When I was in the Amalfi Coast in Italy, my friends and I wandered to a deserted beach. With the clear blue water in front of us and the rocky cliffs around us, the idea of cliff jumping easily came to mind. After a bit of time had passed, the most adventurous in our group spotted the path to the top of the cliff walls. Before I realized what I was doing, I found myself climbing up the ledge following the other few who dared to venture to the top. As an incredibly fearful person who doesn’t like heights, peer pressure was a big motivating factor. We all started at the bottom and worked our way up.
I could feel fear taking over and the adrenaline pumping through my veins.
A few weekends ago, I joined my friend from high school for her bachelorette party in Nashville, Tennessee. Having never been to the Music City (or a bachelorette party for that matter), I was not sure what to expect. But after a long, exciting weekend in the Country Music Capital of the World, I figured I would share what I learned.
Where to Stay in Nashville
We opted to stay in an Airbnb rather than a hotel. With a hotel we would have either had to spend a fortune on a giant suite or deal with separate rooms that could be on different
floors entirely. An Airbnb allowed us to comfortably pregame and get ready together. Our house was kick-ass and leaned into the Nashville theme with its decor. It was a couple of minutes from the main road in the cute neighborhood of 12 South. (I highly recommend walking this area if you have time. Read on for more information.)
The downfall to Airbnb is that they are usually a little farther from downtown. We had to take turns ordering a Lyft or Uber to go anywhere. The prices were anywhere from $10-$25 to get downtown for an XL, but be mindful of the surcharge times. (**Note- We consistently found Lyft to be slightly cheaper than Uber. )
If your check in is too late or your check out is too early, there is an alternative to lugging around all of your heavy bags. Try the Stow Station.
What to do for a Nashville Bachelorette Party
Going Out in Nashville
What is a bachelorette party without a few drinks and possibly some questionable decisions? Luckily Nashville has no shortage of places for a night out on the town with your girlfriends.
Just a year ago, I began what became not just an amazing adventure but also an eye-opening revelation about my own secrets that I never knew existed. Australia wasn’t just a trip; it was an awakening. It was a realization of what makes me happy.
The Land Down Under ignited the flame of desire for a life of travel and writing. Now the embers burn brightly each day, and sometimes I feel like the fire will consume me. Sometimes I feel like my life isn’t mine. If I only discovered this fire sooner and wasn’t so afraid of getting burned, would my life be completely different? Maybe I would be in the Peace Corps. Maybe I’d still be in Australia. Maybe I’d be living in South America.
When it comes to any trips I take, the reality is that my boyfriend and I will have to deal with surviving a long-distance relationship. We have done it in college over the summer, and we have done it whenever I have chosen to travel like my trip to Australia. While we have been fortunate enough not to deal with a long-distance relationship for too long, we have learned a few tricks. Continue reading “Surviving a Long-Distance Relationship”→
As my days in Tampa dwindled to a close, I scrambled to do everything I never found time to do before. As a resident of the Tampa Bay area for six years, I had certainly had my fair share of Tampa adventures, but now time was running out. I remembered hearing whispers of a market at a temple. After finding a magnificent Chinese temple outside of Melbourne, Australia, I was excited to find this Buddhist temple in Tampa. My last Sunday in the Bay area, I finally made it to the Wat Thai Temple in Tampa.
Wat Thai Temple Sunday Food Market
On Sundays the temple features a popular food market (cash only) open from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. My boyfriend and I came around noon for lunch. The market itself features a variety of food stands with everything from delicious Thai entrees to traditional desserts. We browsed all of the stands under the pavilion before making our choices. Continue reading “Thai Temple in Tampa”→
I watch the landscape fly before me as the sun dips down below lighting its way. The hills rise and fall as my train remain the same, steadfast. Trees by the tracks fly by in a blur creating a moving picture of the background behind it, like an old film movie that crackles in its yellow hue. Hay bails line the yellow fields like pulleys from a worn wool blanket dotting the ground. I hear just the humming of the train, a rhythmic whoosh, and the subtle scratching on the rail keeping cadence. Perhaps a rattle breaks now and then breaks the mostly silent routine. The others don’t speak a word until we reach a station.
Chicago! This year I was finally able to check the Windy City off of my bucket list. I spent three and a half days exploring the city sometimes by myself and sometimes with a friend. There is a good public transportation system, so I suggest you use it in order to save money. Check out my itinerary for a long weekend in Chicago.
Start your day at the Lincoln Park Zoo. It’s free! I walked in at the start of the sea lion show. I spent a good bit of the morning wandering around seeing all of the different animals. As you exit the zoo near the kangaroos, you will come across a bridge with a great view of the city. From there, you can walk through Lincoln Park toward Lake Michigan.
The weather was hot, so I enjoyed my time ambling along the water and checking out the view of the city and the sailboats. At this point, I was getting hungry. There are a couple of places along the water, but one man informed me that most of them close after Labor Day. They “reopened” that weekend in September because it was so nice out but had a limited menu. In the prime summer time, this would be a good spot to grab a drink and perhaps a small lunch.
Chicago History Museum– From the beach, I walked back into the city. I crossed by the Chicago History Museum at the edge of Lincoln Park. If you are into history, this could be a good place to explore. I did not go in but history buffs would enjoy.
Old Town Chicago
I quickly found myself in Old Town Chicago. It was an enjoyable neighborhood for an afternoon stroll that I would frequent if I lived in Chicago.
North Wells Street- I happened to stumble upon this street in Old Town and immediately liked it. There are lots of cute shops and restaurants. The chocoholic that I am, I made sure to stop by Cocoa + Co and work my way down to The Fudge Pot that displays a variety of chocolate in all different shapes and designs. This would be a good place to grab dinner or drinks from the various restaurants lining the street. The road also features places that stood out to me like The Spice House, Broken English Taco Pub, and the famous Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams. Personally, I found the iconic ice cream shop to be underwhelming, but the long lines seems to suggest that I am in the minority.