Travel Tuesday: Yellowstone National Park

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Growing up, our major family trips were across the U.S. My mother loves national parks and is passionate about visiting as many as she can, but her favorite has always been Yellowstone National Park. I visited for the first time when I was nine, and then again when I graduated high school. My favorite part was always the horseback trail rides, which took you through the wilderness into areas you couldn’t see from the road. I grew up riding horses, and it was always a passion of mine. Continue reading “Travel Tuesday: Yellowstone National Park”

Travel Tuesday: 24 Hours in New York City

Recently, I visited New York City for the first time since I was six years old. Why did it take me 18 years to go back to the city that never sleeps, which is only a four-hour drive from my D.C. home? Honestly, it was so close that I kept putting it off, knowing that it would always be there. But I finally made the drive (well, ride on the Greyhound), and jam-packed everything I wanted to see into 9 hours! Continue reading “Travel Tuesday: 24 Hours in New York City”

Travel Tuesday: Toronto, Canada

Happy Travel Tuesday! This week, I will be sharing with you the highlights of my most recent trip to Toronto, Canada. Canada has been on my travel bucket list for the past few years, and Toronto did not disappoint! I can’t wait to go back to Canada and explore more of this beautiful country.

My boyfriend Andres (@aces_journals) and I rented a car and made the 10-hour trip up to Toronto from Washington, D.C., stopping along the way to see Niagara Falls. Coming from someone who has traveled solo most of the time, I loved having someone to talk and laugh with during the car ride, and the drive was surprisingly easy. The time spent travelling together is what I cherish the most from this trip, and I can’t wait to see where our next adventures take us. Continue reading “Travel Tuesday: Toronto, Canada”

My Favorite Eco-Blogs

In case you haven’t noticed, I am a firm believer in an eco-friendly and sustainable lifestyle. While I’m not perfect, I have been working towards making more conscious choices in fashion, food, and everyday actions. Because this lifestyle has just started to receive some recognition, I definitely needed some help along the way. I took to Instagram to find accounts and blogs that would inspire me, give me tips, and help me become more educated on the subject. Here are my favorite people that I have learned from, and have helped me with my steps toward sustainability. Continue reading “My Favorite Eco-Blogs”

Steps Toward Sustainability: Reef Safe Sunscreen

IMG_2702As I return from my trip to Belize, I am reminded once again the importance of sunscreen. My skin is fair, and a short amount of time in the sun can cause me to become severely sunburn. As my friend laid out in the sun becoming a golden bronzed goddess, my time was spent cowering in the shade, a towel wrapped around my whole body and a big hat for good measure.

While sunscreen is an essential part of my daily routine on and off the beach, it is important to also note what is in our sunscreen. There are two types of sunscreen that can be used: mineral and chemical. The difference is in the ingredients. Continue reading “Steps Toward Sustainability: Reef Safe Sunscreen”

How to Study Abroad as a College Student

When Towson University senior Amy Procaccini studied abroad in Australia in the fall of 2013, it was love at first sight. “While I was in Australia, we also traveled to Fiji and New Zealand,” said Procaccini. “I was so in awe of the beauty.” Procaccini, like so many other people, had caught the travel bug, and was already planning her next adventure.

But if you’re in college, there are a few obstacles before the next big expedition: money, money, and money. College students have spent many a night eating ramen noodles and thinking about the debts they need to pay off and questioning if they’ll ever go on another adventure again.

However, it is possible to satisfy your inner wanderlust without breaking the bank. According to NAFSA, in the 2011-2012 academic year, only 283,332 students studied abroad. It represents about 1% of all U.S. students enrolled in higher education. Here are a few ways that you can be a part of the adventurous 1% without skyrocketing your debts or bursting your budget.

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