International

Studying abroad and not sure what to pack?

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Get Lost in London:

I’ve been getting a lot of questions about London lately, so I wanted to make a guide for first time visiters.

London may seem similar to NYC, but it is very different in some ways! In order to survive and thrive during your visit, there are some crucial things you just gotta know! Click here to figure out what exactly those things are!

Marrakech, Morocco:

I recently decided to make a Youtube Channel to upload my travel videos. If you’re interested in seeing my quick travel video from my weekend in Marrakech, Morocco, click here!

Spring Break in Iceland:

Traveling to Iceland and want to learn some of the do’s and dont’s before you book?

Click here!

Day 3: March 6th, 2019:

Today was out second day of sightseeing. Once again, we got up early and hopped in our Subaru Forester (nicknamed Leifa) to begin our journey. This day was dedicated to Iceland’s South Coast and we had quite a few stops to make. To get to our furthest point on the coast was 2.5 hours.

We mostly drove through lava filled land surrounded by mountains, and we saw a small town here and there. Unfortunately, it snowed over night so the roads were a little snow covered. After around 1.5 hours we reached our first point of interest for the day: Seljalandsfoss waterfall. To park we had to pay 700 ISK, but we decided we would just hop out quickly and see it.

We hopped out and ran to the waterfall and got pretty close up. It was huge and absolutely beautiful. There was a path that took you to the side and eventually behind it and we decided to take that path. We were halfway up the stairs when we realized we were SOAKED from the mist. Our hair was literally dripping, and so wasn’t my Nikon camera (yikes). We immediately ran back down the stairs and into the comfort of Leifa for warmth (without getting a ticket). Here’s a picture:

We weren’t exactly a huge fan of that waterfall, after much of the area around it was closed for exploration and we were soaked. We kept driving for another 20-30 minutes, reaching our next destination of Skógafoss waterfall.

Skógafoss was definitely my favorite waterfall of the trip because you could get “up-close and personal” with it without getting soaked. Visitors could walk right up to it, as well as see it from above. To see it from above, we climbed about 300 steps. We had our breath taken away, literally and figuratively, when we reached the top. You could see the river flowing into the waterfall and the mountains surrounding it along with the ocean in the distance. If you visit this waterfall, I highly recommend making the trek. Here are some pictures:

View from above of Skógafoss
Another view from above

Day 2: March 5th, 2019:

Today was our first official day of sightseeing. The day before, we grocery shopped and our breakfast, lunches, and snacks were all ready to go when our alarms went off at 8:30 a.m.. We decided to start with a bang and drive the Golden Circle. This route features national parks and other significant landmarks and natural attractions shaped in a circle to the northeast of Reykjavik.

Our first stop was Þingvellir National Park. This park is absolutely huge, but we only saw a small portion of it. In the winter, some trails and roads are closed due to snow, rain, or mud. To come to this park, you definitely need to be in decent physical shape as it involves a small hike to get to wider trails. Here are some photos:

View from one of the higher trails
Taken on my GoPro

Stop 2 was Geysir, and it’s just what it sounds like. This stop didn’t take us too long. Basically, it’s just hot springs and one hot spring that is a huge geyser. Definitely a cool sight and worth a stop. The geyser goes off about every 5-10 minutes. However, if you’re lucky it might go off multiple times in very short time increments. Here is a picture:

Geysir in action
The hot springs

Stop 3 was Gullfoss. Gullfoss is only about 10 minutes from Geysir and it was my favorite stop on the official Golden Circle. It is a huge waterfall, with viewing points from high up and another just above the waterfall.

View from far above, taken with GoPro
View from down low

The Golden Circle is technically “over” after Gullfoss, however there are other attractions along the way that are just as spectacular. The best attraction we found was Kerið which is a volcanic crater. You have to pay 400 Krona but you can walk all the way around it and down to the base of the crater lake. Here are some pictures:

It was snowing when we were at the top!
View of the crater with my GoPro
Me at the bottom of the crater lake

Along with Kerið, we also found some cool stops such as Skalholt Church and a horse farm with Icelandic Horses we could stop and pat. We weren’t expecting to find these things, but some of the best sights aren’t planned!

