10 Differences that make Eating in Australia Confusing AF for Americans

G’day! There’s a lot of great reasons to visit Australia isn’t there? The wildlife, the people, the beaches, the laid back vibes and of course the fine chunk of Australian beef, Hugh Jackman (you’re welcome). But, when it comes to eating in Australia, there are a lot of things that will simply be confusing for our American neighbors, like the portion sizes for starters, which is why I made this list to help you avoid disappointment and confusion on your holiday down under. Some of these things I can relate to (but in reverse) when I think about the first time I visited America - wha

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How to travel more

How to Travel More Throughout the Year by Exploring Your Own Backyard

Many travel blogs will have you believe that to have amazing travel experiences, you need to travel to glamorous or far off destinations in the world. I am here today to call bullshit on that. Sure, by traveling far you can have an awe-inspiring travel experience and I am a big supporter of global travel, but, it's not the only way you can have a memorable travel experience. I remember when I started my travel blog, I wanted to inspire people to see the beauty of the world, even in their own backyard. It's been a guiding thought in my head for the last couple of years and yet, I haven't actually stopped to write a post on how to travel more by exploring your own backyard. I just delved straight into adventures to be had and shared the adventures I have found, but never actually offered tips on how you can find adventures in your own area. So if you want to travel more but don't have the cash or annual leave to travel to far off places then you're in luck! Today I'm sharing some tips on how to travel more in your local area and still have memorable travel experiences.

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How to stay safe as a solo female traveler

A Seriously Awesome Guide on How To Stay Safe as a Solo Female Traveler

If you have been on a solo trip, or even brought up the idea of going on one, then I am sure you are familiar with the ‘world is a scary place’ comments that come with the idea of solo travel. They’re not wrong either. The world can be a scary place and unfortunately bad people do exist. That shouldn’t stop you from living a full life and exploring the world around you though, and while you can’t stop bad things from happening, you can reduce their likelihood with this seriously awesome guide full of tips on how to stay safe as a solo female traveler.

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alternative facts

10 Alternative Facts That Every Traveler Can Relate To

We are probably all guilty of saying a little white alternative fact every now and then. ‘Thanks for the gift, I really love homemade incense’, ‘that’s the cutest baby I’ve ever seen’ or ‘sorry I didn’t reply earlier. I’ve been swamped’.  Here’s 10 alternative facts every traveler can relate to.

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photographing the northern lights

A Beginners Guide to Photographing the Northern Lights

I consider myself pretty good at night photos but photographing the Northern Lights was a little a lot harder than I anticipated. Being out in the woods meant that the scene was a lot darker than anything I had tried to photograph before and the dancing lights added a new dynamic to the whole process. It was a new challenge and one I appreciated because without challenges how are we meant to get to that next level right? Now, I will be the first to admit that I am not a photographer by any means, and these aren't the best photos of the Northern Lights that you will see, but I wanted to share a few of the most important tips I could think of to help other beginners out there get even better pics of the glorious light shows.

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What to Pack for a Week in Northern Norway - Winter Getaway Guide

I always thought I hated the cold. I was one of those people that could never understand why anyone would want to go on a winter holiday. It seemed like such horrible punishment. I had also always lived in tropical locations so the idea of cold was very foreign to me, which I think added to my dislike. This year I have been pushing myself outside of my toasty warm comfort zone to experience actual cold winters with trips to Switzerland and even a week in northern Norway.  I have to say that once I learned what I needed to keep warm in the cold weather and invested in some the right gear, I actually had a great time! Now I am already looking forward to my next winter trip! I'm sharing these recommendations on the blog to help you get ready for your next winter trip.

