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Ready to plan? Explore these different categories to read more about how I prepare for my travel, including travel with Lupus, my favorite budget hacks, packing tips, and even reviews.

With every trip you take, you gain a bit more knowledge and confidence. That experience can help better inform your choices for the next trip. And the trip after that. But even before you travel, you can research and help become a more informed wanderluster.

Look over the links to the left and see if my experience can help you and your travel and then head out on your very own adventure.

Look over the links below and see if my experience can help you and your travel and then head out on your very own adventure.


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Living with Lupus

I’ve had different health challenges for as long as I can remember. When I got into college and really had to manage my own health care, things took a turn for the worse. That would be the start of what would turn out to be a very long journey trying to find a medical professional who would listen to me, my symptoms and take it all seriously. 7 years later, with a whole lot of symptoms and a compromised quality of life, I was finally properly diagnosed.

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Bakery display featuring Vínarbrauð

Icelandic Food History

Before traveling to Iceland for the first time, we were so excited to learn more about its history. Food culture is really important in my family, so we especially love delving into the food history of every place we visit. Iceland was particularly fascinating to learn about due to a combination of its geographical location, its isolation as an island, the different settlements and occupations that have occurred over the years, as well as the available (and sometimes limited) resources.

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Top 5 Free Beaches to Visit on a Caribbean Cruise

We absolutely love exploring the many beaches the Caribbean has to offer. Truth be told, I’ve explored many Caribbean beaches while enjoying cruises around that region of the world. This list goes over my favorite beaches to visit while on a Caribbean Cruise.

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Ellie sitting at the large wheel of a bus, staring intently ahead, with another bus parked in the background

Top 10 Road Trip Tips

Road trips don’t have rules beyond being trips on the road. In order to make the most out of these trips, check out my top 10 road trip tips!

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Colorful patterned shirts on a rack

Top 10 Tips for Haggling

Let’s be real. Haggling is a somewhat controversial thing. You tend to either love it or hate it. For me, haggling or bargaining is this sacred dance between the seller and me.

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A female painter standing before a cart on the sidewalk filled with art on display

Why I Buy Local Art Everywhere I Travel

I’m sure you’ve started to see a trend when it comes to my travels. I collect local art from every new place I visit. I figure I’ll one day be able to create a gallery of adventures. Buying local is a huge part of that wanderlust. When I’m experiencing a new community, I want to support it the best I can. For me, that means eating local, ideally staying local, and buying local.

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Beth posing on the beach wearing a large floppy hat and black swimsuit and coverup

My Top Five Beach Basics

Beach travel is definitely a big part of our world travel. Ironic for someone as photosensitive as I am, but the sound of the water and the feeling of sand between my toes means I just prepare myself a bit more for the excursion.

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Black sand beach of Reynisfjara with the waves coming in

Top 5 Beaches in Iceland and Lupus

Being near the water is such a happy place for me. The sounds, the smells. But, the sun is a challenge. See, I have an autoimmune disease called systemic lupus erythematosus, or just lupus for short.

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