What to Wear in India

Before I left for India, I scoured the internet trying to find anything I could get my hands on regarding what to wear. I didn’t want to stick out like a sore thumb, but I also didn’t want to totally change up my style and pack things I wouldn’t be comfortable in for several weeks of travel.

Here’s what I knew: India is hot. Hot hot hot in April in the northern part of the country (Delhi, Varanasi, Jaipur, Agra, etc.). And India is conservative: no shoulders or knees can be shown.

I thought long and hard about what to wear and settled on the following: lightweight and breathable fabrics. Short sleeves, long skirts, and ankle/capri pants. Turns out, it was perfect.

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Top 5 Attractions in Ooty

Located in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, Ooty is one of the most famous hill stations in India and is situated amidst the blue misty mountains of the Nilgiris. The hill town was known to be the dwelling place of the pastoral community of the Todas, but was captured by the British East India Company by the later 18th century. The British officers were enchanted by the surroundings and the cooler climate and developed it into a colonial summer retreat for the Madras presidency. The architecture of the buildings was more of a recreation of the buildings in old England and provided a pleasant escape from the tropical heat of Southern India. Today, Ooty remains as a highly frequented hill station and has several attractions that make your trip a memorable one. Let us take a look at some of the best attractions that Ooty has to offer.

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On Travel and the Possibility for Love

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I just finished reading Lost Girls, a tale of three women who quit their jobs to set off on a round-the-world trip for a year, and much like What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding, parts of it struck so close to home that I felt that I had written them myself. In one of the last chapters, I found myself:

“I hadn’t acknowledged my feelings until now, but they hit me full force: I was ready for something more than just a job. I wanted what most women secretly (or not so secretly) want deep down–to fall in love, to be a girlfriend or a wife, to come home to someone who wanted to come home to me. I’d never really made much space in my life or my heart for these things before.”

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Long Weekend in Orlando Area (With No Theme Parks!)

I booked a trip to spend a long weekend in Orlando with some friends who recently moved there, and before I left, I got multiple text messages from them asking me what I wanted to do while there. Outside of theme parks, what is there to do in Orlando?

I scoured Pinterest, Googled everything I could find, and still landed in Orlando with exactly one thing on my list. One thing for three days. Off to a bad start.

So we spent the first night poring over Reddit trying to find cool things to see and do, and it essentially amounted to this: there are probably two cool things to do in Orlando, and the rest requires a bit of a drive. And thus, a plan was born.

Turns out, there are a lot of awesome things to do in the area.

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Foodie Guide to New Orleans

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Hearing “New Orleans” conjures images of Mardi Gras, hurricane damage, and the Saints, but what’s missing is the food. It may not top the list for culinary cities like New York and Paris, but New Orleans has some of the tastiest foods you’ll ever try and best restaurants you’ll ever visit. So what exactly should you eat when you’re in New Orleans? You’re about to find out.

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How to Spend a Long Weekend in Austin

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If, unfortunately, you only have a few days to spend in Austin, don’t fret–there are still a lot of things you can pack into a short time in this awesome city.

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Finally, My Very Own Video of Iceland

I just watched Wild and her journey of mostly solitude took me back to my most recent trip to Iceland. I think it’s one of the best places on earth to be totally alone–just you, your thoughts, and the natural beauty that surrounds you. While I certainly didn’t spend 100 days hiking across this beautiful country, I did spend a week exploring the south coast, which has been my favorite since my first trip there.

I finally put together a condensed video of my trip there (I say condensed because the footage came in around 45 minutes and I got it down to 5). All it really does is make me want to hop a plane back and take my lovely new camera (with video functionality!) to do some more shooting. Hope it makes you want to hop a plane there too!

Only in India

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I have never been as scared to travel to a country as I was to go to India. I read every single horror story I could get my hands on before leaving–I read about acid attacks, rapes, muggings, hotel break-ins–whatever I could find, I consumed. I hate how I feed into things like that, but I absolutely do. While I never believe an entire country is the sum total of what its horrible people do, I still like to be informed. And in this case, I’m glad I did. It totally worked in my favor because I ended up having one of the best experiences of my entire life!

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A Small Taste of the Museums in Washington, D.C.

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With over 200 museums in the district, it is easy to understand why Washington, D.C. is the best museum city in the world! No matter where you stay in Washington, at least one museum is nearby! But with so many museums, how do you know which ones to visit? If you are working with a limited amount of time and a fixed budget, here are four museums to give you a well-rounded experience and make you want to come back for even more.

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Guide to Planning a Weekend Trip to Boston

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Boston is one of the best cities in the United States. It boasts awesome historical significance, features some of the best attractions, and has delicious foods to suit everyone’s tastes. And if you stay at a hotel in the heart of the city, it makes getting around this small town a breeze (even on foot)!

Boston’s History

If you’re a US history buff, Boston’s the perfect place for you–it was founded by Puritans; the Boston Tea Party became the catalyst for the American Revolution; and anti-slavery movements happened here during the Civil War. There’s plenty of history to be found, but with only a couple of days, here are two of the best options.

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