• North America,  Travel

    10 Suggestions for a Quick Weekend in Toronto

    Oops! It’s been about 2 months since we went to Toronto for my birthday weekend… and I am just now getting around to writing about it. Better late than never I guess! In September, we drove to Toronto for my 26th birthday. I always try to travel somewhere to celebrate, and this year brought us up north! Originally, I had wanted to go to Mexico, but due to the costliness of the flight and trying to save more money (since we bought a house), we switched it up and went to Canada. So… Did you know you can drive to Toronto? It sounds ridiculous, but I never really considered that…

  • North America,  Travel

    GART: Denver

    Wow! Thank you for taking the time to read through my very long, very thorough recount of The Great American Road Trip. I am always striving to be a better writer, and this series has given me the opportunity to practice. I appreciate so much that you took the time to read it! In case you missed it, here are the past blog posts I wrote: St. Louis, Albuquerque, Tucson, The Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, Sequoia National Park, and Moab. Our vacation is soon coming to a close, but luckily we planned to end it on a positive note: Denver. Once upon a time, years ago, my parents tried to entice…

  • North America,  Travel,  Travel Rambles

    GART: Las Vegas to Moab

    After consuming more donuts from Kettle Glazed, we are off to our next stop: Moab. Moab is almost 11 hours away from LA, so we decide to break the trip into two. I choose a random little town to stop and sleep in as a halfway called Mesquite. In my obsessive google searching prior to the trip, I found a motel hybrid that also plays the role of a casino/buffet/swimming pool/put put golf/movie theater. It’s only $29.00, which is cheaper than our Super 8 stay in Albuquerque, and it looks significantly cleaner. Our departure first takes us through the Mojave Desert. This is the first and only National Park that we…

  • North America,  Travel,  Travel Rambles

    GART: Los Angeles

    This is part of a series reflecting back on the self-described Great American Roadtrip that David and I took in July. See our itinerary here! Also check out Albuquerque, Tucson, and The Grand Canyon! After our near death experience with a squirrel at the Grand Canyon, we are on our way to Los Angeles. At last. We wake in our little Airbnb and I feel the slightest bit of sadness. Not enough time could be spent in Arizona, but I also already knew I’d love it here. I am a desert person through and through. Just a couple of hours in, we hit the state line to California and the border agents shruggingly…

  • North America,  Travel,  Travel Rambles

    GART: Tucson to The Grand Canyon

    This is part of a series reflecting back on the self-described Great American Roadtrip that David and I took in July. See our itinerary here! Also check out Albuquerque and Tucson! After awaking mildly groggy from my prickly-pear margarita, it is time to leave our fancy Airbnb. As we walk out the door, the Airbnb host is nowhere to be found but her dog Tugboat is wagging his tail and demanding we pet him. Awww, 10/10 good boi doggo. Then we go to throw something into her trash can and he changes his mind about us. Bark bark! Get away from my mom’s trash can! It’s already almost 100 degrees at…

  • North America,  Travel,  Travel Rambles

    GART: St. Louis to Albuquerque

    This is the start of a series reflecting back on the self-described Great American Roadtrip that David and I took in July. See our itinerary here! Plops of soap were landing on my bathroom floor. I’m not much of a shaver. Despite being a overgrown Italian, the leg on my hair prefers to come in blonde. This blesses me to forget I even have hairy legs, sometimes. With vacation on it’s way though, I thought to myself, maybe I should finally rid of it? Is that what society wants? Will it expose me to the ozone and help me get more tan? Probably. So I decide to stream the entire…

  • Goals,  Travel,  Travel Rambles

    Minimize Spending & Maximize Travel | KAMP Presentation

    This week, I am being given the opportunity to speak at KAMP St. Louis, an STL small business run by my friends Jason and Mandi Gray. KAMP is a boutique camping store filled with wanderer goods. They also host a variety of classes in an effort to engage our community in the outdoors. If you are in the area – check them out! Address: 3405 South Jefferson Avenue St. Louis, Missouri I am posting this before my presentation so that those attending can follow along digitally, if the print out I have doesn’t suit their fancy. But I won’t announce this blog post publicly until after my class, so as…

  • North America,  Travel,  Travel Rambles

    The Great American Road Trip – Our Itinerary

    For years now, I have longed to go on a road trip across the U.S. Since high school, I have planned out in my head different routes across the country. To Montana! To Oregon! To Canada! It always seemed like a far-off idea though, because of the costliness of travel in the states. I’ve always been a budget traveler and I also have never had a car that was reliable enough to drive long distances in. Cross-country road trips deemed themselves as retirement plans for me. It wasn’t until recently that the game changed and budget travel within the states became more feasible. One particularly helpful development has been the…

  • North America,  Travel

    A Mental Health Break in New Orleans Pt. 2

    Our first day in New Orleans honestly felt like 3. From having woken up at 5 in the morning, driving 600 miles, and then staying up until midnight – you could say we were pretty exhausted. On our next day out, David walked and I mildly limped (thanks blisters) to our next food stop – a brunch place with vegetarian food and cheap mimosas. What better way to start our weekend in NOLA than with day drinking. While consuming said sparkly beverages, we reviewed our game plan for the day – check out French Quarter Fest, EAT MORE, and see a drag show – because I recognized one of the…

  • North America,  Travel

    A Mental Health Break in New Orleans Pt. 1

    The winter in Missouri has been perpetual and stale. We seemingly skipped over fall and went right into the bitter cold. It’s been 6 months now of seeing bare-branched trees – half a year of winter. And it’s been long enough for me to have forgotten what it’s like to see green. While I know that rain and clouds can have an effect on mood, it’s gotten to the point now that I have gotten used to feeling blah. Wearing long sleeves every day, only sporadically being able to go on walks, and barely and begrudgingly forcing myself out of bed in the morning has become my new norm. In addition…