The Galapagos Islands, located off the coast of Ecuador in South America, are a bucket list destination. From the clear turquoise water and white sand beaches to the huge variety of unique animals and happy, ecologically protected wildlife, the Galapagos Islands are a magical place to visit. We spent 9 incredible days exploring the Galapagos Islands on a budget and it was by FAR the highlight of our trip to South America. But there were definitely some surprises along the way. Like for starters, the Galapagos Islands aren’t tropical. At all. In fact, from island to island, the geography completely changes: Isla Isabela has palm trees and sandy beaches, but Santa Cruz is actually covered in desert and cactus and volcanic rock. The geological variation is part of what make the islands SO interesting – and surprising! Now that we’ve had some time to reflect, we’ve created an essential Galapagos Packing List to help you plan your trip.
Indianapolis, Indiana is the biggest city in the Crossroads of America, but it’s also the most surprising. Canals, an incredible art museum, an award winning foodie scene, historic monuments, and plenty of adorable neighborhoods to explore; describe Indianapolis to someone who’s never been, and they might think you were describing somewhere in Europe. (It’s the canals, isn’t it?) But don’t underestimate Indianapolis! Centrally located to most major Midwestern cities and a quick flight from either coast, Indianapolis is a fantastic destination for a weekend getaway!
Although Oakland and San Francisco are neighbors, located just minutes apart across the Bay, the two cities could not be more different. Oakland has its own distinct history, sounds, tastes, its own social movements. And so while visiting San Francisco is its own kind of rad, visiting Oakland is completely, totally different – and just as awe-inspiring. I’ve lived in Oakland for almost 7 years, and I’m still discovering new things to fall in love with daily. In this post you’ll learn about what makes Oakland tick, and discover all of my favorite things to do in Oakland!
As a general rule, Jeremy and I are crochety old people at heart, but Nashville brought out our inner 22 year olds again. We couldn’t help it: Nashville is the kind of city that makes you want to dance even if you don’t know the steps, sing even if you don’t know the words, and drink even though it’s 2pm and you’re still riding a hot chicken high. Nashville is a city brimming with energy: from music spilling out of every doorway on Broadway, to down-home Southern food and mind-blowing drinks, to the history and art on display all over town, Music City lives up to its name and so much more. We’ve created a GIANT Nashville weekend itinerary full of foodie finds, culture, art, and (duh) music!
I grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, a city famous for two things: bourbon and horses. True to form, my childhood in Louisville involved plenty of of horseback riding, and I developed a taste for bourbon at a young age (nooo, that sounded bad. I mean like… bourbon in chocolate form, not actual bourbon. Look, I turned out just fine, OK?). I may have moved away years ago, but I will always think of Louisville as home! Visiting Louisville as an adult, I’ve realized that there is SO much to do in this amazing city, and so much to share with Jeremy. We’ve realized that Louisville makes the PERFECT romantic getaway! Whether you’re looking for a weekend escape or you live close enough to Louisville to visit frequently (so jealous), there are tons of romantic things to do in Louisville. Below, we’ve got a selection of our top date ideas, organized by category (so that you can tailor your date to your Tinder selection for that day. Kidding, ish). Grab your adventure partner and snuggle up on your romantic getaway to Louisville, Kentucky!
Disneyland isn’t just one of the most magical places on earth: it’s also one of the most photographed. The Disney Parks regular top lists of the most Instagrammed places in the world, and for good reason – they’re designed to be freakin’ gorgeous! But capturing all of the magic isn’t as easy as you’d think: from harsh sun to crowds of brightly dressed people to that inevitable sticky, sweaty look everyone gets around 4pm, Disneyland photography is challenging. But don’t worry: our photography tips and picture ideas will have you snapping Instagram-worthy shots to capture your Disneyland vacation like a pro, no matter your level of expertise!