Firenze

Ciao! As mentioned earlier, I spent a week traveling through Italy this past August. Today I’m excited to share my first leg of my trip to Florence. As soon as we hopped off our almost 10 hour plane flight to Rome, we opted for a high speed rail through beautiful Tuscany. While the train rattled…

Budget Traveling: Packing Light

One of the easiest ways to save money while traveling is to travel light, with just a carry-on. Since I tend to travel home to California a lot for summer fun, holidays, and football games in the fall, I’ve become a professional carry-on packer. 1. Choose your luggage There are whole websites dedicated to finding…

Budget Traveling: Buying the Flight

Hello again! I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus since work has been busy. However, I am excited to say that later this month I am going to be traveling back to Europe for the first time since I studied abroad! I am super excited and can’t wait to be traveling overseas once again-…

Victoria’s Favorite Tapas

One of my favorite parts of visiting a new country and culture is to experience the food! In Spain, tapas are a way of life. These little dishes are meant to be shared in a family style meal, each little plate ordered throughout the night and adding something new to the meal. In the south…

Earth Day

Happy Earth day all! This Earth day, I’m reminiscing about the beautiful beaches of Menorca. This small island off the coast of Spain was the backdrop for a perfect weeklong camping trip when I studied abroad. From secluded beaches with reefs perfect for snorkeling to trails overlooking deep blue water and grassy knolls; from packed white sand beaches…

Pâques à Paris (Easter in Paris)

Morning in Paris, the city awakes to the bells of Notre Dame… A few Easters ago I was lucky enough to spend Easter in beautiful Paris! We started our morning with croissants and coffee (and hot chocolate and tea!) outside of beautiful Notre Dame, next to the famous buttresses that hold the beautiful Cathedral in…

New York Minute

In my 2017 New Years Resolution to travel more, I took a short weekend trip to the fabulous New York City! This time around, my friend and I were able to find an awesome hotel deal, so we were able to stay in TriBeCa in a nice hotel, rather than crashing on our friends couches/floors….

Atop: Picture Perfect Prague

Growing up in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and going to school in the Berkeley hills, I’ve always found comfort in vistas and views. Moving the East Coast has been difficult, and I’ve found that my heart misses standing atop of rock and concrete, peering at life below. I yearn for the top of…

Navigating Public Transportation

Let’s face it, navigating public transportation when you’ve driven a car your whole suburban life is difficult. Add a new language into the mix, and you might as well declare yourself lost now. If you’re studying abroad or traveling for the first time, you’ll Learn how to read a real map Whether you like it…

The Dinner Diaries: Petit-déjeuner à Paris

In a small Parisian cafe, in the shadows of the neighborhood of Notre Dame, sat the Cafe St. Regis. With lively hosts, and a crowd of locals and tourists, my friends found a table on a cold February morning in a table for five, around a clean white table cloth and a delightful table display….

Bruges

On a cold winter morning, we wandered through the knolls and fog of Belgium to the medieval storybook town of Bruges. It was 6 AM when we left the warmth of our AirBnb to walk downtown and catch our BlaBla car to the countryside. As we napped in our carpool, we passed through the dense…

Shine: When the Lights Go Down in the City…

There’s something magical about a city when the sun goes down and nightlife begins. Every city reveals a new charm, new characters, and new opportunities to experience the local culture. Coming from a suburb of Los Angeles, nighttime often meant that commuters had made it through the LA traffic to their track homes and were…