The only lakeside resort in the Yosemite area, The Pines Resort is located right on beautiful Bass Lake, just 18 miles from the park’s South Gate entrance. It’s also roughly 4 hours from both San Francisco and Los Angeles. Yosemite National Park has long been on my USA bucket list, and I was thrilled to have the Pines as a base from which to explore it.
So you want to dress up and have a movie set straight out of Westworld all to yourself? Yeah, me too. That’s how I ended up in Pioneertown, California in the early morning hours, frolicking around in an orange dress. Read on for details and photos of this authentic Wild West movie set turned tourist attraction near Joshua Tree National Park.
When it comes to living the digital nomad life, there’s a lot of moving pieces. Not only are you scouring the Internet for affordable Airbnbs, hostels and hotels, you’re also trying to find quality cafes and co-working spaces with good WiFi. On top of that, you want to enjoy wherever you are, so you’re researching things to do and places to eat, while also juggling recommendations from friends and family. It’s a lot of information to stay on top of. To keep all of this information and ongoing research in one place, I’ve been using a new free app called Bublup.
Headed to Big Bear Lake, California? Looking for accommodation? Do I have a cozy Airbnb for you. And I don’t mean cozy in the typical real estate sense, where it’s used as a flattering word to describe a small space. The cabin I’m about to share with you is very spacious, but everything about it just makes you feel…well, cozy. And very much at home.
So you’re considering visiting Banff National Park in May? I’m here to tell you the things that I wish I’d known before visiting this Canadian bucket list item- namely that the picture I had in my head of turquoise lakes and boat rides was totally unrealistic! Don’t let this completely deter you, however- as Banff is pretty darn magical any time of year. Bring clothes for all seasons (you’ll be hot one day and freezing the next), get your camera ready, and consult this list of dos and don’ts ahead of time…it’ll help you plan accordingly!
I took my mom to South Yarmouth, Cape Cod for a mother-daughter weekend getaway and stayed in a beautiful Airbnb that has been dubbed the “Cape So Hard” house. The home is a traditional Cape-style and has been transformed it into a space where modern meets comfort, complete with the nautical trimmings and blue and white color palette that you would expect from a coastal vacation home.
Calling all book lovers! It’s no secret that I’m obsessed with any establishment, big or small, that houses books. When I heard about Venice, Italy’s famed Libreria Acqua Alta, I knew I had to see it for myself. Here are 10 photos that prove it truly is one of the world’s most fascinating bookshops.
Ready to walk into a fairytale? Rothenburg ob der Tauber is a magical Bavarian town found along Germany’s Romantic Road. Read on for restaurant, accommodation and activity recommendations, as well as photos that look like they were plucked right out of a Disney film.
Iguazu Falls is one of the New Natural Wonders of the World, and with good reason. With 275 individual waterfalls that plummet into a giant divide between the Brazilian and Argentinian borders, it’s a massive attraction that needs at least two days to explore thoroughly. After spending a whole week in the area, I learned a lot about the falls, the highlights and benefits of seeing them in each country, border crossings, a special nighttime tour, and transportation. Now, I shall pass my findings onto you!
Life as a digital nomad often means packing for trips with no set end date, and let me tell you- this is not easily accomplished. I travel for up to one year at a time with the same stuff, and more often than not, I choose my destinations as I go. It should be no surprise then that after 4.5 years of traveling, I’ve come to learn what I can and cannot live without. Now, I’m sharing those items with you in this list of my top 10 digital nomad travel essentials. They’re the cannot and will not live without products that comfortably and happily get me from one country to the next!
While Rio de Janeiro is a real babe from the ground, she’s even more spectacular from the sky. If you’re heading to the Cidade Maravilhosa (Wonderful City) and like me, have always dreamed of being a human drone, do yourself a favor and book a helicopter tour at sunset. It’s not as expensive as you may think, and it’s worth every single Brazilian real. Here’s what you need to know.
Located in the eastern Brazilian state of Ceará, the secluded and magical beach town of Jericoacoara should be high on your Brazilian bucket list. If you want to get away from it all, yet still have everything you need at your fingertips, this is a great place to escape. I don’t know how I’d never heard of it before I got to Brazil- it’s the best kind of paradise and I don’t think the world has even realized it yet. It shouldn’t take too much convincing, but I’d like to offer 12 very good reasons why you should visit at least once in your life.
Planning a trip to Budapest, Hungary? Over the course of my two week stay, I collected a list of my best recommendations. Read on for must-see spots, delicious restaurants, great cafes to work from, nightlife areas to check out, and more.
