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Volunteer Park

Birthday Travels When I travel, I will often look up a few places to visit prior to leaving the comfort of my own home. Not many, not enough to make a full travel itinerary, but enough that, once I get to that place, I can explore beyond that space and really get into the meat of traveling. Volunteer Park was one of the places that I knew I needed to visit before we even entered the state of Washington. And visiting the space on my birthday ...

6 Things to do near Tulum, MX

After honeymooning in Tulum — and all of the research that went into preparing for that trip — my wife and I are pretty confident on giving some amazing suggestions for traveling in and around Tulum. Specifically, travel suggestions that do NOT involve locking yourself on a bus with a dozen other couples, families, and retirees trying to see the same sights as you. Been there, done that, and nobody wants the t-shirt. To visit ...
Lifestyle, Travel

Paso Robles | Wine Country for Millennials PART TWO

Wine country was easily one of the most magical experiences I’ve ever had. Taking a break from the city and going out to relax, enjoy some mountain air, and tour wineries was exactly what I needed to unwind from a crazy winter and what’s shaping up to be a very wet spring [focusing on the fact that it’s going to make for some inspiring flowers and blooms very soon]. Read the first part of our Paso experience here. Our ...

Paso Robles | Wine Country for Millennials

At the end of February, I had the pleasure of adventuring to Paso Robles, California, with a wonderful group of bloggers to experience wine country. Now, when I say “wine country” you’re probably thinking that I’m talking about Napa. Napa appeals to a much different group of people than I will ever identify with. But I’ve always loved the idea of visiting wineries and enjoying a break from city life. So when the ...
Style, Travel

JBU by Jambu | Wanderlust with Vegan Shoes

Cali Wanderlust During my travels to California, I got to meet up with one of my favorites, Carra. She’s a bomb photographer and videographer and she just moved to LA. Which means OF COURSE we had to get together and shoot and catch up. The result? An amazing tour of Venice Beach, photos I can’t get anywhere in Chicago, and some quality time with an amazing human being. I love being able to travel and explore but my favorite ...

24 hours in LA | Travel on a Budget

I recently had the joy of going to California for a few days. The trip was to go to Paso Robles with some fellow bloggers and enjoy wine country. But I’d never been to Los Angeles so I decided to turn this into a proper adventure! I flew into LAX, spent a day exploring, then drove to meet the girls. The return trip looked the same with a drive, a day, and a flight out of LAX. But everyone knows I’m on a super tight budget. So I ...

Chichen Itza & Cenote Ik Kil, Yucatan, Mexico

To Chichen Itza! Our second morning in Mexico dawned similarly to the first one, woke up early (this time on purpose), drank some coffee, and grabbed breakfast. We were heading on an adventure today! An extra pastry in hand for good measure, we waited at the front of our resort for a bus to come pick us up for a day trip to Chichen Itza, one of the seven wonders of the world and a site that has been on my travel bucket list for a very long ...

Riviera Maya Day Two: The Ocean

We woke up the next morning surprisingly early. My usual idea of vacation is sleep until I can’t sleep anymore, drink some coffee, and then set about doing things. And yet when 7:30 rolled around, I was awake and ready to go. So, of course, I rolled over and whispered “Are you awake?” She was then. Oops. We made coffee and went to sip on the balcony, and watched the rest of the resort wake up around us. People sleepily ...

Riviera Maya, Mexico

Last month, my lady and I ventured to Riviera Maya, Mexico to celebrate the marriage of my cousin to her awesome husband. To the airport, onto a plane, into another airport, and finally to a bus, we made it to our new home and promptly took some time to explore our little slice of paradise, the Iberostar Paraiso Lindo. This resort is absolutely gorgeous. The beach is down this gorgeous path through jungle which opens up into a stunning Vista ...

Extreme Wanderlust: Homesick for the UK

Have you ever missed something so badly that it very nearly physically hurts your heart to not have it? That you would do damn near anything to get it? That’s how my day has gone. It was only two study abroad trips but my time in the UK was so life-changing that I would solidly call it home. With soul searching, traveling, being away from what I had previously known as home, and feeling really, truly, as though I was in a place where I ...