Hometown Tourist: The Big Apple!

  Upon returning from a trip, I always look at my home with fresh eyes. Everything seems just a little more interesting and unique. As such, I have decided to start spotlighting local places and businesses, in a series of Hometown Tourist posts. If you are a local, you may know these “hot spots” or…

7 More Tips for Safe Solo Travel (Part 2)

Earlier this week I posted 10 Tips for Safe Solo Travel (Part one!) with a promise to follow up in a few days. So here it is, ladies and gents–the rest of my safety tips for traveling on your own. As before, please comment if you have any to add, or if you disagree with any of…

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.…