One photo of Mostar was enough to alter my travel plans, and that was only skimming the surface of what the city had to offer. I’ve included 14 of my favorite shots from the city itself and nearby attractions in the hopes that maybe you’ll see the same beauty that I did, and give this amazing place a spot on your travel bucket list.
This month marks four years of non-stop travel, and during that time I have stayed in more Airbnbs than I can count. I anxiously await the rumored loyalty program, because my wandering, homeless self is about as loyal to Airbnb as it gets! But until I obtain my “Super Guest” status and the mystery rewards and benefits that go with it…I thought it would be fun to take a look back at my trips and share my top 10 Airbnbs from around the world.
When I arrived in Oban, Scotland I was desperate to see some of the country’s famous highland scenery. I also needed to find a place I could explore in a half day before work. After a little research and a helping hand from the internet, what I found was heavenly. I discovered that the Isle of Kerrera is home to a whopping 34 people, and is a manageable 4 miles long by 1 mile wide. Translation: a walkable, quiet land with minimal people. It also promised to have all of my favorite things, and if you and I like any of the same things- well, I imagine you’ll find it to be pretty spectacular, too.
Many visitors to Croatia fall into one of three categories. The sailing-obsessed, the massive Game of Thrones fan, or the one who saw a picture of Plitvice National Park on the internet. I’m guilty of all three, and having spent well over a month exploring Croatia I can confidently tell you that Plitvice is the most beautiful thing I saw there. Whether you’re swinging through on a day trip or have the flexibility to stay overnight, here’s some information based on my own experiences to help you maximize your time, and make sense of a rather large and confusing park!
As far as tourist destinations go, Slovenia seems to have flown under the radar but is slowly gaining traction with its natural beauty and particularly iconic landmark, Lake Bled. This stunning body of water looks like it's been plucked straight out of a fairytale and placed into real life, and any lover of the outdoors should put it at the top of their travel list. Having visited at the end of June, the weather was perfection, everything popped with the brightest shades of blue and green, and I effortlessly spent NINE hours meandering around. Here's how I spent my time, as well as some other activities to consider, especially if you have more than just one day!
No visit to Portugal is complete without a taste of the north and the beautiful city of Porto. Giving off an entirely different vibe than the country’s capital, Lisbon, it is a place that is very deserving of at least a few days. Here are 10 pretty convincing reasons why.
Yacht Week Croatia. Seven days and seven nights sailing the Adriatic Sea, 40 something boats, an unquantifiable number of drinks, and 10 amazing friends. It was a week to remember, but one I entered into completely clueless. Here are 15 things I wish I’d known before I hopped on the boat.
Cape Town, South Africa is an absolute unicorn. I would have happily traded my six weeks for six months had I known just how hard I'd fall for this amazing city. If you're planning a trip- you're in luck. I've taken my month and a half of amazing adventures and thrown them onto a bucket list that I wish I could do over and over again.
Digital nomads are people who are location independent and use technology to perform their job. Their lifestyle is by no means conventional, and there are eight misconceptions that they’d like everyone to know.
Ever heard of Sintra? I hadn’t, until very recently. If there’s one place on earth where you think you might find unicorns, Rapunzel, a forest full of singing animals, the fountain of youth or Prince Charming, you’d swear Sintra, Portugal was it.
Lisbon, Portugal is the kind of place where everything you’ve ever wanted in a city collides, and you can’t help but wonder where it’s been all your life. Digital nomad or not, I’m going to drop names of all of my favorite places in Lisbon, which anyone visiting can benefit from. If you go, you’ll fall in love. You’ve been warned.
Already have the freedom to work from anywhere and want to travel the world with a group of amazing, like-minded people? If you call yourself a digital nomad or entrepreneur and you're living the remote life, then this post is for you.
Planning a trip to Machu Picchu can be tackled a number of different ways. There are tons of multi-day hikes like the Inca Trail that will spit you out there, or if you’re short on time, you can do what I did. Even though I took “the easy way”, there are multiple types of tickets you can buy for multiple times from multiple different places, and it can be pretty overwhelming. I’m going to tell you precisely how I went about this solo journey to one of the most amazing ruins in the world, and pray that it’s helpful.
For one month I decided to drop anchor in Valparaiso, Chile. Whether you’re planning to hang around for a while or are just swinging through for a day or two as many travelers do- I’d like to share my favorite spots and what I learned. Valparaiso is a beautiful place to explore but hang around for the end and some tips on how to stay safe.
The epitome of paradise, there are enough San Blas islands for every day of the year, and only 49 of them are actually inhabited. If you search online, you’ll find a series of tours that’ll put you up on one of these islands, all-inclusive, for $250 or more for only two nights. Here’s how to sort it out yourself, on a budget.