TRAVEL

Pictures and paragraphs about
the beautiful places i've been
fortunate enough to travel to.

Summer Shenanigans
Cabo San Lucas, MExico
This summer was full of adventures but going to mexico with 17 of my bff's was absolutely unforgettable. i'm already counting down the months until we can do this again. from fireworks to snorkeling, this trip was one for the books. Watch the video from our week in mexico!!! 
Island Paradise
Bali, Indonesia
Bali, bali, bali. Where do i even begin?! I've been thinking for weeks about what to write about bali but even after being home for nearly a month, it seems I'm still speachless. the food, the people, the beaches, the neverending rice terraces, scootering around town, sleeping in villas - ALL OF IT. SPEECHLESS. I have fallen completely in love with this beautiful island and everything it has to offer. Hopefully soon i can begin to put all my love and thoughts into words and share more pictures and paragraphs about this vacation!!! But until then, Here is a short video from our time in Bali . . . Enjoy!
Tucked Into the Moutains
Garmisch, Germany
Garmisch is a quaint town tucked into the massive green mountains of Germany. The minute I arrived, I felt as if I had stepped into a dream and I immediately fell in love with Germany. We made the most of our first day and hiked into the hills where we found cows feeding, sheep migrating, and an amazing panoramic view of the mountains that surrounded us. The next day, we hiked into the Parthachklamm Gorge and I was completely blown away by the raging river, steep waterfalls, and the sheer beauty that was all around us. This trip was extremely relaxing and coming back to the Atlas Grand Hotel at the end of the day was always a treat because we had a hot sauna, beautiful rooms, and amazing views waiting for us. It was crazy to see such raw and untouched nature and I am definitely going back to Garmisch again one day to experience this beauty all over again!

City of Baguettes, Lovers, and Macaroons

Paris, France

If you’re in to fashion, history, art, champagne, and bustling cities, this place is for you. There was never a dull moment in Paris and everyday was filled with a new adventure. Whether it was eating macaroons in a small cafe or sipping champagne by the Eiffel Tower, our days revolved around good food, great company, and exploring this new city. On our first night, we drank champagne under the Eiffel Tower and watched it sparkle at midnight. Our second day, we strolled around the Luxembourg Gardens and explored the pastry shops and boutiques the city had to offer. On our last day in Paris, we toured the Louvre Museum, made one last visit to the Eiffel Tower, and watched the sun set over the busy city. This place was full of romance, history, and an endless amount of things to do!

Restaurants:
-Angelina’s (Hot chocolate & great pastries)

Things To Do: 
-Eiffel Tower (At night and during the day)
-Louvre Museum
-Luxembourg Gardens
A Place You Dream About
Lake Como, Italia
When staying in Lesa, we took a day trip to Lake Como. It was about an hour drive and it was nice to see a bit of the Italian countryside on the way there. We arrived in Como, drank cappuccinos, toured the church, and then took a boat ride to Bellagio. In Bellagio, we ate a very nice lunch at Hotel Miramare and had a stunning view of the mountains and lake. The food was presented beautifully and the weather was absolutely perfect. After we finished eating, a rain storm moved in and we had to wait inside the hotel for about an hour until it stopped. After the rain subsided, we strolled around town window shopping and taking in the view of the colorful buildings against the green mountains surrounded by the blue lake. On the boat ride back to Como, it was so fun to see all of the little bright towns tucked into the creases of the mountain. Lake Como was even more beautiful than I thought it would be and I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that I get to go back there in the near future!
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Little Italian Towns

Stresa & Lesa, Italia

For our first week abroad in Italy, we stayed in a tiny town called Lesa which is right on Lago Majeur in Northern Italy. We spent our week relaxing by the water, swimming in the lake, eating LOTS of fresh italian food, going to the market, taking day trips, and adjusting to the change. It was so wonderful opening my curtains every morning and seeing the lake right outside the window. One day we went to the market and bought fresh fruit, cheese, meat, bread, and pastries and took them down by the lake and had a picnic. I had the absolute BEST mushroom risotto at Osteria degli Amici in Stresa, great caprese salad from Caffé Torino in Stresa, and flavorful and fresh pizza from San Giovani in Lesa. As you can tell, our days mostly revolved around food and relaxing by the lake. It was the perfect transition into my adventure abroad and I got to spend it with 4 of my best friends. It was a week I will always remember and I will definitely be going back to Lesa in the future!
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MY FIRST ITALIAN CITY

