Abisko, Sweden in the Middle of Winter

Red buildings in Abisko, SwedenOkay, so – WHY exactly would I want to go to Sweden in the dead of winter (with minimal daylight) and call it a “vacation”?

Well, the main reason: stupid stupid cheap tickets. Like $440 round trip cheap from San Francisco to Stockholm. Not too bad, eh?

So, we went in January, and I was real worried that the lack of light would leave us bored to tears (when I looked online, it said it would only be light out from like 10AM-1PM), but I thought it was fine! It actually ended up being light from more like 9-2ish, and I had blog stuff to work on, so it wasn’t a huge deal. It’s also not that bad walking around in the dark though, as long as you have a head lamp. However, if you still want to see the northern lights but want longer days, go during February!

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Victoria, Canada: I’m Obsessed With You

[Prettiest water color in Lynn Creek Canyon, aka go here for the free suspension bridge if you don’t want to pay for Capilano]

I’m currently still in Sweden (only 3 more days! So sad). But all this cold weather reminded me of my trip to Canada in fall 2016. Actually that’s bullshit, it didn’t really remind me of it at all, I just wanted to post about it…LOL. But without further ado…

Ferry ride from Victoria to Vancouver, Canada[Foggy view on the ferry from Victoria to Vancouver]

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Seattle for New Years’

Kerry Park in Seattle[Kerry Park in Seattle]

Okay, so – Seattle for New Years’ might not be like, revolutionary or anything, but it was such a good choice! We had such a great time, and the fireworks at the Space Needle were AMAZING. Like super elegant. And classy AF. Not like those tacky ass firework shows you normally see. The colors were so on point and it was just so PRETTY. See a video here. We stayed at the Mediterranean, and were supposed to watch fireworks from the roof, but it was too crowded so we just wandered onto the street instead and (IMO) got an even better view!

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Oregon is More Than Just Portland

Clearwater Falls on the waterfall highway in Oregon[Clearwater Falls on the “Waterfall Highway” was so damn pretty]

But Portland is pretty freaking cool, too.
Oregon felt like the American version of Ireland. I haven’t been to Washington yet (jk I just got back from Seattle), but I’m guessing it’s Oregon on steroids to the max.

"Welcome to Oregon" sign coming in from the California border[Driving into Oregon from California]

OKAY SO. OREGON.
I’ve been wanting to visit the good ol’ (rainy) PNW for freaking ever. I love green things and I think I have the opposite of the typical SAD (seasonal affectiveness disorder) in the sense that I feel sad if there isn’t enough rainy/cloudy days during the fall and winter. Don’t get me wrong, I dig the sun, but my favorite weather is grey, cloudy days. Everything just seems more magical and epic and I feel so inspired to create and be creative. Anyone else feel the same??? Or am I alone in my love for all things NOT sunny?

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My 10 Favorite Destinations of 2017

10 Favorite Destinations of 2017[Freezing to death in Yosemite this past February]

Are you even a travel blogger if you don’t do some version of this list???

I just had to hop on board…And I also just like talking about the places I’ve visited, so…Here we go!

2016 was pretty hard to beat, travel-wise, because I moved to Flagstaff for three months (which I absolutely LOVED) and got to see a ton of Arizona through projects/exploring while in the conservation corps; then I went to Europe for 1.5 months and explored Israel, Greece, Ireland, and Belgium, and then Costa Rica for 10 days! Soooo it was pretty fuckin great. 2017 was still awesome, just a lot more local, especially since I had a job that I was sticking around the Bay Area for.

And so, here are my favessss from 2017.

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Meteora, Greece is Magical

[The Roussanou Monastery]

This’ll be my last Greece post…BUT OH MAN you should 10000000% go to Meteora if you’re in Greece. I don’t care how out of the way it is for you (It’s about a 5 hour bus/train ride from Athens), or how little time you have – YOU. NEED. TO. GO. Like stop what you’re doing right now, buy a ticket to Greece, and go to Meteora. Then probably an island, because it wouldn’t be a trip to Greece without going to one.

Okay, actually, maybe read this guide first – THEN buy your ticket.

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Santorini, Greece: Perfect for Solo Female Travelers

Santorini: An Unexpectedly Perfect Destination for Solo Female Travelers[I got this perfect Santorini shot by wandering alllll the way up the Caldera from Fira; I even saw a wedding shoot taking place later on!]

Santorini is a lovely island, but maybe not what you expected! At least it wasn’t for me. I thought it would be all sandy beaches and annoyingly romantic and gross.

BUT surprise, surprise – the beaches were not all that great! If you want beautiful beaches and whatnot, get your ass to Paros or Naxos. Santorini does have beaches, don’t get me wrong – I went to the red beach, which was cool and all, but it didn’t have that super soft sand that you may picture. It was more like fiber-y chunks of tree bark. And the black beach and white beach are supposedly cool, too (I didn’t go) – but again, not what you expect. Santorini is a raised island, so it’s like up on a platform. Hence the not so great beaches and rockiness.

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Paros, Greece is the Most Relaxing Place Ever

Paros, Greece AKA Actual HeavenI cannot talk about Paros enough. I loved loved L-O-V-E-D Paros. Did I tell you how much I loved Paros? No? Okay well get ready to sit and listen to me for about 10 hours. Yay so much fun!

We asked the guy at the front desk in Andrew’s hostel which islands we should go to – we knew we wanted to do Santorini (I know, I know – super touristy…But it’s like one of those places I think everyone HAS to see) and one other. Apparently Santorini doesn’t have great beaches and we wanted that, so he suggested Paros or Naxos. According to him, Naxos was more known for families, so Paros it was!

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