Tag: travel journal

A Day Trip Into Germany From Strasbourg

I recently spent some time in Strasbourg, France, in the Alsace region. Strasbourg is right on the border with Germany, and since I had never been to Germany before, the temptation to take a little day trip to check out yet another country was high. Since we had a rental car, we were pretty free to just go explore wherever we wanted. There was some debate on where we should go. Heidelberg was mentioned as an option, but was ultimately vetoed by both of us because it was late in the trip, we were exhausted, and Heidelberg was going to be a long day of driving. Other options were Baden-Baden and Freiberg, but ultimately we decided upon the small village of Gengenbach, which is quite close to Strasbourg.

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What I loved about Strasbourg

Strasbourg is seriously under-rated. Sure, people have heard of it, especially because the European Parliament is in Strasbourg. But, when it comes to France, I hear a lot of Americans talking about Paris, maybe even Nice, Provence, or Lyon even, but I don’t hear them talking too much about Strasbourg…but they should be. This place is awesome.

Things I loved in Paris

But seriously…Paris is amazing. If you’ve never been, you’ll be dazzled by the iconic sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Arc De Triomphe. But…there’s something about Paris. It’s the kind of place I could return to again and again and not only ever get bored, but also the kind of place I can return again and again (and again) and find something new and exciting each and every time. 

On Keeping a Travel “Art” Journal

One thing I love doing when I travel is to keep a travel journal where I write, sketch, and glue keepsakes like train ticket stubs, pressed flowers, postcards, and anything else of interest I find along the way. I find an 8.5 x 11 hard cover sketchbook works really well for this purpose, and when I get home from a trip I have an awesome keepsake item to remember my travels by. Much better than any tourist shop nic-nac!

On Photography Usage Rights for Travel Bloggers

You all know me as that person who is always writing about her amazing trips and adventures, but in addition to being a travel writer, I’m also a graphic designer. After all, I have to pay the bills somehow! In my professional career, I’ve learned a lot about visual communication and I’ve noticed that I often get questions about these things from people who aren’t in the profession. Today I’m going to talk about photography usage, because it’s something I think a lot of bloggers out there could benefit from learning about.

Wanderlust Wednesday: Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is a beautiful, impressive, famous waterfall which is located on the border between the United States and Canada. On the U.S. side, it’s just outside Buffalo, New York, and on the Canadian side, it’s not terribly far from Toronto. I’ve always wanted to visit this natural wonder, and it would be great to combine a visit to the Falls with a tour of the region on both sides of the border. This Wanderlust Wednesday, let’s explore what a possible U.S.-Canada journey centering around Niagara Falls might look like.

A Day in Hiroshima, Japan

When you think of Hiroshima, Japan, the images that come to mind are that of that horrible day during World War 2 when my country dropped an atomic bomb on it. Since I was spending time in Kyoto and could reasonably do a day trip to Hiroshima via the Shinkansen, I wanted to pay my respects and learn a little more about the history of this place.

On Getting Fingerprinted While Entering Japan

I am writing this story for all of you out there who, like myself, have “faint” fingerprints that can’t be read by machines. I know you’re out there, and I also know that if you’re planning on traveling to Japan, you’ll likely be wondering what will happen when they fingerprint you at the border, which they do for all foreign nationals entering the country. Quite frankly, I had a hell of a time getting reliable information on the topic when I was planning my trip to Japan, so I wanted to write a detailed account of my experiences to help out my faint fingerprinted brothers and sisters out there in the hope that this will save you some of the frustration I faced when researching the topic.

Wanderlust Wednesday: The Route 66 Road Trip

Today, you can drive across the country on one of our many interstate highways, which are much quicker than the slow, meandering journey that is Route 66. Still, for those who are willing to put in the time, there are still delights to be experienced should they choose the historic route. That’s why today we’re going to explore some of the images of the classic Route 66 road trip. Enjoy!