Vancouver in 72 Hours

As I divulged the details about my recent adventure with family and friends, a question I often received was, “How did you decide on Vancouver?” The first half of my answer is frequently the same for any new travel destination: good food and a beautiful destination. The second half of my answer was less common:Continue reading “Vancouver in 72 Hours”

Get to Know the Real Nashville

It happened seemingly overnight. ABC’s television drama, “Nashville”, premiered in 2012 to 8.93 million viewers followed shortly thereafter by a New York Times piece crowning Nashville as the new “it” city. Fast forward to 2019 and the city continues its rapid growth, averaging 90 people moving to Nashville a day. This record-setting population boom hasContinue reading “Get to Know the Real Nashville”

Kentucky Derby Tips for First Timers

The hats. The dresses. The horses. The roses. This what comes to mind when you think of the Kentucky Derby. But how do you prepare for actually attending the Derby? How do you know what to wear, bring, or expect? Step One – ask a veteran! This year I had the privilege of attending theContinue reading “Kentucky Derby Tips for First Timers”

5 Reasons to Visit Porto

Within the last five years, tourism in Portugal has absolutely exploded. The country is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, investing its new tourism dollars back into the infrastructure, renovating and restoring the architecture that has long been ignored. Portugal is full of European charm and a growing food scene and, all the while, is stillContinue reading “5 Reasons to Visit Porto”

Ali in Peru: My trip to one of the Seven Wonders of the World

Viewing images of Machu Picchu has always sparked a complexity of emotions for me. The ancient ruins atop a sea of mountains stirs up feelings of curiosity, awe, inspiration, with a hint of jealousy; jealousy for all those who have made the trek ahead of me. It was a destination that felt out of reachContinue reading “Ali in Peru: My trip to one of the Seven Wonders of the World”

5 Reasons to Add Chile to Your Travel Bucket List

Chile is absolutely stunning and, for many of us, it’s not often at the top of our travel bucket list — but it should be! I traveled south to Chile for a week and was endlessly impressed by the natural beauty of this country. The majority of my trip was centered around Patagonia, though IContinue reading “5 Reasons to Add Chile to Your Travel Bucket List”

7 Plane Etiquette Tips for Travelers

With the holiday season upon us and a final push to solidify our travel plans, it’s time to brush up on plane etiquette. While some rules of plane etiquette are well known and obvious, others are more unspoken, though still widely understood. As a frequent traveler, I’ve collected a list of seven travel tips toContinue reading “7 Plane Etiquette Tips for Travelers”

Everything I love about Dublin

Dublin is a glorious city! I wasn’t expecting to love it as much as I did. Everything from the easy to navigate city streets to the wonderfully ornate cathedrals and traditional pubs on every corner, Dublin has much to offer. I spent two full days in Ireland’s capital city and am ready to return again!Continue reading “Everything I love about Dublin”

A Whirlwind Guide to London

What’s a trip to Europe without a stop through at least one country? One of the best things about Europe, in my opinion, is the close proximity of its countries. It’s always fun to compare distances between states in the US and countries in Europe. It may take 7 hours to drive through Florida aloneContinue reading “A Whirlwind Guide to London”

(Mis)Adventures in the South Island, New Zealand

In my opinion, the South Island is significantly more stunning than the North.  With the Sounds, Fjords, and Southern Alps, the natural beauty of the South Island cannot be paralleled.  Beauty aside, my ten days in the South Island was filled with hits and misses.  While I had perfect weather every day, a handful of myContinue reading “(Mis)Adventures in the South Island, New Zealand”