The ultimate guide to [budget] dining in Florence

As one of the most beautiful and most-visited cities in Italy, Florence has more than its fair share of delicious Italian food. And, after nine months of living in the city center, I’ve visited more than my fair share of restaurants. You can find a few of my favorites below, along with some suggestions of […]

Lisbon, Portugal (ft. Sintra)

A city filled with culture, tasty seafood, and some of the friendliest locals in Europe, Lisbon is a treasure of the Iberian peninsula. As the capital and the largest city in Portugal, Lisbon has something for everyone to enjoy! Three days wasn’t enough, but with cheap seats on TAP Air Portugal and being only a…

A long weekend in Amalfi

As one of Italy’s most stunning treasures, the Amalfi Coast is home to sparkling blue waters, colorful cliffside towns, ice-cold Limoncello and all the delicious Italian food you could eat. However, as wonderful as it is to visit Amalfi, it’s not as easy as it sounds. There are many different towns and islands to see…

24 Hours in Milan

Hmmm…what to do with 24 extra hours in Italy? How about pack a bag, book a hostel and head to the only Italian city with both Uber and Starbucks? I mean I love a good Italian cappuccino as much as the next guy, but sometimes a girl just needs a €7 cup of Venti soy…

Dublin on a Budget

This past June, I was lucky enough to travel to Dublin with a friend after graduation. Despite its questionable weather, Ireland is a gorgeous country with plenty to see and do! We stayed in Dublin for four days, taking one day trip across the country to the Cliffs of Moher. Since both my friend and…

A guide to restuarants in Dubrovnik

I’ve always thought one of the most challenging aspects of traveling was finding good, affordable restaurants that serve authentic cuisine. Now that Dubrovnik has become such a popular tourist destination, it can be easy to fall into tourist traps at restaurants that charge big $$$ for subpar food. After sampling many of Dubrovnik’s best restaurants,…

A day-trip to Kotor

Montenegro, and its beautiful Bay of Kotor, is one of the hidden treasures of the Dalmatian Coast. Nestled in mountainous terrain between Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Serbia, Kosovo and Albania, Montenegro is incredibly scenic and shockingly affordable. Although I would have jumped at the chance to spend a whole vacation in this Adriatic gem of…

Discovering Dubrovnik

As my second Game of Thrones location, Malta being my first, Croatia was everything I hoped it would be. Filled with delicious cuisine, locally produced wine and beer, dainty shops and welcoming locals, the Dalmatian Coast was even more astonishingly beautiful than I imagined. No visit to Croatia could be complete without exploring this extraordinary…

European Perks to Take Advantage of Before Returning to the States

Being back in the midwest and neck-deep in 18 credits, it’s easy to remember all the wonderful things I miss about my semester in Europe. There are many wonderful parts of living in the United States, don’t get me wrong. The two that I missed the most had to be supermarkets and leggings-as-pants (and oh…

My Rome bucket list

Being back in the States for almost five months now, I’m finding it difficult to keep my thoughts from Europe.  The hardest to forget is Rome itself, my old home and my favorite city in the world.  Although constantly brainstorming ways to get back oversees, at the moment the closest I can get to Rome…