• Travel,  Travel Rambles

    15 Cheap Gift Ideas For that Special Traveler In Your Life

    Oops, you procrastinated and missed Black Friday. Now the holidays are basically upon us, and you still don’t have a gift for that special traveler in your life! Don’t fret! It’s still possible to get gifts and stay on budget, even during this time of year. Get someone you know who loves to travel a gift that will be useful, reusable, and thoughtful! There are endless possibilities in cheap travel gifts, but here are a few of my suggestions: (The list below contains affiliate links. If you click and shop through these provided links, I get paid a small portion. Thank you for supporting me and my blog, at no…

  • 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: Sequoia

    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, The Grand Canyon, and Los Angeles! We choose to not spend our last Los Angeles day in Los Angeles. We’ve still gotta use this ATBP like an unlimited credit card, and up next is Sequoia National Park. I figure, who knows when I will be back in LA and have this opportunity again? For years I’ve been envious of friend’s photos hugging redwoods or camping along mountain lakes. Plus, it’s not really a secret that I am obsessed with PCT and JMT hikers and…

  • 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: Tucson

    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 the first leg of the trip here! And read about Albuquerque here! After two nights in the most disgusting motel I’ve ever set foot in, it’s time to depart for Tucson. We eat a mismatched breakfast from Starbucks. For some reason, as I rummaged and organized my purse before the trip, I found 4 half-used Starbucks gift cards hiding in my wallet. FOUR. I am admittedly and depressingly addicted to coffee, so I’m shocked. I must have hid them from myself on different occasions.…

  • North America,  Travel,  Travel Rambles

    GART: Albuquerque

    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 the first leg of the trip here! We arrive in Albuquerque with mushy stomachs, filled half-way with freeze dried peas, popcorn, and pretzels. Despite it being a Saturday, it was late and we open Google to discover that our vegetarian options are limited at this hour. We settle on a fast-food-esque restaurant that has seemingly good ratings and guacamole. I was a little delirious – still cold from my dip into the Blue Hole, tired from our early morning start time, and hexed by…

  • 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…