New Orleans in Pictures and My Love Affair with Photography

One of my favorite things about food bloggers is that they write a story in between pictures of their recipe.

Then at the end of the post, after you’ve learned about their day or week and seen mouth-watering shots of some gorgeous food creation throughout… Voila! There is the recipe that you can follow yourself! Continue reading “New Orleans in Pictures and My Love Affair with Photography”

One Word to Describe: New Orleans

After visiting New Orleans on a long weekend trip two years ago, the city stayed at the back of my mind (and stayed on my travel bucket list). Since the 4th of July fell on a Tuesday this year, many American companies gave employees both Monday and Tuesday, July 3rd and 4th, off work for the holiday. This opened up a window of time for a solid 4-day weekend… so I jumped at the chance to revisit New Orleans.

This particular weekend was a pricey time to visit, as the Essence Festival fell on the same weekend as July 4th. Despite the fact that the average price per night on this 5 night trip was higher than I’ve ever paid to stay in any hostel in the world… flights were relatively reasonable from Nashville at the time when we purchased them, so my friend and I went for it.

And I’m so glad that we did. Continue reading “One Word to Describe: New Orleans”

FAQs on Getting a Full-Time Job Directly Out of College (from a world-traveling blogger)

As one of those weird millennials who went straight to work full time after May graduation (almost exactly one month later, in fact), I think there are a lot of pros to working full time after college. But as you are well aware, I also happen to be a world-traveling blogger who has trouble staying in one place. Since these characteristics don’t intuitively work together, I tend to get some questions about this topic… so I figured I’d address those common questions in bulk. Continue reading “FAQs on Getting a Full-Time Job Directly Out of College (from a world-traveling blogger)”

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”

My work and travel secret weapon: The 10 Day Trip

As long as I’ve been doing this traveling thing, I’ve been focused on balancing travel with other obligations. In college, I studied abroad during the summers so I could be in town during fall and spring semesters to take my core courses that weren’t offered elsewhere. Since I entered the work world in 2013, I’ve been focused on finding the most efficient way to travel internationally using my limited vacation days. I’ve done quite a bit of firsthand research to figure out how to maximize my time abroad while minimizing my vacation days used. Ultimately, I’ve managed to visit 11 countries while holding down a full time job in finance since graduating from college 4 years ago. So how exactly do I pull this off?

My secret weapon, of course!

And I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. Continue reading “My work and travel secret weapon: The 10 Day Trip”