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Declare Your Love – Melbourne Open House 2013

Experiencing another side to the city with Melbourne Open House.

One thing I love about traveling is that feeling you get when you arrive in a new city. The feeling of wonder and excitement about the new intriguing things that a city has to offer.

Also, the little daily wins, such as learning how to use local public transit, walking around and knowing exactly where you are for the first time, even the ability to give directions after only being there for a few days.

It’s hard to keep that feeling once you’ve lived somewhere for a good amount of time. I’ve found that I’ve lost it a bit already since adjusting to my life in Melbourne.

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My Top 5 Places to Get Lost

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A few of my favorite places to get lost around the world.

I have been to 3 (soon to be 4) of the 7 continents. I’ve been to 15 countries, lived in 3 of those countries, and I’ve seen so many beautiful places in the last 23 years.

I’m sure this list will continually change as I add more countries to the list, but as of now, these are my top 5 places in the world to get lost.

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Walkabout: Ferntree Gully Edition

As I looked up at the trail ahead of me, I contemplated turning right around and hopping on the first train back to Melbourne.

The steep incline in front of me was daunting to say the least, but I consoled myself by repeating that it was only 1,000 steps, it couldn’t be that bad, right?

Well, it was definitely the most intense hike I’ve had in awhile, but once I made my way to the top and found myself on the fern engulfed path on the way down, the expansive views and feeling of accomplishment were worth every pain I felt in my legs initially.

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Living the Life of an American Abroad

I think those who feel the most animosity and irritation toward the US tend to forget that many of those judgements are generalizations, and each person you meet, no matter what nationality, is still going to be their own individual entity.

Since the Fourth of July landed on a Thursday this year, I figured I would make my Throwback Thursday post about my first experience celebrating American Independence abroad in Italy. And in general, what it means to be an American overseas when we don’t have the best reputation to begin with.

Stereotypes are commonplace in our society. They are an easy way for us to put places and people into organized categories.

However, it does seem that Americans have more negative stereotypes than most, and to be fair, there are definitely Americans I’ve met on my travels who have made me embarrassed about my nationality and do fit into the worst possible stereotypes.

There are also so many more who don’t. That can be said for any stereotype, I’m sure.

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Life is a Journey, not a Destination

Finding my place in a new city thousands of miles away from home. 

At a recent get together with my bartender coworkers, there was a point in the night where we had all drank a fair amount of craft beer and were dancing ridiculously to Hot Chip.

I’m talking the kind of dancing you usually save for being alone in your bedroom when no one will ever see what kind of moves you truly possess.

That may seem like a weird time to have an epiphany, but I remember taking a second to just look around me and realize how lucky I felt to have met all of these people. I felt so close and at ease with them, when a few months ago I had no idea who they were.

The words “life is a journey, not a destination” by Ralph Waldo Emerson came to mind.

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Bathing at Brighton Beach

A colorful day trip from Melbourne exploring the Brighton Bathing Boxes.

I remember seeing pictures of the Brighton Bathing Boxes before I arrived in Victoria. Being a person drawn to colorful and quirky things, I knew immediately I had to go see them for myself.

There are 82 total boxes on Brighton Beach, a tourist and historical attraction, they are still a sight to see. They have kept their original Victorian build from the 19th century.

Even with the lack of amenities, such as running water or electricity, you can still buy one of these babies for a little over $200,000. The only catch – you have to already be one of the wealthy local residents of Brighton.

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My Tips on Staying Healthy While Traveling

My tips on staying healthy even when you’re in a new culture or in constant motion.

One of the biggest challenges I came across when I first started traveling was how to stay healthy while living abroad.

Through setting simple goals for myself and focusing on the three aspects I find most important to a healthy lifestyle – food, exercise, and well-being – I think I’ve finally found the perfect balance that keeps me feeling awesome and happy, no matter where I might be in the world. Continue Reading

Adventuring to the Edge of the World in Ireland

Solo female travel in Ireland, Cliffs of Moher - Europe Travel

One of my first experiences with solo travel included a trip to the edge of the world – also known as the Cliffs of Moher.

When I stepped off the plane in Dublin, I thought to myself, what have I gotten myself into? Traveling to Ireland all by my lonesome, not knowing anyone, and staying in a hostel by myself for the first time.

These were the thoughts of impending doom swirling around in my head as I made my way closer and closer to the city, imagining my roommates were going to be some sort of coke addict junkies.

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Finding a Ruin Bar in Budapest

Finding a ruin bar in Budapest is a rite of passage for locals and tourists alike – this was my experience.

There is so much to love about Budapest. I knew from researching the city beforehand that it would be one of my favorites in my journey through Europe.

It’s one of the most beautiful cities I’ve been to (Florence is still number one in my book), and I love that it’s an even more hipster alternative than Berlin.

There’s a huge student population, as well as very public displays of affection by the locals – the aftermath of living under the iron curtain of communism for so long is overflowing love in the present.

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Melbourne Tourist Attractions, to go or not to go?

My experience at a few of Melbourne’s most popular sights, and whether they were worth the visit or not.

Melbourne may not have as many of the world famous sights as other parts of Australia, such as the Opera House in Sydney or the Great Barrier Reef up in Queensland, but there is always something to do in the city. Actually, I’ve found it to be a pretty great city to live in (recently voted one of the best cities to live in the world).

Okay, let’s be real, I love it here.

I’ve already reviewed most of the free activities to do in Melbourne, but as to not overlook the ones that do cost money, I have a few tourist experiences to share from my first month in the city.

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