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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Minneapolis Murals: Their Stories And Where to Find Them

One of my favorite free things to do when I’m back in my hometown is to explore the Minneapolis murals. It’s an interactive way to explore the different neighborhoods of town, and the colorful backdrops are of course ideal for the ‘gram. But more importantly, the...

20 Things to do in Duluth, Minnesota Before You Die

There are four places in the world that I consider “home”, and Duluth is one of them. From long walks along the beach with my mom, to Trampled by Turtles concerts in the park, to UMD college parties (and hangovers), it’s where I’ve checked quite a few things off my...

The Best Restaurants in Duluth, MN

For a small town, Duluth is sure full of a lot of flavor. Yep, Duluth is most definitely in the running for an up-and-coming foodie destination, while still remaining true to its humble, blue-collar roots. Most people underestimate the cuisine and culture in Duluth...

The Best Hiking Trails in Duluth, MN (Pictures and Map)

Duluth, Minnesota may be one of the most underrated hiking destinations in the country. The trails of Duluth and the surrounding North Shore region are considered a local gem to us Minnesotans, but it still baffles me how Lake Superior’s beauty and surrounding...

What I Missed About America While Living in Europe

Three months spent back in the United States. And it took me three months to get around to publishing this blog post. Or any blog post for that matter. So, what the hell did I do during this time, you ask? Well, I lived my best Minnesota summer life with friends and...

A Local’s Guide to Camping in Dubrovnik

You don’t need to stay in luxury accommodation to experience the best of Dubrovnik, Croatia. In fact, camping in Dubrovnik may be the best ways to immerse in the region’s lush, seaside landscape for a fraction of the cost of any hotel or apartment. Pitching tent in...

The 15 Best Beaches in Dubrovnik, Croatia

For a fairly small town, Dubrovnik sure does have an abundance of beaches. Even though the Old Town gets packed with tourists in the summer months, there are surely enough seaside escapes to go around for everyone. And as an American expat in Dubrovnik, I can tell you...

The 4 in 1 Bag Perfect for Travel

After two years of living out of two suitcases in Europe, minimalism is both a value and a necessity for me. I’ve replaced impulse shopping with buying smart for my nomadic lifestyle. As a result, my mind and space feels a lot less cluttered. But while packing a...

Why You Should Opt for Secondhand Engagement Rings

Two years ago my Facebook newsfeed was filled with blurry Thirsty-Thursday snapshots. It has now transformed into a flurry of engagement announcements, barn-chic wedding albums, and #weddinghashtagsfordays. While we may be the generation to be a bit flashy on social...

7-Day Northern Italy Travel Itinerary

If you ask any Italian, they will tell you that there is a significant difference between Northern and Southern Italy. Southern Italy is best for seaside escapes and exploring the capital city of Rome. But Northern Italy is best for biking around the lake, indulging...

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