Iceland, Finally

Iceland, Finally

Name a country that A) you hear there are cheap flights to, B) you hear is really freaking awesome, and C) you bet you know at least one person who has been there. Are you thinking Iceland? Because I’m thinking Iceland. I'd say that Iceland is having a moment, but Iceland’s moment is so long, it is having an hour at least. I visited there in October and never wrote a single blog post about it. 

But now, I bring you: my trip to Iceland and how you can most definitely make it happen too.

My First Solo Camping Trip

My First Solo Camping Trip

I’m sitting in my car in the parking lot of a Charlottesville coffee shop. I’m fueling up after a stretch of road back up the East coast of the US. But before I make my way back to Philadelphia, I am going to spend a couple of nights solo camping at Shenandoah National Park. 

“Aren’t you supposed to do that with people? You know, the buddy system?"“Well I can’t keep waiting to do it with somebody - otherwise I’ll never do it!"

How Yoga is Helping Me Travel

How Yoga is Helping Me Travel

I’ve been having a hard time with some things. This includes, but is not limited to, writing about getting outside and travel with some meaning. With some purpose. I found myself saying, “Yeah, but why does it even matter?” I’ll throw a full disclosure in here to say I’ve been feeling like that about many of the things in my life. But this in particular was (read: is) feeling incredibly frustrating. Travel, and adventure travel at that, was the thing that pulled me through grad school. This blog as a creative outlet got me through some rough days. And why would such an important part of my life all of a sudden feel meaningless?

I think it might have had something to do with me and how I was choosing to travel.

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Ski Day?

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Ski Day?

This is not a post that will describe an intense day of backcountry skiing. Elk Mountain is a little backcountry.Although that might be #lifegoals - does anybody want to take me under their wing and teach me?

This is also not a post where you will read about an amazingly positive day on the mountain with no tears and no falling. Because, oh boy, did I fall. Sidenote: HOW do people just go skiing for whole days and not fall once? Will I ever get there? What does that feel like? 

This will however, be a post where I (spoiler alert) FINALLY SKIED A BLACK DIAMOND.

Top 10 Ways to See Philadelphia Like a Local

Top 10 Ways to See Philadelphia Like a Local

If you’ve seen the “places to travel” list that tout Philadelphia as a worthy destination for your next vacation days, let me be the first to welcome you and show you how to see Philadelphia like a local. That's what the cool kids are doing these days, right? There is so much to see and do in the city, and my love has definitely blossomed over my last seven years of living here. I put together a list of things I would do with my friends to show off the city - so, friend, here you go!