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The Ultimate Guide to Seeing The Northern Lights

The Northern Lights is one of the most elusive and spectacular natural phenomenons this earth has to offer. Their elusiveness makes witnessing the Northern Lights extra special, but it also means it will take a little bit of planning to give you the best chance to see them. I was… View Post

Your Guide to Visiting London on a Budget

Traveling can be extremely expensive if you aren’t smart about how and when you spend your money. There are plenty of ways to save money while on the road. I’m here to share with you some ways to visit London on a budget. The options listed in this guide are either free, necessary, or just completely worth it. Well, it’s time to explore! Grab your camera, put on your walking shoes, and explore your heart out. You will absolutely love London!

Your guide to London on a budget…

1. Explore the city by walking

Personally, I will ALWAYS choose to explore a city by walking it because you see so much more. You are able to stop and see things, chat with other people, stop into that cute cafe you passed. So, put your shoes on and walk! London is the perfect city to explore while walking. However, you will need to use some form of transportation between some places in London. I recommend using the underground metro system- aka the Tube- to get around where you can’t walk.

Your Guide to Visiting London on a Budget

2. Visit museums

All or most of the museums in London are FREE. Yes, you read that right, free! How amazing. Visiting museums is an awesome inexpensive way to spend part of the day, learn a little bit, and save some cash. There are tons of museums in London. I personally visited the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, but there are so many others to visit.

 

3. Watch the guard change at Buckingham Palace

Witness the famous guard change at Buckingham Palace and maybe catch a glimpse of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. It is such a fun and unique thing to witness, but make sure to be there before 11:30 am. The streets get very crowded and the guard change only happens every 24 hours.

Your Guide to Visiting London on a Budget

4. Have lunch at Borough Market

Food is something that will always be an unavoidable cost and also one of my favorite travel experiences. I always make sure I budget enough for food because I absolutely love tasting new foods in different countries. If you’re in a group, eating at a market is perfect because everyone can get their choice of food. Markets also tend to be a little cheaper because you aren’t paying for extra drinks, appetizers, tips, etc.

Your Guide to Visiting London on a Budget

5. Go shopping at Camden Town

Camden Town is a huge market with so many booths full of food, jewelry, clothing, soaps, candles, etc. You name it, someone is probably selling it here. It’s a fun market to explore and a good place to shop if you’re looking to get souvenirs or something nice for yourself.

 

6.  Take a visit to colorful Neal’s Yard

This is a beautiful, colorful little niche in London. The brick walls are painted in beautiful colors and they have little shops and cafes. We enjoyed the colors and sipped on a glass of wine on a beautiful evening.

Your Guide to Visiting London on a Budget

Your Guide to Visiting London on a Budget

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

7. Covent Garden

This place is a huge restaurant and shopping market in London. We stopped here for a glass of wine (are you sensing a pattern here…) and watched a local performer sing. Covent Garden is a lively market area to relax and get a feel for London life.

Your Guide to Visiting London on a Budget

More things to do…

-Visit Big Ben

-Westminster Abbey

-St. Paul’s Cathedral

-The Globe Theatre

-London Bridge

-Tower Bridge

-Shop at Harrod’s

-Abbey Road and Abbey Studio

-Visit Platform 9 and 3/4 at King’s Cross Station

Your Guide to Visiting London on a Budget

Your Guide to Visiting London on a Budget

Pricier things to do…

-Take in views of London from the London eye (£21.95)

-Visit the Crown Jewels at the Tower of London (£25.00)

-Spend your day at Hogwarts at Harry Potter Studios (£35.00)

 

Enjoy your time visiting London on a budget! Any other budget friendly suggestions? Leave them below!

 

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Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna

Welcome to the beautiful city of Vienna, Austria…

What a charming little city this is! My time in Vienna was short and sweet, as was most of my time in European cities this trip. Vienna was the first stop on my European adventure and my first taste of European life, ever. Safe to safe, I fell in love. With Vienna. Europe. The cultures and the people. The food and the architecture. There is something SO incredibly charming about this city and the entire continent of Europe. I promise that you will be just as charmed when you visit Vienna as I was!

Time to visit Vienna, through my lens…

Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna

Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna

Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna

Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna

Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna

Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna

Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna

Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna

Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna

Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna

Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna

Photos to Inspire You to Visit Vienna

 

I hope when you visit Vienna, you are as in love with this city as I am!

