My 30: 30 Places I Can’t Wait To Visit

Hi Everyone! My first 30 post! If you didn’t read my February Roundup, I turn 30 next Month. So I’m going to try a post a week — 30 things either about me, what I want to see, my favorite books etc.

The first week of “My 30” is 30 Places I can’t wait to visit. In the past year I’ve knocked off a few of those places (Hey Chicago, Maine, Miami and The Florida Keys)! This won’t include those — these are all new places.

In no particular order

  1. England — going this year!
  2. Iceland
  3. Grand Canyon
  4. California
  5. Quebec
  6. Spain
  7. Scotland
  8. Australia
  9. DC — going this year!!
  10. Nashville
  11. New Orleans
  12. Costa Rica (again)
  13. St. Thomas
  14. Texas (San Antonio)
  15. New Zealand
  16. Alaska
  17. Utah
  18. Colorado
  19. Hawaii
  20. Greece
  21. Noway
  22. Chile
  23. Dubai
  24. Dominican Republic
  25. Acadia National Park
  26. Yellowstone
  27. Yosemite
  28. Atlanta
  29. Switzerland
  30. Vancouver

As you can see, I’m heading to England and DC this year, I might try to sneak one more trip in by the end of the year but we will see how that goes.

Have you been to any of these? If you could choose one off the list where would it be?


Saratoga Battlefield

Happy Monday Everyone! I wanted to share another New York Adventure that is perfect anytime of the year. I know I’ve said this before, but I love where I grew up and part of that is because of the history that is here. A history that I personally think should be celebrated as much as the histories of Massachusetts and Philadelphia. So let’s get into the history of the Battle of Saratoga! The Battle of Saratoga is known as the Turning Point of the Revolutionary War, where American troops beat British soldiers to change the tide of independence (see why I think my hometown is so cool?). You can read more about this at the park, but once you’re there, take a short drive to Victory Woods and The Saratoga Monument where you can learn more about the history and even walk through a cemetery with tombstones that read from the 1700s.

Spoiler: On a novel note, if you’ve read all the Outlander books, the Battle of Saratoga will sound familiar, even Diana Gabaldon wrote about it! IMG_0340.jpg Anyway, I’ve found some friends who love to get out on the weekends and are patient when I’m attempting to use my new  camera. The end of January saw Upstate New York without any snow and 50 degree weather so we decided instead of snowshoeing to go for a walk around the battlefields. This U.S. National Historical Park has everything someone could be looking for. With a toll road (closed in the winter), historical artifacts, bike paths, walking paths, and reenactments that happen in the summer, this is an ideal spot for picnics and learning. We probably walked a little over 3 miles today on rolling hills that were once walked by the very people who gave this country their Independence.

PS: To get into the Park just became free any time in the year.

How I Chose My First European Vacation

As most of you know, I will be traveling to England in June — which means the adventures will be limited until then to help my wallet. So I decided to do a post here and there on the trip itself — why I chose England, how we planned, how we saved for it etc. Many of you have probably traveled a lot before, the past year is really my first time traveling any place new so while our Europe trip is exciting it’s also a little stressful.

I have only been out of the country twice before (Costa Rica and The Bahamas) not counting Canada. Each time though I didn’t plan it myself or have too much of a say in where we went. That’s okay, trust me, but it did make choosing and planning England a little more difficult. Especially since I’ve never been to Europe before.

So Why did it take so long?

Well for one, I was never really financially stable enough before to truly make the ‘jump’ on a big vacation. I’ve also been afraid of flying (thankfully this last yr helped me get over it) so going across oceans didn’t really appeal no matter how much I wanted to go. Lastly, I just couldn’t pull the plug. I always found reasons to put it off — school, money, fear, anything you could think of, I thought of.

So Why now?

Well, for one — I’m financially stable and two I decided to finally just do it. I will be 30 in April and this just seemed like the perfect excuse to go to Europe.

How I chose:

Let’s be honest, there was no real competition. I thought maybe Ireland thinking that’s where my boyfriend would want to go but once I realized he didn’t really have a desire to go anywhere, I knew I could go where I really wanted. There are two countries I’ve always wanted to go to — England and Spain. But other than the language barrier with Spain, England has always had a special place in my heart.

The unbelievable history has been the first and main calling I’ve felt with country, living in the United States, this country is so young compared to England that I find it so fascinating.

On top of that, I have to go with the authors and books that have made me fall in love with the country even more — Jane Austen, Winston Graham, Arthur Conan Doyle, J.K. Rowling and J.R.R. Tolkien to name a few have inspired me beyond belief. Whether it be the start of my love of reading or my continued enthusiasm to read a story from such a different time period, my love for England as grown.

