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If you’re anything like me, you made your list of New Year’s Resolutions on the 2nd and vowed to start sticking to them on the 3rd (hey… a couple of days late never hurt anyone). I am an organization freak so each of my resolutions fits perfectly into a category and yes, I made a spreadsheet to help me track progress/completion (which you can totally download if you want it. Just click here). One category that is always on my list of resolutions/goals is to travel more. And it should be on yours too. If it’s not, go ahead and add it. It’s not too late. It’s still January!So why should travel be on your list? Well first of all, you wouldn’t be reading this if you weren’t interested in making travel a priority. Second of all, travel helps maintain your work/life balance. It keeps you sane, helps you grow…

When people think about Athens, they immediately think, “Okay, I just need to do one day jam packed with every single historic site there is in Athens and then I’ll hop on my flight to Santorini and be on my merry way”. I then ask those types of people how they liked Athens and the response is “eh it was okay, not for me.” Well of course it was just okay, you ninny. All you did was play tourist and check items off your list. Don’t get me wrong, the historic sites of Athens are breathtakingly amazing. To stand on the Acropolis knowing that you are witnessing thousands of years of history, is a truly awe-inspiring moment. But, that’s not all that Athens has to offer and it would be a shame to leave the city without seeing the rest! So what are the best things to do in Athens…

Five years ago there would be no way that I could write this post. In fact, I would probably laugh in your face if you told me to give packing tips. I’m the girl that would have to sit on her suitcase, hoping that my body weight alone would be enough to somehow make all the contents compress to half the size, while someone else had to try and zip it. It was rough. I mean zippers broke, the sheer effort lacerated people’s fingers, and I was always left having to think of creative ways to somehow get all my stuff to my final destination. Clearly, I was an idiot. I never even wore half of that stuff. Luckily, studying abroad in Spain my junior year of college was like going into rehab and I quickly learned how to be a smarter packer. Sometimes I do relapse (don’t we all)…

Thinking of planning a trip to Greece in the winter and not sure if the off season is for you? Well, go ahead and purchase that airline ticket because winter in Greece is a perfect time to travel. Don’t believe me just yet, here are some reasons to convince you: The weather is still nice The first time I went to Greece was in the summer and there were moments of the day where my shirt was sticking to me and I had to stop at every stand to buy some more water. Dehydration is not a game, folks. As much as I love the summer, sometimes a nice brisk breeze is what I really need in life. If you go to Greece during the off-season, especially in the month of November, the weather will be in the low 60’s which is extremely pleasant. Plus if you’re lucky, there will…

On my second trip to Athens, I fell absolutely head over heels in love with the city (I know that tends to happen to me a lot but seriously…this was quite the love affair). Part of this was definitely attributed to the hotel I stayed at, the New Hotel. In the heart of Athens, the New Hotel was the perfect home base for exploring the ancient city. Ideally situated just a few blocks away from Syntagma Square, I was able to walk from one historical site to the next and discover all the local spots in between. If there is one thing that will help you have the best time in Athens, being well located is definitely it. Formally the Olympic Palace hotel, the New Hotel is the product of renowned designer duo, Fernando and Humberto Campana. And boy what a talented duo…I mean why can’t I be that talented? This…

If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me “How do you travel so much with a full-time job?” I would be filthy rich. In fact, I would be kicking up my feet at some luxury resort and drinking a tropical drink by the poolside. People are always dumfounded that it’s possible to work full time AND travel a good amount. Lucky for you, I am about to divulge all my secrets in this post. Of course, there are a few stipulations. First of all, if you have a job that doesn’t give you any vacation days, well then I can’t help you. But you should also probably quit because no one likes working for Satan. Second of all, you have to be okay with taking shorter trips sometimes. Third of all, you have to get creative (don’t worry…not artistic levels of creative. Just basic creativity) I get…

I’ll be honest. Tallinn was a city that wasn’t on my bucket list. Not because I didn’t have any desire to go there but rather, I just hadn’t heard much about it. But once I did hear about it, I barely had to do any research. I was hooked just by looking at the photos of the town. If you’re headed to Tallinn trust me, you’ve made the right choice and you’ll soon realize that you could spend days if not weeks exploring this enchanting city. But if time is of the essence, here is how to spend an incredible one day in Tallinn How to get to Tallinn By Ferry from Helsinki, Finland It is incredibly easy to get to Tallinn from Helsinki. You can take a high speed ferry from the Katajonakka terminal in Helsinki. This ferry will get you to Tallinn in under two hours! There is…

I didn’t know jack about Denver prior to booking my first trip there. But those, my friends, are always the best trips. I decided to go back less than two months later and fell even more in love with the city, if possible. Here is the ultimate guide to Denver in a weekend. It includes things to do, the best restaurants, and fantastic bars. Need this guide on the go? Click here for a map that opens up right in your google maps app Before You Go The airport is a bit outside the city. But luckily, there’s a train that’ll take you right to Union Station, the center of Denver. Plan for around 45 minutes for this journey and a $9 ticket which you can then use on any public transportation for the rest of the day. Pretty sweet deal There are numerous Peet’s coffee shops that give you 50% off…

So you have all of your vacation days left and you want to take a trip. What’s the appropriate amount of days to take off at one time? Just a few? One week? Two? Who cares because I’m not coming back? Just kidding. The question can be a difficult one to answer as every situation is different but following these general steps should help you arrive at the appropriate answer. Set expectations Every time I start a new job I am up front with my manager. When you’re having the conversation about general guidelines (ex. Can I work from home? What time does the team usually get here?, etc), work in a question regarding vacation policy. Something to the effect of, “I love to travel. It’s really important to me to maintain that balance. And generally I like to plan a few trips a year. What is your policy for requesting…

Tips Where to Stay Things to Do Food to Try Amsterdam gives you a taste of everything. You can be transported back through time with a visit to the Anne Frank House, partake in the “coffee shop” culture, eat as much cheese as you could possibly stomach, and so much more. The city is full of unexpected charm and you can’t go wrong with exploring the narrow streets and many canals. Pack your bags, grab some euros, and check out this guide to Amsterdam: Before You Go While card is accepted in a fair amount of restaurants in Amsterdam, most bars only take cash. So if you plan on tasting any of that delicious Dutch beer, have some euros ready. Be prepared to pay to use the bathroom if you aren’t dining or having a drink at an establishment. Keep coins handy for this. It rains a ton.…