Falling in Love with Córdoba

I’ll be honest– I had no intention of traveling to Córdoba on my recent Europe trip. But after researching day trips from Madrid, I knew I had to explore this charming city in southern Spain. Córdoba was once the capital of Islamic Spain, and is one of the most important cultural heritage sights in the world. From the mesmerizing Mezquita to the city’s colorful patios, my visit to Córdoba was pretty much love at first sight. Patios of Córdoba First off, I highly suggest visiting in May! We just missed The Contest of the Patios of Córdoba (also known as the Battle of the Flowers) which is an annual two week event where families open their homes up to the public to enjoy the sights and smells of the alluring courtyards, free of charge. The tradition of filling central patios with plants began as a way for locals to aerate… View Post

Top Things To Do in Madrid

Upon entering Spain’s capital, I was immediately immersed in a world of unfamiliar sights and sounds. Colorful tarps strung high above the streets greeted me by shielding the hot July sun from my face while flamenco style street music filled the air. With my luggage in tow, I was ready to take on all that Madrid had to offer. Here are, in my opinion, the top things to do in this wonderful city. Disclaimer: Although this was my first visit, my brother studied abroad here, so I had an advantage over other first time visitors. Stock up on energy at the Mercado de San Miguel Start your day with a café con leche at Madrid’s largest and most famous market. If you’ve ever been to Barcelona, it’s basically a miniature version of the Mercado de La Boqueria. Fruit lovers should make a point to try the cherries or peaches. They look and… View Post

Two Days in Washington, DC

Ready to get all googly eyed over the United States’ capital? I recently went on a short getaway to the home of the stars and stripes, and left feeling more patriotic than ever. Here’s how I got the most out of my two days in Washington, DC. When to visit Spring is the best time to visit Washington, as the cherry blossoms are in full bloom and the weather is pleasantly cool. Fall comes in as a close second, as it typically isn’t as crowded. I visited during summer and it was extremely hot and full of tourists. Avoid June-August at all costs! Getting around While all of the attractions are easily accessible by foot, I recommend getting around the capital on wheels. Capital bikeshare has rental stations situated all around the city, so you can easily rent and return bikes to get around more efficiently. A day pass is… View Post

How to Pack For a Month in Europe in a Carry-On

I know this may sound harsh, but I always feel sorry for people who go to Europe with a massive suitcase (unless they’re studying abroad). I mean, do you really think that’s practical for a trip where you’re going to be bouncing around every few days in another continent? Trust me, no amount of outfits is worth lugging a huge suitcase on trains, around cities, to your accommodations, or to and from airports. With that being said, I’ll be honest. This was my first time packing in a carry-on for a Europe trip, and even I was a little skeptical about whether or not I could do it. I typically pack in a carry-on for trips under two weeks long, so packing for a month was definitely a stretch. However, it’s so much easier to have a small bag– especially in places with hills like Cinque Terre! So, I committed… View Post

My Toiletry Packing Guide

How to pack more beauty products in less space. Some people might call me crazy for wanting to give advice on packing toiletries. Yes, I do pack a lot. But I think it’s important to note that I pack a lot in a very small amount of space. I keep the makeup and hair products pretty simple (at least I think so), but where I go a little overboard is with the skin care products. I really don’t have any justification for it except for that I never know how my skin is going to react to travel. I also really enjoy giving my skin a little extra love and attention to preserve my youth, so to speak. (At least I’m admitting it, right?) Anyway, I used to pack three toiletry bags with me: one for my shower items, one for my skin care products and other hygiene items, and one for… View Post

How to Avoid Jet Lag

It happens to even the most seasoned traveler. We hop on a plane, fly all day long, and arrive at our destination during daylight hours. Meanwhile, our body thinks it’s time for bed (or vise versa) and silently screams, “what the hell?!” The drowsiness, moodiness, and nausea associated with jet lag puts a damper on the first few days of travel– which isn’t exactly ideal when you’re supposed to be having the time of your life! I know I for one am not a happy camper when I’m tired (ask anyone who knows me). But I digress… Anyway, here’s how to avoid jet lag so you can fully enjoy your trip! 1. Gradually adjust your sleep schedule During the week leading up to your trip, it’s important to reset your internal clock. Go to sleep an hour earlier (if traveling east) or later (if traveling west) each night. More importantly,… View Post