Dear Individual Who’s Afraid To Travel Alone, Hey! How are you? Your hair looks great today, has anyone told you that yet? So! You want to travel. You’re in your final semester of high school and planning to go to college, but don’t feel mentally prepared to start yet. Or, you’re about to finish college, and you don’t quite feel ready to be a real adult with a real job. Or, you recently got out of a six-year relationship and want to be somewhere else…Continue Reading “An Open Letter To Everyone Who’s Afraid to Travel Alone”

Everyone and their mother has a travel blog these days, or at least an Instagram account packed with envy-inducing travel photos a-plenty. With all the travel bloggers/influencers out there, it might be hard to pick which ones to keep up with and which ones to ignore. Here are some of my favorite female travel bloggers and their online presences that are definitely worth checking out. 1. Nadine Rohner Originally from Switzerland and now living and writing in Bali, Indonesia, Nadine Rohner covers all things Bali…Continue Reading “Women Writers to Watch in 2017”

I skipped my university graduation to spend a week in Colombia, and then went on to spend a few months in Barcelona. None of that was anywhere near the disaster that I (and my mother) thought it would be. However, I did mess up a little, and I’m going to tell you all about it so you don’t do the same things. 1. Make sure you know the visa requirements for wherever you’re going way before you go. As romantic and adventurous as it sounds to…Continue Reading “7 Travel Mistakes I Made–And How You Can Avoid Them”

Picture this: Jessica wearing her cow onesie and laying on her friend’s couch in Vitoria-Gasteiz (small Spanish town near Bilbao), trying to use the bus company Alsa to find a bus back to Barcelona and audibly complaining because Alsa doesn’t like to let people book buses with foreign credit cards. Fed up with the whole Barcelona bus situation, the aforementioned cow started messing around on the Alsa website and saw that she could instead get a bus to San Sebastián for 7 euros and worry about getting back to…Continue Reading “San Sebastián is Mindblowingly Beautiful and If You’re in Spain You Should Go”

After four days of visiting Barcelona in 2015, I was completely in awe of the city and knew I wanted to come back and live here. So, a year later, I did. While I’m obviously still technically a tourist in Barcelona, since I’m not from here and have only been here for four and a half months, four and a half months is a lot different than four days. So, knowing what I know now, here is everything I wish I knew before I went. 1. Spanish…Continue Reading “10 Things I Wish I Knew About Barcelona as a Tourist”

Guest post by Michelle Rick. You can find her on Instagram or at michellearick.com. According to Pinterest, there’s a place that has beaches for days, because it’s an island, and islands tend to be surrounded by water. Its menu is designed to nurture the taste buds of a deliciously, nutriciously Instagrammable diet. And there’s many an opportunity to get in sunrise yoga selfies until you literally can’t even. If you find yourself headed to Bali in the near future, buy yourself a Bintang bro tank and…Continue Reading “GUEST POST: A Basic Bitch’s Guide to Bali”

If you’ve talked to me for longer than ten minutes, you know that I’m about as patriotic as a potato. (Read: not patriotic at all.) Whenever anyone asks me where I’m from, I always say “California” instead of America. I even went as far to lie on my Couchsurfing.com account that I’m from Montreal (which only led to my host in Venice, Italy trying to speak to me in French). Aside from all the obvious reasons that I’m not a huge fan of my own country…Continue Reading “How Not to Suck as an American Tourist 101”

When I was backpacking across Western Europe (Friends references will never get old, that’s a fact), I had some experiences that negated some “advice” I had heard before I went. I’m here to debunk some “Euro myths” about your upcoming Euro trip. (See what I did there? That was funny.) 1. “Hostels are dirty and full of sketchy people who will stab you in your sleep.” I’ve said this before  and I’ll say it again: despite what a lot of people think, hostels are awesome. Everyone loves…Continue Reading “EuroMyth: Common Misconceptions about “Euro Trips” and Why They’re Wrong”