December 31, 2014

Where I've Been in 2014

Wow! Another year has come and gone. Can you believe it?! They say that the older you get, the faster time goes, and I totally believe it. But before I open the door to 2015, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on all that has happened this year because, let's be honest, it's been a BIG year for me. I did this post last year as well, and I think it's only fitting that I keep up the tradition of recapping my year in travel. More and more I find myself thinking about my life by where I'm going next. It's how I count down my days. It's what I look forward to most. So as a toast to all the countdowns from 2014, I give my yearly review of travel.

December 30, 2014

2014 Word of the Year


Remember this post from January? My word of the year - a new take on new year's resolutions. Like I said in January, this year I wanted to do something different from the typical list of resolutions. I decided to do one word instead, and this year I wanted to be all about growth.

December 18, 2014

Off to...

Sandals Royal Bahamian Resort!


The time has finally come for Bryan and I to head to the crystal blue waters of the Bahamas for our long-awaited prize trip to Sandals Royal Bahamian! As you're reading this, we're probably sitting in the Philadelphia airport waiting for our flight to Nassau. (Honestly, where does it make sense to get us from Atlanta to the Bahamas by way of Philadelphia?) Or we're already at the resort splashing in the waves and drinking fruity bevs with umbrellas. It all depends on what time you're reading this. 

December 16, 2014

23 Before 23: Recap


Remember this post from yesteryear? If you're sitting there saying "oh yeah!" just know that I'm joining you. It's not that I necessarily forgot about all the goals I made for my 22nd year (though I did forget quite a few), it's that I didn't really make them a priority once I hit "publish" for that post. I got wrapped up in other things, and I found myself going with the flow much more than I had planned for with those goals. But upon request, I've decided to put together a little recap for those of you who are interested in what I managed to accomplish. Prepare to be underwhelmed...

November 21, 2014

Gatlinburg


On the first Saturday of November, Bryan and I decided to drive over to Gatlinburg for the day. Bryan found an Oktoberfest event at Ober Gatlinburg (ski resort in Gatlinburg) online, and we wanted to check it out and see if it could help us relive the glory days of our time in Berlin.

October 23, 2014

Chit Chat v.1


I originally got this idea from Casey and her coffee talk posts, and I thought it would be a great way for me to just blog about whatever. I always find myself wanting to blog about certain things but then losing interest before I get a chance to sit down and write. Or I don't think it's relevant to my blog. Or there's simply not enough there for me to put together a whole post. Whatever the reason, I just have tons of things I want to talk about or say, but I don't know how I should go about letting those thoughts out. So out of my jumbled thoughts, "Chit Chat" is born.

October 9, 2014

Rerouting

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I mentioned several months ago that Bryan had won a trip to the Caribbean, and we were debating between Antigua and St Lucia as our destination of choice. We ended up choosing St Lucia, and we have been beyond excited to head to the island in December. BUT things have changed, and we've ultimately had to change our location. Instead of St Lucia, we'll now be spending four days and three nights in the Bahamas.

October 7, 2014

New Look


If you've been reading my blog for any length of time you probably noticed that I changed up my look a few weeks ago. I'd been playing with the idea of changing things for a while, and I decided to just go for it. And I absolutely love what this freshening up has done for my little corner of the web.

October 3, 2014

Labor Day


I finally finished blogging about mine and my mom's two-week trip to England! I'm still kinda shocked that it took me nearly three months to go through all my pictures and share my experiences with y'all. Definitely did not mean for it to take that long, but you know, whatevs.

So flashing back to a month ago - Labor Day weekend. Bryan's parents invited us and Bryan's brothers to their lake house for the holiday, so naturally we took them up on that offer. I, for one,  have been water deprived ever since moving to Atlanta four years ago for school, and I just made it worse for myself by moving to Tennessee. So I jump at any chance I get to be close to the shore, whether it's the ocean or a lake in South Carolina.

