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The Highlights of Rome, Italy

In Europe, Italy, Travel, Vatican by KatelynLeave a Comment

Rome in January is beautiful. Coming from cold Venice to “warmish” Florence and now to sunny and 60 degrees was a welcomed relief. AND we rode the train down from Florence to Rome in first class! Our professors didn’t reserve us seats on the train ride from Venice to Florence so I kept getting kicked out of my seat during …

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I’m Heading Back to Europe Next Week!

In Europe, Travel by Katelyn4 Comments

I’m so excited! Next Wednesday I’m heading back to Europe for 18 days! I’ve haven’t been to mainland Europe in over 7 years so this trip is long over due. My timing couldn’t be any better either as the exchange rate is high (although the dollar has fallen slightly) making Europe a bit more affordable for this budget backpacker. I originally booked …

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The Best Day Trips from Florence, Italy

In Europe, Italy, Travel by KatelynLeave a Comment

Have you ever seen the movie Under the Tuscan Sun? Isn’t it amazing?! Under the Tuscan Sun is one of my favorite movies and it’s probably one of the main reasons I was dying to visit Italy. Florence is a magical Renaissance city not to be missed on any Italian vacation, but Tuscany is where my heart lies. Okay, maybe …

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8 Things to Do in Florence, Italy

In Europe, Italy, Travel by Katelyn4 Comments

When I dream of Italy, I always imagine red-tiled roofs, crammed streets filled with tourists and traffic honking to its own beat, and the impressive views of the Piazza del Duomo and Ponte Vecchio. When I think of Italy, I think of Florence. Florence, or Firenze to the locals, is a shrine to the Renaissance, one of my favorite times in history. …

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Celebrating New Years in Venice, Italy

In Europe, Italy, Travel by Katelyn4 Comments

All through my elementary school education I was fascinated by the Roman Empire and its history, culture, and politics. In college I wanted to study abroad so bad, but due to a demanding pre-med course load with several research projects in the process, studying abroad was not possible. It’s my biggest regret in college. However, my college offered several two-week …

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What I Learned From My First Travel Blogger Conference: Women in Travel Summit 2015

In Blogging, Boston, New England, Personal Development, Travel, Travel Blogging by Katelyn11 Comments

Have you ever been to a party where you knew no one? Okay, maybe you know a few people through Instagram and Facebook, but essentially you’re going on a blind date. If you’re an introvert like me, it’s scary, intimidating, and exciting all at the same time. Walking around a party with a wine glass in one hand while trying …

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Volunteer International Medical Mission Trips: My Experience with International Service Learning

In Central America, college students, Costa Rica, Granada, Medical Mission, Nicaragua, Travel by Katelyn2 Comments

While completing my Masters in Public Health studies I became very interested in international public health. The field of public health is extremely diverse and you can do just about anything from HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns and education to healthcare information technology. Despite what many people think, there is a huge public health gap within the United States. Just look at …

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Hiking the Highest Volcano and Zip Lining Costa Rica Jungles

In Adventure, Central America, Costa Rica, Travel by Katelyn10 Comments

Back in May 2011 I had the opportunity to participate in a medical mission with International Service Learning, an NGO that offers volunteers practical experience through medicine, education, and community enrichment programs in developing countries in Latin America and Africa. Originally I was planning to go in January 2011, but due to a major snowstorm that shut down the East …

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HI NYC Hostel Review

In Hostel Reviews, New York, Travel, United States by Katelyn1 Comment

New York City is known for its famous and expensive hotels. A trip to NYC, even a 48 hour stay, can set you back hundreds of dollars. But, did you know there are other options? There are thousands of NYC-area Courchsurfing hosts to choose from that will cost you nothing (although I’m a big fan of gifts for hosts). Airbnb …