Travel Advice

Why Solo Travel Isn't For Me Anymore

Why Solo Travel Isn't For Me Anymore

Over the years, I've taken a number of solo trips abroad and closer to home. While I enjoy the freedom that solo travel provides me, I've arrived at the conclusion that I'd much rather travel with friends or my partner. I think everyone who can travel by themselves at one point in their life should; there's nothing quite like having to rely completely on your own wits day after day. But really, if I'm going to spend the money and time on traveling I'm going to do it in the way I enjoy the most: with my friends and loved ones. 

The Best Tacos in Santa Barbara: Lilly's Taqueria vs. La Super-Rica Taqueria

The Best Tacos in Santa Barbara: Lilly's Taqueria vs. La Super-Rica Taqueria

I'm on the search for the best tacos in Santa Barbara, and I started my quest at two of Santa Barbara's favorite taquerias: Lilly's Taqueria on Chapala Street and La Super-Rica Taqueria on Milpas Street. Both popular taquerias (you'll often find a line out the door at both) serve their tacos on soft corn tortillas, but I think that's where the similarities end. But who has the better taco in Santa Barbara?

Top 12 Destinations for Fall 2017

Top 12 Destinations for Fall 2017

As soon as August begins I start looking forward to the cooler temperatures and golden light of fall. Fall is my favorite season for a number of reasons: the air gets crisp, the light becomes golden as the days grow shorter, my birthday, the best holidays (Halloween and Thanksgiving), and my favorite seasonal foods. Fall is also a great time of year to travel. The summer crowds thin out, airfare prices decrease, and the weather is still nice enough to enjoy yourself. It's also the time of year I find myself traveling the most.  Here are my top twelve travel destinations for fall 2017.

Ten Best Ways to Spend a Layover in San Jose

Ten Best Ways to Spend a Layover in San Jose

Don't spend your next layover at SJC hanging out in the airport lounge or in an uncomfortable plastic chair. Learn about ten ways you can spend your layover in San Jose, California with this guide to cheap and family friendly destinations and activities. 

6 Things You Need to Stop Doing on Planes

6 Things You Need to Stop Doing on Planes

I do not hate children or think they should be kept out of public spaces. I want to breed some day. I can understand that it is hard to manage your children on a plane, especially long haul flights. Babies will scream, toddlers will tantrum, elementary age children will run up and down the aisles, and teens will listen to their music too loudly. That's not what I'm talking about here. I'm talking about parents who bring their children on long flights and refuse to control them.

Packing for Iceland in Autumn

Iceland has notoriously unpredictable weather so it can be a challenge to pack well, especially when you're limited on bags. We flew WOW Airlines and were only allowed to take one carry-on item less than 11 lbs. Here is how I managed the weather, comfort, and our luggage restrictions (I have no idea how my boyfriend did it. I'm not so creepy as to itemize my boyfriend's luggage.) 

Clothing

  • 6 pairs of underwear
  • 5 long-sleeved shirts
  • 1 blouse
  • 1 tank top
  • 1 camisole
  • 1 pair of cargo pants
  • 1 pair of fleece lined leggings
  • 6 pairs of socks
  • 1 pair of hiking boots
  • 1 dress

Honestly, I didn't need to bring the pants. I could have done with another pair of leggings and been super comfy for the rest of the week. 

Electronics

  • one European plug converter
  • Kindle
  • Camera and charger
  • Smartphone and charger

All of this easily fit into my Rickshaw backpack. On the way back, I added a poster and a container of Icelandic sea salt. What makes it all work? Eagle Creek Packing Cubes. I would recommend these for any traveler.