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    Tips,  Travel Hacks,  Travel Planning

    8 Travel Mistakes to Avoid That Will Save You Hundreds

    As an avid traveler and travel writer, I am often overjoyed to hear about places and experiences other people share with me – especially if it’s somewhere I have yet to visit that is on my list. During a recent family gathering, my cousins had just come back from a summer vacation in Aruba with their parents and were telling me all about it. Rather than go on about the beauty of the island or the activities they participated in, they aunt + uncle included kept referencing how expensive they thought everything was. The more they talked about it, the more it seemed this fact overshadowed the entirety of their trip.…

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    Europe,  Photo Summaries,  Spain

    Medieval Meets Beauty in Girona

    There are few places in the world that can take you back to the times of medieval wars by way of powerful structures and historically rich buildings while also completely taking your breath away. Girona has a way of doing all this and more. Known for having one of Spain’s last surviving Jewish Quarters, spectacular yearly flower festival – Temps de Flors, and most recently for portraying the mythical city of Braavos in a little TV show called Game of Thrones, the city is packed with some of the most interesting things to see and learn about in all of Spain.   Only an hour and a half drive from Barcelona and about a 30-minute…

  • Europe,  Italy,  Photo Summaries

    My Miracle at St. Rita’s Basilica

    High in the mountains of Cascia, Umbria, a beautiful sanctuary provides a peaceful place of prayer and contemplation to followers of the patron saint of impossible cases, Saint Rita. The sanctuary is a 3-hour bus ride from the center of Rome. The catch? There is only one bus per day that takes you directly to the sanctuary and only one that makes the trip back to Rome. THAT’S IT.   The total trip is 3 hours long but makes 3 stops along the way, only to change buses warning! there are no bathroom breaks. Once in Cascia, you have 5 hours to explore as the return bus picks everyone up promptly at 3:30PM in the exact place it…

  • Belgium,  Europe,  Photo Summaries

    Discovering Antwerp in One Day

    In my quest for a new fashion adventure, I came across a must-see museum in Antwerp, a small city in Belgium known for fashion, diamonds and The Antwerp Six. The Antwerp Six are a group of six avant-garde designers graduated from the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp including: Walter Van Beirendonck, Ann Demeulemeester, Dries Van Noten, Dirk Van Saene, Dirk Bikkembergs and Marina Yee – who put Antwerp on the map within the fashion world.     Antwerp turned out to be the perfect stop on the itinerary after Amsterdam, so I bought a train ticket on Trainline, my absolute favorite train ticket site and planned a short 24-hour stay…

  • Europe,  Italy,  Photo Summaries

    Bergamo’s Best Kept Secret: Citta Alta

    Tucked away at the foot of the Alps, bordering Switzerland, Milan and a mere hour drive to Lake Como, you will find the small but beautiful city of Bergamo. Recently named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017, Bergamo is one of the most interesting, yet underrated cities in all of Italy.   Among the many things to see and do in this historic city, my absolute favorite place to visit is a hidden gem called Citta Alta. Ironically, the only “hidden” thing about this city is that, for the most part, it is devoid of tourists – especially in comparison to the amount of people that swarm the main cities you think…

  • Tips,  Travel Planning

    My Favorite Apps for Travel

      Technology has made it possible for us to get virtually anything we want with the touch of a button or the swipe of our phones. Groceries, shoes, movies, dates. The possibilities are endless. While things like cell phones, tablets and laptops have served as excellent social tools, many people aren’t taking advantage of all the things technology truly has to offer – especially while traveling. A few years ago, I went to London – the first stop of my first solo trip. I was only there a few days and staying at a hostel for the first time in my life. Yep, I was completely inexperienced while traveling on my ‘first…

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    Europe,  Italy,  Personal Story

    That Time My Suitcase Was Stolen in Venice

      While traveling, getting all of your belongings stolen is one of the worst things that can happen to you. I mean, yes in the grand scheme of things, it probably isn’t. But the moment it is happening to you, there is nothing more devastating than realizing everything you so carefully bought, packed and brought with you is GONE probably being sold in back alleyways for pennies.   But how did it happen? The moment I set foot on to the train I noticed there was a section near the door with tons of suitcases. The conductor barely let me find my seat before he pointed to that very spot and told me to leave my bag there…

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    Travel

    Introducing My Official Travel Site!

    What started out as a small Instagram page, slowly morphed into a site I am so incredibly proud of. Em Around the World is a product of MANY hours spent not just creating a site, but of reminiscing and coming to terms with many things I have never shared with anyone before. I felt compelled to create this site in the most honest way possible with the hope that I could inspire even just one person to take that leap of faith and follow the path they are meant to be on. Or at the very least, to convince people to finally take that trip they have been dying to take – even…