Last Minute/Emergency Flight Tips (While Pregnant)

Taking last minute flights is truly an art-form – and if you know how to do this while avoiding insane flight prices and can deal with the spontaneity with ease, I salute you. For those of us who like to plan a bit more and aren’t quite as flight-search-savvy – having to take a last minute flight can be insanely stressful and make a huge dent in one’s savings account. And if you’re pregnant, it’s utter chaos. This past weekend, someone in my family fell in bad health and was close to death, so I booked a flight, packed my

Expat Guide: 6 Ways to Break Out of the Expat Rut

EXPAT RUT (sinking hole of unadventurousness); definition – when the excitement of a new country fades and you start to spend an increasing amount of time on your couch interacting with 2D television people instead of venturing out into the world of 3D real people. Being an expat is fun and exciting and adventurous – and then it just turns into real life (and sometimes, real life is boring!) Sometimes we find ourselves in a little bit of a rut; saying “no” to adventures we should be saying “yes” to only to stay at home binge-watching Netflix. It happens to

Expat Guide: What I Wish I Knew Before Moving Abroad

In this bloggers-tell-all post, some of my favourite bloggers share the little bits of wisdom they wish they would have had before moving to another country. — “I absolutely love living in London – I came here to be with my fiancé, we have an incredible life here and I am finding it incredibly easy to make London my new home. However, I never thought that, if I loved London so much, I would still feel like I am missing out on home. Despite the fact that I am having incredible experiences and getting to travel all over Europe, it’s

Coping With the Fear of Death While Traveling

Before you click away – this isn’t some morbid, depressing post on life, death and the idea of traveling. I’m not going to tell you that nothing bad will ever happen while you’re on the road away from home. But I will tell you that those things might happen even if you’re sat in your mothers’ living room watching Say Yes to The Dress. The real point of this article is to remember that bad things happen and where we geographically are when those bad things do happen  doesn’t mean a thing. If you take one thing away from this

Expat Guide: Confessions of an Expat

Expat life definitely isn’t something I could explain to someone easily. It’s frustrating, exciting, confusing and very interesting to say the least. Here is where I tell all! Some of my relationships are a million times better because I live far away. Because I’m not there for the little fights and the every day drama (whether it’s with friends or family members), my relationships are more solid and based around catching up on exciting things instead of fighting over trivial things. It’s also helped me to realize which relationships are important in my life. I am still not fluent the native

Moving Abroad Series: Gina from HowToStepMom

Gina, from HowtoStepMom, moved from Rotterdam (Holland) to British Columbia (Canada) to live with her then boyfriend/now husband and his 2 kids. Not only did she need to adjust to expat life, but she also became a step-mom in the process!! Gina is a lover of design (without the funds), an amateur first-time gardener (hoping not to kill all her vegetables) and aspiring world traveler.   Visit Gina’s little slice of the web at www.howtostepmom.com, and follow her on Facebook. Imagine your life as a 21-year-old girl living in one of the largest cities in Holland, Rotterdam. You’re fresh out of

Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum – Review

On a recent trip to Vienna, Austria, I made it a goal to stop at Md. Tussaud’s Wax Museum located in the Prater entertainment park. I had never been to a wax museum before, I had no idea what to expect – so of course, I Google’d. I was so impressed with the reviews of this place that I knew I had to go. I was not let down!! This place is great, and a definite MUST SEE if you’re in Vienna. Visit the official Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum (Vienna) website HERE. You can also see my full 10 hour day itinerary

Introduction to Pinterest for Your Travel Blog

Previously, I’ve written a post about how to keep steady blog numbers without feeling like you’re permanently glued to your laptop. In that post, I talked about using specific social media(s) that benefit your blog without draining all your time and energy. 6 months ago I would never have said Pinterest could be your number one source of traffic. And I definitely never would have said “I understand how to use Pinterest.” Because 6 months ago I had absolutely NO idea how to Pinterest, that it could be a huge benefit to my blog OR that it’s actually fun! These days,

Some Things I STILL Don’t Get About Belgium (After 3 Years)

Let me be the first to say that Belgium is (for the most part) a beautiful, awesome country to live in. Like anywhere else, it has it’s problems – but I love the life we’ve built here. I like Belgians (again, for the most part) and this post is to be taken with that proverbial grain of salt. This is an expat making some jokes and ranting about Belgium culture shock, and things that don’t actually really matter. Over the last few years, I’ve written posts on Belgium Culture Shock (part one, two and three). I’ve learned to cope with/love a