What I Wore to Moscow, Russia's Bolshoi Theatre for a Swan Lake Performance

Dress c/o* (On sale!) | Pumps | Belt | Bracelet c/o* (On sale!) | Necklace (Similar) The Bolshoi is a historic theatre in Moscow that opened in 1856. (Pictures of it are at the end of this post.) One of the most famous ballet performances to see at the Bolshoi is Swan Lake. This is because Swan Lake was composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, who is a famous Russian composer, and it originally premiered at the Bolshoi in 1877. My… Read more »

Standard’s Carry on Backpack Review

My husband and I travel A LOT. We both have different ideas of what makes a good piece of luggage, though. So, when I had the opportunity to check out Standard’s Carry-on backpack, I thought it would be a good idea to have both of us try it out and really give a thorough review of this carry-on luggage! This may not mean much to those of you who don’t know him personally…but my husband is also the pickiest, most… Read more »

8 Things Solo Traveling Taught Me

Guest Post by Rachel O’Conner There’s traveling—and then there’s traveling alone. Every person, and especially every woman, should experience a solo journey at least once in their life. There are freedoms, challenges, and surprises that simply don’t occur when you’re with friends and family. You don’t have familiar people to lean on, so you have to puzzle-solve yourself. If you’re really up for the challenge, try a solo trip abroad, perhaps in a country where you’re not familiar with the… Read more »

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This is a great time of year to head to New Orleans – the temps are nearly perfect for walking and exploring, and you won’t have the crowds from Mardi Gras or Jazz Fest. 4 days in New Orleans is plenty of time to get a good feel of the city at a relaxed pace. I’m sharing how we spent our 4 days here and a few tips for planning your New Orleans itinerary. Plus, I’ll share some suggestions if… Read more »

7 Things To Know Before Floating in the Dead Sea

Floating in the Dead Sea is one of the highlights of my trip to Israel. Heck, it’s one of the cooler experiences of my life. Because the Dead Sea has such a high salt concentration, you literally float in it. It’s incredible! I read a lot of different articles on it before I went, but it still didn’t prepare me for it. I think it’s the closest I’ll ever get to weightlessness! Before you embark on this adventure, though, there… Read more »

Kedumim Square

Tel Aviv is one of the most interesting cities I have ever visited. I’ve been traveling nearly nonstop for the last 5 years, so I’m now getting to be one of those annoying people who is always comparing places to other places I’ve been. “Oooh, this feels so much like Tokyo! Doesn’t this little cafe remind you of that one in Buenos Aires? I’m getting some serious Sydney vibes here!” And then whoever is near me will likely want to… Read more »

*Thank you to Sarah for writing this post and Friday’s post for Have Clothes, Will Travel. I really appreciate it! I’m currently driving 3 hours north in Wisconsin to visit my grandparents, so I am very grateful to have someone picking up my blogging slack these last few days (again). Enjoy Sarah’s posts! Guest Post by Sarah Saker When it comes to Las Vegas and its many festivities, you get a little bit of everything. You have swimming pools, shopping,… Read more »

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*Thank you to Sarah for writing this post and Monday’s post for Have Clothes, Will Travel. I really appreciate it! I’m currently on a plane on my way back to the United States! I’m really excited to be heading home to visit family. I will also be driving 3 hours north in Wisconsin to visit my grandparents this Monday, so I am very grateful to have someone picking up my blogging slack these next few days (again). Enjoy Sarah’s posts!… Read more »

The Western Wall

I’ve experienced boring tours, tours with rude guides and tours that just aren’t all that organized. However, the “Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Bethlehem, & More Group Tour” has taken the cake as the worst tour I have ever done in my life. It was a complete disaster from start to finish. This type of tour is meant for someone who has VERY limited time in Israel but still wants to try to see the highlights. (Hi, that’s me!) In order for… Read more »

7 Spring Break Destinations in the South

*Thank you to Janelica for helping me out with this guest post today! I’m currently in Israel exploring with Tourist Israel! You can follow along in my InstaStories, here. Guest post by Janelica Johnson Spring break season is finally here and you’ll want to get your itinerary together sooner than later to lock in the best hotel and flight deals, buy tickets to local events and start shopping for vacation. Many regions in the southern part of the United States… Read more »

