Travel and technology go hand-in-hand. You already know about my favorite cell phone carrier, T-Mobile, and you know that I’m a big fan of carrying a portable charger, especially when I’m alone. But I can’t resist singing the praises of my very favorite app to use when I’m traveling – Citymapper. Today I’m in Chicago, and I’ve been using it all day. Let me tell you why I love it. [Read more…]
Before going to Thailand, I could probably count on one hand the number of times I’d used an actual taxi. As a Millennial, I’m no stranger to Uber, which is similar in theory but totally different in application. When I’ve traveled abroad before, I’ve usually relied on public transportation. Although it may not be the fastest or most convenient way to travel, it sure is cheap. [Read more…]
Merry Christmas Eve! Our house is busy wrapping the final presents, watching football, and playing in the snow that fell overnight. My Italian sister, Gaia – who joined our family this year through the AFS program – is in the kitchen making tiramisu for Christmas dinner. Since this is Gaia’s first Christmas away from home, I decided to find out her thoughts on the holiday season in the U.S. and how it’s different from where she lives in Sanluri, Sardinia. [Read more…]
Guess what? Today is my 25th birthday! It feels a little weird to think I’m officially a quarter-of-a-century old, but I wanted to write something a little special to celebrate. I’ve had an awesome year full of travel, so I thought it would be fun to look back on my top 25 travel experiences from the past year. [Read more…]
If you’ve read many other posts on this site, you know that I consider myself somewhat of a packing expert. It probably has to do with the fact that I live out of a single carry-on suitcase most weeks of the year, and one time I went to Spain for two weeks with only a backpack. So when it was time to pack for Thailand and Cambodia, I was like, “I got this.” [Read more…]
There are so many things to love about traveling internationally, but there’s one big thing to hate: JET LAG. Who wants to wake up at odd hours of the night, unable to fall back asleep? Who wants to spend half the day wishing they were asleep when they should be enjoying the sunlight? The shorter the trip, the more imperative it is to conquer jet lag ASAP. [Read more…]
As you may remember, this year my family is hosting a foreign exchange student from Italy. Gaia has joined our family through a program called the American Field Service (AFS for short). These students live with host families in the U.S. for 10 months, from August until the end of June.
When I was Thailand a few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to meet up with a former exchange student from my high school days. Boong was an AFS’er from Thailand at my school during the 2008-2009 school year – almost 10 years ago! We follow each other on Instagram, so I told her when I’d be in Bangkok and we planned to meet for dinner. [Read more…]
Five nights ago, I arrived home from Thailand. After 30 hours of travel, “bedraggled” would have been an understatement. The mattress on the floor at my parents’ house gave me a warm welcome and I plunged into blissful slumber.
I spent the following day, Sunday, with my family – cheerful, though perhaps a bit quieter than usual. (I was recovering from a 13-hour time difference, after all.) We put up the Christmas tree, and it was a good day.
And then Monday happened. [Read more…]
It was July 2011. At the tender age of 18, I was preparing for my first international adventure – a two-and-a-half week trip to Germany to visit my then-boyfriend. Never having packed for something like this, and obviously wanting to impress my boyfriend, I packed almost everything I owned. I rolled up to the luggage counter to check my gigantic suitcase, tipping the scales at just barely under the 50-lb limit. Sigh of relief. [Read more…]
I was 20 years old before I got my first smartphone. I was a sophomore in college. Now, if you’re older than me, you may be saying, “Big deal! I didn’t get one until I was x years old.” However, by Millennial standards, I was absolutely ancient. [Read more…]