Travel report: Orlando

You may or may not have heard that I went on a work-related trip to Orlando a few weeks ago. Now that I have properly returned, I thought I could share some pictures with you and tell you a bit more about it. ***Disclaimer*** This blog will only contain an account of the trip. If…

Travel report: Rome

It took a while for me to do this blog post, but I seriously had no time to go through my pictures to make a selection on what to use for this blog post. But even though it’s been almost three weeks since I went to Rome, all those memories are still fresh in my…

Packing for Rome – hand luggage only

In the past I’ve shown you how I pack for different trips. There was the 3 week long USA trip, and an Interrail trip, but I had never shown you how I pack for a short trip of just a few days. Now when I go to London I usually check baggage, but on most…

Travel Report: Budapest

Earlier this month I spent a few days in Budapest. No major trip this year where I’m gone for weeks on end. Rather I decided to take a few short city breaks. Budapest was my second destination this year, the first being London and the final one being Rome. My Budapest trip was only 3…

Travel plans

It is summer and that just so happens to be my favorite time of the year to travel. I already spent some time in London a little earlier in the year, which you might have read about here. But there are some more plans for the remainder of the year, starting with my summer vacation…

Travel report: London 2016

During May break I decided to do a spot of traveling again. This time, I went to London. Yes, again, London. I pretty much go there every year as I just love the place. During this particular trip, I wanted to revisit a few of my favorite spots, visit some new places and take a…

Traveling solo

I love going it alone. Especially when it comes to travel, I prefer to do everything by myself. Nearly every trip I have written about on here, I have embarked on with no one for company but me, myself and I. Some people find that strange. Others find it daring. But more so what I…

Leiden hot spots #2

I absolutely love the town I live in. Leiden is a quaint little city, especially its city center. It boasts plenty of cafes and restaurants, museums and the shopping is pretty okay if you know what to look for. Especially once you start walking around the little alleyways there are plenty of gems to be…

Sunday flashback: 2008 USA trip

I have been blessed with having been able to do quite a bit of traveling. Just this summer, I traveled through the US and Canada and it was epic. But it wasn’t the first epic trip traveling North America. I went to New York numerous times during my student days, but the most epic trip…

Travel report: Chicago

My final part of the trip took me to Chicago. It wasn’t my first time in Chicago. I went there 10 years ago when I was on exchange in the US. At the time it was spring break, which meant it was early March and just when I was there, a snow storm hit the…

Travel Report: Vancouver

A new destination means another early wake up call. Around 6 AM I got up and set out the door soon after to catch a train from Seattle to Vancouver. Traveling by train with Amtrak is a bit like taking a plane: I had to check in luggage and was assigned a seat, which is…

Travel report: Seattle

My third destination was Seattle. I left Miami with it’s sandy beaches, sunny weather and palm trees for one of the rainiest parts of the USA. Luckily for me, Seattle was about to hit a heat weave when I was there and got out before it got so hot that exploring would be made difficult….

Travel report: Miami

I left New York early in the morning for my second destination. I got on another shared van, arrived at JFK in no time and boarded a jet to Miami! South Beach Miami I had been wanting to go to Miami for years, but I never found a destination right to pair it into one…

Travel report: New York 2015

I am back! Back from vacation that is. Hence the two days of radio silence as I was trying to get back into the swing of things, sort through my pictures and get over my jetlag (not yet succeeded in that). And now I’m on here again to tell you all about my travels. In…

Flashback on… Interrail trip

For my Sunday personal/ lifestyle posts, I thought it could be fun to sometimes take a trip down memory lane an rehash some of my favorite moments from my life. I thought I’d start with a very recent memory. Just last year I went on what you could call a trip of a life time….

Summer travel plans

Last week I mentioned that I wanted to spend 2015 spending my time and money on experiences rather than things. And part of that plan was to travel over summer. Since I am a teacher, I get more weeks off for summer break, so it is an easy time for me to go out and…

Travel report: England 2015

Today is the last day of my May holiday and for this one single week off, I actually managed to do some traveling again. I went to England for 5 days this week, the main purpose? To visit my friend Alison. We met years ago through Backstreet Boys and she came to Holland to stay…

2015 Travel plans

After my very exciting travels in 2014, I was bitten by the travel bug quite seriously. So for 2015, the plans are bigger and better. Last year, I spent 3 weeks traveling Europe by train and I spent a few days in London. This year, I am going to travel further, will be traveling to…

London travels: the report

You have seen the shoplogs (here and here), but of course I did a little more than just shop. Although I’m sure that if you go through those two posts you might have thought I didn’t. Nothing could be less true though. Apart from shopping my tail off, I spent 4 blissful days in London,…

Interrail #7: Copenhagen

My 9th and final stop of the trip was Copenhagen. Together with Barcelona this city was high on my ‘to visit’ list (especially after watching Borgen earlier this year) and so I stayed here for 3 days so I’d really have some time to see the city. By this time I was getting quite exhausted,…

Interrail #6: Vienna, Prague, Berlin

At the halfway point of my trip and I was about to visit 3 different cities in less than a week. From Venice, I set off on a day filled with traveling to the Austrian capital of Vienna. It took me straight through the Alps and made for some fairytale inspiring views. I traveled from…

Interrail #5: Milan & Venice

Eight days into my trip and I would be swopping lovely Spain for lovely Italy. Would you believe me if I said that I had never been to Italy before? Well I hadn’t and I can tell you: I’m in love! A Rome trip has quickly gotten kicked up my travel wishlist in any case….

Interrail #4: Barcelona

My third destination on this trip was Barcelona. This would be the first destination where I would stay for more than a day or two. Since January there is one TGV train which takes you from Paris to Barcelona in 6.5 hours. The journey to Barcelona went well. I left for Gare de Lyon well…

Interrail #3: Brussels & Paris

My first two destinations were Brussels and Paris. I had visited both cities before. In Brussels I never got to do the touristy thing and Paris was simply on my: I’d like to go there again list. Hence, both cities made the cut. In total, I spent one day in Brussels and two in Paris….

Interrail trip #2: what I pack

In yesterday’s post I told you that for my 22 day trip I was going to try to pack as lightly as possible. I wanted to take my large, 23.5 liter Herschel bag (click for a full review of the bag) and a smaller backpack that I bought at Forever 21 2 years ago. The…

Interrail trip #1: preparation

This post kicks off my 7 part travel series on my Interrail trip which I took recently. I returned less than a week ago and I’m brimming with excitement and the urge to share my stories with you. For those of you that don’t know: I went on a 22 day solo train trip around…

London travel tips

Last month I made a blog post with travel tips regarding my favorite city in the world: New York City. Today I thought I’d bring you my tips for traveling a bit closer to home if you live in the Netherlands. It also happens to be my SECOND favorite place in the world and that…

Summer travel plans

I’m so excited for today’s post! I’ve literally been dying to finalize my summer travel plans and to tell you all about it. Last week I finally did it and made all the arrangements for one of my most daring trips yet. The reason why it’s daring is because a) I’ll be by myself (which…

New York travel tips

New York City, the Big Apple, my favorite city in the world. It’s a city I’ve visited multiple times (6 to be exact) and in total I’ve stayed there for almost two months. I first visited the city when I was 19 years old. It was my first trip I ever took by myself. It…