Creature Comforts beer tasting

Athens, the US Edition

During my time in St. Louis, I met a girl who had a HUGE impact on my life. She taught me to love who I am and where I am from, and she taught me to do what makes me happy. You might be familiar with her work. This girl has an endearing love for her college town, … Continue reading Athens, the US Edition

A Euro Trip, in limited texts to home

I've been hearing that it's easy to get a SIM card for your smart phone when you're abroad and stay just in touch with home as you would ... well, at home. When I went to Europe, backpacking with A in 2010, we didn't have SIM cards. Hell, I didn't have a smart phone. Staying … Continue reading A Euro Trip, in limited texts to home

Get Off the Resort

Drug lords, bacteria-filled water, pick-pocketers. Mexico sounds like a scary place. All-inclusive, sandy beaches, endless buffets. Mexico sounds dreamy. But how much do you actually know about Mexico? I knew that when a group of friends booked an all-inclusive resort in Rivera Maya, I wanted to get off of that resort. I wanted to see … Continue reading Get Off the Resort

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How to Cross the Mediterranean for Cheap

When you travel young, you usually travel cheap. And that’s just what Alicia and I did when we decided that on the day after graduation, we’d be heading to Europe. Alicia and I bought our youth Eurail passes, which are a great deal for anyone under 25. Alicia and I then used the “rail” map to … Continue reading How to Cross the Mediterranean for Cheap

Dachau, Beautiful and Horrible

The sun was out, the skies were clear and the air was light and crisp. My backpacking partner, Alicia, and I hopped on the train to Dachau. It had been Alicia’s idea to make a day trip to Dachau, and as a history lover, I agreed. But I didn’t know what to expect. My mind … Continue reading Dachau, Beautiful and Horrible

4 Qualities to Look for in a Travel Buddy

I just wrote my first feature for Pink Pangea and here it is!  Who you travel with can make or break a trip. Whether it’s a work trip, or a vacation, or even just a trip with a set purpose, like a bachelorette party or a bar mitzvah, consider certain things in your travel buddy. … Continue reading 4 Qualities to Look for in a Travel Buddy

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Alone in Nassau

Otherwise known as "that one time I tried to buy drugs in a foreign country." A group of five girls and myself took a Bahamian cruise for spring break. After we spent the morning soaking up alcohol, sunshine and saltwater jet-skiing above the clear blue water in an inlet just outside of Nassau, we decided … Continue reading Alone in Nassau

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An Unexpected Day in Barcelona

Lately I've been reminiscing a lot about my trip to Europe. One of the highlights of the trip was the day we got to spend in Barcelona before catching the ferry to Italy. My adventurous and knowledgeable travel buddy, A, and I didn't do any Barcelona research before landing in Catalonia. Our bad. BUT if … Continue reading An Unexpected Day in Barcelona

hostels are a great place to meet people

5 Reasons You Should Travel Solo

“Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.” –Neale Donald Walsch By: Gena Perry Have you ever found cheap airfare or hotel accommodations for an awesome trip but couldn’t find a friend to go with you? I’m here to tell you that the next time you find yourself in this situation, book that flight for … Continue reading 5 Reasons You Should Travel Solo

Chicago, Sky Deck, skyline

4 tips to traveling with an “other” – Chicago

This post is specifically regarding Chitown, but these tips can be applied to any trip that you happen to be taking with a friend, family member, boyfriend/girlfriend, etc. I'm just going to be open and honest, I've never really wanted to go to Chicago. If I'm going to go to a big city that gets … Continue reading 4 tips to traveling with an “other” – Chicago