Therefore, this upcoming June, I will “embark” on my first ever European trip to England. It’s a challenge for me to take more than a week off of work at a time so for 9 days I will see as much as I can and cross some things off my bucket list. It’s not all of the places I want to go but it’s a start and I cannot wait.

December 2017 Roundup

Can you believe we have already hit 2018? Happy New Year again friends! December flew by this year, on Christmas Eve my boyfriend said “can you believe Christmas is almost over?”, at the time I couldn’t and I still don’t believe it.

With the holidays comes less reading than usual. In December I read:

  • The Girl in The Tower – the sequel to The Bear and The Nightingale, a review is coming soon
  • Heir of Firethis was not one of my favorites in the Throne of Glass series but it wasn’t bad enough to keep me from not reading the rest.
  • Before She Ignitesthis was not my favorite. I do not think I’ll be reading the rest of the series and if I do it will be through the library
  • Victoria — have I told you I’m obsessed with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert? Anyway, not only did I re-watch season 1 (season 2 premieres soon in the US) but I also read the story based on the season by Daisy Goodwin. Review coming soon

The Girl in the Tower and Victoria were definitely my favorite books read in December. Katherine Arden really has a way with words and making everything so magical and I just love Queen Victoria and what she represented/represents.

A lot of traveling happened in December which is probably why it flew by and there wasn’t a lot of reading completed.

Not only did I go to Miami and Key West but we also went up to VT to sell Christmas trees. There is so much work that goes into that, I have such an appreciation for those businesses now that I’ve really seen them in action.



We also had three different Christmas parties all within a week of each other and starting the day I arrived back from Florida. I’m looking forward to some serious R&R this month where I can get some reading done and start out fresh.

6 hrs in Key West

Since I was in Miami, I begged my friend to go to Key West for the day. It wasn’t hard, she’s up for just about anything (lucky me). Once I set foot on Key West, I knew I had to come back. I could stay a few days there, go parasailing, lay out on the beach, go snorkeling, do a sunset cruise or maybe go on a dolphin cruise. There were so many activities out on the water that I wanted to run to a boat and get on.


But since we were only there for about 6 hours, I didn’t have time to do any of the things that I mentioned above and still have time to do some of the land things on my list. Which is reason #1 why I want to go back.

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Key West reminded me a lot of Cape Cod but with clearer and bluer water — above is me in the Gulf of Mexico, an ocean I hadn’t put my toes in before so I knew I had to do that here just to say I had!


If you’re looking for some places to walk around and just hang out, try hitting up Mallory Square or Duval Street — while you’re at it, go to Kermit’s Key Lime Shop for some Key Lime pie. If you like Key Lime, this is the snack for you. For lunch, try stopping by Conche Republic Seafood or Waterfront Brewery which are scenically located right on the water and boat dock.


Last but not least try Hemighway’s House — which has his “ancestor cats”, I love that the cats can go wherever they want but us humans can’t touch the bed. Don’t forget about the Southernmost point in the US! That has to be the first thing you do, don’t forget about it! Who knows when you will be able to say that you stood there again!

Overall, I can’t wait to go back to Key West and just relax for a weekend there. It’s definitely worth the 3+ hour drive (one-way) from Miami.

2017 Round Up of Adventures

Happy Holidays everyone! I felt like doing An Adventure Roundup Post before I take a 3 day hiatus from blogging.

I’m using that time to be with friends and family during the holiday season but I will be back soon!

2017 might have been one of our best yet! I don’t normally like odd years but this one was pretty great. A first full year back in New York but we/I travelled so much it didn’t even feel like we were there the whole time.

Before I get into the adventures, I just want to talk about some random ones which were all the weddings we had. 5 in total! Not only were they fun but I got to see states (Hi Indiana and Illinois) that I hadn’t seen before!

Below is a highlight of 2017 adventures (don’t worry, a book roundup is coming) and some of my favorite pictures to go along with each.

Outside of New York Adventures

Well there were a ton of these! Here’s the big reveal for this year, I am afraid of flying but traveled to 4 locations that required it. I think I’m finally over my fear!

Those 4 locations were: 2 trips to Florida (Miami/Key West and Orlando/St. Pete) and twice to Chicago.

Chicago was such an awesome city too, it might be my favorite City that I’ve visited. At the same time Miami was a little bit of paradise.

Let’s not forget my two other trips that didn’t require travel. One is the usual trip, to Cape Cod. The little quaint area has more to do than you might think. But I have to admit, my trip to Maine might have passed the Cape. I hadn’t been to Maine in years so it was nice to go someplace different in the middle of June and really see what the area has to offer without a lot of people.

