Guest Post: Margarite’s Mexico City Faves

Here’s a special guest post, brought to you by my very own mom! Earlier this year she went on a birthday trip to Mexico City and has been raving about it ever since. My parents, Matt, and I were supposed to go for Dia de los Muertos this year, but due to some unforseen circumstances, we’ve had to postpone until early spring 2018. I thought it would be cool to include some content from my mom on here since she is the reason I am so filled with wanderlust. Here’s what she has to say about her Mexico City adventures. Continue reading

Friday Fives: Sep 8, 2017

I’m not a full-time traveler, as most of you know. I work full time at a 9-5(ish) job I adore, I own a home where I live with my husband and fur baby. I didn’t (and never will) sell all my worldly possessions, swap my walk in closet for a backpack, and buy a one-way ticket across the world. I have no desire to. It’s just not what I am called to do.

Because of this, I sometimes struggle to find topics to write about. I want to share more of my own day-to-day life, but have always been unsure of how to incorporate it into the travel themed blog I have created. But I think I finally have a solution! Starting today, I will be posting  “Friday Fives” every now and then to give y’all a glimpse into what I’m working on, what I’m loving, what I’m feeling, etc. Mostly travel related of course. Continue reading

How to Pack for a Winter Trip to Canada

Lately the temps in Houston have been climbing into the 90s. And with humidity on top of that, the heat index has been sitting over 100°F. To say I am ready for cooler temperatures is an understatement. These dog days of summer have me dreaming back to Canadian winter. That’s how hot it is, I am seriously fantasizing about those -15°F mornings in Calgary. Oh, Texas.

A year ago Matt and I were purchasing our flights to Canada, and starting to plan out our trip. We knew that as Texans, we were not properly equipped with adequate winter wear. I had spent many years of my life in Germany, but after I moved to the US at age 16 I had no use for snow gear, so my parents got rid of it after a few years. We put together a list and slowly started to acquire our winter gear. Here’s what we packed for our holiday trip to Banff. Continue reading

My Favorite Trip Planning Tools

Trip planning all by yourself can be a daunting task to some. And that’s completely understandable! If you’re planning a trip to a location you’ve never visited and are unfamiliar with, it can be quite the challenge.

Today I want to share a few of my favorite trip planning resources with y’all! So let’s jump right in…

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48(ish) Hours in NYC

A few months ago my best friend, Marilyn, and I somehow discovered the fact that Brendan Urie was making his Broadway debut in Kinky Boots. So naturally, we planned an entire trip to NYC around it!

Thanks to some conveniently timed birthdays, airline miles, and nice parents, we were able to get cheap flights. And thanks to an amazing childhood friend of Marilyn’s, we were able to stay for free at an amazing apartment next to Union Square.

We arrived in New York at approximately 4pm on Friday and departed for the airport around 4pm on Sunday. In total we had about 48 hours in the city. We knew we’d have to be going going going in order to make the most out of our trip.

Here’s how we spent 48(ish) hours in NYC! Continue reading

Plastic Free July

Hey friends! I’m venturing into the more lifestyle-y area of this blog today by sharing something that is very near and dear to my heart.

This month I am joining the challenge to choose to refuse single-use plastic. I’m pledging myself to Plastic Free July!

I’m not going to harp on about how much I hate single-use plastic (hint: it’s a lot), but I just want to quickly share some facts with you.

  • Over the last 10 years we have produced more plastic than during the whole of the last century.
  • 50 percent of the plastic we use, we use just once and throw away.
  • We currently only recover (recycle) 5% of the plastics we produce.
  • Plastics account for approximately 10% of the waste we generate.
  • 1 million sea birds and 100,000 marine mammals are killed annually from plastic in our oceans.
  • Virtually every piece of plastic that was ever made still exists in some shape or form (with the exception of the small amount that has been incinerated).

Because of these facts, I am trying my best to kick that plastic habit, and I just wanted to share the main ways I am doing so in my every day life. These are things everyone can do very easily! So, here we go… Continue reading

It’s my Golden Birthday!

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Today is my Golden Birthday!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with that term, the “golden birthday” occurs when a person turns the age of their birth day. My birthday is June 26th and today I am 26 years old!

I never did an intro post when I started blogging. I just jumped right in because, as many of y’all know, this blog began when I returned from our Icelandic honeymoon and had a dozen people asking me for travel advice. I figured that a blog was a great way to document it all, and it just took off from there!

So I’m going to take a few minutes and share 26 fun facts about the Katy behind! Continue reading

Itinerary: A Long Weekend in Chicago

So Matt and I wanted to plan a big trip for April/May of this year, but we made the decision to purchase a home instead, which meant we had to put trip plans on hold. But we knew we wouldn’t be able to make it without some kind of getaway to satisfy our wanderlust. We decided a long weekend in Chicago would be the perfect solution!

We flew in early on a Saturday and flew out on Tuesday afternoon, giving us about 3.5 days to explore this amazing city. Here’s how we spent our time. Continue reading