Milano, Italia

On our third day in Italy, we went to Milano for the World Expo. The World Expo happens every 5 years in a new city and every Expo has a different theme. This year, the theme was “Feeding the World” so every country was there serving food. The architecture of the buildings was absolutely amazing and the row of buildings stretched for almost 2 miles. They have a total of 5 million people visit the Expo over the course of 5 months. We tried many different foods and then decided to take the metro to downtown Milano. We got off at the wrong stop, walked around looking for the Duomo, and then realized we had to take a different train to the Duomo. Right when we exited the metro station, the Duomo was right in front of us and it was unbelievable. It was way more beautiful than I even imagined and the details on the building were breathtaking. We walked around the Galleria and then picked up pizza to eat on the metro back to Stresa. Our day trip to Milano was a success and I had so much fun exploring my first big Italian city! 
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Isola Bella is part of the Borromeo Islands in Lago Majeur. We took the ferry from Stresa to Isola Bella and walked around the little alleyways on the island looking at jewelry and keepsakes. We then took a tour of the old castle and walked through all of the rooms looking at the art and furniture. There is so much wealth and history on the island and it was so fun to think that a family once lived in this castle and hosted important guests. We also walked around the gardens and it was absolutely beautiful seeing the colorful flowers, the white peacocks, the clear lake water, and the tops of the Swiss Alps in the distance. Isola Bella is a breathtaking place and it made me fall even more in love with Italy!

A TINY ITALIAN ISLAND

Isola Bella, Italia

HIDDEN SPOT IN THE MOUNTAINS

BIG BEAR LAKE, California

Brady and I wanted to have a couple days for ourselves to spend time together and enjoy each other’s company before I left for Italy, so we took a short trip to Big Bear. We took walks by the lake, went off roading, did yoga on the boardwalk, cooked meals out of the back of the truck, watched the stars at night, watched the sunrise, picnicked by the lake, and rode bikes around town. We camped on BLM land which was completely free and extremely secluded. We pulled off on the side of the road and had about 450 square feet of land to ourselves. We had a perfect view of the lake and city, and the stars were absolutely unbelievable at night. Taking a trip to Big Bear was the perfect way to end summer and welcome a new school year!
UP THE CALIFORNIA COAST
BIG SUR, CALIFORNIA
Joyful Wanderer is a travel and lifestyle blog for the adventurous, active, outdoorsy, and nature-loving woman. A place to connect, interact, and inspire ladies to be curious,  wandering, and creative travelers on all of their expeditions. This site will consist of beautiful destinations, delicious food, incredible people, and travels around the globe.
Traveling up to Big Sur has always been on my roadtrip bucket list. I don't know if it was the idea of driving along a road where the green mountains met the big blue ocean, or the thought of being off the grid enough to not have any cell service. Whatever it was, Brady knew it was somewhere I dreamed of going and he planned a spur of the moment roadtrip for us. Of course we saw the main attractions such as Julia Pfieffer State Beach and Bixby Bridge, but we also found time to explore and wander on our own.
 
We pulled over many times to see wide open barrels, elephant seals, and zebra. We walked through fields of grass and stood on the edge of a cliff watching dozens of whales feed and play. We sat on benches overlooking the pacific and enjoyed the quiet time we got to spend together. Some moments were full of excitement and awe, while some moments were spent in peace and silence. 

Each night, we went back to our campsite , cooked dinner, watched the sunset over the ocean, and curled up in The Xanadu. It was a roadtrip I'll never forget because I got to explore one of the most beautiful places in California with my best friend by my side. 
 
Personal Paradise
Beautiful photos of Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands at The Regent Palms resort. Went here on summer vacation with family and spent our days snorkeling, sailing, and sitting in the sun.
Beautiful photos of Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands at The Regent Palms resort. Went here on summer vacation with family and spent our days snorkeling, sailing, and sitting in the sun.
Beautiful photos of Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands at The Regent Palms resort. Went here on summer vacation with family and spent our days snorkeling, sailing, and sitting in the sun.
Providenciales, Turks and caicos islands
Joyful Wanderer is a travel and lifestyle blog for the adventurous, active, outdoorsy, and nature-loving woman. A place to connect, interact, and inspire ladies to be curious,  wandering, and creative travelers on all of their expeditions. This site will consist of beautiful destinations, delicious food, incredible people, and travels around the globe.
They call this place heaven on earth for a reason. Maybe it was the crystal clear water, the white sand beaches, or the breathtaking views of the Caribbean ocean. Or maybe the constant beach service, exciting water sports, or incredible snorkeling. Whatever the reason, my time in Turks and Caicos was anything but ordinary. Our day always started by rolling out of bed to a picture perfect ocean view and a fresh fruit platter on our balcony. We were usually the first family on the beach each morning, ready to get our day started. We would wander down the beach to snorkel with turtles, stingrays, barracuda, and countless tropical fish. After snorkeling, we usually came back to our resort to paddle board, dip in the pool, order lunch on the beach, and place orders for numerous fresh fruit smoothies. The afternoons usually consisted of kayaking, sailing, and an occasional nap. As the day came to a close, we usually made our way back to our suite and enjoyed the view from the bed on our balcony. Some nights we ordered room service, some nights we ate dinner with our toes in the sand, and some nights we ate at the resort’s 5 star restaurant. Everything we experienced at The Regent Palms was extraordinary and absolutely perfect. Being in paradise is always amazing, but when you also get to stay at a resort that treats you like royalty, it's indescribable. 
Joyful Wanderer is a travel and lifestyle blog for the adventurous, active, outdoorsy, and nature-loving woman. A place to connect, interact, and inspire ladies to be curious,  wandering, and creative travelers on all of their expeditions. This site will consist of beautiful destinations, delicious food, incredible people, and travels around the globe.
Beautiful photos of Providenciales Turks and Caicos Islands at The Regent Palms resort. Went here on summer vacation with family and spent our days snorkeling, sailing, and sitting in the sun.
72 HOURS OF CHAOS
SANTA BARBARA, CALIFORNIA