September 17, 2014

Warner Bros. Studio Tour


The last day of mine and my mom's English adventure was purely magical. Yes, the pun was totally intended. We spent our day at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour just outside of London where we immersed ourselves in the world of Harry Potter movie making.

September 9, 2014

British Museum + Trafalgar Square


Happy Tuesday, y'all! Just a quick post today as I'm coming down with a head cold and don't feel like doing anything but lying in bed and watching HGTV. But this is all perfect timing as I don't have many photos to share from this day in London either.

September 8, 2014

1000 Places: Sissinghurst Castle Gardens


Simply stated, Sissinghurst Castle Gardens can be described as tranquil and inspiring. I really wasn't expecting much from this part of our trip to England considering I knew ahead of time that there'd be no actual castle at this destination. And there wasn't y'all. No castle to speak of. It's pretty much ruins. But I think me expecting so little is what allowed me to be blown away by what these gardens had to offer.

August 29, 2014

1000 Places: Leeds Castle


Yesterday, I said Blenheim Palace was one of my top two favorite palaces/castles that we visited. Leeds Castle is the other half of that top two. I loved this castle. It's majestic, and it reminded of castles from the medieval era.

August 28, 2014

1000 Places: Blenheim Palace


Grand. Expansive. Dramatic. These are all words to describe Blenheim Palace. When you think of a palace - a home to royalty - Blenheim Palace is exactly what you imagine. This palace is so jaw-dropping. It's beautiful. I always thought I'd make a darling queen in a future life, but I think I'd prefer to be a Duchess of Marlborough just so I can call Blenheim Palace my own.

August 27, 2014

Mass + Tea


On our second Sunday in England, my mom and I woke up early and went to mass at Westminster Abbey. I'm not a huge church-goer by any means, but this was something my mom had been saying she wanted to do, and I mean, what kind of Catholic would I be if I didn't go to mass at Westminster Abbey when I had the chance? So up early we were, taking the train to Westminster, and we find ourselves sitting in the same place where Princess Diana got married, worshipping the Lord.

August 26, 2014

The London Eye


Yesterday, I mentioned my mom's fear of heights at the White Cliffs of Dover. She spazzed out while having her feet firmly planted to the ground and the side of the cliffs being 50 feet away, so you can imagine what I was prepared for when we bought our tickets for the London Eye. For a split second I thought my mom was going to skip out on the experience all together, but surprisingly, the London Eye was way easier than the white cliffs.

August 25, 2014

White Cliffs of Dover


After Canterbury, my mom and I caught a train to Dover to spend the end of the afternoon walking along the white cliffs. We were really looking forward to this part of the day, but once my mom actually realized what a cliff was she wasn't as thrilled. Long story short, our walk along the cliffs was a lot more of me being annoyed and my mom nearly having a panic attack because she thought she would fall off the edge than a leisurely stroll.

August 22, 2014

1000 Places: Canterbury Cathedral


Another day, another check mark in my big book of everywhere. That seemed to be a big theme of mine and my mom's English adventure.

August 21, 2014

Canterbury


My mom and I really enjoyed the day we spent in Canterbury. We were able to explore a beautiful cathedral (post coming soon), and there were wonderful food and shopping options. It was a quaint and welcoming little town. It seemed like there was a surprise around every corner.

August 16, 2014

The Old Weavers Restaurant


I wanted to share this restaurant in its own post because my mom and I both had the best lunches of our entire lives (not even kidding) at this place while we were visiting Canterbury for the day. You couldn't ask for a better meal with a better setting.

August 15, 2014

Changing the Guards + St Paul's


Even though it was cloudy and overcast, my mom and I still wanted to see the Changing of the Guards in front of Buckingham Palace. We'd be damned if we left England without doing so, so Thursday morning we woke up and made our way to Buckingham Palace. This was such a big moment for us during our trip. The Changing of the Guards is an iconically London experience, and we had a front row seat.

