A Note on Solo Trips

A Note on Solo Trips

I love taking solo trips.  I think they are great for the spirit and can lead to adventures that maybe would not have been possible when traveling in a group.  That being said, I have personally experienced a slight downside to solo travel.  There’s a certain guilt that can arise when you travel alone that starts when something doesn’t go exactly how you planned and continues on through each misstep or change in itinerary. When I took my solo trip…

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Worldly Recipes: Ramen

Worldly Recipes: Ramen

The first time I tried this delectable Japanese dish was when Furious Spoon opened in Wicker Park, which is only a twenty minute walk from our apartment.  We were instantly hooked and decided we needed to learn how to make it at home.  Now, ramen is one of my go-to recipes during the week.  The ingredients are relatively cheap and it’s quick and easy to make.  Mike and I have the process down to a science, and it only takes…

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Top Five Friday #16

Top Five Friday #16

US Bucket List This year, I would love to explore new areas of the United States.  There are so many fantastic destinations in my own country, it makes for quite a long list of need-to-visit places.  I know I’ve said it before, but I think it’s worth noting again: every destination has it’s merits, and you don’t need to travel far to find a worth-while vacation.  This also speaks to my need to be on a tighter travel budget this…

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Neighborhood Spotlight: Chinatown

Neighborhood Spotlight: Chinatown

This past weekend, Mike and I hitched a ride over to Chinatown to get a little color in this dreary Chicago January. We took an Uber there, but it is also easily accessible by the Red Line Cermak-Chinatown stop. Both of us hadn’t visited this area since college, so it’s been quite a few years. Though the sky was cloudy, it wasn’t too cold out and there were plenty of other people milling about, so we were in good company….

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Budget-Friendly Ways to Indulge Your Wanderlust

Budget-Friendly Ways to Indulge Your Wanderlust

I have this problem where whenever I read about or see a photo of any destination in general, I want to go there immediately.  It’s a problem because I usually can’t afford there, especially not right away.  This results in a very long bucket list and endless pennies pinched.  When I take larger trips, meaning further and for longer, I save up for them for months.  I would like to think that a lot of people are in the same…

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Monthly Memo: January

Monthly Memo: January

Happy Sunday! Things have finally started to slow down from the holidays, which I am so grateful for.  Life has been really hectic lately, so I’m happy to have a chance to relax and catch up on some things.  Today in particular is shaping up to be a treat yo self day (I know I am way behind on this, but I have been binge-ing Parks and Recreation lately and I am obsessed).  I plan on: Reorganizing my closet Doing…

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2017 Travel Plans

2017 Travel Plans

I love the new year.  It brings all new possibilities for travel, not to mention a tax return to fund said travels.  As I mentioned in my 2016 review post, my 2017 travel plans will be on a pretty tight budget.  That doesn’t mean that I won’t be traveling this year, just that my trips will be on a smaller scale than last year’s vacations.  While not much is firmly set in place, I do have some big plans (as…

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2016: A Year in Review

2016: A Year in Review

2016, oh what a year.  It had some ups and a lot of downs.  That being said, there were a few really great moments that mostly made up for the bad.  This year was full of a lot of new destinations and some golden oldies; I got to go on an amazing solo trip and joined my family for a wonderful week in Tennessee.  Though so many great things happened, there were a few bouts of hardship that cast an…

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Copenhagen Card: Worth It or Not?

Copenhagen Card: Worth It or Not?

On my recent trip to Copenhagen, I decided to invest in the Copenhagen Card, a city pass that included many attractions and museums.  In my original planning for the trip, I thought the card would be an invaluable asset to exploring the city.  Plus, the fact that it might save me some money on this tightly budgeted adventure didn’t hurt! In addition to covering the entry fee for many museums, tours and palaces, the Copenhagen Card also works as a…

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A Weekend in Galena – Part 2

A Weekend in Galena – Part 2

Our first full day in Galena was jam-packed with activities, all leading up to the Night of the Luminaria.  We met Rose, of Visit Galena, and the last additions to our group, Max and Natalie, that morning at the Lamberson Guest House before Rose drove us all to Victory Cafe for breakfast.  It was a perfectly cozy, small-town diner kind of place, with things like plate-sized pancakes and biscuits and gravy (my favorite) on the menu. We all sat at…

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