Utrecht in Photos

I found Utrecht incredibly easy to fall in love with. To me, it feels so much more welcoming and homey than Amsterdam. While it is a major city in the Netherlands, it has the feel of a small, quaint village. The one thing I recommend the most when visiting is climbing the treacherously uneven stairs to the top of Dom Tower to see the colorful homes lining the canals. Yes, it’s a lot of stairs (465 to be exact), but it’s so worth it when you get to take in those views.

Here are just a few photos from Utrecht–Dom Tower, view from the Dom Tower, inside a bar and a pancake house, and more!

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A Quick Visit to Montenegro

montenegro

Situated in the Balkans along the Adriatic Sea, Montenegro is one gorgeous country. While there, I visited three regions: Bay of Kotor, Budva Riviera, and Central.

The Bay of Kotor is a UNESCO Heritage Site and is considered one of the most beautiful bays in all of Europe, and I certainly can’t disagree. I have to say that I was totally taken by the country, and especially the Bay of Kotor. I’d go out on a limb and say that the Adriatic rivals the Mediterranean in terms of beauty. The greens were lush, the water was a cool cobalt blue, and the terracotta rooftops were the icing on the cake.

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One Night in Dublin

It almost doesn’t seem fair to claim that I’ve been to Ireland as I only spent one evening in Dublin. But it was quite the evening! I had a pretty long layover in Dublin before heading back to the United States after a long trip to Dubrovnik and decided that rather than hanging out in the airport, I wanted to explore as much as I could in a short period of time.

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I Love Amsterdam

amsterdam canals

Tomorrow I’m headed back to Amsterdam (and then off to Germany, Austria, and Czech Republic), so this seems like the perfect opportunity to share an Amsterdam-related guest post from Kaitlin at A Georgia Peach Abroad. (Yesterday I was featured in a guest post on her blog.)

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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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Atchafalaya Basin, Louisiana

With the advent of shows like Swamp People, I think Cajun Louisiana gets a bum rap. To be fair, I’ve only seen one episode of the show, in which Cajuns were portrayed as backwoods hillbillies with funny accents and an affinity for disgusting swamp creature delicacies.

Atchafalaya Basin

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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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5 Best Videos of Iceland

Iceland‘s been pretty high on the travel radar lately; it seems almost inescapable. I can’t even begin to count how many travel-related sources have put it on their top picks for 2013. Iceland is certainly the place to be–it’s a photographer’s paradise, it’s the land of midnight sun during the summer and northern lights during the winter, it’s chockablock with outdoorsy and adventure-type fun, and it’s got so many types of landscapes you’d think you stepped foot on several countries (or planets).

Sadly, it’s been a year and a half since I last visited, and I’d love to find a way to work in the gorgeous country again this year. But until I can visit again, my photos, amateur videos, and memories can only do so much, so I rely heavily on videos others have created to get me through those I-wish-I-was-back-in-Iceland moments (which happen more and more frequently given the country’s travel coverage lately!).

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Dream Destination: Costa Rica

Costa Rica beach

It’s cold outside, and while I’ve grown to love the winter in some regards, it doesn’t stop me from dreaming of tropical destinations while I’m curled up in a snuggie (don’t judge) on my couch with the space heater pointed directly on me.

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Lesedi Cultural Village

When I was in South Africa for the World Cup, I wanted to immerse myself in African culture as best I could. It’s a bit difficult to get the flavor of a country when you’re there for sporting events, so I was glad that places like Lesedi African Lodge & Cultural Village exist.

Lesedi Cultural Village

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