The alarms rang what seemed to be too early, but Kubo and I got out of bed quite easy, eager to see Finland in the daylight and get to exploring this new land. For the next week, Kotka would be our homebase, and I liked the idea of "living more like a local" on this… Continue reading We’re Not “Finnish-ed,” We’re Just Getting Started!: Days 2 & 3: Exploring Kotka
"Mika wants us to come out for a conference." And so the trip was born... I'm a planner. Like, I totally planned my adventure to Iceland over the course of four years (YEARS people, YEARS). I knew more about Iceland than I swore some people who live there knew. I had a massive binder with the… Continue reading We’re Not “Finnish-ed,” We’re Just Getting Started!: Day 1 – Denver to London to Helsinki
In April 2019, my boyfriend (Kubo) and I took a trip for business/pleasure to Finland, and we had the chance for a day in Helsinki... well, maybe partial day as we caught the 9:50am bus from Kotka, and arrived shortly before noon... but a "day" nonetheless. Though quick, we were able to catch a lot… Continue reading A Spring Day in Helsinki
In the Land of Fire & Ice, geothermal water is in abundance. While much of it is boiling, or at least way too hot for humans to enter, there's also a fair share of it that is perfect for a nice, relaxing soak, often with an otherworldly view to boot. Hot pots, as they're called… Continue reading Guide to Iceland’s Hot Pots & Swimming Pools
To take my own spin on Dagobert Runes' quote, "People travel to faraway places to watch, in fascination, the kind of people they ignore at home," replace the second people with places - it's amazing how far people will travel to see things that they can see in their own backyards. I'm guilty of this,… Continue reading Workin’ my way around Wyoming – the bright side of work travel in this wonderful place!
Microadventure: National Geographic’s 2012 Adventurer of the Year, Alastair Humphreys, made this his thesis for life. He believed that capitalizing on small, close-to-home adventures was not only fun, but healthy for the explorer in all of us. Or as Alastair says, adventures that are “small and achievable, for normal people with real lives.” Just get out… Continue reading March’s Microadventure: Saturday drive up Poudre Canyon
In September 2018, my boyfriend, Kubo, and I spent nineteen days traveling 2,300 miles through Iceland in a camper van we affectionately named Carl from KúKú Campers. Because #vanlife is an absolutely amazing way to see and experience Iceland, below follows my comprehensive guide to all things camper van in Iceland... from why you should… Continue reading Traveling Around Iceland in a Camper Van