Siberian Banya

Experiencing a Russian Banya should be at the top of your travel itinerary for Russia, especially if you’re visiting during winter! For this post, I’ll explain what a banya is, what to expect when visiting one and share some funny videos and photos from our experience! (I’m jumping into a frozen lake in one video, haha.) Enjoy! *This experience is highlighting Put-in Tours’ “Moscow Day Tour to Sergiev Posad with Banya & Dinner.” We did this when my brother-in-law, Ryan,… Read more »

25 Dazzling Photos of Moscow, Russia During Winter

Moscow, Russia during the winter is really a sight to behold! Calling it a “winter wonderland” is a bit of an understatement. I am continually amazed by the beauty of this city after a fresh snowfall. (I would also venture to say, that visiting Russia during the winter is an even more magical experience than visiting during summer!) The majority of these photos are from central Moscow, and I didn’t include a ton of Red Square photos this time…because that… Read more »

Tombs of the Kings in Paphos

Guest Post by Kateryna Makarenko Cyprus is a small Mediterranean island with a heaven-like climate. It is full of historical and natural attractions, located in the northeastern part of the Mediterranean Sea. The magnificent nature, beaches, alluring white sands, and pure azure sea waters, the most sophisticated entertainments, numerous tourist sights, concealing a long history — a mysterious island combines all of this and even more into a perfect mixture of something for everyone. Because of the merging of Turkish… Read more »

The Museum of Cosmonautics - Is it Worth Adding to Your Moscow Itinerary?

When it comes to must-visit places in Moscow, Russia, the Museum of Cosmonautics generally doesn’t make the same lists as The Kremlin, St. Basil’s Cathedral or the Bolshoi Theatre…however, does that mean it’s not worth adding to your Moscow itinerary? This post will explain! What is the Museum of Cosmonautics? The Museum of Cosmonautics is a museum dedicated to space exploration. It charts the history of the Russian space race and famous Russian astronauts and has an impressive variety of… Read more »

How to Spend 2 Days in St. Petersburg During the Winter

Visiting St. Petersburg, Russia in wintertime is a magical experience. You just have to be sure to bring some VERY warm clothes and adjust your itinerary accordingly. Certain famous attractions, like the Peterhof fountains, will be drained…and taking a canal ride? Yeah, that’s not happening. But don’t let that deter you – the beautiful, winter wonderland more than makes up for it, and perhaps you could replace that canal ride with a horse-drawn sleigh ride? (Yes, please!) Now, two days… Read more »

The Top 5 Cathedrals Worth Seeing in St. Petersburg, Russia

St. Petersburg, Russia has an impressive amount of beautiful buildings to visit! We’ve already covered some of the awe-inspiring palaces. Now, this list will be for its jaw-dropping cathedrals. If you have the time, I hope you visit all the cathedrals in St. Petersburg! However, if you’re on a time crunch in St. Petersburg, like we were, this list will help you determine the highlights – plus, it is possible to visit them in two days or less. The Top… Read more »

What to Know Before Touring the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia

The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia is home to more than 1 million works of art and nearly 3 million exhibits in total. It’s actually the 2nd largest art museum in the world! (#1 is the Louvre.) The Hermitage is an absolute must-visit on your trip to St. Petersburg. This post will give a little background on it, as well as how to really make the most of your tour there! Brief History of the State Hermitage Museum… Read more »

12 Things to Know Before Visiting Catherine Palace in Pushkin, Russia

No trip to St. Petersburg, Russia would be complete without a visit to Catherine Palace in the suburb of Pushkin. Catherine Palace (or the Great Palace of Tsarskoye Selo) tops many of the “must-see” lists for planning a trip to this area. Being armed with a little knowledge before you go can certainly make the visit more enjoyable! Check out all my tips, tricks for getting tickets and visiting, as well as some fun facts about the palace. 12 Things… Read more »

