Welcome to The Mindful Mermaid travel & lifestyle blog!

My name is Alex, and I’m an American blogger and content creator who picked up and moved to Croatia after college. With both a passion for sustainability and travel, I believe that travel can be used as a force for good. 

My growing corner of the internet is where I share my FREE resources and experiences practicing responsible travel, conscious living, and global citizenship. 

It’s my mission to set an example that sustainable travel and living can be hip, instead of hippie. 

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5 Ways to Minimize Your Carbon Footprint from Flying

(this article is a guest post by Emily Folk of Conservation Folks).  Have you ever thought about the environmental impact of even one person taking a flight? If you think about the fuel needed to get a plane in the air and the number of planes flying around the world...

Things to Do in Zermatt, Switzerland: a Winter and Summer Travel Guide

Guarded by the legendary Matterhorn, we stepped off the train into what appeared to be a snow-capped paradise. The Swiss town was filled with wooden houses, tiny cars and buses made exclusively for the narrow streets, and the sound of stomping ski boots from all...

Travel to Croatia With Me! (Croatia Group Trip October 2018)

While many consider Croatia a dream destination, I’m one of the lucky few foreigners that actually get to call this nature-haven home. Since I came here to study abroad in and later returned to live, I’ve gained insider knowledge of the entire Croatia region that you...

12 Offbeat Destinations in Europe

The truth is the offbeat destinations in Europe have culture, character, and charm that you simply just can’t find in tourism meccas like Paris or London.

Why Travelers Need to Stop Using the Word “Gypsy”

Travelers, nomads, vagabonds, we need to talk. I know many of us know why I’m going to say this, but I think it’s becoming increasingly evident that many of us do not. Chances are if you are even somewhat involved in the travel community, you probably come across this...

My Advice on Cross-Cultural Dating and Relationships

We all know THAT girl who doesn't want to "catch feels" abroad and comes home meeting the love of her life. Hello, me. I met a special someone while studying in Croatia, and three years later we are living together and still going strong. We did long distance for a...

How to Travel with Student Debt (Travel Bloggers Tell All)

Here’s how you can traveling the world and live abroad – while still making loan payments.

Dubrovnik Diaries: Pomalo Living

Whenever I’m asked about why I chose Dubrovnik, I end up narrating the same sensational monologue from start to finish. I could never find the right words to describe the carefree, yet often chaotic, way of life that keeps me coming back. It...

How to Get a U.S. Working Holiday Visa in Ireland

Here’s everything you need to know about getting a working holiday visa in Ireland, as well as how to find housing and a job once you arrive!

Youtube Q&A: Travel, Living Abroad, and Everything in Between

One of my goals for 2018 is to make more videos, and actually get behind the camera myself. What better way than to start with a quick little Q&A with questions asked by YOU! You asked, I answered. Thanks for all that participated! Feel free to...

responsible travel resources…

5 Ways to Minimize Your Carbon Footprint from Flying

5 Ways to Minimize Your Carbon Footprint from Flying

(this article is a guest post by Emily Folk of Conservation Folks).  Have you ever thought about the environmental impact of even one person taking a flight? If you think about the fuel needed to get a plane in the air and the number of planes flying around the world...

How Travel Bloggers Can Make a Positive Impact

How Travel Bloggers Can Make a Positive Impact

There has to be more to travel blogging than competing for the most drool-worthy Instragram shots in exotic destinations, am I right? I’d like to think so. But as the industry becomes more saturated (and competitive), it’s easy to loose sight of how our work ties into...

Mindful + Conscious resources…

5 Sustainable Style Tips Made Simple

5 Sustainable Style Tips Made Simple

I used to be the girl with “nothing to wear” and an overflowing closet with cheap clothes. After burning through dozens of Forever 21 blouses and shoes with a 3-month lifespan, I realized that my purchasing patterns were not only hurting my wallet. I made the...

The 5-Step 2018 Sustainable Style Challenge

The 5-Step 2018 Sustainable Style Challenge

In a perfect world, my wardrobe would be filled with statement vintage pieces, timeless artisan prints, and a handful of sultry backless dresses from Reformation. A combination of Emma Watson’s sustainable closet with Gigi Hadid’s effortless street style is the...

LIVING ABROAD…

Dubrovnik Diaries: Pomalo Living

Dubrovnik Diaries: Pomalo Living

Whenever I’m asked about why I chose Dubrovnik, I end up narrating the same sensational monologue from start to finish. I could never find the right words to describe the carefree, yet often chaotic, way of life that keeps me coming back. It...

Cork City Chronicles: The Emerald Summer

Cork City Chronicles: The Emerald Summer

If there’s one thing that Ireland taught me, it’s that you can’t trust the weather forecast. You can mope about how there’s a 100 percent chance of rain all week, only to be surprised by nothing but sun and blue skies. And that’s exactly how my solo experience and...

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