Perks of Traveling Solo

There is something invigorating, liberating and empowering about traveling solo, especially as a female traveler. I wouldn't say I prefer to travel alone, but when the locations, activities, and my goals align, traveling solo can be an incredible experience. Of course there are downsides to traveling solo as well—in some places it might be unsafe, …

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2015 Travel Recap

Each year I like to take a quick look back at some of my favorite memories--many from our adventures on the road--as a reminder that life is good. I'm so thankful for my amazing husband, family and friends, new and old!, who make life's journey worth every priceless moment. Here's to happy adventures in 2016! …

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A Day in Derry, Northern Ireland

Our last stop in Northern Ireland was Derry. I had been there a couple of times before when I lived in Coleraine, but this was Brian's first time. I thought he would enjoy learning more about the city's history, especially given all of the political unrest, so our first order of business was signing up for …

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Reliving Coleraine, Northern Ireland

After driving the Antrim Coast from Belfast to Bushmills and seeing everything in between, my husband and I spent late afternoon driving to our hotel in Coleraine so we could check in and drop off our things. It was an emotional day for me, seeing so many places that brought back memories of my time …

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Driving the Antrim Coast of Ireland

One of my favorite days of our recent trip to Ireland was our day in Northern Ireland, driving the Antrim Coast and revisiting a number of spots I hold in my heart from my time living and studying abroad. We left Belfast bright and early to start our drive north along the A2/Coast Road. Traffic …

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A Day in Belfast, Ireland

We made the most of our arrival day in Ireland, traveling through the Boyne Valley, and after a full night's sleep we were excited to spend our first full day exploring Belfast. Both my husband and I had been to Belfast before--me on several occasions when I studied abroad in Coleraine, Northern Ireland, and he …

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Study Abroad: How Setting Expectations and A Little Kindness Can Go a Long Way

A month or so ago a colleague and I were speaking with a graduate student from Iran about how she ended up studying and conducting research at a couple of universities in the mid-west. She was the most wonderful, bubbly, likable person I've met in some time, but our conversation took a bit of a …

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Top Tens of Travel

When I was in grade school, I remember making top ten lists with my friends. Top ten boys, top ten songs, top ten movies, etc. The order was susceptible to change at any moment, but the idea was popular for years. I still find myself making similar lists today--facebook asks for my favorite movies/books/etc., my significant …

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