Pavlovsk Palace

Pavlovsk Palace (or Paul’s Palace) isn’t as popular of a tourist destination as Catherine Palace or Peterhoff Palace – but does that mean it’s not worth adding to your St. Petersburg, Russia itinerary? This post will explain! What is Pavlovsk Palace? But first, you’re probably wondering what in the world this place actually is. Here’s a really quick rundown on the story behind Pavlovsk Palace… This palace was built in the 18th century on orders from Catherine the Great (Russia’s… Read more »

4 Great Reasons to Spend the Day at the Oregon Zoo

Guest Post by Sarah Saker Portland, Oregon is an unassuming city, much like the majority of cities across the United States. It doesn’t have the renown that places such as New York City, Los Angeles, Miami, or Chicago have. But that is alright. This gives places like Portland a quaintness that the metropolises of America cannot achieve. And there are some great things to see in Portland, including a city underground and an extinct volcano! But it is the Oregon… Read more »

10 Unique Hotels Around the World for Adventure Lovers

Care to scuba dive to your hotel room? How about zip lining down the side of a cliff after you check out of your room? Or a hotel so remote they actually PAY for you to stay at it? Does it sound like I’m making these things up? I can assure you these are all real and very unique hotels! And it makes me so excited that they exist (except for the underwater hotel you have to scuba dive to…that’s… Read more »

Moscow, Russia for New Year's Ever River Cruise Review

This year we spent New Year’s Eve in Moscow, Russia and my brother-in-law was visiting for the occasion too! This was really exciting for us and we wanted to go all out to ring in the New Year. My biggest regret when we tried to watch the NYE fireworks display in Sydney, Australia, was that we had gone to a public space and fought for the chance to see them (and we didn’t really get to see much). So, my… Read more »

The Ultimate Traveler’s Guide to Function & Fashion

If there is one thing I’m getting better at doing, it’s packing my suitcase for any trip lined up on my calendar. Whether I’m visiting the hot & humid Amazon rainforest or snowy & cold Russia, I always keep a list of essentials to ensure my travel wardrobe is primed and prepared for any occasion! Whether it’s your first long trip to a new country, or you’re packing up for a weekend getaway, you should always plan outfits with versatility… Read more »

Tips for Traveling to Tropical Destinations

Guest writer Mariel Santos from the Philippines offers some useful dress and health tips for first-time travelers to the tropics It’s at this time of the year that us folks living in cold climates start dreaming of a tropical vacation. The Caribbean, Costa Rica, the Maldives, Southeast Asia or Tahiti – there are dozens of tropical destinations within easy reach by direct flights from almost anywhere in the world. Relaxing on a white sandy beach under a swaying coconut palm,… Read more »

How to Spend 3 Days in Cappadocia, Turkey – The Ultimate Itinerary

Usually, I start my itinerary posts off lamenting how I wish I had more time in whatever place I’m writing about. However, for once, I think I finally figured out the appropriate amount of time to visit a place (at least this place). Having 3 days in the Cappadocia region of Turkey felt like just the right amount of time to see the highlights of Cappadocia! How to Spend 3 Days in Cappadocia, Turkey – The Ultimate Itinerary Day 1… Read more »

Hot Air Balloons + Floral Maxi Skirt

Skirt (Similar here, here & here | Cardigan (Similar here & here) | Shoes | Scarf (Similar) I’m going to be honest here, I’ve been procrastinating editing this particular set of photos from Turkey because I thought they were all going to be awful. Which I know sounds ridiculous – LOOK AT THAT BACKDROP. How can you have a bad pic with that? But, as you may recall in my previous posts, there were a lot of incredibly rude and… Read more »

What I Wore for the Sultan Cave Suites Famous Terrace (for Viewing the Hot Air Balloons)

Sultan Cave Suites in Goreme, Turkey is best known for its breakfast terrace. From here, you are treated to a breathtaking view of hot air balloons rising above Goreme every morning (weather permitting). This hotel is quickly gaining popularity, thanks to shots of its terrace going viral on Instagram. But before you book your stay here, you’re probably wondering… is the hotel itself that nice? What are the rooms like? Do you get to eat that awesome looking breakfast splattered… Read more »