I will always call Chicago home, but the rest of the world still beckons me to explore. Growing up, I had the privilege of taking many family vacations. They were mostly around the United States, with the occasional trip out of the country – Italy, Turks and Caicos, and occasional visits to Mexico. More often than not, these trips involved beaches, and laying around on a beach was exactly what I wanted to do at the time.
In my second year of college, that all changed. I studied abroad for the first time. It was a summer term advertising program in the British Isles. I was excited and petrified at the same time. I had never traveled without my family before, and I was going to be all the way on the other side of the world. It should come as no surprise that I had a blast and the experience sparked my eternal wanderlust and yearning for knowledge.
Ever since, I have craved visits to every corner of the world and have a constant desire to learn about each of their people, traditions, and cultures. Traveling has taught me more than I could ever have learned in a classroom, and it truly has transformed my life.
Where to next?
December: Chicago, Illinois
January: Park City, Utah
February: Copper Mountain, Colorado
April: Milwaukee, Wisconsin (#WITS17)
June: Buena Vista, Colorado
The Story Behind the Little Things
I have always been a strong believer in the importance of appreciating life’s simple pleasures. The first time I studied abroad, I arrived in Ireland and was pleasantly overwhelmed by the unfamiliar sights, sounds, and smells that greeted me. The vivid green grass, the colors surrounding Dublin Castle, and, of course, the Irish accents were only the beginning of many journeys to come. I did my best to relish each and every moment of my experience, but I knew my memories would eventually fade.
And just like that, Little Things Travel Blog was born! What began as a way to simply keep track of my travel experiences has turned into a full on part of me in which I can share all my best travel tips and tricks, and share the ways that I make the most of the little things in life.
Here are a few of my top posts to get you started:
- Weekend Travel Guide to Zagreb
- 24 Hours in Denver, Colorado
- Heritage Travel: Connecting With My Croatian Roots
- 17 Ways to Stay in the Traveler’s Mindset