the tourist gaze: on performative travel & narrative-making

what does conscious travel look like? is ethical tourism a thing? how can i be less harmful as a white westerner taking up space in foreign countries? i want to talk about travel as a white person, and particularly as a white person from the united states. while this post also pertains to white travelers… Continue reading the tourist gaze: on performative travel & narrative-making

Lebanon in Five Days + Rethinking “Home”

Lebanon is a country often too small to be denoted on a map--it's only 10,452 square kilometers! However, in our five days there, we weren't even able to see all of the ~main tourist attractions~. Taylor, Caroline, and I stayed with Rashed at his apartment in Beirut, and he drove us all around the northern part… Continue reading Lebanon in Five Days + Rethinking “Home”

Istanbul: The Essentials (Through My Friends’ Eyes)

Hello lovely readers! As I continue backpacking the Middle East, I'll keep sharing my top tips for everyone. This week, I thought we'd mix it up a bit, and I'd bring you the perspectives of my friends! I was in Istanbul, Turkey last week with three friends I met while teaching abroad in Delhi, India… Continue reading Istanbul: The Essentials (Through My Friends’ Eyes)

If You Have 24 Hours in Copenhagen…

So, as you read in my last post, I had a 20-hour layover in Copenhagen, Denmark on my way to Istanbul, Turkey. I stayed in a hostel near downtown, and I had scoured the tourist website for the must-do's in Copenhagen, as I had less than one day! But all the websites say the same… Continue reading If You Have 24 Hours in Copenhagen…

How to Survive Long Travel

Hello loves! I'm writing to you from the Copenhagen airport. It is 10:18 in the morning my time; 3:18 in the morning at home. That means I left for the Minneapolis airport 47 hours and 38 minutes ago, and I'm still not at my final destination. Here's the whole story: I booked a flight path… Continue reading How to Survive Long Travel

7 Tips for Travel in Serbia for the Solo Backpacker

Serbia: home of the electrician Nikola Tesla1, the first vampire2, and the largest industry of raspberry exporting in the world3. It's one of the six republics that constituted the former Yugoslavia4. My original list of "must-sees" didn't include Serbia (mostly because I didn't know much about it...how mistaken I was!), but that's exactly why backpacking is… Continue reading 7 Tips for Travel in Serbia for the Solo Backpacker

Budapest Through Photos: The Top Tourist Spots in a Party City

Tbh, I didn't know much about Budapest before going, I had just heard it was a must. So I took three trains over 18 hours from Rome, and arrived in Budapest, Hungary. I didn't know what there was to see, but I quickly learned that Budapest has a lot to offer information-hungry visitors (see what I… Continue reading Budapest Through Photos: The Top Tourist Spots in a Party City

HOW TO TRAVEL EUROPE FOR THE BEGINNING BACKPACKER: Your Ultimate Guide to Transportation in Europe

I've had message upon message about this topic, all saying the same thing: I want to travel Europe, but I'm clueless about how to get around!  So, I'm here to tell you the unfiltered pros and cons of travel in Europe. I've lived through the ups and downs. I've slept on buses and trains. I've… Continue reading HOW TO TRAVEL EUROPE FOR THE BEGINNING BACKPACKER: Your Ultimate Guide to Transportation in Europe

Rome During Easter: The Pope, the Colosseum, and (Most Importantly) Gelato

While Italy itself hasn't always been a dream of mine, the city of Rome has always intrigued me. The birthplace of so many modern technologies, Rome is an ancient city bustling with life, invention, and forward-thinking. I had planned to be in Rome for Easter to witness some of the most widely-known events today. Although I am… Continue reading Rome During Easter: The Pope, the Colosseum, and (Most Importantly) Gelato

Venice + Florence: Northern Italy in a Whirlwind

To be honest, it’s never been a *dream* of mine to travel Italy. Of course, I wanted to try bona fide Italian pasta, gelato, and pizza… but I think I’ve had some pretty amazing Italian food in my life (to my Minneapolis peeps—Tucci Bennuch at the MOA will CHANGE YOUR LIFE). I’ve never had this… Continue reading Venice + Florence: Northern Italy in a Whirlwind