Hacks for disconnected solo travel

Hacks for disconnected solo travel

These days nearly everyone has a smart phone. They’re invaluable communication and information tools. At the same time, a number of studies show that reliance on our smart phones takes us out of the moment. It prevents us from embracing the present and seizing the joy of our environment and experiences. You don’t have to go to an overpriced resort in a hipster city to […]

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Highlights of Torun, Poland, as a solo traveler

Highlights of Torun, Poland, as a solo traveler

Growing up in the same state as Carhenge, my barometer for the ambiguous term “interesting” was set to a different level than many of my peers. In travel, I find the unusual and less-frequented sights as enjoyable as the storied and iconic ones. The Eiffel Tower is your must-see structure in Paris for good reason, but Oscar Wilde’s tomb in Père Lachaise is strangely unforgettable, […]

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Confession: I love tourist traps

Confession: I love tourist traps

My mother recently asked my brother and I which tourist traps we thought were the absolute worst. My brother started listing places I loved–Carhenge in Western Nebraska (It’s a whole car-art reserve!) and World of Coke in Atlanta (My photo with the polar bear is awesome!). While the definition of “tourist trap” can vary widely, there’s something about cheesy, often ridiculous stops that brings people […]

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Vacation minimalism – keeping it light packing and souvenir shopping?

Vacation minimalism – keeping it light packing and souvenir shopping?

I used my phone to pack for a multi-week trip to Europe. It wasn’t until shortly before departure day that I finally buckled down and pulled out everything I would need for the big trip to Italy and Greece. Using my Stylebook closet app and my travel agenda, I packed carefully, coordinating my outfits with the amount of walking I’d be doing. I checked the […]

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