 

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New Years in Times Square

Are you ready for to spend New Years in Times Square…

Ringing in New Years in Times Square has always been such a huge experience on my bucket list. Ringing in the New Year in Times Square? Only something I thought would happen in my wildest dreams. It truly is such a magical experience. Everything added up perfectly to make this a New Years I was never going to forget. From cheap tickets to New York City to befriending the NYPD and them bringing us up close to the ball drop. It’s official, New Years 2015 was the best New Years EVER. An absolute dream come true.

The trip began with us ringing in New Years in Times Square and for the next five days, we explored everything that this city had to offer. We were able to hear Taylor Swift sing live. And we had the absolute time of our lives.

It was time for the countdown. Everyone is shouting down to the New Year and the ball drops. The sky is raining in confetti. We were dancing around watching this magic happen around us. It was incredible how beautiful Times Square was in that moment. It will be hard to top any other New Years, but it was all worth it for a New Years in Times Square.

New Years in Times Square is an absolute dream come true.

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5 Reasons to Volunteer Abroad

Reasons to volunteer abroad on your next trip across the globe…

1. To Help and to Love Others

Helping others is the most important of the reasons to volunteer abroad. Find something you are passionate about and get out there and do good. There are SO many different things that you can volunteer for, so find something you love and put 110% into it. I volunteered abroad in Tanzania for a company called International Service Learning. They have many different volunteer opportunities in many different places around the world. I chose to do a health care related volunteer experience because of my interest in health and nursing.

Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,
when it is in your power to act.
Proverbs 3:27

I spent two weeks in Tanzania with other nursing students from my college and other colleges across the US. One of the places we volunteer was a small Maasai village near Kilimanjaro airport. We spent three days at O’Brien School for the Maasai working with local doctors to diagnose and treat individuals that often do not receive any healthcare. Our travel group was the first ever group to visit this village and provide health care. The leaders of the group thanked us time and time again for caring about them and loving on their people. We spent a total of two weeks in Tanzania between volunteering at two different villages, going on a safari, and exploring the beautiful country.

Reasons to Volunteer Abroad

2. To Make New Friends

Making new friends and meeting new people is one of the absolute best things about travel. You are able to learn about other cultures, other backgrounds, and other people’s way of life. I have so many rafikis (Swahili for friends) from Tanzania that I will always remember and hold close to my heart. It is a wonderful thing to meet others that are so similar to who you are. It’s also a wonderful thing to know people all over the world… more excuses to board a flight and go visit them!

It is so amazing how people can come together for the greater good of others.
Till next time, my friends!

3. To Learn More About Yourself

Cliché or not, you learn something about yourself every single time you step out of your comfort zone. Traveling to foreign lands, meeting new people, learning new things.. they all require you to step out of your comfort zone. I’ve learned through travel that I love to go slow and really get to know a place. I know that I absolutely love meeting new people and learning about new cultures. Through volunteering, I’ve learned how much I want health and happiness for each and every person I meet. This volunteer trip reinforced me in the fact that nursing was the right career path for me. I love people and I love being able to help people. It also gave me an incurable case of wanderlust…

Reasons to Volunteer Abroad

4. To Learn About New Cultures and Explore New Parts of the World

One of my favorite parts about travel is learning about the culture and their ways of life. It’s amazing to see how other people live their everyday lives. I love seeing how they interact with others and hearing their languages. Trying new foods. Exploring new parts of the world. Finding beautiful places all around the globe. It’s such a special thing to be able to travel and experience all of these things. I can promise you that I will never take travel for granted and I will continue to explore as much as I am able to.

Reasons to Volunteer Abroad

5. To Gain Experience in an Area of Interest

Learning how to care for and love others is one of the most important things in life. Traveling to Tanzania and working with these families and children taught me so much about how to care and how to love. It’s a special thing to care about someone you don’t know or have never met. So, go out there and volunteer. Care about others. Learn about your special area of interest and help others. There is so many different things you can do and so many different reasons to volunteer abroad, you just have to do it!

Nobody cares how much you know,
until they know how much you care.
Theodore Roosevelt

I hope these reasons to volunteer abroad help you decide to spend your next trip volunteering.. I promise that it is worth it! 

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