There is so much art in Florence, it’s hard to know where to begin. Your itinerary should undoubtedly include an evening at the opera, but prioritizing which museums to see is a difficult task, especially considering that the crowds in Florence make any experience at least an hour longer than anticipated and advanced reservations are not just recommended, but realistically required. You need to go in with a plan, so to help you stay organized I’m putting together the…

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I’m a solo female travel blogger attempting 12 trips in 12 months as part of my year of adventure. Every story has a beginning, here’s mine! My Year of Adventure: The Prequel “Why you no have baby?” the man queried, leaning in intently across my desk. I wasn’t sure how to answer this question.  Heck, I wasn’t even sure I understood it. “Why I no have baby?” I repeated quizzically, trying to figure out what my client…

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I was recently published by the Washington Post for how to regularly book roundtrip international flights for under $400 roundtrip. As a follow-up, many people have asked me what some of my secrets are for finding cheap accommodations. As a solo traveler, this is a hard one because accommodations are cheaper when you’re splitting the costs with at least one other person. Not only that, sometimes you get charged an additional fee for renting alone, especially if you booked through a…

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Aruba is nicknamed “One Happy Island,” and it’s not hard to see why. At just over 19 miles long and a mere 15 miles off the coast of Venezuela, it’s a slice of paradise that’s full of quirky contradictions. As a territory of the Netherlands, Aruba has a surprising infusion of Dutch architecture and food. Guests sample these distinctly European elements amidst echoes of Spanish music while the heat on your skin reminds you that you’re in the tropics. The…

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I know this is shocking, but I like to travel solo. Sure my adventures for one initially began out of necessity, but over time they grew to be by choice.  I was no longer traveling by myself because I couldn’t find anyone to go with; I was traveling by myself because I enjoyed the pleasure of my own company.  As a single female in my late twenties, I used to fear being alone. Today, I…

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