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

The Ultimate Insider’s Guide to Dubrovnik

Drum roll please… I’m about the drop the ultimate knowledge bomb full of insider travel tips to one of the world’s trendiest destinations: Dubrovnik, Croatia. Trust me when I say you won’t find these tips in any Lonely Planet Guide or one of the various “36 hour travel guides” on Pinterest.

Why? Because I didn’t just visit Dubrovnik; I lived there. I first came to study abroad, then fell in love, literally, with a local. I then returned to live for another 6 months. I’m one of the lucky few Americans that actually were immersed in the culture and Dubrovnik mentality.

No tourist traps. No sponsorships. Only my genuine tips (and a few of my boyfriend’s recommendations too) about a destination that turned into my second home:

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Ireland’s Colorful Port of Titanic Treasures

I glanced out the train window at the pastel-colored buildings in the distance, like an inviting “welcome!” to incoming traffic. I then shifted my focus to the storm clouds on the sea’s horizon.

“And our last stop is Cobh, folks,” the train conductor announced. As I looked out at the powerful and eerie Atlantic, I imagined myself as an Irish woman setting sail to New York 105 years ago. “Cobh is our last stop, folks! The Titanic is off to the New World!”

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Cork City Chronicles: the Luck of the Irish

It didn’t hit me that I was actually moving to a new country (again) until the plane was about to leave. Once I finally made it on the plane, buckled my seat belt, and heard the engine starting to fire up, I realized there was no turning back. I sent out my last “Taking off now, love you!” texts and accepted my unpredictable journey ahead.

I was overwhelmed with a feeling of déjà vu. Leaving it all behind becomes an easier pill to swallow after every time I leave. But my roots weren’t just in Minnesota anymore. I built roots in Chicago, then Croatia. I am now branching my roots in Cork Ireland, with the luck of the Irish on my side. Read more

It’s Official: You Can Now Become a Mermaid in Chicago [PICTURES + VIDEO]

I know that I’m not the only one out there with an inner mermaid. But what if instead of putting on a “mermaid at heart” t-shirt, you could actually put on a tail?

With AquaMermaid Chicago, that dream becomes a reality. Not only are the mermaid classes an entertaining workout and way to de-stress, I can’t think of a better way to escape the winter in the Windy City. Read more