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Travel Guide: Northern Italy, Summer 2016


I finally had time to finish out my trip planning guide for Northern Italy from this past summer. August, for me, is a fantastic time to do extended European vacations and last summer took me on a road/train trip through Milan, Venice, Burano, Vicenza, Verona, Lake Como, San Pellengrino, Bergamo, Bellinzona, and a bunch of little towns along the way. November is the perfect time to start planning your summer trips- a big plus to our vacation was a home exchange in Lake Como that became our base for the second part of the trip. Check out details below!

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Travel Guide: Philippines, 2016


I haven’t been to the Philippines since I was a little girl. Being half Filipino, it’s always interesting returning to a place that your ancestors once had roots. Today, the Philippines is known as a premiere destination for diving, snorkeling, and boating, but it is so much more than that. Aside from having the warmest and friendliest people in the world, the Philippines has deep cultural traditions and diverse locales to offer for any type of adventurer. I cannot recommend it enough as your next destination, and I’m excited to return in the near future. See below for my full Travel Guide.

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3 Weeks in Europe under $2500


Summer is the perfect time to escape to Europe. I try to make it a habit and the past 3 years have been great. This summer, I’m exploring Italy and Austria, then spending a few days in Madrid prior to my flight home. With the rise of the sharing economy, strong dollar, and taking advantage of deals/points Europe is probably a lot less expensive than you would think. My total for 3 weeks across 3 countries including flight, accommodation and transportation is just under $2500 so far!

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A Week in New York City


Manhattan is one of my favorite cities, but it’s not always easy. Maybe that’s what makes it so worthwhile. I’m so happy to make it a more permanent home over the next two years as I attend graduate school, to explore even more. NYC is one of those cities that really reward the planner. Check out my guide from earlier this month when I attended Governor’s Ball.

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