Packing for Portugal – What I’m Glad I Brought

Before reading this post, check out my vlog as I prepared packing for Portugal by buying some new travel goodies!

If you are a chronic over packer, please raise your hand! For even small 3-day trips I have trouble not stuffing an entire suitcase. So when packing for Portugal a few months ago on my first trip to Europe, I tried to go easy on what I brought with me. Traveling carry-on only is becoming more popular and people often say what they could have done without. However, I thought I’d mention what I am glad I brought with me when packing for Portugal.

So if you’d like to find out the travel items that I think deserve a spot in your duffel bag, carry-on or checked luggage, keep reading.

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Denver Bucket List: What You Need to Do

Read to discover my Denver bucket list

Sometimes I let my desire to travel the world blind me to the fact that there are amazing places to visit right here in the U.S. Denver, Colorado has been on my bucket list of cities to visit for a while now. There are many appealing things about Denver I can’t wait to see. When you’re reading this, I’ll be in Denver to celebrate my birthday! Not only will it be my first time to Denver, but also to that side of the U.S.

In preparation for my trip I began putting together a document of all the places in Denver I want to see. If you’d like to see what is on my Denver bucket list, then keep reading!

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Aveiro, Portugal: Perfect Day Trip from Porto

The beautiful canals and buildings of Aveiro, Portugal

If you are looking for day trips from Porto, Aveiro is a great option. This canal-filled city is sometimes referred to as the Venice of Portugal. There are many day trip options from Porto. But Aveiro is a great, easy option for those of you. Plus, travel within Portugal is not only cheap, but efficient. So, if you’d like to know what to expect from a day trip from Porto to Aveiro, keep reading.

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5 Cities in California I Can’t Wait to Visit

What cities in California should I visit?

It’s no secret I dream of international travel and seeing places far, far away. However, there are still places within the United States that I want to see, especially on the west coast. I’m an east coast girl, New York born and raised. And I haven’t had the opportunity to visit much of the U.S., but especially the west coast. California, for instance, is one place I’d love to visit.

Especially now as the weather is getting warmer, I am dreaming about enjoying the California sun during this time. So check out which cities I’d like to visit and why. And tell me, what cities are at the top of your list?

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Staying Present: Traveling & Content Creation

A snap from my amazing time during a day trip to Braga.

I love having this blog and an iPhone to be able to capture and document my memories. I am able to look back on my past travels, such as my first solo trip to Montreal and remember the little things about the experience. And now with technology our phones can capture amazing quality photos and take great videos that can also remind us of our great times.

However, there’s also a danger with all this. Because I know I wanted to capture my experience while in Portugal I became really aware of my surroundings. I thought, “this would be amazing in a blog post” or “I can’t wait to review this!” These thoughts aren’t necessarily bad, but even as a small “blogger” I can now see how consuming it can be to get content. It’s so easy to disconnect and not stay present. Here are my suggestions on how to get great content yet still stay present while traveling.

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Staying in a Hostel for the First Time (Selina Porto)

I want to travel the world. And I’m slowly but surely starting to do so. I recently went on my first overseas trip to Portugal and it was amazing. However, I also have student loans and I’m not raking in 6 figures (yet!). So I have to plan and budget accordingly in order to do what I love: travel.

For me and many others, hostels are the way to be able to save money while traveling. Accommodations are often the biggest killer for travelers. It can be your biggest expense, more than flights, food and activities combined. Luckily we live in a world with more options. There are Airbnb’s, which you can get for great deals, especially in Europe. However, even that can be out of your price range. Thus, I decided to dabble into the world of hostels for the first time. If you’d like to know about what to expect, keep reading.

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Braga, Portugal: The Perfect Day Trip from Porto

Bom Jesus in Braga, Portugal

When I booked my flight to Porto, I knew I wouldn’t stay in the city the entire time. Although one of Portugal’s largest cities, I wanted to take advantage of the abundance of day trips possible to do from Porto. One of those day trips includes Braga. Braga, known as a religious hub of Portugal, is a beautiful city that is definitely worth a visit if you’re in the north of Portugal.

If you’d like to read more about my time in Braga and what to expect during your day trip to Braga, please keep reading.

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Norwegian Sky: My First Cruise Experience in the Bahamas

The Norwegian Sky is a great option for your first cruise
The Norweign Sky cruise ship via US Passport Help Guide

Have you ever been on a cruise before? If yes, which cruise ship(s) have you been on? The Norwegian Sky cruise ship was my first cruise experience. Since being on this cruise I’ve been on one other. And while my experiences both times were positive, I’m unsure if I’ll be going on another cruise, at least not any time soon? Why? Well, I’ll go over it more in this post. But basically, now that I’m older I have a clear sense of the type of traveler I am/style of travel I’d prefer.

However, cruises are still awesome experiences. I’d recommend any novice travelers to try a cruise at least once. Then, like me, you can determine whether or not that is how you like to travel. The Norwegian Sky cruise ship was definitely a cool first experience. If you just booked a Norwegian cruise or you’d like to know about my experience before doing so, keep reading.

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My First Overseas Trip: Thoughts

A photo I took during my time in Porto, Portugal. This miradouro (viewpoint) gives you amazing views of the city.

Have you read my previous blog post about taking a leap of faith and starting a new chapter of traveling? Or what about the one that listed the 10 things I wanted to do when I visited Porto, Portugal? Basically, both of those posts involved me preparing for my first European trip.

I’ve been fortunate enough to travel abroad before. But always on “this side” of the world. Before going to Portugal, I’ve been to Mexico, the Bahamas and Canada. Those places were lovely and I want to explore them more, along with Latin America and more of the U.S. However, traveling far has always intrigued me.

So, I stopped dreaming about going to Europe… and I went.

I have several posts planned relating to my experience in Portugal. However, I wanted to just decompress and let out my general feelings about how I feel and what I learned. If you’re preparing for your first big trip or are simply curious, keep reading.

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Airbnb Photoshoot Review & Experience: Montréal

Towards the end of my Airbnb photoshoot in Montréal, Canada
One of the last few photos I posed for during my Airbnb photoshoot in Montréal, Canada

2018 was a tough year for me. I may even say it sucked. But one of the highlights of my year for sure was my trip to Montréal, Canada. This may seem silly to say for such a short trip, but I believe it really was a turning point for me and my life. But that’s a post for another day. The post for today is centered on an experience I had on my trip.

If you are curious about what it’s like to do a photoshoot, particularly with Airbnb, then this post is for you! I will go over my experience and review it overall. Keep reading if you’d like to find out more about it!

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