Fridheimar Greenhouse

Unique Dining Experience: Eat in a Greenhouse on an Icelandic Tomato Farm!

If you’re planning on doing a self-drive Golden Circle tour in Iceland, Fridheimar Farm is the perfect place to stop for a truly unique dining experience. The restaurant is only open from noon to four, so plan accordingly, but is located just over an hour from downtown Reykjavik. Besides, if the Kardashians made it a point to visit the restaurant while in Iceland, you know it’s good. The main dining room is located inside the greenhouse where tomatoes are grown year-round. Each table has a pot of fresh basil with mini scissors to add to your food, and a plate […]

How to Overcome Jet Lag

6 Ways to Get Over Jet Lag

Whether it’s your first time traveling or your 100th, jet lag is never fun. When you finally reach your destination, all you want to do is hit the ground running and start checking things off the list you’ve been making for weeks. But often, babies were screaming on the plane, the temperature was all wrong, and you didn’t sleep as well as you thought you would. Whether or not these are the ‘best’ ways to get your cycles back in order, these are my methods in overcoming jet lag: Book a red eye This is my favorite method of combating […]

Carry-On Packing for Photographers

Photographers: Here’s How to Pack the Perfect Carry-On

As a photographer, packing a carry-on can be a bit of a challenge. I like to keep my gear close by, as opposed to packing it in a checked bag. This way I always know where it is, I know how it’s being handled, and if my bag gets lost or delayed I won’t be suffering without my beloved camera! Here are my favorite tips and tricks I’ve gathered throughout the years, as well as items you want to make sure you have to maximize your travel photography experience! Choose the right bag. Having the right bag is going to make […]

Packing for a week in Iceland

One Week in Iceland Packing List | Spring

I like to think of myself as a pro when it comes to packing. I’ve been to Costa Rica in the middle of summer, through Australia with the seasons flip-flopped, and somehow returned from a year in Europe with almost nothing having to be left behind. And yet, packing for Iceland was a little bit of a challenge. I’ll be in the land of fire and ice for a week, so I decided to just bring one carry-on sized rolling suitcase as well as my waterproof camera backpack. Normally for a week long excursion, this is more than enough packing […]

Hike + A Brew: Catherine Creek and Full Sail

As the sun is finally starting to make an appearance this year, I feel a sense of newness surrounding me. The flowers are in bloom, the birds are chirping, and after one of the worst winters on record, Oregonians are finally starting to come out of hibernation. I’m challenging myself to explore more of my own backyard this summer, since normally my mind is focused on global endeavors. That’s why I want to start a new series called Hike + A Brew, where I discover a new trail throughout the Pacific Northwest (hopefully every weekend!) and then reward myself afterwards […]


Sprinting Across the Olympic Stadium in Greece

The Panathenaic Stadium in Athens is the only stadium in the world made entirely of marble. It was originally built in 330 BC, and then refurnished with marble in 144 AD, with a capacity of 50,000 seats. It was build to host the Panathenaic Games, in honor of the goddess Athena, which was a religious and athletic celebration hosted every four years. Sounds like the birthplace of the modern Olympic games, no? This stadium also hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1896 Summer Olympics, which was the  first modern international Olympic games as we now know them today. […]

Beer Spa

I took a Spa Day in Prague and Soaked in Czech Beer

What? That’s a real thing? was my first response when hearing about how there are actual spas in the Czech Republic where you sit in tubs of beer. I had to check this out for myself. And I can happily say that yes, this is a real thing, and it is even cooler than it sounds. The spa I went to is called  Pivní Lázně Spa Beer Land and is conveniently located in Central Prague, just a short walk from Charles Square. Upon entering, I noticed they had an entire display wall of locally-made beauty products created entirely upon the health benefits […]

Yarra Valley

Discovering Chocolate in Australia’s Yarra Valley

Australia’s Yarra Valley, located just outside of Melbourne, is known for its rolling hills, the winding Yarra river, and for various vineyards scattered throughout the area. But equally important is the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, just an hour outside of Melbourne. They specialize in over 250 different chocolate products, with giant bowls of white, milk, and dark chocolate in ‘help-yourself’ stations. There’s a full cafe in the back of their tasting room, with a full ice cream bar and a menu packed so full of chocolate it will make you melt. Naturally, my friends and I loaded up. The […]

Palm trees and horses in Costa Rica

14 Reasons to Love Costa Rica

1. You can go to a local coffee plantation for your morning cup o’ joe. And eat raw sugar cane. And make chocolate. All in the same pit stop. 2. My workaholic self survived without a computer. Didn’t even miss the laptop. Or Netflix. Or respond to an email (sorry work). Who knew!! 3. Costa Rica = biodiversity, biodiversity, biodiversity. Animals unidentifiable to the American eye run rampant and once I took a jungle walk next to a stray horse. Plus Howler Monkey babies are CUUUUUTE! 4. The ocean is like a giant hot tub. Seriously. But without the burn […]