Skalholt Church

Overall, we burned through a ton of gas in our approx. 7 hour trip around the Golden Circle, but it was well worth it. My favorite sights of the day were the Kerið Crater and the horses because they’re just so dang cute.

Day 1: March 4th, 2019:

We landed in Keflavik International Airport at 5:30 a.m, about 45 minutes quicker than expected! Our flight was okay, but they gave us no food and they had the heat on around 100 degrees!

We got off the plane, went through customs and got our bags in about 5 minutes total…. and then we waited. Our rental car service was a tad late picking us up. However, we eventually got on the road in our little Subaru Forester around 7:30 am, just in time for the sunrise.

On our drive to Reykjavík, we pulled into a small little town and watched the sunrise.

Vogar, Iceland

After our pit stop, we continued on to Reykjavík and arrived around 8:30, just in time for the sunrise. We stopped in a little bakery and I got a cinnamon bun and a cappuccino😍

After our stomachs were filled, we decided to go to a famous church and climb to the top (just kidding there was an elevator). We saw amazing views of the city and even better views of the mountains surrounding it.

Following that, we decided to explore the city and headed down to the water and after to a lighthouse called Grótta Lighthouse. The views were amazing and people go to the lighthouse at all hours, either to see the lighthouse itself or to see the Northern Lights at night. Unfortunately we couldn’t see the Northern Lights, but we were lucky enough to have this amazing view.

The water:

The Grótta Lighthouse:

While exploring the city, we also saw some pretty cool street art:

That’s all to report for the first day! Tune in tomorrow for our trip to the Golden Circle!

February 28th, 2019: The Struggle of Packing

Classes are done until March 11th, so I decided to pack in my spare time in between other things I need to do on this fine Thursday. I’ve packed for trips so many times before, I even packed for a 12 day France and Spain trip and I was fine!

But this time…. I’m struggling.

We’re flying IcelandAir and naturally we bought the cheapest tickets (cause we’re college students, duh!) However, this cheap ticket doesn’t include a checked bag. Yup. Only a carry on and “small” personal item. As I’m typing this I’m still struggling to wrap my head around all of the things I need to pack and how I’m going to fit it in a cheap 25 euro plastic suitcase that might burst at any time.

Packing essentials include: warm sweaters, pants, boots, hats, gloves, scarves, toiletries, a bathing suit, sneakers, and the list goes on and on.

I have not yet finished packing, but it will truly be a miracle if everything I need (and want) will fit in that suitcase.

Stay tuned for updates!

Here’s some more info about my trip and what you can look forward to seeing soon after I get back!

Monday: Exploring the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik!

Tuesday: Travel to the Golden Circle

Wednesday: Travel to South Iceland (Heidmork Nature reserve, Reynisfjara beach)

Thursday: Blue Lagoon

Friday: Horseback Riding and more exploration of Reykjavik

Saturday: Coming home to the US!

International Travel

Louvre, Paris France

Some of you may be wondering, where exactly has she traveled? To be a travel blogger, you gotta have some international experience, and I definitely do! Below is a list of places I’ve traveled to internationally:

  • Europe:
    • Italy:
      • Rome, Florence, Venice, Lucca, Bologna
    • Ireland:
      • Dublin, Galway, Cliffs of Moher
    • Interlaken, Switzerland
    • Athens, Greece
    • Spain:
      • Madrid, Barcelona, Toledo
    • Brussels, Belgium
    • Germany:
      • Berlin, Munich, Nuremberg, Erfurt, Augsburg, Colditz, Wartburg Castle
    • France:
      • Paris, Versailles, Nice
    • Monaco
  • Africa:
    • Morocco (Marrakech)
  • North America:
    • Canada- Niagara Falls + Montreal
    • Nassau, Bahamas