They say the adventure starts when something goes wrong. Well, I’m very happy to inform you that we had one hell of an adventure this weekend. I guess it started on Friday night when 10pm rolled around and we still had not found a place to sleep. Yes, we considered sleeping on the side of the road. Yes, we realized it was quite illegal. And yes, we were extremely desperate. Thankfully, the camping gods heard our cries for help and there was one more camp spot available at Carpinteria State Beach in Santa Barbara.

When we woke the next morning, we were parked on the sand and the wide open beach was there to greet us. We made pancakes, ate fruit, practiced yoga, and spent the morning relaxing on our own hidden beach. When the time came for us to pack up and head out, we hopped on the road and encountered our next adventure….

The car (aka George) started to overheat after a few miles of driving so we decided to pull to the side of the road, make PB&J, and let George rest it out. We wandered around and found ANOTHER empty beach and spent the next hours exploring, swimming, and napping. We decided to get on the road again before sunset so we could make it to Ventura in time to watch the sunset and make tacos out of the bed of the truck. We made it a few miles down the road before George really started to give out. We spent the next hour driving in 1 mile increments to make sure George didn’t overheat and die. At this point, the chaos really started getting real so here is the short and sweet version of what happened:

We made it to a car shop but they couldn’t work on George anytime before Sunday morning.
Again, we didn’t have a place to sleep and we weren’t really sure where we were.
On Sunday morning, the car shop reported back that the problem was “more than they were capable of fixing” and we would have to find another place to fix it.
We spent the next 2 hours calling car shops, tow companies, and parents to try to find out how to save George.
We decided it would be best to just laugh it off (& cry a little) and take a train back to L.A.

As of now, George is still in Ventura and we are on a train heading back to Los Angeles. George will be towed to a new shop tomorrow to be operated on. We don’t know when the next time we will see him is and we don’t know if he will live to see another adventure. We ask you to keep him in your thoughts, and to wish him a speedy recovery. We will keep you updated on his progress and the condition of his health. #GeorgeStrong #thankyou
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the colorful desert
Red rock canyon, california
Yet again, we were craving an adventure and itching to get out of town. Frankly, we didn’t have time on our side and our financial situation wasn’t working to our advantage. But to nobody’s surprise, we still found a way to do it. We hopped in the car, got on the road, and made our way to what seemed like the middle of nowhere. Somewhere between Los Angeles and Death Valley, we found our little getaway.
 
As we pulled off Highway 14, red rock mountains and lava covered hills greeted us. We spared no time and began exploring all of the creases, peaks, and caves that were in sight. We pushed each other outside of our comfort zones when tip-toeing across the side of the mountains and we enjoyed each others presence once we made it to the top. It was a day filled with sunshine, exploration, fear, and comfort. It was a day that will not easily be forgotten and a day that I will cherish forever. It was the perfect way to celebrate 3 years with the man I love and a perfect toast to the many years still to come. As the sun began to hide behind the mountains, and a golden haze set over the desert, we packed up and began to head home with dusty clothes, filled camera rolls, and smiles that lasted for the rest of the night.
A Los angeles waterfall
Hermit Falls: arcadia, california
Since moving to Los Angeles, I have  had a constant urge to explore my surroundings. Whether it's going out to dinner at a popular restaurant or hiking in the mountains, there is never a monotonous moment in this big city. This time, we took to the trails and decided to explore the San Gabriel mountains. Not knowing exactly what we would find or where we would end up, we laced up our shoes and began walking...

After taking a few questionable turns and trekking our way through the woods, we finally got a peek at Hermit Falls. The water was clear, the air was fresh, and we took in this peaceful moment by sitting on the edge of a boulder and watching nature unfold around us. This quiet moment didn't last for long, as we soon realized we had a whole playground of boulders and waterfalls waiting to be explored. Curiosity kicked in and we were soon getting lost in the creases of the mountain with the sound of rushing water filling the air around us. As the day came to a close, we vowed to visit again when the weather was nice, the water was warm, and we were craving another open air adventure.