Travel Stories Not on IG: Florence

Florence was the second stop on my whirlwind tour of Italy. We'd taken a train up from Rome and got to our hostel in the late afternoon to drop our bags off before adventuring around the city. We went to the most iconic spot in Florence first, the Duomo. I am a huge sucker for intricate churches. I love stain glass windows, detailed tiling, and the multi-colored marble inlays of the Duomo blew me away. We watched the glow of the fading sun paint the white stone orange while e

Travel 102: Making a Cheap Flight Feel Luxurious

We'd all love to fly first class, sipping on champagne in a cozy blanket with plenty of leg room, but in reality, flying is expensive! There are often discount airlines you could take, but between the hidden fees and cut-corners, is it really worth it? Yes, but only if you're prepared. Before You Even Buy the Tickets There are tons of websites to chose from when looking for tickets (think Google Flights, Student Universe, Expedia, or Kayak), but they all work the same: using

Ultimate Guide to Amsterdam

An Run-down on the Netherlands and Amsterdam Situated between the North Sea, Belgium, and Germany, the Netherlands is a small European country famous for its picturesque tulip fields and windmills. Often referred to as Holland, the Netherlands is the birthplace of Van Gogh and Rembrandt and known for its distinct cheese and pottery (think white and blue clay clogs). While the nation's main language is Dutch, many people speak English, especially in Amsterdam. Fun fact: At the

Traveling 101: Intro To Packing

Whether you're traveling the world or going on a long weekend, packing the right things has a huge impact on your trip. Pack too much and you're carrying dead weight for the whole trip; too little and you don't have the things you need. When I pack, I start at the very beginning: the bag. If you're flying, what are the size restrictions for your luggage? If you're driving, how much space do you have in the car for your stuff? If you're taking a train or a bus, what can you wa