I’ve Been Nominated for the Liebster Award!

A little before I hit my two year blogaversary in February, something interesting happened. Social media sharing of my posts went up. All that time spent on SEO optimization paid off, and search engines became the number one source of traffic to my site. And finally, when I thought things could not get any better, I was nominated for the Liebster Award (my very first blogging award!) by Aisha of Island Girl in Transit.

Aisha, who lives in Trinidad and Tobago, spends her time exploring her great big beautiful Caribbean backyard and sharing her favorite destinations, best travel tips, and the hidden gems found along the way. Having never been to the Caribbean myself, Aisha’s blog inspires me to just book that flight, or cruise, or what have you, and explore this stunning corner of the world. Seriously, go check her site out now and I guarantee you’ll be itching to book a flight yourself!

Thank you Aisha for nominating me! Now onto the award itself. Continue reading “I’ve Been Nominated for the Liebster Award!”

Blogaversary Round Two: Looking Back on a Year of Travel & Storytelling

Today, Adventuring the Great Wide Somewhere turns two years old! A small part of me can’t believe it’s been two years already. As a part-time traveler with a full-time job and minimal spending money, two years is a long time to continue finding ways to travel and make time for the hours of writing, editing and the dozens of little side projects that go into blogging.

But if I’m being completely honest, a much bigger part of me is surprised that it’s only been two years. I had to double check before writing this post that it has, in fact, been just two years since I published my first ever blog post. Continue reading “Blogaversary Round Two: Looking Back on a Year of Travel & Storytelling”

Where to Next?

What a year it has been. So far I’ve visited family in Washington State, taken a weekend trip up to Canada, and vacationed in France and Italy. Before I get to writing about Europe, however, I wanted to take a moment to talk about what comes next. Dan and I spent a year and a half saving and planning for Europe. All that saving meant we didn’t have much money left over even for small trips to the beach. It’s an odd feeling, now that our Euro trip has ended, to have full wallets and no big trips on the horizon. Continue reading “Where to Next?”

Travel Planning 101: How to Get the Best Deal on Airfare…Every Time

You may have noticed over the last few months that my travels have been limited to locations within Florida. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, and thanks to family visits, holidays, and offerings like the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival, it’s been a fun few months. The reason for this self-imposed travel hiatus? I’ve been saving my pennies for two big trips, the first of which begins in just under a month! Continue reading “Travel Planning 101: How to Get the Best Deal on Airfare…Every Time”

8 Reasons to Visit Paris Right Now

As Dan and I prepare for our upcoming trip to France and Italy, I can’t help but reminisce about the last time I was in France. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you know my family spent about two weeks staying with my grandparents in Chaumont back in 2014, and squeezed in a couple of days in Paris before flying back to the States. It was a trip that changed my life.

To some people, Paris is over-hyped, over-advertised, overrated.ย It’s not all that, they say. To each their own. Continue reading “8 Reasons to Visit Paris Right Now”

21 Travel Quotes to Inspire Your Wanderlust

Iโ€™m a sucker for travel quotes. Not only do they inspire me to get out and see more, but they serve as practical advice for everyday life. There are a few classics in here, mixed in with some of my favorite bits of life advice. Here are 21 travel quotes, mixed with photos from my recent travels, to inspire you to book that ticket and get out there already! Continue reading “21 Travel Quotes to Inspire Your Wanderlust”

Cheers to the New Year!

2015 was a hell of a year for me, and I mean that in the best way possible. This time last year, I was cramped behind a desk, holding back tears as I suffered through what can only be described as a quarter-life crisis. Continue reading “Cheers to the New Year!”

48 Hours In Paris – Part II

Our second day in Paris was incredible and exhausting all at once. The soles of our feet ached from dashing around the city the day before, but we were lured from our warm beds by the promise of what lay just outside the hotel doors. We had already conquered the catacombs, stuffed ourselves on crepes, and ascended the steps to Sacre Coeur, but today we would finally see the most iconic sights Paris had to offer. Continue reading “48 Hours In Paris – Part II”

The Beginning of a New Adventure

I never traveled much internationally as a child. My motherโ€™s parents both still live in France, but I can only remember visiting twice when I was younger. For the most part, my grandparents made the long trip to visit us in Seattle. My own travels, while wonderful in their own right, were primarily confined to the West Coast: Crater Lake in Oregon, Disneyland in (hello) California, and even the occasional trip up to Victoria, B.C. We spent many summers camping, to which I credit my continuing love of the outdoors.

Continue reading “The Beginning of a New Adventure”