The Best Golden Circle Tour // Get Off-The-Beaten-Path With Eastwest Iceland

Addie staring out at Gulfoss lit up during Golden Hour

Disclaimer: I was welcomed as a guest on EastWest Iceland's Golden Circle & Waterfalls tour. All opinions, as always, are my own. By far one of the most popular day trips from Reykjavik is the Golden Circle, the popular tourist route consisting of Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall. Many people rent cars and drive the route themselves, but going on a guided Golden Circle tour is another common way to experience the trip. Because of its popularity, there are absolutely loads of tour companies to choose from should you not want to drive for one...

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30 Hallstatt Photos That Will Fuel Your Wanderlust

30 Hallstatt Photos That Will Fuel Your Wanderlust

If you haven't seen Hallstatt photos yet, you've probably been hiding under a rock. Or maybe you just don't have an Instagram (which, tbh, is probably good for your health). Hallstatt is that classically beautiful alpine town that has completely taken over the world of social media in the past few years. Hallstatt: Expectations vs. Reality Of course, due to its popularity, Hallstatt has become completely overrun with tourists and Instagrammers all hoping to get that postcard-perfect shot. Because of this, I was hesitant about visiting, not wanting to contribute to over tourism and...

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The Best Snæfellsnes Peninsula Tour // How to Take A Snaefellsnes Day Trip With Eastwest Iceland

The Best Snæfellsnes Peninsula Tour // How to Take A Snaefellsnes Day Trip With Eastwest Iceland

If you’re looking to go on a Snaefellsnes day trip, there’s no better way than to take a Snæfellsness Peninsula Tour with EastWest Iceland. Here’s my full review! (Note: I was a guest of EastWest Iceland in exchange for my honest review. All opinons are, as always, my own.) There were a few things I knew immediately when I booked my trip to travel solo to Iceland this past December. Number 1: there was no way in hell I was going to drive on my own on treacherous winter roads. If I wanted to see more of Iceland outside of Reykjavik, I was going to have to go on some tours. Number 2: I did...

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Copenhagen in Winter: The Complete Guide (including the best Copenhagen Christmas Markets!)

Copenhagen in Winter: The Complete Guide (including the best Copenhagen Christmas Markets!)

I don’t know if I’ve ever been to a place more magical than Copenhagen in winter. With only a few hours of daylight every day, the Danes had to figure out how to do Christmas right–lest they fall into a seriously deep depression. After having visited Copenhagen in both May and December, I think I can safely say that Copenhagen in winter is one of the best times to visit. Even though it’s cold, Copenhagen truly comes alive during this time of year, promising for a unique experience. And as for the cold, all you have to do is make sure you pack right 😉 Convinced? This post will serve as...

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What To Pack for Copenhagen in Winter

What To Pack for Copenhagen in Winter

As far as stylish European capitals go, Copenhagen is definitely one of them. It’s also pretty far north, and if you’re visiting in the winter you definitely don’t want to freeze. If you’re wondering how the heck you’re supposed to do that or simply what to pack for Copenhagen in winter, then you’ve come to the right place. I first visited Copenhagen in May, and even then in the evenings I needed to wear a coat. So Copenhagen in December? I was convinced I was going to die. So naturally, I put on my research hat and did some major planning for what to pack for Copenhagen in Winter. Here’s...

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2018 Travel Year In Review

Addie smiling by the fountain in Mirabell Gardens Salzburg, Austria

As I write this, I’m sitting on a vegan cafe in Bacalar, Mexico. This morning, I paddleboarded across the Bacalar Lagoon to watch the sun rise. I feel whole. I’ve been travelling Mexico solo for the last week–something that, one year ago, I never would have imagined myself doing. Heck, two years ago I was convinced I HATED solo travel. But 2018 was a year of growth: growth in my relationship with Daniel, growth in my personal (and educational and professional) goals, and yes, growth in my love for solo travel. 2018 wasn’t easy. It wasn’t a year where the good news outweighed the bad, or...

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The Best Copenhagen Day Trip: Frederiksborg Castle & Kronborg Castle

The Best Copenhagen Day Trip: Frederiksborg Castle & Kronborg Castle

Want to visit two different castles in one day? This awesome Copenhagen day trip takes you to both Frederiksborg Castle and Kronborg Castle in just a few hours! I loved Copenhagen so much the first time I went that I agreed to go back at a time that wasn’t exactly convenient (right before my exams). But, it being my second time there, I also knew that I wanted to explore a little further afield by taking a Copenhagen day trip. The day trip also needed to be something that Megan would love since it was her first trip to Copenhagen and I knew it would be hard to pull her away from the city....

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Hygge Tour Copenhagen // How to Find Hygge in Copenhagen with Urban Adventures

Cute colorful houses in Nyboder Copenhagen

Urban Adventures hosted Megan and me as guests in exchange for my honest review of their Hygge & Happiness tour. As always, all opinions are my own. When my friend and former flatmate Megan was convincing me to come to Copenhagen with her at the beginning of December, she only had to say one word: hygge. Although I’d been to Copenhagen before, I felt like my first trip had been sorely lacking in that distinctly Danish feeling of cozy charm. So this time around, I was determined to actually experience some hygge at whatever cost. And so, me being me (aka a person who has a weird love...

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2 Weeks in Portugal // A 2 Week Portugal Itinerary for First-Timers

A bird's eye view of Lisbon, Portugal

Planning on spending two weeks in Portugal? Here is the perfect two week Portugal itinerary for first-timers. When I first started planning my trip to Portugal I was totally overwhelmed by all of the places there were to go. Not only were there all of the obvious choices like Lisbon, Porto, and the Algarve, but just a quick flip through my Lonely Planet guidebook let me know that there was a lot more of Portugal to uncover. From beautiful beaches to wineries to amazing hikes, it seemed like Portugal really did have it all. In the end, I ended up choosing four places that I was really...

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Portugal on a Budget // What I Spent in 2 Weeks in Portugal

A lemon tree peeking over a wall in Obidos, Portugal

Think you have to head to Eastern Europe to travel Europe on a budget? Think again! It’s super easy to travel to Portugal on a budget. I like to say that I travel during spring break because it would be cheaper than buying a plane ticket home. And while that might not be technically true, using the money that I would have spent on a plane ticket to travel instead is something that I happily do. That being said, I’m pretty sure traveling Portugal on a budget for two weeks actually was cheaper than a plane ticket home. In total, I spent €888.23 over TWO WEEKS (16 days) including fights,...

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Hi, I’m Addie!

Two years ago, I moved across the pond from small-town Illinois to the UK to attend university. Now I’m doing my best to see as much of Europe as I can while I’m here.

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