Fall in Love with London

In the fall of 2012, I decided to finally check London off of my bucket list, joining a few of my friends who had studied abroad there years before. Luckily, we all enjoy visiting art museums, and we hopped all around the city checking out London’s amazing masterpieces! Read More ›

A Local’s Guide to Birmingham

I always describe Birmingham as a really big small town. In reality, Birmingham is a sizable city with over 1 million people in the metropolitan area, but has all of the charm of the South and it seems like everyone you meet has a connection to someone you already know, much like the small town I grew up in. Birmingham is perfectly placed in close proximity to cities like Nashville and Chattanooga, and it’s close to the mountains and the coast. It’s Atlanta without the crazy traffic, and is full of people who love this city, sweet home Alabama, and SEC football. Read More ›

San Miguel de Allende

A charming artist’s town in central Mexico, San Miguel de Allende is a UNESCO World Heritage City and an ultimate destination for rest and relaxation. Colonial Mexico comes alive in the streets of San Miguel de Allende, where cobblestone paths, lush gardens, and well-preserved mansions transport you to the 17th century. And where better to stay and experience the colonial heart of Mexico than the amazing Hacienda las Trancas? A 450 year-old hacienda, built on the original Camino Real, the Hacienda las Trancas is one of the gems of the area, where working stables, meals sourced from locally-grown ingredients, and a luxurious spa await. Read More ›

Ubud

We visited Bali in June 2012, and were able to enjoy both Uluwatu and Ubud. Bali is a dreamlike place, and Ubud is its cultural center. When visiting Ubud staying in a private villa is a must, splurge a little for one with a private pool like KajaNE Mua, or for a more traditional experience, you can stay, as we did, at KajaNE Yangloni in traditional wooden Balinese houses set on stilts over rice paddies. Many villas along with Kajane Mua have wonderful outdoor bathrooms and some even have cool tubs carved out of stone. Read More ›

Dogsledding in Iceland

Iceland is perhaps my favorite spot on earth, especially during the winter, and especially at New Years. Our January 2012 trip was positively magical, and one of our favorite experiences was a sunrise (noon!) sled ride on a farm in Holmasel—about a two hour drive from Reykjavik. We arranged our tour with Dogsledding Iceland. When we arrived in Holmasel, the five of us (including our friends’ adorable 10 month old) suited up in our snow clothes and headed out with the pups! The adorable dogs were such a joy, and seeing the sunrise in the middle of a massive field of snow at one of the most northern spots in the world was something we will never forget. Iceland is a fabulous country, full of amazing people—a must-visit! Read More ›