Annecy, France: A Photo Diary of the Venice of the Alps

Tucked away in the French Alps along Lake Annecy is perhaps one of the most charming small towns in all of Europe. Also know as “the Pearl” or “the Venice” of the Alps, Annecy, France is living proof that storybook towns still exist today.

I stumbled upon this gem while looking for day trips to take during my recent trip to Geneva, Switzerland. And not even a massive hangover from a weird night of karaoke, a friend with a forgotten passport, or a thunderstorm were going to stop me. Read more

The Green Guide to Geneva (On a Budget)

Geneva is one of the most eco-friendly cities in the world, but it also is one of the most expensive. This lakeside city is decades ahead of the rest of the world in sustainability and functionality, while being the heart of international organizations in Europe. Not to mention, it is also strategically located in the epicenter of Switzerland’s most pristine natural wonders.

Lucky for you, my friends, some of the best ways to experience Geneva are both budget and eco friendly.

Here’s an insider’s guide for how to save your money and carbon footprint while traveling to Geneva. Read more

Why Brighton Should Be Your Next Trip in England

Have you ever visited a place that vastly over-exceeded your expectations? Somewhere that has such a strong energy that it overtakes you and leaves you thinking, “Wow, I can’t believe places like this actually exist”?

Well, that was Brighton, England for me. I underestimated the destination as a touristy day-trip from London, when in reality it was so much more. This seaside eclectic utopia is filled with funky coffee shops, boutiques, and markets overflowing into every bohemian side street.

Here’s why Brighton should be your next trip in England, and a perfect London day-trip  : Read more

5 Things I Learned From Living in Ireland

When I first arrived in Cork with my Croatian boyfriend, we hadn’t a clue how we were going to make it. We were staying in a run-down bed and breakfast outside of the city. We didn’t have jobs or an apartment. I began to question why I fought so hard to get a working-visa to come to Ireland in the first place.

Despite this, we decided to spend our first night in Cork at the legendary Oliver Plunkett Bar. I stepped into the Irish pub like seemingly any other American tourist listening to the live cover band. But as I began to lose myself in the energy of the live music and friendly locals, I felt like everything was going to be okay. I started to think there was a place for me in Cork.

Short of a year later, I found myself in the same pub on my last night out in Cork. This time, I wasn’t with my boyfriend. I was with two of my closest friends, among several that I had made over the past months. I taught myself how to navigate Irish bureaucracy and adulthood, first with my partner, and then on my own. I successfully helped run a study abroad summer program on top of mastering the art of working in a fast paced international education office. Most of all, I was leaving with countless of memories and adventures across the Emerald Isle.

I closed my tear-filled eyes, and in that moment, I felt that I really did create something for myself here. I created a home.

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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 a narrative much larger than us.

You see, us travel bloggers have the opportunity to be role models in a $7 trillion industry. We have the ability to help foster cross-cultural communication, breaking down barriers in the process.

It’s undeniable that we not only have a responsibility to our followers; we also have a responsibility to every community and culture we pass through.

Here’s how us travel bloggers can use our influence for good: Read more