Lifestyle, Travel

2018 Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers: Under $100

I created a similar gift guide last year, and was excited to post a bit earlier this season so there’s still time to shop for family and friends! This gift guide is geared toward the people in your life who love travel. Much of my year involved travel, so I had quite a few gift ideas! The items featured in this travel-themed holiday gift guide include items / accessories that I own and use, or items on my personal wishlist! Best of all, the gifts I’ve linked are under $100 (and most are less than $50!). And there’s still time to catch the Black Friday and Cyber Monday discounts and sales.

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Fashion, Lifestyle

5 Pieces You Need in Your Fall Wardrobe

I love dressing for the fall season because I can break out my jeans, cozy sweaters, and booties. I love the colors of the season – rich browns, olive green, garnet. A few weeks ago, I listed 5 Instagram accounts to follow for “fall style inspo,” because these bloggers’ looks definitely inspired MY seasonal shopping. In this post, I’m recommending 5 pieces (both basics and “fad” pieces!) you need in your wardrobe this fall. I’ve included styling tips and links to each of the pieces I’m wearing, as well as alternatives at various price-points!

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Away Carry-On Luggage: Follow-Up Review

I purchased a piece of carry-on luggage from the Away brand just before I left for London. A few months into my trip, I wrote a review summarizing my thoughts about the luggage and the brand. At that point, I’d taken the suitcase on my international flight to London, as well as two weekend trips. It was enough to form an initial opinion, but now I have more to say after 6+ months of European adventures with my Away bag at my side.

If you’re interested in why I purchased the carry-on, be sure to read my original review. I wrote in depth about the multiple options (in size and color) offered by the brand, the features of an Away bag, and the price.

My Away carry-on is also featured in my post “What to Pack in Your Carry-On.” I wrote…

I love the matte finish and the square shape. It’s extremely durable. And I’m a fan of the two-sided interior – I was able to fit quite a bit in this bag.

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Best Banana Bread Recipe for the Fall Season

One of my favorite fall recipes is chocolate chip banana bread. I absolutely love the fall season for all the holidays and the excuse to make good food. My mom and I do a lot of baking for family and friends, and a seasonal bread makes for a great gift. Pumpkin bread and chocolate chip banana bread are our go-to’s, so I thought I’d share the recipe for those of you with a seasonal sweet tooth.

We’ve used Raechel Ray’s recipe for years. It never lets us down. I keep the recipe stored in Paprika, an awesome recipe manager app that I can access on both my computer and my iPhone. You can enter recipes manually, or paste a link to an online site and Paprika will do the rest.

When we make banana bread, we typically double the recipe (select “scale 2x” in the app and it will automatically calculate the new measurements). Our doubled recipe makes a large loaf and a small loaf, and sometimes we’ll freeze the smaller loaf or wrap it up as a gift.

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Ultimate Guide to Planning a Trip to Europe

So you’re planning a trip to Europe – you’re touring Italy or vacationing in Greece, and you’ve got an entire Pinterest board dedicated to the trip. That’s awesome! I’ve been there, and the conceptualization stage is a fun place to be, because the possibilities are endless and the world is your oyster. But when it comes to the nitty gritty of trip planning, things can be a bit more difficult and overwhelming.

Sure, there’s plenty of information about booking your flight or what to pack for your week in Spain, but how do you actually go about planning your trip from start to finish? Where are you supposed to begin?

Having studied abroad as a student and then lived in London for 6 months, I have some experience in this area. My roommates and I planned trips to Copenhagen, France, and Italy while we studied abroad. And when my time as a Program Assistant was up, I traveled with my parents to Germany and Austria and then met a friend in Ireland.

Along the way, I’ve learned a lot about planning European travel! I’ve worked with my family and friends to plan the logistics of multiple trips abroad. That’s why I’d love to share what I’ve learned in this ultimate guide. There are several ways to go about planning a trip, and I’ll walk you step-by-step through each stage of the process so that you can make all the necessary decisions with confidence.

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