August 12, 2014

Kensington Palace


Kensington Palace - home to the modern-day royals. After our long day with Vic, we decided to take it easy and visit this brick beauty.

August 11, 2014

InstaLately: July Edition

Happy Monday! I figured I would take a break from the England posts today to update just a little about what's been going on this past month. Not too much but so, so much at the same time.

We spent 4th of July weekend up in the mountains of north Georgia. There were 13 of us who rented a house with an awesome view, and we were able to enjoy a lake nearby.

August 8, 2014

1000 Places: Salisbury Cathedral


We ended our day with Vic where we started our day, in Salisbury. The final place we wanted to see before boarding our train back to London was Salisbury Cathedral.

August 7, 2014

1000 Places: Stonehenge


WOW! Stonehenge was the highlight of our day with Vic's Taxi, and it is one of the top experiences from our entire 2-week trip to England! If I had to choose one word to describe the hour we spent here: mystifying. The site of this configuration of stones is dumbfounding, and I feel so fortunate that my mom and I were able to see such an iconic symbol of the world with our own eyes.

August 6, 2014

Avebury


While making our way to Stonehenge, Vic took us to a small town called Avebury.

August 4, 2014

1000 Places: Bath


After spending our morning at Stourhead Gardens, we ventured to the town of Bath. Y'all, this town was so charming and full of character I could barely stand it.

August 1, 2014

1000 Places: Stourhead Gardens


The first stop we made during our private tour with Vic's Taxi was Stourhead Gardens. Simply put, this 2600+ acre estate is like stepping into a painting. It's just gorgeous.

July 30, 2014

Blur


Dim lighting and no tripod make for blurry pictures.

July 28, 2014

Vic's Taxi


If I had decided to organize my England posts based on favorite days rather than chronologically, my photos from our private tour with Vic's Taxi would have been the very first photos I'd have shown you. This day is a standout in my many memories from England, and I'm thrilled to finally share this day with you through the posts coming up this week.

July 25, 2014

Carousel


Just a quick post today to start off a very busy weekend. My mom and stepdad are on their way to Atlanta to pack up my apartment! I mentioned last month that Bryan and I are moving to Knoxville, and the weekend it happens is finally here.

July 23, 2014

Tower of London & Tower Bridge


The first "big thing" we did in London was the Tower of London.

July 21, 2014

Three Quarters

Platform 9 3/4

Part of the excitement of going to London was being where the world of Harry Potter was born. My mom and I are huge Potterheads, so it was necessary that we find Platform 9 3/4 ASAP.

July 17, 2014

Big Ben


Y'all, I took about 7 million pictures of this darn clock. I'm not even kidding.

July 16, 2014

What's in my carry-on?

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Traveling is rough on anybody. Long flights, layovers, crying babies (don't even get me started), and all around discomfort... it's really not as glamorous as people make it out to be. Now I'll be the first to say that I'm no veteran traveler by any means, but I've been across the Atlantic a couple times, and I've learned a lot about what I need to bring in my carry-on in those few flights. So here I am to share with you what I bring in my carry-on, and maybe it will help you when you're packing for your next long-haul flight.

July 14, 2014

Prince of Wales


I shared on Saturday about our flat that we called home while in London, but our flat wasn't the only thing that made us feel welcomed while overseas. Prince of Wales, a local pub, was a huge part of our trip, and it's the backdrop of many wonderful memories during our time in England.

July 12, 2014

Chesson


One of the hardest things about traveling to a new place is feeling like you have no where to come home to, no where to escape the unfamiliar and absorb everything you've seen and done. Thankfully, my mom and I did not have that issue at all during our two weeks in London.

July 10, 2014

Camden Markets


On our first full day in London, my mom and I took the Tube up to the Camden Markets and winded our way through mazes of people, clothing stalls, and food vendors.

