Travel Gear Review: The Gregory Deva 60 Backpack

Since I am not exactly an adventure traveler (let’s face it, the most physically strenuous thing I do on most trips is walk around and eat too much pizza), I don’t have a lot of specialty travel gear. However, there is one particular piece of travel gear that I can’t live without: my backpack.

My Gregory Deva 60 Backpack, to be exact.

So I figured it was about time that I shared my review of this essential piece of travel gear here on the blog. Continue reading “Travel Gear Review: The Gregory Deva 60 Backpack”

From Nashville to New Orleans

Two years ago, I went to New Orleans with three friends for Halloween. It was a whirlwind long weekend trip, and the French Quarter’s Halloween nightlife and constant rain combined to result in us not really getting to see much of NOLA in the daytime. On our last day before returning to work, we ventured out to Cafe du Monde to grab beignets and take a few cloudy pictures. We ended that night on Frenchman street, listening to live music and talking about how we wished we had more time.

In honor of the fact that I’m finally headed back to the Big Easy next month, I’m sharing a few of my favorites from our first trip and the things I’m looking forward to on this second visit. Continue reading “From Nashville to New Orleans”

Planning Short Trips and Thoughts on Spontaneity

There are a lot of great things about working and traveling.

Figuring out how to make the things you want to prioritize in your life work together is an important and universally applicable lesson. On the surface, it may seem counterintuitive to attempt multiple trips a year while holding down a full-time job… and I won’t say it’s always easy. But I will say that if I’m making it work, you can too.

One of the most important aspects of balancing work with travel, in my opinion, is that you have to drop all your preconceived notions. And in planning my most recent trip abroad with two of my friends, I realized that one of these notions that needs to be dropped is the idea that you can only truly experience a new place in the world if you experience it spontaneously. Continue reading “Planning Short Trips and Thoughts on Spontaneity”

Jet Lag Survival Tips

I touched down last Sunday night in my hometown airport after 10 days traveling through Hungary, Austria and Germany. Needless to say, I was DEAD tired when I finally arrived at my tiny Nashville studio apartment. Fortunately, I decided not to try to do what I usually do and go back to work on Monday morning with the severe jet lag – instead, I took a day of staycation on Monday (and struggled to stay awake the entire day while doing all my trip laundry.)

Then Tuesday morning bright and early, it was back to the real world with a vengeance.

Now that it is FINALLY the weekend, I think my body has accepted the fact that I’ll be staying in the hometown timezone for a bit. After visiting (NOW 18) countries over the past 10 years, I’ve experienced some serious jet lag from time to time… but I’ve also learned how to fight back. Continue reading “Jet Lag Survival Tips”

Travel Lessons Learned: Hostels (Part 1)

I fell in love with travel while studying abroad.

As an international business major, studying abroad was a requirement of my undergraduate degree… and I really took that requirement to heart. I studied or volunteered abroad every single summer during my years as an undergraduate student, and I graduated college having visited a total of 9 countries. While I was studying abroad I usually stayed with a large group of other students at a budget/efficiency hotel or I stayed in a dorm room.

My experience staying in hostels really began after I graduated college. For the next two posts, I’m sharing some of my experiences staying in hostels (and tips for choosing a hostel you’ll love). Check back this weekend for Part 2! Continue reading “Travel Lessons Learned: Hostels (Part 1)”

The Beauty of a Trip Well Planned: Our Trip Planning Timeline

So I’ve missed a couple blog posts… but my time was productively spent! We’ve officially booked every stay and every train ticket for our upcoming trip to Austria, Germany and Hungary next month. Coupled with the flights we purchased earlier this year, we’re officially DONE.

Well…. we aren’t completely done, but we are done with all the things we like to get planned ahead of time. So how exactly did we do it?

How do we make decisions on what to plan and what to leave to chance?

What is our trip planning timeline? Continue reading “The Beauty of a Trip Well Planned: Our Trip Planning Timeline”

Austria in April: Back at it Again with the Trip Plans

Since it is officially March (how in the world did that happen?), inquisitive minds everywhere are wondering: why in the world hasn’t Sarah Going gone anywhere yet in 2017?

I couldn’t be more excited to announce that trip plans are well underway… and I’ll be heading to Germany, Hungary and Austria in April!

This is a particularly exciting trip for me, because it includes several firsts. Continue reading “Austria in April: Back at it Again with the Trip Plans”

Happy 2017: A year in review and new resolutions

Three years ago now, my two best friends and I decided to have New Year’s Eve dinner at Desano in Nashville, TN. After too many carbs and plenty of champagne, we jotted down our 2015 resolutions on our phones and on napkins. From that first champagne and pizza dinner, a Nashville NYE tradition was born.

This year, I’m happy to say that we were a bit more prepared… aside from bringing our champagne, we had a camera on hand to take pictures of the festivities and New Year’s Eve cards from Rifle Paper to officially record our resolutions. What can I say? We are moving on up (but we still never turn down pizza.) Continue reading “Happy 2017: A year in review and new resolutions”