As I travel more, assimilating into the culture and country I’m visiting has been really important to me. I’ve experienced rude, uncaring tourists every place I have been and I strive to not be like those people.
I challenged myself to travel carry-on only for this trip, which means it was my first flight without a checked bag. It was pretty miserable traveling through Europe with 3 pieces of luggage – one of those being a giant suitcase – and after that trip I decided I would try to pack carry-on only for all future traveling.
There are endless things to do in Santa Barbara including dozens of hikes, beaches, and activities. While there are many more that I haven’t included, these are my favorite and most highly recommended by others!
Have you ever been somewhere that was so incredible you didn’t feel like you were actually there? That’s exactly how I felt while walking through the Alhambra in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. Even now looking through photos it’s hard for me to believe it is real – and I was there!
Visiting Belgium in February was cold, gray, and rainy like much of the year, but it made Bruges feel that much more magical. The old, long-standing buildings paired with the canals running through the city make this city fit for a fairy-tale setting.
London is one of the most visited cities in the world. I am no expert since I’m not a local, but I have been twice and shown around by my lovely friend who IS a local! I include all the must-see spots for first-time visitors to London, along with some other places that are a bit less touristy.
After traveling Europe with a carry-on duffel back, a backpack, and a giant suitcase I am determined to try not to over-pack. That’s where a nice, hard shell carry-on suitcase comes in. It’s the perfect size to pack everything you need without over-packing.
Santorini has beautiful weather in the Summer and usually hovers around 80ºF/27ºC between June and August. The architecture is stunning. With bright white buildings that seem to glow under the sun and that gorgeous Greek blue on the rooftops and accents, the Greek Islands are easily identifiable in photos.
Just 50 miles North of Santa Barbara is Figueroa Mountain in Santa Ynez which is currently blooming with Poppies and Wild Lupine– about an hour and a half drive from Santa Barbara.
One thing that most people struggle with while traveling (including me) is taking nice photos in popular tourist destinations without hoards of tourists around.
While planning our month-long Europe trip, we had one night we needed to fill between Paris and Seville. Looking for a place somewhere between the two, we picked Barcelona. Our trip was planned around art museum visits, architecture, and beautiful landscapes, so the city built by Gaudí was a perfect choice.
With quite a few flights ahead of me, I’ve been planning out what to pack in my carry-on. Through lots of research and personal experience, I put together this list for myself and I hope you find it helpful as well for your next long flight!
Looking for the perfect Instagram spot, locations for engagement shoots, or just a nice place to take photos? Here are my favorite spots that I’ve been and the spots at the top of my list to go to on a future trip!
I’ve been visiting Santa Barbara my entire life, I lived here for 4 years during college, and now my parents own a condo here. So I consider myself a bit of a local now and it is one of my favorite places in the world!
I have eaten at most of the restaurants around Santa Barbara…
Your guide to the perfect visit to Santorini, Greece. Where to stay, what to do, and more!
A wonderful event full of girl bosses sponsored by Danielle Gibson Events. This year it was in beautiful Sonoma, California at K2 Ranch! There was gorgeous decor, lovely speakers, delicious food & drinks, and positive vibes all around.
After years of going to Maui with my family, I’ve formed my list of favorite places to eat. While this list is not all-inclusive, it has just enough to get you through a trip and help you answer the question “Where should we eat?”
After almost 2 years of living in San Diego, I finally took a trip to visit the San Diego Botanic Garden. It was full of lush (very photogenic) plants, flowers, and ponds. I can't possibly explain how amazing this place was, so take a look for yourself! Scroll to the bottom for the best part of the gardens.
The perfect airbnb for a tight budget or someone who wants to be further away from the crowded, touristy area.