilize your stay. You don’t have to book the fanciest hotel to have the most amazing trip. Explore the city or region like a local, immerse yourself and you will have an everlasting experience that you will dream about for years to come.


Is the Amalfi Coast on your travel bucket list?

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Hopeless Wanderer

Hopeless Wanderer

Outfit Details // Top: Free People / Vest: Anthropologie (old), alternate here / Jeans: Anthropologie / Hat: Anthropologie / Scarf: Kate Spade / Snow Boots: Sorel x Anthropologie / Bag: Rebecca Minkoff (old), alternate here and here / Gloves: J.Crew As cliche as it is I consider […]

Gift Guide No. 3

Gift Guide No. 3

  Gift Guide Details // 1. Camp Brand Goods / 2. Pendleton / 3. REI / 4. REI / 5. REI / 6. Camp Brand Goods / 7. REI / 8. REI / 9. REI   The outdoors is a place that I love escaping to and exploring.  It […]

Vienna

Vienna

I hope everyone is having a lovely Thursday.  Hang in there, it is almost Friday!

So after Prague on my backpacking trip I took the train over to Vienna, Austria.  By now I am halfway through my trip and was getting a little sad because I knew that the end was getting closer.  I will not lie I was on a major Prague high when I visited Vienna, plus the constant rain didn’t help much either.  Vienna was beautiful and I enjoyed my time there immensely but will definitely need to make a trip back there again.  Due to the unfortunate weather I didn’t get the Vienna experience I was looking for.  I did of course see the Schoenbrunn Palace in the pouring rain and it was still just as beautiful!  After walking around the gardens I made my way to Vienna’s historic city center.  The rain gave this area a magical feel and the streets were practically empty.   I had a little solace of feeling like I was the only person on earth.  It was quite hauntingly beautiful in a way.

During my travels to Vienna I stayed at the Wombats Hostel.  I was very pleased with my stay and enjoyed the location very much.  It was easy to get to all the sightseeing spots whether it was by walking or the metro.  Everything was right at my fingertips.  This was definitely a hostel in all aspects, bunk beds, people of all ages, hundreds of fellow backpackers, along with being loud and rowdy.   If you are planning a trip to Vienna but would like to stay at a less active accommodation I would highly suggest looking at hotels then.  If you are a fellow backpacker though then this is the hostel for you!

I apologize for my lack of photos.  The three I have were taken with my iPhone due to my camera being stuck at the hostel because of all the rain.  I have added two more photos at the bottom that I stumbled across on Google before my travels that convinced me to add Vienna to my trip.

Have you ever traveled to Vienna?  What did you think of this beautiful city?

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Here are two other pictures of Vienna that do it more justice.  Hopefully I can travel back there someday to gain a better experience of this historic city.

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Christmas Market in front of the Vienna City Hall (c) Austrian Tourist Office

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Prague

Prague

Out of all the cities I had the pleasure of visiting on my backpacking trip, Prague was by far my favorite.  Numerous people have expressed how amazing Prague is but I didn’t believe them until I experienced the city myself.  The architecture, atmosphere, and people were […]