Ice, Ice, Baby: Hiking Iceland’s Sólheimajökull Glacier

It was just before 5 o’clock and the sun was dipping below the horizon. Our path was lit only by the reflection of the sky on the vast ice field before us and the small flashlights held by our guides. My feet were wet, my nose was running, my teeth were chattering—and I was in heaven. Continue reading

5 Tips for Picking the Right Travel Partner

The company you keep on vacation can make or break a trip, but choosing the right person isn’t always easy. Your best friend may not make the best travel partner (no matter how much you have in common) and your college roommate who loves staying in shared room hostels may not be either. So who is? Continue reading

5 Things to Do on Scotland’s Isle of Skye

When Nicole, my sister Lauren, and I were planning our UK trip last spring, I had one request: We absolutely had to visit Skye. A jaunt to this island off the west coast of Scotland has been a dream of mine ever since I discovered that the MacLeod clan—my maternal grandmother’s family—originated here. I’d read about Dunvegan Castle and the Fairy Flag` that, legend has it, protected generations of MacLeods in battle. Now it was time to see it all for myself. Continue reading

Favorite Photos: It’s Easy Being Green

Today’s #FriFotos theme is “green” and, as tempting as it would be to post a photo from our travels in Ireland, Scotland, or any other place with rolling green hills, I’ve decided to do something slightly less obvious. Often, travel isn’t just about the big picture. It’s about the smaller moments: The grassy hue of a fern wrapping around a castle wall. The ceramic jade bowl that holds a rustic stew. The emerald glint of a piece of sea glass on the beach. Here, some of my favorite “green” photos from the past few years: Continue reading