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 [...]

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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 [...]

4 Reasons Self-Care When Traveling is Important + A Day Trip to Salzburg

Last week, I experienced food poisoning for the first time. It was horrid—apparently my body had a severe adverse reaction to the vegetarian chicken wrap I’d had for lunch from McDonald’s, in an effort to be budget-conscious in an expensive city like Salzburg, Austria. I did a day trip to the picturesque city from where [...]

The 8 Greatest Things to do in Munich Under 5 Euros

Helloooooo, fellow budget travelers! We all know Europe (especially Western Europe) is a doozy when it comes to price. From hostels to public transportation, food to souvenirs, travel can really drain your bank account if you don't pay attention (or even if you do, tbh). I went to Munich for a week and found the [...]

Feminism and Prostitution: My Experiences in the Red Light District

Ahh, good ole' prostitution. The oldest profession in the world. I've been working on this article for about two weeks (sorry for the delay in posts, friends) because it's an issue I consider to be really important. The conversation I'm trying to have here goes much beyond the scope of what can be contained in [...]

How to Survive a Week in London for the Budget Traveler

We all know that Western Europe is one of the most expensive tourist destinations in the world. I think I’ve spent more money in the past couple weeks than I do in a month at home (whoops!). I’ve learned how to cut corners here and there, though, so keep reading to learn from my mistakes! [...]

Highlights from the City of Love

Paris has been a dream of mine since I can remember. It's the romance, the history, the drama... it all adds to the allure of the dreamy Paris. I had the great opportunity to spend six days wandering through the streets, marveling at the beautiful old architecture juxtaposed with ultra-modern shopping malls and fashion. Even [...]