Hi! I’m Jen or Jennifer —either one is fine with me—and guess what…I love travel. Most of the time. Actually, I sometimes hate it because I am a pretty cheap traveller so I will spend 13 hours in transit to get to my destination and show up and get locked in a hostel bathroom and cry. Usually that doesn’t happen though and I cry when I am not traveling wishing I was sitting on my bed watching House Hunters International.
I have resisted the idea of writing a travel blog for years; I thought that I didn’t like writing because papers and deadlines for school were the absolute worst. But writing a travel blog is totally different. I love how writing brings me right back to that moment in time and I get a sort of adrenaline rush.
So, how did I begin these adrenaline inducing experiences? I started my international travels in 2009 while studying abroad in Barcelona, Spain. I had such an incredible time in those four months that, after college, I moved to Madrid, Spain for the Auxiliaries teaching English program run by the Spanish government. I am currently back in my home base of Los Angeles, California, but I make sure to travel as much as possible. This past summer, I spent a month back in Europe on a Baltic cruise, 10-day trip to Croatia, and week in Barcelona for La Merce.
What is my trademark travel style you may ask? You probably didn’t but I wanted to segway into this somehow. Whether I am traveling solo or with friends, you can find me on a canal in Amsterdam or Venice, a rooftop in Lisbon or Florence, or on a picnic blanket in Paris or Madrid, eating a baguette with brie. I love brie! It’s cheap and delicious and plentiful in Europe. It is also a great way to meet people. I usually refuse to share my food; but, I can’t eat a whole hunk of brie and a baguette on my own, so its the perfect way to start up a conversation with passerby, offer them some food, and meet your future travel companions and lifelong friends.
Now that you’ve read my “About Me” section, please feel free to take a look at the rest of my blog. I have practical guides and tips for destinations throughout Europe as well as a “tell-all” on how to plan for a spontaneous trip throughout Europe. Yes, I am trying to be ironic there but I promise it’s possible to do! I will also share some travel mishaps; I hope I’ve written them to be funny enough where you will laugh at my expense. I’d love to connect with you further in the comments section or on social media.
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