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Southern California Road Trip Photo Diary

After cruising around theLos Angles, Long Beach and Santa Barbara areas of Southern California for nearly two weeks, I’m ready to move out there! The nearly endless sunshine, coastal driving, beautiful outdoor settings, and delicious dining venues and bars will do that to you.

I traveled with my friend and fellow blogger, Ian Michael Crumm, and we made so many new friends along the way (and notes of where to check out that we didn’t get to do while there), we are sure to return soon.

Check out the moments below and mini guides on each destination we visited:

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Chile Travel Photo Diary

I recently got to publish two stories on my travels in Chile on Travel + Leisure online, and was happy to finally see them live and be shared around. One was on reasons to visit the capital Santiago, and the other on Chilean cuisine throughout the country. After working on the piece and selecting photos for it, it made me want to share other moments I haven’t gotten around to sharing yet. Hopefully going to do more of these again and at least twice a month. Anyways, hopefully these moments in Chile from Santiago to Valle Nevado and the Elqui Valley will inspire you to visit:


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Amsterdam Photo Diary (Plus How To Layer For Cool Summer Travel)

Earlier this summer I got to venture back to Amsterdam, and it was like a whole different place compared to my cold, rainy first time in the fall. Traveling with Gray Line Worldwide (which just recently released an inspo video on the destination – plus a contest!), we got to explore a lot of the city (and nearby the city) – both as locals do and as visitors might. Check out the adventure below, plus see how you can layer for crisp summer mornings or destinations such as Amsterdam that can have cool air in the summer:

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30 Photos That’ll Make You Want To Visit Iceland

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Fresh from a week in Iceland with Gray Line Worldwide, I got a chance to go through my photos and picked out a bunch that hopefully will inspire you to visit the beautiful island country. 

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When planning the trip with Gray Line, I of course made sure to include the Blue Lagoon on my list of to-dos, and to see different national parks, waterfalls, the glacier and other natural wonders Iceland has. Some surprises to me were the unique horses, the amazing food (hands down the best dairy I’ve ever had), and how cool the black sand beaches were.

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Italy Travel Photo Diary

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Can’t believe it’s mid-September already! Currently I’m traveling through Italy with Intrepid Travel and it’s been quite the adventure as I travel with a group of people who aren’t in media. Most of my travels – if I’m not going somewhere alone or with a buddy – have been with others in the similar industry as me (be it bloggers, journalists or other influencers), but now I’m finding myself sipping vino and enjoying dolce each night with a group of people from all walks of life: mining engineers, a family doctor, teachers and someone in a CSI-like field. Though I’m traveling with such a diverse and fun group, it’s also nice to have my alone time in this beautiful country during my first visit here.

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I’ll be putting together a more detailed post of the experience in Italy and with Intrepid Travel in case you’ve been thinking about doing a small group trip such as this, but I wanted to share some photos from Italia that I’ve taken. A lot of these are already posted on my Insta, but there’s a few more below from this journey that has brought me to Venice to Florence and more! Read the rest of this entry

Travel Inspiration: Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Earlier this spring I got the chance to explore Albuquerque and it was more amazing than I thought it would! As I work to put together a travel guide on the New Mexican city, I wanted to share some photos from my trip to inspire your travels.

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Get a taste of Albuquerque below through adventures such as hot air ballooning with Rainbow Ryders and going up the Sandia Mountain peak tramway, to different stays across the city such as Los Poblanos Historic Inn & Organic Farm and the Nativo Lodge, and eating throughout the city at places such as Sadie’s of New Mexico and Golden Crown Panaderia. More photos below:

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Travel Inspiration: The Amazing Thailand

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For the past week I’ve been traveling Thailand and it’s been such a wonderful experience! This trip has been extra special for me since not only have I never been to Thailand before, but this is my first time in the Far East.

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First Time In Budapest: Photo Diary

budapest-travel-photos-1-skyline-view Recently I had the pleasure of traveling to Budapest for the first time, and it was an incredible experience. I traveled with Corinthia Hotels and wrote an article for AskMen.com on their five-star hotel there which has stood for over a century and is Europe’s first  grand dame hotel. I spent four days in Budapest after flying in from London with British Airways—which was just over a two hour flight—and got to experience a little bit of everything. budapest-travel-photos-21-heroes-square I toured the historical and iconic sites such as Buda Castle (the city view from it is the photo at top), the Szechenyi Thermal Baths and Heroes Square (above), shopped along the famed Andrássy Avenue and at the Great Market Hall, ate at restaurants such as Gundel and Reteshaz, and checked out the city street art and the popular ruin bar Szimpla kert. Get a taste of Budapest below with some more of my snaps, with more posts soon!

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Texas Road Trip: Photo Diary

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Personal and professional travels have brought me to various parts of the U.S. and over international waters, but Texas wasn’t in my travel goals this year. Then when Best Western invited me on a road trip through The Lone Star State to experience a few of their properties and attend the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Convention, I thought there would be no better way to experience Texas and got onboard.

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Travel Inspiration: Living Las Vegas

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Las Vegas was one my first destinations I got to visit as a travel writer and it was a very memorable experience for that and since it was my first time in the so called Sin City. It’s a destination I’d recommend to visit for the diverse amount of attractions, hotels and resorts, restaurants, pools and nightlife options.

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Having been again earlier this summer, I’ve selected some of my favorites photos I’ve taken the past couple of years. See what you can in Vegas below in over 35 photos! From The Strip and The LINQ outdoor project, to Downtown Vegas for the Fremont Experience and the Container Park, be inspired to visit soon:

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