6 Travel Tips for the Uncommon Adventurer

When I set out on this trip, my head was full of the advice and anecdotes from other travelers. I had read so many blogs and spoken with everyone I could to gather up little bits of advice. I have just over two weeks left, and I realized that I have compiled my own assortment…

2016 Edinburgh Beltane Festival

**Disclaimer** These are my personal experiences and thoughts about this event. Other attendees probably have a different opinion so do further research if you’re thinking of attending. My word is not the gospel** This backpacking trip has been in the works for six years and during that time, I was specifically planning to attend one…

Ireland 2016, Easter Rising Centennial

Before arriving in Ireland, I admit I knew very little about the 1916 Easter Rising. While I explored the city, I learned so much and came away with an enriched knowledge of Irish history. I unintentionally visited Dublin during a historically significant week. In 1916, Ireland was still under the rule of the British crown.…

Day one, Reykjavik

I am officially outside the USA for the first time in my life. What an odd feeling! I seem to have experienced quite a few firsts during the last 24 hours. I flew on a plane, went to a geothermal pool, and slept in a room with 13 strangers. And I can only reason that…

That one time I accidentally climbed a mountain!

Generally speaking, most people plan ahead when they hike a mountain. You pack a lunch, wear good hiking boots, bring plenty of water, maybe a small first aid kit. You set out with this wonderful mindset and personal determination, ready to face the challenge. Of course, we hadn’t planned on climbing a mountain at all that…

The reasons this blog was born!

The biggest trip of my life (so far) is coming up in about 9 weeks. I will be solo backpacking around Europe for two months. A lot of friends and family have asked that I keep them updated on my adventures and experiences. This got me to thinking a bit about the different types of…

Why I travel

Growing up, we spent a week on Cape Cod every summer. We rarely went anywhere else for vacations. Once in a while my family would traipse up to New Hampshire or Maine, and once we went to Disneyland.  So as a kid, most of my travel was done through the pages of books. To cities…