The New York Adventures

Man, that was a lot of adventures outside of my home state, but let’s not forget about all the cool things there are to do in New York!

My favorite trip of the year was probably Watkins Glen and Seneca Lake. Mainly because it was the first time in awhile that my boyfriend and I were able to just travel somewhere by ourselves. It’s also the most affordable weekend away that you can probably do which is also nice.

We also did a lot of local things, like our hikes (including some 46ers!), musicals, walking around gardens, museums, and even some chowder. All in All I would say it was a good time.

As mentioned before this year was pretty great but I am so excited for next year……….

We have officially booked our tickets to London and Cornwall England. It’s always been a dream of mine to go so I am anxiously waiting and I cannot wait to tell you all about it (any tips are appreciated).

Don’t worry, I have some other trips planned but nothing definite so more to come!

Happy Holidays everyone! Enjoy the time with your friends and family, it’s an adventure in its own right 😊

6 Days in Miami

Hi everyone! It’s been awhile since I had a post about an adventure!  I took November off so I could keep my wallet from hating me before I went to Florida. I’m so excited to finally tell you guys all about my trip to Miami. I had never been to Miami before so when my friend asked me to go with her I knew I had to say yes!


The Weather:

In December, the weather isn’t as warm as you would think for Miami. People were definitely walking around in pants, scarves and jackets but for someone from the Northeast, it was the perfect weather. High 60s to high 70s all week, I could definitely get used to that.

Where to Stay:


I loved Ocean Drive in South Beach. It was such a classic little street with a 1950s-70s feel. There were a bunch of different hotels to choose from too, I’m sure (especially in December) you could get a pretty good deal. Ocean Drive also has a bunch of restaurants as well as being right across the road from the beach. I loved that it was away from Miami City so it felt like you were in your own little paradise. Also — I had no idea that South Beach was basically it’s own little island. It was great!

The Attractions:

We spent three days at South Beach which was awesome  but we also did some other things, such as Key West and attractions around Miami City. Anyway, one of the things we did was get a Go City Miami Card which is not only affordable but also provided us with some transportation and sight seeing. One of things that the Go City card allows you to do, is get on a Hop on and Hop Off ($40) bus which was awesome because parking in Miami can be a bit expensive ($20 for 24hours). The Go City Card was $98 (thanks to Groupon) below is a list of attractions with what the price would have been without the Go City Card.

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The Attractions:

  • Vizcaya Museum and Gardens ($18)– so gorgeous and old! It reminded me of Downton Abbey.
  • Miami Science Museum ($22)– this might be one of my favorite Museums EVER. It had everything you could think of.
  • Art Museum ($16) — I think you could skip this UNLESS you really like art. I don’t really like and/or understand contemporary art so this really wasn’t anything for me.
  • Botanical Gardens (Free)– Google really made me think this was going to be a lot cooler than it was.
  • Holocaust Memorial (Free)– if you take the Hop on and Hop Off bus, you can see the Memorial from it, or you can go to the Botanical Gardens which is adjacent to this Memorial. One that is very well done.
  • Lincoln Mall (Free + Parking)– feeling like shopping? Maybe on a day that isn’t really for the beach? This is one of those places to go! Also within 2 blocks from the Botanical Gardens and Holocaust Memorial.
  • Key West Day Trip($75) — that will be it’s own post coming up in a few days 🙂
  • Wynwood Walls (Free + Parking)– while I’m not a huge fan of art, Wynwood Walls was amazing. I really liked the different art that was shown there. I swear, I tried that whole instagram look but failed, I’m okay with that though :).

We saved $72.50 by doing the Miami (2 day) Go City Card

Where to Eat and Transportation:

Obviously there is Uber and taxis that you can take. You could also rent a car but remember you have to pay for parking everywhere you go. We found a garage that was $20 for 24hours or $1 an hour. It wasn’t terrible but if you’re looking to be a on a budget, I’d suggest not having a car, especially if you’re on Ocean Drive AND doing the hop on and hop off. We used the car a few days out of the week but not every day.


We also tried not to eat out for every meal. We really only ate out for dinners, partly to keep on that budget. Places I would recommend are: The Leslie and Penguin Restaurant. Both were delicious and reasonably priced. Oh and for dessert try Mammamia Gelato it was delicious!

Those are my tips for Miami. It was so much fun and so relaxing, I read, I got a tan and I just enjoyed some R & R. I can’t wait to go back! IMG_20171215_084246_857.jpg