I’ve known Justin for almost 10 years (that feels super long when it’s written down!). We met through my best friend when I was a freshman in college, and clicked due to a mutual love for music, art, and later travel. He’s gone to a lot of really awesome, adventurous, and beautiful places, so I can’t wait to have him guest post again in the future about his travels!
I’m having a wonderful time in London so far! We’ve had a few snafus with the accommodation, but even given the lack of hot water for three days, not getting our keys for several hours (and hanging out in the parking lot), our doorknob falling off, etc., we’ve managed to see and experience some amazing things.
Today’s guest poster, Heather, was my best friend in elementary school. We played schoolhouse in her basement, traded best friend necklaces, and shared lots of fourth-grader-style secrets. We sadly lost touch for quite a few years when she moved away to Arizona. Thanks to Facebook, we reconnected last year, and I couldn’t be happier that we did!
Heather is a Librarian with two great loves in life: traveling and young adult fantasy novels. Visit her book review blog at http://ivorytowerlibrary.blogspot.com/.
Melissa Pike grew up in Maryland, Southern California, and graduated from high school in Southcentral Pennsylvania. She attended Ohio University and graduated in 2003. Prior to the economic downturn in 2009, she worked in MD, PA and NJ prior to the economic downturn in 2009. After losing her job, she found herself departing the east coast and setting off for adventure. She currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska, with her husband, Kevin, and their black lab, Kramer. During the summer, she hikes, bikes, fishes, canoes, kayaks, camps, and explores Alaska with her husband and friends. In the winter, she skis (downhill, cross-country, and backcountry), snowshoes, snowmobiles, and enjoys the slower pace of winter in Alaska. Additionally, she runs 5Ks, half-marathons, triathlons, and XC Ski Marathons to raise money for local charities. Melissa has traveled to Germany, Austria, United Kingdom, Italy, Iceland, Honduras, Canada, Hawaii, many communities in rural Alaska, and much of the continential United States. She enjoys sharing travel adventures through writing and photos. You can always catch her planning the next adventure and looking for travel deals. You can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve been in full-on packing mode for about two weeks: purchasing last-minute items (rain shoes, extra camera battery, etc.), writing lists, checking off lists, getting things organized.. it’s never-ending.
I have already shared my Travel Essentials Packing Checklist, but now I’m going to share photos of what I typically pack for longer international trips (and how I make it all fit). Keep in mind: I bring along a lot more than backpackers, so if you’re looking for packing minimalists, you’ve come to the wrong place.
I’m super excited to be a Guest Blogger for Tiny Iceland today! They just launched their website last Friday, but they already have so much information available. The website features posts by a variety of writers/bloggers who have visited, travel tips, a ton of tour information (hikes, super jeeps, ATVs, glacier lagoon, etc.), and videos and photos!
My post is essentially the same as my Iceland, Overview post on here, but in the future I’m hoping to develop some new content. I’m really excited to be working with Tiny Iceland, and can’t wait to see how the site expands in the future!
Where I Stayed: Hótel Reykjahlíð
Restaurant: the Restaurant in the hotel was superb
Shopping: There were several cute shops in Akureyri
Museum: Glaumbær, where you can see original turf houses, some dating back to the mid-18th century
Church: Akureyrarkirkja (which was designed by the same architect–Guðjón Samúelsson–who designed Hallgrímskirkja in Reykjavík)
Historical Site: Dimmuborgir
Experience: Whale watching in Húsavík–we went with North Sailing, and I highly recommend them. They are the only company to have turned old oak schooners into sailboats. We got to see puffins, got super close to the whales, learned a lot about the controversial subject of whaling in Iceland.. and though we ran out of gas, and the sails weren’t really catching enough wind to get us back to shore, a separate little boat came out to deliver gas, warm hot chocolate, and treats for all of us on board.
Food(s): Skyr (my first official taste of both the homemade and the store-bought kind)