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Bag Diaries: Russia Study Abroad Packing Guide

Bag Diaries: Russia Study Abroad Packing Guide

June 23, 2017

This post contains affiliate links, meaning if you purchase through one of the links I will earn a commission at no extra cost to you. I only include products I love. Thank you for supporting Getaway Girl! Packing for normal-length vacations is a stressful event. Packing for four months or longer is almost unbearable (keep dreaming … Read More

Phase One Travel

Phase One Travel

June 19, 2017

Let’s explore something rarely endorsed in the travel industry — short-term travel. Some travelers scoff at the thought of spending only a few days in one destination; they want the full cultural experience and to discover off-the-beaten path locations. I consider myself a traveler who seeks culture-filled travels and am a firm advocate of short-term … Read More

10 Local Experiences in Saint Petersburg

10 Local Experiences in Saint Petersburg

June 16, 2017

You made it to the Hermitage and watched a classic ballet. Now what? As travelers do, you may be wondering how to do what the locals do. Here are 10 not-to-miss local experiences in Saint Petersburg, in no particular order. Cheer on SKA. Ice hockey and Russia are nearly one and the same. SKA, which stands for Sports … Read More

Experiences Everyone Should Have in Saint Petersburg

Experiences Everyone Should Have in Saint Petersburg

June 12, 2017

If you are preparing to visit Saint Petersburg, you may wonder what top things you should see and do. Of course I recommend everything; this city has so much to offer! But if you are short on time or wondering where to start, here are ten things experiences everyone should have in Saint Petersburg to … Read More

Is Iceland Overrated?

Is Iceland Overrated?

June 9, 2017

**UPDATE** I received a lot of feedback after posting and would like to add clarifications. I still love Iceland and recommend it to tourists. However, I believe Iceland has developed incredibly high expectations. High expectations are doomed to disappoint, as I experienced first-hand. I encourage everyone to explore outside of Reykjavik. Please remain respectful to Iceland’s nature and … Read More

Tallinn Surprised Me

Tallinn Surprised Me

May 29, 2017

When considering top destinations in Europe, Tallinn certainly does not cross your mind. It should. Before setting off on my weekend in Helsinki and Tallinn, I suspected Helsinki would be the favorite and Tallinn a stop on the way. Helsinki did not meet expectations and Tallinn surpassed dreams. Beautiful skies greeted us on the first evening in … Read More