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3 Haunted Places to Visit in New Orleans

New Orleans is one of my most favorite cities I've ever visited. The food, the music, the architecture, the ghosts – New Orleans has a lot to offer 🙂 If you're planning a visit, you have to do a ghost tour! There are so many ghost tours to choose from – but if you've read my post on How to Plan Your First Trip to Europe, you know I love Viator! Here's a list of all of the New Orleans ghost tours on Viator! There are plenty of haunted places in NOLA, I'm sure you'll get your money's worth with any of them. Below are my top 3 stops on our walking ghost tour! Omni Royal Orleans, French Quarter Photo via Booking.com A Little History: According to the Omni Royal Orleans' website, the hotel (then the Saint Louis), was built in 1838 to be a "Creole palace" – and they say that gumbo was created [...]

October 3rd, 2018|0 Comments

Bucket List: The Lights Fest

What is the last thing you've crossed off your bucket list? Mine was actually last weekend, attending a lantern festival. For my birthday, my amazing husband surprised me with tickets for us and my parents to The Lights Fest in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin. I know you're probably thinking about how bad these are for the environment (I have always wanted to attend a lantern festival, but morally felt like I couldn't). The Lights Fest actually uses custom-made lanterns that don't contain wires, and have a short flight time compared to standard lanterns. This means they fall a short distance from where you light them, designed for easy retrieval. Once all of the lanterns have fallen, volunteers go around collecting them! And the lanterns are biodegradable, just in case a few are missed. Here's a little bit from their website: We have a dedicated cleanup crew, waiting in the landing zone, whose focus is collecting lanterns after the [...]

September 28th, 2018|7 Comments

What to Do in Oia, Santorini

Santorini is one of the most beautiful vacation spots I have ever been to! We made it to Oia, Santorini in 2016, and it was honestly so beautiful, I almost cried! So, here's why you need to add Oia, Santorini to your Bucket List! Where to Stay We had the absolute best airbnb ever! The location was perfect. If you don't know much about the terrain of Oia, it has a lot of layers. The houses can be pretty far from the main streets, and only accessible by hundreds of stairs, but this cave house is literally right along a main street. It can be kind of busy because of this (and because the view from this apartment is actually the same view you see on post cards. See below). But I'd rather have a few tourists stopping outside of the house than to have to take a million stairs. See below "What Not to [...]

July 31st, 2018|10 Comments

Take a Hike Through Cinque Terre

My husband and I took a hike through Cinque Terre in 2016 – and honestly after seeing these photos, I think you're going to want to, too.   This hike is hard, but it was so worth it. We booked our hike ahead of time through Viator (link to our tour is here). The bus picked us up in Florence at 8am, and the trip lasted about 12.5 hours. Take this line seriously: A large amount of walking is involved. You must be of average fitness and be able to keep up with the rest of the group. LOTS OF STAIRS. Seriously, the minimum age is 12. Twelve year olds have done this. <how?> If you're hesitating at all, just really should just book it, though! The views are unbelievable! There's hiking, a boat trip and a train ride to get to all 5 villages of Cinque Terre. If you're unfamiliar, Cinque Terre means "Five [...]

July 11th, 2018|13 Comments

What to Do on Your Stopover in Iceland

Iceland is more accessible now than it's ever been! If you're flying across the Atlantic on either WOW Air or Iceland Air, you can stopover in Iceland at no additional charge. Let me tell you – absolutely worth the extra time off! We decided to do a stopover on our way home from France last October. First thing to know: on our shuttle from the airport to Reykjavik, we spotted 6... SIX rainbows! It's like, the luckiest place ever! We've even talked about going back for a long weekend some day because we enjoyed it that much! We only had a few nights on our stopover, but it was perfect for our first trip to Iceland, and the end of a long trip to France. Here's how we spent our time: **Pinnable image at the end!**   AirBnB We are huge AirBnB fans! And with everything in Iceland being so expensive, we opted to stay [...]

May 22nd, 2018|15 Comments

48 Hours in Belize

In February, my husband planned a Boys Trip to Vegas for his 30th Birthday. So, naturally, I planned a trip of my own to Belize! My cousin is a flight attendant for Southwest, and was able to grab buddy passes for my uncle and I to Belize! We chose Belize based on the number of flights in and out of the country (since we'd be flying standby) and because it's budget-friendly. Honestly, I don't think we could have chosen a better location! We had about 48 hours of vacation, and I wouldn't change a thing! Here's what we did: Where to Stay We stayed in San Pedro on Ambergris Caye, and I would highly recommend it! A lot of people also recommend Caye Caulker which looked cute as well, but based on my research, there's a lot more to do on Ambergris Caye! We stayed at Sunbreeze Hotel which was perfect! One of the most [...]

May 7th, 2018|21 Comments
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