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What Travel Taught Me

What Travel Taught Me in 2016 - Lessons From Bad-Ass Female Travelers

Can we all just agree that 2016 was horseshit. Sure there was the odd life changing occasion here and there but for the most part it seems that 2016 was not quite the best, and many people I talk to just had a rough year. The good news is that if what doesn't kill you makes you stronger, then I imagine 2017 to be like walking around surrounded by superheroes in disguise because there's going to be a lot of powerful people! Before we jump into this superhero world, I wanted to close out the year with a post on some real life superheroes. I follow these bad-ass travel women on social media, (I've included their links so you can too), and asked them to share their stories about what travel taught them in 2016. Let's all get inspired by these stories and excited for another year of life full of new opportunities and new adventures!

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save money for travel

How to Save Money For Travel - The Tricks Nobody Will Tell You

Well, what an intense week that was! The good news is that the election campaigning is officially over. That's certainly one aspect we can all be relieved about. Don't worry this isn't a political post. This is simply some lighthearted relief for all of us, no matter who you voted for, because we do have some things in common. Like, no matter where you stand or who you voted for, I think we can all agree that the true winner was the Obama/Biden, the Joebama, memes. They really were the memes that united America, weren't they? Another thing we all have in common is that most of us probably need a laugh and a holiday! A long one. With at least a few mojitos, or as I'd prefer, an IV mojito drip. So in that light, and since I believe laughter is the best medicine, today I am sharing my money saving tips to show you how to save money for travel so you can enjoy your next holiday sooner rather than later.

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Facing Challenges

Facing Challenges in a Comfortable World and why it's so Important

Facing challenges, big and small, is an important part of life and our personal growth. Today I want to share some of my thoughts about it because recently I have been thinking quite a lot about how challenges or scary things have a powerful ability to shape us. Well, I suppose it's our response to the challenges or scary things actually that have the powerful effect on our minds. Hopefully this post can inspire you in some way to begin facing challenges, or things fears, no matter how big or small they are and continue to step outside the scary place known as the comfort zone. If you already do this in your daily life, I hope you can join in and offer some stories or tips in the comments to inspire others. 

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How to Take Better Travel Photos

How to Take Better Travel Photos in 5 Easy Steps

One thing I get asked about a lot is my photos. I also get a lot of compliments about them too, which means the world to me because I'm not an expert or professional by any stretch. Taking photos is simply something I have always enjoyed doing. That's why I do it and I have found that the more I did it, the more passionate I became. Everything I do is trial and error. I have just taken a lot of photos and some look good and many more look not so good which is why your comments mean so much to me! Since I have received so many questions and compliments on my little photos, today I wanted to give back to try and offer some tips for taking better travel photos that anyone could use when going on holidays. 

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travel fears

5 Crippling Travel Fears & How to Overcome Them

Whether you are a newbie or a seasoned traveller, one thing we all have in common is that we all have travel fears. And rightfully so. Day in and day out we are bombarded with news and images about just how scary the world can be.

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Traveling with pets

My Top 7 Tips for Traveling with Pets

When we found out we were moving to Italy my first priority was getting my two furry princesses, Bella and Coco Chanel, ready to move. We had 30+ hours of travel ahead of us with the dogs at our feet, followed by a transition phase of living in a hotel so it definitely got a little tricky and stressful for our babies (and us!) But with a little patience and perseverance we got through it and now they are very happy in their new Italian life. As a matter a fact, they are both snuggled right next to me as I am typing this, fast asleep without a care in the world which makes me happy. I wanted to share a few of the tips we picked up along the way about traveling with pets and hope they can help you if you have any upcoming travel plans with your cute fur babies. (Plus I'm secretly enjoying this post because I get to share pictures of my little cuties).

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long haul travel

My Top Long Haul Travel Tips

Traveling is such a fun, life changing experience, but the part when you are cramped up in the plane for long periods of time is not really the best part is it? For those short trips that are only a few hours long it’s pretty easy to get through but what about the long haul trips where every minute feels like an hour? Those ones can be harsh! Trust me, with about 20 long haul flights under my belt, I know your pain! Luckily, I kind of developed my own little routine to prepare myself for these long periods of travel and I wanted to share them on the blog today.

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