The Floating City of Venice

Venice, Venezia, La Dominante – whatever you call it, it is without a doubt the most magical city in the world. It’s romantic, picturesque, charming and so much more.  No words can describe the absolute unparalleled beauty that is Venice, Italy.

Do I really need to go on? I think we’re all convinced….go to Venice. That is all.

Canale Della Giudecca at Sunset

Canale Della Giudecca at Sunset

Views of Beautiful Venice

Views of Beautiful Venice

Just kidding I’ll tell you more. To start with, these are real photos.  I know, I know, they don’t look it. That’s just too pretty a place to be real! But I actually took these, so I know Venice is real…at least I think it was…

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New Year, New Resolutions and This Time I’m Keeping Them!

I’ve never been great at keeping resolutions, but this year I’m really motivated.  2013 was a year of pretty epic change for me.  I settled into adulthood with my first (and second) grown-up job, I moved countries (and continents), rented an apartment in New York City (the most difficult thing in the world) and somehow found time to start a travel blog.

I’ve thought a lot about what I want out of 2014, and besides never moving in this city again, here’s what I’ve come up with:

1. Travel More: I figure this one is pretty obvious, but also I want to be more creative with my experiences.  Living in Europe made me spoiled.  Every two hour (cheappp) flight was a new country, a new language and a totally new experience.  But moving back to the US, I’m not as excited to travel.  I need to change my attitude, since I’ve still got approximately 20 states left I’ve never even been to! It may not be a new country or a new language, but every state is different and worth a visit.  So, my resolution is really to make every place I go to an adventure. Because even if it’s just down the road, you’ve got to travel to get there!

2. Be More Selfish: I know this sounds weird, but I’ve actually always been kind of bad at this.  I worry too much about what others might want or need, even in situations where making one choice isn’t really going to be very good for me. But I make that choice anyway.  So, whether it’s choosing to take that trip I can’t really afford for a long weekend because it’s going to make me happy or just making my friends go to my restaurant of choice, I’m going to be more selfish (sometimes) in 2014!

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It’s not just Politics in Washington D.C.

This weekend, I took the ever-so-glamorous bus from New York City to Washington DC to visit my favorite bride-to-be / my college bestie and her soon-to-be hubbie. Not only was I dying to catch up with them on their wedding plans, it was also my first time getting to know the DC area.

First, a note on my stylin’ ride — Vamoose buses — I was really impressed! Bus travel is not usually ideal (or even all that safe) in America.  The Vamoose bus is swiftly changing this reputation though.  With clean, comfortable buses fully equipped with WiFi, plugs for your chargers, and a completely acceptable bathroom, I highly recommend this $60 round-trip bus trip to anyone looking to explore these two cities or any of the other of the Northeast destinations that Vamoose travels to (Maryland, anyone?).

Vamoose Bus

Vamoose Bus

My lovely hosts live in a town called Arlington just over the bridge from DC in Virginia.  I was told it’s a similar set up to Hoboken and Manhattan (nearby, good as it’s own stand alone town but a quick commute into the hustle and bustle with lower rent prices to boot).

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