Positano City Guide

I am so super excited to finally be sharing the last of the Italy City Guides from our honeymoon earlier this year. :) If you missed my first few guides, check them out now! Positano was probably our favorite of all the Italian places we visited. Everything about this place was magical. They have history, rich colors, delicious food and just about everything you need to enjoy your vacation. Take a look for yourself…


This was our first view of Positano as we rounded a corner. I think we both thought we were in a dream for a second. And then we realized this would be our home away from home for a few days. :) Continue reading

Venice, Italy 2015

Our Italy Video

I’m super excited to finally share our video from our Italy travels. To me, taking lots of little iPhone videos during a vacation or on a trip are so much fun to have later on. Then you can just edit them together and make a really fun video to look back on in the years to come. This trip was just the best of the best and I’m really glad we were able to capture just a small bit of it through the camera lens. I was going to wait to share this video until after I post my last Italy City Guide (Positano…my favorite city of them all), but I just couldn’t wait! Plus, it’s Wednesday and I needed a little pick me up to help get me through to the weekend. Is it just me or is this week dragging on and on and on!? So, here’s our Italy video and I hope you enjoy!

Cheers! xx



Rome City Guide

I’d say Rome is just about everything I imagined it to be. It’s magical, whimsical and colorful. To say it has history would be an understatement. It easily made its way to my favorite city list and I’d happily make a return trip anytime. My biggest piece of advice when visiting this city would just be to follow that old saying, “when in Rome!” and do everything you can do. Here are a few helpful tips, recommendations and things we especially loved about Rome! If you’d like to check out our other Italian City Guides, here’s one about Venice and one about Florence & Tuscany. Also, see how we packed for our Italy adventure in backpacks! Happy travels, friends. :)


The best part of traveling is who you get to travel with and this guy is my favorite travel buddy. :)

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Venice Guide

Venice, as my husband puts it, is unlike any other city. It’s incredibly unique with its rich colors, lack of cars, transportation only by boat or foot, abundance of bridges and rich history. We found Venice to be the perfect place to start our Italian honeymoon, because it’s in the northern part of Italy where our journey would begin and it was a surprisingly relaxing city.

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2 Week Packing List

Hi friends!

As promised, here’s my version of a 2 week trip’s packing list. Remember that this packing list is for those who would like to pack in a backpack, but you could modify it for any trip. We have recently discovered that we love to travel with backpacks (not a new concept, but new to us) and we know a lot of people who are interested in doing the same. If you missed my post from a few days ago, here it is! It’s full of advice on how to pack for a trip in a backpack and why it’s definitely worth the extra effort. Also, here’s a post about our Italian honeymoon and advice on how to plan a Euro trip with links pointing you to where you can find various helpful travel items. Continue reading


Packing for Europe (in a backpack)

One of my favorite things about our recent trip to Italy was that we packed everything in a backpack and a little purse/day pack. When people find out that we packed everything for two weeks in such small bags, their eyes get big and their next question is “WHY?” So, here’s why.

Why pack in a backpack for 2 weeks?

As I said in my first post about our trip, I’d done the whole travel amongst many cities and carry a large bag thing. It’s not for me. I love clothes and shoes just as much as the next girl, but I was tired of lugging a massive suitcase all over the place. I wanted the freedom to know I could carry everything I needed and didn’t need anyone’s help. I also knew we would be traveling amongst various cities, catching trains and planes with short layovers.  I didn’t want to worry about checking a bag and possibly losing it. I wanted my bag to fit in all overhead compartments and allow me to be as mobile as possible. For travel tips, check out my trip planning post. Continue reading


Planning a Euro trip

Planning a trip can be daunting, especially when it’s a foreign country and somewhere you’ve never been. For me, planning trips combines just about everything I love to do. I caught a severe case of wanderlust a few years back when I started traveling as a kid and I’ve been adding to my travel bucket list ever since. Then I married someone who feels the same way I do about traveling. There never seems to be enough time or money to visit all the places we want to see, but we can certainly try!

My second time in Europe, I was in college and able to study abroad for the summer. This was the first major trip where I did a large portion of the planning and I was hooked. Through the experiences of family, friends and myself, I’ve learned a lot about how to plan an international (or domestic) trip. I thought I’d share all of these tips in a blog series so my fellow wanderlusters can make use of them too! There’s a lot of info here, but I thought it was all important to share. Enjoy! :) Continue reading