Traveling


I have this thing for maps. I need to pace myself from having my whole apartment covered in them. I even have an app on my phone where I keep track of all the different places I’ve visited. But viewing the world from my phone was never enough. Enter: Push Pin Travel Maps. Husband and wife team Mike and Brenda started the company out of...

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If you’re staying in Reykjavik, a day trip from Reykjavik to Vik along Iceland’s south coast is the perfect way to spend the day. Use this post as your step-by-step guide to the journey, and you can even use this Google Maps route. I recommend leaving Reykjavik by 8:15am since the majority of the tour busses leave around 9am. As for renting a car, I...

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You may have traveled your way around the world, but your journey will never be complete until you visit the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Enter: Warner Brothers Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter. Your gateway into much more beyond the muggle world. “There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” – J.K. Rowling If you arrive by public transport,...

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In the foothills of the Himalayas in southern Nepal sits Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha. The entirety of Lumbini is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Throughout Lumbini there are temples, monasteries, and stupas built by Buddhist communities from countries around the world, which are all located in an area surrounding the birthplace of Buddha that is known as the monastic zone. There are no shops, restaurants,...

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The heart of Nepal is where you’ll find Pokhara, commonly known as the gateway to the Annapurna Circuit. This is the city where many trekkers stay before or after their trek. As the second largest city in Nepal after Kathmandu, it is a pretty crowded city but it’s not quite so chaotic. Pokhara was one of my favorite places in Nepal, as I loved the...

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The morning heat settled instantly on my skin upon stepping off my Turkish Airlines flight into Nepal. I breezed through the visa process since I was towards the front of the line, and quickly found my ride outside. Once the rest of our group arrived and we made the short drive to central Kathmandu, the van was surrounded with a whir of activity. Store owners setting up...

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A summertime girl’s getaway to Mackinac Island proved to be the perfect quiet retreat to slow down and disconnect while enjoying a more simple nineteenth-century way of living without cars. After the first automobile drove the roads of Mackinac Island, it didn’t take long for automobiles (or, “horseless carriages” as the locals called them) to be banned completely on the island in 1898. Make the most of...

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With a rating as prestigious as number one in Utah by Zagat, The Mariposa at Deer Valley Resort is a winning selection for dining in Park City. Upon entering, the warm fire instantly thawed the bitter cold I left behind on the other side of the door. We were quickly shown to our table in an intimate room with only a few other tables, alongside another crackling...

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Park City, Utah is made up of a mere 8,128 residents (as of 2015), yet it is also home to the largest ski resort in the United States. Park City even hosted nearly half of the events in the 2002 Winter Olympic Games! I was quickly enamored with this small, colorful town that brought in visitors from all over the world. The snowcapped peaks grew larger as our plane...

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