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A Cozy Mendocino Getaway: The Brewery Gulch Inn

Mendocino getaway: Brewery Gulch Inn | Northern California | USA Travel

The best girls Mendocino getaway starts with a cozy accommodation on the coast

When I asked one of my best friends if she was interested in doing a Mendocino getaway, she couldn’t say yes fast enough. When I told her we would have the chance to stay at a cozy accommodation with an ocean view on the northern California coast, called the Brewery Gulch Inn, she was even more excited for our weekend to start.

Mendocino is only about a 3.5 hour drive from San Francisco, and it’s one of the few places that is still relatively unknown to many Californians and tourists. I’m sure most people, even those who grew up in California, wouldn’t be able to place it on a map.

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Should You Use a Drone in Your Travels?

Should You Use a Drone in Your Travels? - The Atlas Heart

There is always new technology popping up in the blogging world and travel communities in general, or should I say, it is usually technology that has been around for awhile but has recently been developed for the average user.

One hot ticket item these days is the use of personal drones to take professional looking videos and photos from high up. It’s crazy how good a picture can look with a lofty perspective.

However, as with any new technology, there are a lot of questions and concerns around the new drone mania. Many don’t even know where to start when it comes to deciding if this is something to invest in either for travel memories or for a professional blog.

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Historic Indulgence in Bruges: Hotel Prinsenhof 

Historic Indulgence in Bruges, Belgium - Hotel Prinsenhof | Europe Travel

The rain splattered against the train window as I traveled the short distance from Brussels to Bruges, only an hour away.

I’d dreamed of going to Bruges since I was around 13 and found a random penpal online who lived there. We wrote back and forth for months, talking about the differences in our cultures and how it was growing up as a teenager in Europe vs. America.

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A Day of Agritourism in the Mekong Delta

Mekong Delta tour with Intrepid Urban Adventures - Vietnam Travel

Kelsey and I quickly made our way to the Saigon Opera House, a short walk from where we were staying, and where we would be meeting our tour group for the day. We had signed up for a Mekong Discovery tour with Intrepid Urban Adventures, and we had a full day ahead of us of agricultural wonders and good food.

This was my first tour with Intrepid, but I had heard great things about them from other travelers and bloggers alike, which made me seek them out. They have tours all over the world, and their Urban Adventure tours specifically are meant to be more focused on the local side of a destination.

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Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City: Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel

Where to Stay in Ho Chi Minh City: Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel

Where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City! Find out what my favorite hotel in the city is and why I loved it so much (hint: It wasn’t just for its stunning rooftop pool).

Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel was by far one of the best hotels I stayed at in Asia. If you’re planning a trip to Vietnam and wondering where to stay in Ho Chi Minh City, I’d recommend checking out Liberty Central.

From the moment my friend Kelsey and I stepped into the Liberty Central Saigon Citypoint Hotel, we were welcomed as valued guests. After check-in, we grabbed fresh guava juice from the downstairs bar and sighed into our cushy chairs, taking in the expansive and open lobby with neutral tones and clean design.

Yes, we could definitely stay here for a while.

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A Saigon Food Tour by Motorbike with XO Tours

A Saigon Food Tour by Motorbike with XO Tours

Discover the food scene and nightlife of Saigon on a Saigon food tour guided by XO Tours, Vietnam.

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You can feel the vibrancy as soon as you touch down in Saigon – the motorbikes whizzing by, the smells, the sizzling heat. At first, this whirlwind of motorbikes and smells turned me off of Saigon. But as I embraced the culture through a Saigon food tour, I soon discovered the beauty of the city and fell in love with Saigon.

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The 25 Books I Read in 2016

Reading in Koh Chang, Thailand | Asia Travel

2016 was a lot of things. I became serious about my business and brand partnerships, and it was the year that I got back into reading.

Okay, to be fair, I’ve never not been into reading since I first learned how to read. As you may have noticed by the amount of 2000+ word posts on this blog (this one included, eek!), I love words.

English was always my favorite class growing up, because you got to read books for homework and you were able to discuss it with the class, even by the chapter sometimes.

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Packing Guide for Winter Day Hikes in the Pacific Northwest

Hiking in the Pacific Northwest in Winter - USA Travel

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This last year I had the chance to do a lot of day hikes around the Pacific Northwest. I found myself chasing waterfalls in the Columbia River Gorge, exploring mountainous landscapes at Mt. Rainier National Park, and even adventuring around the epic scenery to be found on Vancouver Island.

Although a lot of these hikes were during spring and summer, the great majority of the hikes I did in Oregon were in the midst of winter. I used the beautiful nature that was anywhere from 1-3 hours outside of Portland to get rid of any lingering winter blues.

The Pacific Northwest is notorious for gloomy, rainy, and wet weather. It does snow occasionally too. Basically, if you’re hiking during the winter, you should be prepared for any kind of weather. The weather can also change multiple times throughout the course of a day.

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Jet Boating the Rugged Rogue River

Jerry's Rogue Jets in Gold Beach, Oregon - USA Travel

There has been only one other time in my life that I’ve been on a jet boat, and that was on the famous Shotover Jet Boat Ride in Queenstown.

Now it’s hard to beat that one. It’s a raucous 20 minute ride that is reminiscent of an amusement park ride where there are death-defying spins and close calls with cliff sides. In other words, it was an adrenaline rush in the best ways.

The recent jet boat ride I did with Jerry’s Rogue Jets in Gold Beach, Oregon was a different experience in a few ways. There were still spins here and there, but the main purpose of the tour wasn’t for the giddy-inducing stomach flips. It was for the scenery.

And, let me tell you, the Rogue River knows how to set a beautiful scene.

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Facing Fear Head-On: Whitewater Rafting in Golden, BC

Whitewater Rafting in Golden BC with Wet N' Wild - Canada Adventure Travel

I’ve had a habit of facing my fears and getting (mostly) over them in the past decade. I’ve had a habit of getting out of my comfort zone and not allowing myself to think the worst until after I do something. The one fear that I can’t seem to kick, however, is the sheer terror I have of drowning.

For some reason, activities like scuba diving don’t faze me too much, perhaps because it’s so calm underneath the sea. But, if I’m doing something that’s more aggressive, such as surfing or being in the midst of waves I don’t know how to read, I have major panic attacks. I’ve dealt with intense anxiety my whole life and this fear of water has to be one of the strongest ways of spiking my anxious mind.

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