Big Ben at Night Image

After an eight hour flight to London Heathrow Airport, we hopped onto a tram (with Oyster Cards in hand) and spent around 45 minutes traveling to Leicester Square. This is where we picked up our London Passes, grabbed a much needed cup of coffee and took in our first few sights of the city. One, I very much remember, was a vending machine with Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream. Although it may be a “thing” in the States, I have… Read more »

London in the Daytime

All I can say is wow. I honestly cannot believe that I have just (within the last few days) returned to the States after a month in Europe. My other half and I traveled to five main locations. These included London, Paris, all over Belgium, Berlin, Venice and finally Rome. We walked around 10 miles a day – by the end of our trip, our Fitbit Ones had tracked well over a half a million steps for each of us!… Read more »

Give Me the Simple Life, Little Ashlee

   The other day, I wrote about how excited I am to travel to Europe with only a single carry on – only the bare necessities. You may be wondering how, in a world of (numerous) things we live in, I’m so interested in a minimalist lifestyle. Let me explain… Ever since I was young, I’ve been somewhat of an organized pack rat (oxymoron of the year?). That homework from high school American History, my stamp collection from middle school,… Read more »

Eiffel Tower Clip Art

It has been a while since I last updated y’all on how the planning for Europe is coming together. To say the least – it is a lot of work! A few weeks ago, my other half, Max, and I spent the better part of a Sunday on booking housing and transportation as well as planning our itinerary. Now with our Europe adventure about 60 days away – the excitement is building! We have decided to visit (mainly) London, Paris,… Read more »

Map of Salzburg Austria

Magically, life has been placed “on hold.” I have the opportunity to travel anywhere in the world and live with a family for an entire year. Where do I choose to go? Salzburg, Austria. Why? You might think, well she must know German (the official Language) or maybe her ancestors originated there. Maybe, she knows more about the place aside from its name. If you thought any of the above… well you would be wrong. As foolish as it may… Read more »

Two hours of my life was just spent updating a ten-tabbed spreadsheet I’ve created to plan my trip to Europe. There are several things I’m realizing while planning a month-long adventure: (1) Europe is larger than you think. (2) I’m not yet old enough to rent a car, so I’ll be counting on trains, busses and my own two feet. (3) Power is different in Europe… power converters/adapters knowledge here I come! (4) …that includes my hair dryer… (5) ^^… Read more »

Yep. That’s right! In a matter of a few months I’ll be traveling abroad for the first time in my (almost) 22 years. I’m speechless, ecstatic, I…words just can’t describe exactly how I’m feeling. Oh! And don’t even get me started on the questions I have yet to sort through and the planning that is going to go into this trip – it’ll be worth it though! As I plan out my trip, details will unfold within this blog –… Read more »