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How To: Hike to the Top of the Hollywood Sign

Contrary to the popular belief that is perpetuated by movies and songs, climbing and standing on the Hollywood sign is illegal. Cue all of the heartbroken teens and shattered bucket list items. Even though the sign is protected by an eight-foot chain-link fence and enough security cameras to make Area 51 jealous, there is still a way for people to climb up close enough to get the perfect picture. I had heard stories about the Hollywood Sign hike and wanted to wait to go until I went with my boyfriend. Since he sadly lives 4 hours away from me, I.. Read More

I’m Still Proud to be an American

The past week has been a tumult of emotions. Whether you are happy or sad with who was elected, you’ve undoubtedly felt the impact of the results in some way. I remember scrolling through my social media timelines the night that Donald Trump was elected and seeing so many hate messages. Some were directed at him, but a good majority of others were directed to people who had simply drawn a little line to vote for him as president. Why did they deserve the hate? The following morning, my Twitter feed was inundated with pictures of minorities who had been.. Read More

Remembering Auschwitz Concentration Camp

Millions of people were imprisoned in Auschwitz during World War II and very few people survived the atrocities of the Nazis. Built in 1940, this hell on earth saw the murders of over 1.3 million Jews, Gypsies, prisoners of war, and others. Ever since Auschwitz was established as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1979, people from around the world have traveled to there to pay their respects to the victims of the Holocaust. How to Get There Auschwitz is located roughly 50 kilometers outside of Krakow in southwest Poland. The closest city is Oswiecim, which is where few visitors.. Read More

Day Trips from Amsterdam

The city of Amsterdam is a vibrant, thriving culture. Most people who travel to the Netherlands flock to Amsterdam. But unfortunately, many tourists never dare to venture beyond the canals of the nation’s biggest tourist attraction. So much attention is focused on Amsterdam that it’s easy to forget that there is the rest of the country to explore. If you’re looking for information on what to do in Amsterdam, check out my earlier blog post here. For those of you looking to explore more of the Netherlands, keep reading. HAARLEM Haarlem (yes, where the New York Harlem got its name).. Read More

Getting Stamped by the Soviets at Checkpoint Charlie

For almost 30 years, the Berlin wall separated the oppressed Soviet Union from the free West Germany. Even though the wall fell in 1989, reminders of Berlin’s historical past can still be found throughout the city. Some people have commercialized upon Berlin’s history but there are a plethora of important sites throughout the city that are excellent for tourists to visit. One such place is Checkpoint Charlie, the most notorious gateway through the Berlin Wall. Today, it sits in the middle of a bustling section of the city and is a must-see for visitors in Berlin. WHAT IS IT? Checkpoint.. Read More

Visiting Heidelberg – Germany’s Most Romantic City

“The town lay, stretched along the river, its intricate cobweb of streets jeweled with twinkling lights. Behind the castle swells a dome-shaped hill, forest-clad, and beyond that a nobler and loftier one. The Castle looks down upon the compact brown-roofed town; and from the town two picturesque old bridges span the river. I have never enjoyed a view which had such a satisfying charm about it as this one gives.”- Mark Twain Heidelberg, Germany, is a small medieval town nestled between the mountains on the Neckar River. Mark Twain visited this quaint city in the 1870s and wrote extensively about its.. Read More

The Top 15 Biggest Travel Mistakes in Europe

I began writing this list with the intent of giving my readers a list of the top 10 biggest mistakes. Then I realized that I had way too much to say (are you surprised?) and changed it to the top 15 mistakes because we can always use a little bit more help. I couldn’t just stop at 10! But what are some of the biggest mistakes? Europe is made up of a multitude of cultures but so much of it is similar. How do they do it? Why is Europe still so incredible? I don’t have the answer to those.. Read More

The Sky is the Limit with Skyscanner

Travel is becoming more and more affordable and accessible for everyone these days. There are so many websites and companies that offer trip planning services but the multitude of options can sometimes be overwhelming. Thankfully, a few years ago my dad introduced a new and innovative website to me – Skyscanner. He told me about the site to help me with my travels while I lived in Europe but he didn’t account for the fact that I now spend too much time on Skyscanner. What is Skyscanner? Skyscanner is essentially a search engine that makes it easy for travelers to.. Read More

A First-Timer’s Guide to Oktoberfest

Despite what its name clearly tells you, the grand party of Oktoberfest takes place in September, not October. Go figure. Oktoberfest certainly does live up to its hype and whether you’re going with family, friends, or the intent to get blackout drunk, Oktoberfest has something for you. The Oktoberfest celebration first began in 1810 to honor the marriage of King Ludwig I and Therese of Saxony-Hildburghause. From there, the celebrations have become wilder and crazier until it turned into the Oktoberfest we know today. Traditionally, Oktoberfest begins the third weekend in September and ends on the first Sunday of October… Read More

A Perfect Weekend in Amsterdam

If I had to choose one city to move to, it would be Amsterdam. Ever since I visited for the first time when I was 18, I fell in love with the city. The crooked canal homes, fresh flowers in window boxes, friendly people, laid back atmosphere, and delicious food are just some of the things that make Amsterdam so spectacular. Most people hear the name “Amsterdam” and immediately think of marijuana, prostitution, and drugs. That side of Amsterdam definitely exists but it is easy to have a wonderful time in the city without having to worry about any of.. Read More