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Adventure in South Africa: Abseiling Down Table Mountain

January 4, 2015

No trip is complete without at least one adventure activity. Whether you’re a thrill seeker or a worry wart, abseiling down Cape Town’s Table Mountain is one of the best choices you can make!

Abseil Africa runs abseils at the top of Table Mountain every day, weather permitting. If you’ve never been abseiling or rappelling before, the idea of doing so off the top of a 3,500-foot mountain may seem terrifying, but there is really nothing else like it. Truth be told, I can’t think of a better place in the world to do it. Talk about spectacular views!

Abseil Africa at Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa

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Tips for a Fantastic Fall Getaway in New England

October 6, 2014

Fall colors in Maine

Believe it or not, until last October I had never been anywhere in New England before. Yes, I am one of those ridiculous people who has been to more countries than states. I also had not seen a typical all-American fall in very long time, having lived in Florida and Australia for the past few years.

So I was very excited to do a road trip through one of the world’s premier “fall foliage” destinations.

In one week I drove through 11 states — six of which I had never been to before! When I go, I go big. As a New England newbie, I learned a lot from my experience and gathered a few tips on how to make sure you have a perfect fall getaway in New England.  Read more…

Why Gutsy Women Travel

October 1, 2014

Gutsy women... abseil down Table Mountain (Cape Town, South Africa)

The first time I traveled alone, I spent part of my time on a backpacker bus in New Zealand. As far as solo travel, that’s about as easy as it gets — a) it’s New Zealand, and b) you’re “alone” on a bus full of other travelers, that takes you from point A to point B to point C, so you really don’t have to worry about much.

And yet, time and again I met other women who were shocked that I was traveling alone.

“I could never do that,” they would say. “You’re so brave.”

At the same time, those women were gutsier than they even realized, because there are plenty of women back home who would say the same thing about traveling abroad at all, whether with another woman, or even a man or group. In short, it takes a gutsy woman to travel abroad, alone or otherwise, and we think more courageous women out there should take the leap! Travel. Take a gap year. Volunteer. Teach. Get out there.

Read the rest of my article on Go Overseas!

5 Tips to Enjoy Los Angeles on a Budget

August 8, 2013

Los Angeles was admittedly never at the top of my travel bucket list, but when the opportunity arose to travel to LAX, I knew I couldn’t miss the chance to explore a new place.

Beverly Hills... on the cheap?

California, and Los Angeles in particular, is known to be pretty expensive. But you’d be surprised how much you can do for free! In three days (two nights) of “fun” time, I spent probably a little more than $200. That amount could easily be less if I had not rented a car (or had someone to split the cost with).

So how do you do Los Angeles on the cheap? Here’s the breakdown.  Read more…

7 Free Things to Do in Los Angeles

August 4, 2013

Hollywood sign

It’s kind of amazing the amount of things you can do for free in Los Angeles — a lot more than you’d expect. In fact, most of the most famous things to see and do in the area are actually free! So put away those wallets and follow me in on a little journey into the budget traveler’s wonderland that exists in this warm, sunny southern California hotspot.

Join a Live Audience

I had never seen a live show before, so seeing a taping was one of the only things I really wanted to do when I was in LA. Read more…

How I Traveled to 6 Countries in Europe in 6 Hours

May 15, 2013

EU Open HouseThis weekend I zig-zagged across Europe, visiting Latvia, Romania, Slovenia, Italy, Denmark, and Belgium in just six hours.

How did I do it, you ask?

It’s a little thing called the EU Open House. All the European Union embassies in Washington, D.C. (plus Croatia, who will officially join July 1!) were open to the public. And we’re not just talking a tour of the embassy. Most embassies went all out. Many of the larger, more well-known countries (think Italy, UK, Belgium, Ireland) gave away freebies (ranging from bags to beer!), while even the smaller countries had samplings of traditional food and drink. And of course there was lots of music, dancing, and funky traditional clothing!  Read more…

Hey look, I’m famous!

March 16, 2013

I recently did an interview with Alexa Hart on Atlas Sliced, a travel show about living and working abroad.

Alexa is awesome and I had a great time talking to her about what it’s like to work abroad in Australia as an American on the Work & Holiday Visa. In addition to the basic nitty-gritty breakdown that everyone wants to know, I talk a bit about why working abroad in Australia is an awesome thing to do, and how it’s helped me get to where I am today. (Dare I say I had Alexa convinced?)

You can watch the interview below, or better yet, check out the episode on her site to get tons of other info and watch other inspiring interviews with people who’ve taken to the wind and gone abroad to build upon their careers and life experiences!

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