St Kitts will always hold a special place in my heart. I lived there for almost 3 years while I attended veterinary school. It’s a beautiful island with a classic Caribbean vibe. The island is a popular cruise ship port but is a great vacation destination in its own right. I’m lucky to have been a resident for so long. I was able to experience so much of what the island has to offer during my time there. Whether you’re hopping off a cruise ship or planning a few days on the island, here are 20 photos to inspire you to visit the amazing St Kitts!
I knew I wanted to be a veterinarian since I was a little kid. I fed all the neighborhood cats, nursed my Chihuahua after a stray dog attacked him, and cried when Mufasa died. Animals were an integral part of my childhood, so it was never a question during high school or college that I would go to veterinary school. I just never quite imagined that I would go to a Caribbean veterinary school!
When we made plans to visit my boyfriend’s hometown near the Loire Valley, I knew we had to spend a day chateau hopping. The Loire Valley is a beautiful region in central France with over 300 castles. It’s even a UNESCO World Heritage site. Needless to say, I couldn’t miss a chance to visit a few beautiful French castles! We woke up with the sun to get an early start to the day; the first castle was a 2-hour drive from the little village we stayed in, Chatellerault. I didn’t want to waste any sunlight in the late-November day. Our first glimpse of the massive castle was down a long tree-lined driveway still painted the color of fall. I immediately imagined myself as a sixteenth century queen making my way home from a hunt on a horse-drawn carriage. Our day exploring the must visit castles in the Loire Valley had officially begun!
2017 turned out to be a pretty pivotal year. The biggest event was making the decision to leave my job after many months of considering it. A big part of why I left was that I wanted to travel more and be near my boyfriend, who is currently in France. But looking back, I really made travel a priority in 2017. I traveled 6 months out of the year and officially have visited 17 countries to date. I finally delved back into the world of blogging and launched this site, both to document my travels and to inspire people to make travel a priority. I can’t wait to grow this blog in the next year as well as continue to travel and grow as a person.
It’s that time of year again, when the turkey gives way to holiday shopping. If you know someone who loves to travel or is planning a trip next year, I’ve compiled a list for some great gifts with the traveler in mind. Most of the products listed here are ones I’ve used myself (or are on my wish list – hi Mom and Dad haha). So you can trust that the gifts will be worth it. Here’s my traveler gift guide for the 2017 holiday season!
As a habitual traveler, I get the same comments and questions all the time. One of the most common is “I wish I could travel like you.” My answer is always the same – YOU CAN. Travel is a choice – one that you have to actively pursue. There is never a perfect time to travel. Someday will never arrive if you don’t put actionable steps into place and follow through. I make travel a priority. It’s that simple! I’ve put together a cheap travel guide to help you put those steps into place. Hopefully it will inspire you to get that first foot out the door!
Chicago was my first home as a “real adult.” It was the first time I was not a student, but a full-fledged working #girlboss. I had a job, friends, met my boyfriend, and truly fell in love with the city. As a kid, I envisioned myself living in New York City: being a subway pro, jogging in central park, and grabbing coffee on a big orange couch everyday (I watched a lot of Friends). But I found that Chicago, unexpectedly, fulfilled my big city dreams. It’s definitely a more laid back, down to earth city compared to NYC, and I love it for that! You NEED to have Chicago on your travel bucket list! Here are my favorite things to do in Chicago for a first time visitor.
Ah, Monaco. You bring to mind images of luxury and fame; from the world famous Monte Carlo Casino to yachts, helicopters, and fast cars – you sure do know how to put envy in the eyes of everyone who visits. I spent one day in Monaco pretending to be rich and famous… ha, who am I kidding? I spent the day fawning over the many luxurious items I came across, from big boats to luxury apartment buildings. It was definitely a great day trip in the French Riviera. Here’s how to spend one day in Monaco!
It’s safe to say I’ve traveled quite a bit in the past 7 years. When I started vet school in St Kitts, it was my first ever international trip. I either traveled back home to DFW or internationally 3+ times per year during that time. And just in this past year I’ve traveled internationally 5 times. So I’m pretty confident in saying I’ve gotten pretty good at the whole flying experience. But with anything, practice makes perfect, and I’ve had some pretty terrible, but mostly funny in hindsight, travel horror stories. Hopefully you can learn from my mistakes. Buckle in; this is a long one!