Author archives: Emily

The Little Luxury Every Traveler Deserves

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Flowers and date night. Two of the (many) pillars on which my relationship stands. I feel so strongly about flowers, that I interrupted a perfectly great evening in the heart of Lisbon to stand in the middle of a plaza and argue about the simple significance of flowers, with my boyfriend Kris. While I don’t recommend my tactics, I don’t regret defending lif[...]

Small Town, Big World

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In case my frequent use of the word “y’all” and my knowledge of John Deere tractors didn’t give it away, it’s time I let you in on a little secret. I’m a small town girl. Raised on 26 acres in Middletown, Maryland, I was part of a school system that shut down for the county’s agricultural fair, in a town that’s home to approximately three traffic lights. B[...]

Destination: Discrimination

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Destination Discrimination. It’s a real thing. When I was eight years old, I was thoroughly disinterested in the idea of our family trip to Mexico, and wanted to know why Disney World wouldn’t be getting our business yet again. Similarly, during my junior year in college when I told my parents I was one click away from booking a three-week trip through Vie[...]

A Love Letter to Ugly Shoes

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Dear Hiking Boots, We’ve been together for just over a year now, and I think it’s about time I tell you how I really feel. When I first sat on the metal bench at the now-closed sports store in Kiel, Germany, and the kind, sporty shop assistant pointed at a pair of poop-brown boots with electric blue accents (what a combination), I cringed. I like pret[...]

Vale: The Four Letter Word You Need More Of

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It’s a dog, it’s a plane, it’s… Vale. Pronounced Bah-Lay, emphasis on the first syllable. We all need a little more “vale” in our lives, and I’ll tell you why. After a recent stop in the coastal city of A Coruña, Spain “vale” is my new favorite word. What does it mean? To be honest I have absolutely no idea. I first heard this four-letter nugget of a wo[...]

Cruise Confessions (Part One)

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When I was 16, my mom broke the news at the dinner table that we’d be going on a European cruise with her extended family, and I was convinced it was April Fool’s Day. We weren’t “cruise people.” My entire childhood was filled with trips to the jungles of Costa Rica and skiing the Rocky Mountains. We were a family of outdoorsy adventurers, not fluorescent ca[...]

Cozumel: 3 Tips for the Perfect Cruise Trip, Day Trip & Culture Trip

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For those of you who don’t know, I live and work on a cruise ship. (I know. Comment with your questions. I promise I’ll answer them.) And while I love my job, and the opportunity to constantly see new places, allow me to restate what I’ve said before about cruises, and Caribbean cruises in particular.  Examine your itinerary. Not all ports are created equ[...]

4 questions to ask yourself before taking a photo with an animal while traveling

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I never swam with dolphins as a kid. And it killed me. It seemed that ALL (said with the whiny tone of eight-year-old Emily) of my friends had a pastel-framed photo with a shiny, smiling dolphin, hung prominently on their refrigerators with a Sea World magnet. My jealousy was palpable. My classmates were up-close and personal with beautiful creatures I’d onl[...]

The Truth Behind #Travelcouples

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We’ve all seen them. The #travelcouples. Those sun-tanned,carefree pairs traipsing through the back roads of Asia on a motorcycle, or navigating a well-appointed, vintage camper van around continental Europe. While it may be hard to spot them in real life, this species of lovebirds are taking social media by storm, instagramming every cliffside selfie[...]

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