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…

London 2013 in pictures

Beware the picspam! Rather than telling you what I did when I was in London, I figured I’d simply post a chuckload of pictures so you get an idea of the trip. I did almost everything I had planned I wanted to do, so read my plans for London post if you don’t know. The…

Plans for my London trip

It’s fall break and for the first time this year I am finally going on vacation. That’s right! Apart from a study trip in April, I haven’t done any traveling this year. Mainly because I was busy finished up my thesis I couldn’t go and by the time summer arrived I had made so many…

Picspam: lights of the sky

For three years I spent almost every day of the week traveling nearly 3 hours to and from work. In that time I got to see many a sunrise, sunset and anything in between. I have always been a sucker for the prettiness that is the sky. I remember as a kid, having a booklet…

Vacation Highs & Lows

Tomorrow it will be two weeks ago that I returned from my amazing vacation, with plenty of time to deliberate my experiences. I thought it would be nice to compile a list of my ultimate highs and lows and my experience overall. I will list my highs and lows per city as well as recommendation…

New York Day 5: South Street Seaport & East Village

My last day in New York! Oh noes. It’s always a sad day when it’s the last day. Time literally flies. I can’t even believe I have been away for 2.5 weeks. By the time I am writing this, I am already home and unpacked, read to go to sleep in my own bed again….

New York Day 4: Chelsea Market & the ultimate souvenir

Since I did so much walking again yesterday and the game caused me to be in bed far past midnight I didn’t want to do too much today. My hotel is located in Chelsea and here you can find the famous Chelsea Market. This food market started as a cookie factory in the late 19th…

New York Day 1 & 2: Dinner & Dance class

And then it was time for the final part of the journey: New York City, center of the universe. I left Boston around 8 AM. I decided to take a train this time as it was only 4 hours and I figured that the time it would take to get to the airport, be in…

Boston Day 5: Get your shop on

My final day in Boston would be devoted to staying close to the hotel. I hadn’t really explored the Back Bay area yet and so I decided to head out and do just that. The weather forecast was bad: thunderstorms and rain were on the menu and once I found my way into the area…

Boston Day 4: Harborfront & Whale Watching

Day 4 in Boston and I didn’t have a plan. I wanted to try and get tickets for a whale watching tour but since it’s the high season I didn’t think it would be possible for today. If anything, whatever plans I had was built around my getting or not getting tickets. As you can…

Boston Day 3: Beacon Hill & Harvard

Already halfway through my visit to Boston and also halfway through my entire trip by now, and again I went out on the town and did some sightseeing. This morning I cooked some breakfast and set out for Park Street to get some information about going to Cape Cod or Martha’s Vineyard. Unfortunately both places…

Boston Day 2: freedom trail and more

I got up, made some breakfast and prepared some snacks and set out for buying a public transportation card. Boston has a great public transportation network and for only 18 dollars you can make use of all Bus, Subway and even some ferry services for 7 days straight. This is a major difference with Toronto….

Boston Day 1: Travel & Hotel

It was time to leave Toronto and exchange it for Boston. I was curious to see what Boston would bring. I ended up not being able to do everything I wanted to do while in Toronto, which is a bummer, but that’s what happens. I really wanted to walk some ravines, but it was so…

Toronto Day 5: Centre Island

My final day in Toronto. The weather promised to be nice and so I wanted to enjoy that rather than walking around again. I had not yet checked out Centre Island and this would also give me a great view of the Toronto skyline. So after taking it easy in the morning and getting some…

Toronto Day 4: Niagara Falls

So today I wasn’t technically in Toronto. Instead, I went to nearby Niagara Falls to view the famous waterfalls and rapids located there. Niagara Falls is located roughly 2 hours away from Toronto. I booked a bus ticket with Coach Canada (but you can also choose Greyhound) for about 30 dollars for a return. I…

Toronto Day 3: a little bit of this and a little bit of that

My third day in Toronto wasn’t filled with many plans. That was a good thing. After walking half a mile my legs felt like rubber again because I walked so much yesterday. I decided to take it easy and after going through my plans in less than 2 hours I knew I needed a new…

Toronto Day 2: A bit of walking around downtown

The first real day of properly exploring Toronto meant walking, walking and again, walking. In total I walked around the city for nearly 9 hours, going from my hotel to Casa Loma in the North to the Harbour Front in the South and back again. In the mean time I stopped for lunch at a…

Day 1 & 2: Travel & hello Toronto!

Woohoo! The day has finally arrived. I have taken off and went on my long awaited trip. By the time you’re reading this I will have been in Toronto, my first stop, for a few days already. From now on you can expect daily posts on my goings on across the globe. The first day…

What & how I pack

Since this time round I’ll be gone for more than a few days, I have to pack more. Having to pack more means having to be clever about what you take and how you pack it. That is why I thought it would be a good idea to share some tips on how I prepare…

What to do & see: my vacation plans

It’s time! My vacation has finally started which means that I will embark on my long awaited trip to 3 Canadian and US towns: Toronto, Boston and New York. I will be visiting each city for 5 days and both Toronto and Boston I have never been to. I wrote about my general plans in…

Upcoming trips #2: USA & Canada

As you may remember I took a short trip to London in February earlier this year. However, I have also been planning a slightly more major trip for the past couple of months. You could already read about it in my very first post of this year, as I will be taking a 2.5 week…