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10 Tools to Plan a (long) Backpacking Trip

T-minus seven weeks until I’m graduated and thrown into the world of adulthood. Seven weeks until I’m financially independent, living on my own, and can no longer use the word “student” as an excuse for things. Like most other angsty millennials, I’m going to embark on a grad trip to celebrate the success of completing my university education (blah, blah, blah).

Now this trip is going to be nothing less than a chaotic three months of traveling Europe (and a brief stint in Northern Africa) with a combination of my friends that I met studying abroad in Australia. Three months sounds like a long time, but don’t worry, the practical side in me ensured that I would have a job lined up when I returned, even if that meant two quarters of absolute hell in order to graduate early to make that happen. Impulsive, but logical (story of my life).

Planning three months of travel is not easy, especially when those plans consist of 16 different countries, and a combination of traveling solo to traveling with 6 friends, and absolutely every combination in between (including a detour with the parents). I’m talking messy combinations of plane tickets, hostel reservations, airbnbs, train passes, rental cars, and every other word that triggers those who hate to travel. Luckily, in the last few months of “planning”, I’ve identified several tools to make the whole thing go down easier…

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Food, Travel

Manhattan Food Diary

Admittedly, a large part of my travel experience revolves around the food involved. NYC is the go-to US destination with a variety of world-famous restaurants and we had to try out as many as possible in our 3-day trek.  Continue Reading

Photography, Travel

Welcome to New York

This past week I got to travel to New York City for the first time. We only spent a few days there since it’s the middle of the school year, but we got to do pretty much everything that was on our list.  Continue Reading

Travel

Costa Rica Day 1 – Spelunking in La Fortuna

I just returned from my Spring Break family vacation to Costa Rica, and had an amazing time. We stayed in the Nayara resort located in La Fortuna, and had a week packed full of rainforest adventures. On the first full day of the trip, we went spelunking (otherwise known as caving) in the Venado Caves.  Continue Reading