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

ten things you might not know about me! (+ other updates)

hi hi hi! it's been a moment--but i have several new followers, so i thought i'd reintroduce myself to all you newbies around here 🙂 also, i took a personal break from instagram, twitter, and snapchat, so i've included some recent photos and whatnot! 1. i'm studying at the university of minnesota - twin cities,… Continue reading ten things you might not know about me! (+ other updates)

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

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

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… Continue reading The 8 Greatest Things to do in Munich Under 5 Euros

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!… Continue reading How to Survive a Week in London for the Budget Traveler