Favorite New Discovery: Trover

I try to be on the forefront of all-things travel if I can be–if there’s a deal, I want to get in on it; if there’s a hot new destination, I want to see it; if there’s a new app or website to check out, I want to check it out immediately. And because I like sharing my awesome finds with fellow travel lovers, I thought I’d clue you in on a new website and app I’ve been mildly (okay, ridiculously) addicted to lately: Trover.

Meganotravels Trover Stream

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What to Pack: 3 Months in Europe (Fall/Winter)

I am a notorious over-packer. Sometimes for 3-to-4-day trips, I’d pack at minimum 5 pairs of shoes and 6 outfits. But I’m a girl who likes options. So when I was gearing up for my trip to Europe (and Morocco) I had a really hard time determining what to take with me. Naturally, I wanted to pack my entire closet, but that was impossible (because what I didn’t mention was that I’m also a clothing/accessory hoarder–I have 40+ dresses, 40+ cardigans, and 40+ scarves along with everything else I own).

Everything I’d read said to pack versatile pieces, no jeans (instead cargo and convertible pants), only two pairs of shoes, fleece… the list goes on. But I knew that wasn’t me. I feel like such a prissy bitch saying this, but fashion does matter to me. I knew I didn’t want to spend my time abroad worrying about whether what I was wearing was appropriate for any given situation, so I wanted to ensure I was covered on all bases.

So, here’s what I, a fashion-conscious woman, packed for three months in Europe during Fall and Winter months.

Fall and Winter Packing List for Europe
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Upcoming Travel Plans

I’m really excited to let all of you in on what I’ll be up to for the next few weeks!

After a short, but beautiful, two weeks in Scotland exploring Glasgow, Edinburgh, and the highlands, I’m off to a few new destinations!

Portofino-Coast-Genoa-Italy

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Up first: Italy!

My first stop in Italy will be Genoa, where I’ll be meeting up with friend and fellow BlogHouse Toronto graduate, Cindy of PointsandTravel! We’re fortunate enough to be staying in the gorgeous suite with city views at the BW City Hotel.

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When Bad Shit Happens on your Travels

Let’s face it: bad shit happens. It can happen whether you’re in your hometown, or 3,000 miles away in a foreign country.

listen kid, bad things happen

Before I went abroad for the first time, my dad’s reaction was priceless.

“Mae, I don’t feel comfortable with you going to Rome. Steve had his watch and wallet stolen on a street corner!”

“Dad, worse could happen to me walking across Millersville’s campus by myself.”

This is my typical response when people tell me that traveling is dangerous–horrible things happen in my own country all the time. Bombings, shootings, planes flown into buildings, other random acts of violence, etc.

And to be completely honest, walking around by myself at 3am in Rome that summer was less scary to me than walking around in Philadelphia alone at most times of the day. I may have been silly and naïve for doing it, but I survived.

The two most common occurrences I’ve encountered with regards to bad shit happening are sexual harassment and having things stolen.

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European Road Trip Roundup

European Road Trip

I am home from my first-official European Road Trip, and I have to say, it was one of my favorite trips ever. Here are a few iPhone photo highlights from the journey.

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SXSW Survival Guide

SXSW Survival Guide

The season of South by Southwest (SXSW) is almost upon us. SXSW is one of the best and worst times to be an Austinite. It’s a time when Austin is flooded with thousands of out-of-town hipsters, overrun by fixies, and Sixth Street becomes even more obnoxious. But with all of the bad, comes a lot of good: movie premieres, big-name as well as up-and-coming bands, a ton of celebrities who host some awesome parties, and the launch of new technologies (think Twitter).

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My First European Road Trip!

I have a lot of trips/plans in the works, but only one big trip confirmed so far. So I figured I’d let you in on that one for now.

In less than two weeks, I’m departing on a European road trip, starting and ending with Amsterdam. The itinerary is…

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Where to Find Travel Inspiration

where to find travel inspiration

I’d say I have a pretty healthy addiction to travel. Addiction in the sense that when I’m working, eating, sleeping, driving, whatever, I’m thinking about where I want to go. When I’m on a trip, I’m already thinking about the next trip. And when I start planning the next trip while I’m on the current trip, I start thinking about the next next one.

So where do I find inspiration for these trips? Easy–everywhere!

Movies

movie theater

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10 Best iPhone Travel Apps

There are an additional 5 iPhone travel apps mentioned in this newer post.

Let me preface this by saying that I’m cheap. I’d prefer to spend my money on the actual travel and not on the iPhone apps that make it possible (because let’s be honest, some of the paid-for apps provide the same for-free information you can find on the internet).

That being said, there are a few apps that I absolutely love and can hardly function without when I’m traveling or planning a trip. I’m going to highlight some of the generic travel apps I use, but if you need any advice on country- or city-specific apps, let me know.

best iPhone travel apps

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How to Budget for a Trip

how to budget for a trip

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When most people find out how much I love travel, their top question is usually some derivative of: how do you afford it?

To be perfectly honest, I’m never quite sure how to answer that question. I often wonder the same thing when reading round-the-world travel blogs.

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