July 9, 2014

1000 Places: London


Finally getting around to sharing mine and my mom's amazing English adventure! This was such a special trip for so many reasons. We were celebrating my college graduation. We were out of the country. We were having true mother-daughter time. So many memories were made that I won't forget, and I'm so happy that this little idea that my mom and I thought of over a year ago actually became a reality.

June 30, 2014

Remember the Keys


Hello, hello!
My mom and I made it home from our two-week English adventure over the weekend and are slowly getting back in the groove of every day life. In short, the trip was wonderful, and I can't wait to get through my photos and start sharing our experiences with y'all! 

In the meantime, head on over to Casey's blog, True Colours, and check out my feature from Friday about the Florida Keys where I shared my tips about packing, sightseeing, and friendly reminders for this coastal hotspot. I loved participating in Casey's "Destinations" series and reliving last summer's family trip to these picturesque Florida islands. Makes me want to pack up the car and head back to the southernmost point...

June 27, 2014

7 Continents

I follow quite a few travel bloggers religiously and others I check up on if they post something that seems interesting. Reason being, I love the world, and I want to see as much of it as I can. Following these bloggers only makes my desire to travel stronger, and I wouldn't have it any other way. I'm fascinated by how vastly different one region can be from another, how crystal clear the ocean can be, and how technology has advanced so much that it's possible to go virtually anywhere as long as you're determined to make it happen. We live on a beautiful planet, and it would be shame to not take it in first-hand.

With all these travel bloggers I follow, I've seen quite a few times a list of places on every continent that the writer wants to see. I've thought about sharing my list plenty of times but have never really gotten around to it until now. I'm making the time, so here they are - one place on each continent that I want to see oh so badly.

North America - Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon
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June 23, 2014

Braves

Braves v Rockies
Braves v Rockies
One of the best things about summer in Atlanta is being able to go to Braves games. I've always loved the Braves, but I just started getting into baseball for real this year. And I'm kinda irritated at myself for that because I have wasted three solid years in Atlanta not going to Braves games... But this summer has, thankfully, been different, and I have been supporting my Braves as much as I can. I've been to two games so far (and have watched countless more on TV), and I'm hoping I can get to at least one more before moving to Knoxville at the end of July.

June 18, 2014

InstaHome

Some Instagrams from the beginning of June. Even though I've been on the go a ton lately, I've still managed to carve out some time to just relax at home, and it's been a blessing.

Beach days are the best days!

June 16, 2014

The Whole Fam Damily


One of the best parts about my graduation wasn't necessarily having my name called as I walked across the stage or the freedom that came with finally being done with school. For me, having my family there with me to celebrate this moment is what really made my graduation a true joy.

June 13, 2014

Off to...

LONDON! BYE!


June 11, 2014

London Countdown: 2 Days

It's almost time!!

Changing of the guards via TripAdvisor
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Just two more days until my mom and I take off for our long-awaited mother/daughter trip to London! I really meant to do more of these "Countdown" posts since I first announced we were going, but life has been incredibly busy, and I just never got around to getting posts up. But trust me when I say my mom and I are beyond excited to fly across the pond!

June 10, 2014

InstaLately: Wrapping Up My Final Semester

Just some Instagram snapshots from the end of my last semester of undergrad. Thankfully, I didn't have any exams due to the nature of my courses, so I finished at the end of April and was able to head to Statesboro for some R&R before the graduation festivities began. And once the festivities began, it's like it's been go-go-go ever since. I'm just now finding time to relax since I graduated almost a month ago, and these pictures seem like they're ages old. Time is flying!

Laying out by the pool
Catching some rays by the pool

June 9, 2014

Apartment Hunt

Knoxville, TN
The view at our new apartment complex

If you'll remember, a few weeks ago Bryan and I drove up to Knoxville, TN for a couple days. Bryan is starting grad school at the University of Tennessee in the fall, so we wanted to check out the area and, mainly, find somewhere for us to live!