• From Tourist to Traveler: How My Trips Have Evolved

    “Please be a traveler, not a tourist. Try new things, meet new people, and look beyond what’s right in front of you. Those are the keys to understanding this amazing world we live in.” -Andrew Zimmern My first international trip was in 1993, and I remember…… nothing because I was two years old. Luckily, since then, I’ve traveled quite extensively–especially throughout Italy and Europe–and I can’t help but compare past habits (those developed, of course, years after my toddler travels) to my current ones. As I’ve written before on this blog, my parents brought my brother and me to Italy quite often during our childhood to visit family. However, my…

  • My Istanbul Solo Trip, Part II: The Details

    In no way, shape or form do I ever intend this project of mine to serve as a travel blog; but, being that I do enjoy traveling and tend to do so more when I’m in Europe, I figure I should share that part of my life as well. The sequel to last week’s anecdote, today’s post will cover specific details regarding my weekend in Istanbul. I wrote in the previous post that while researching for my trip, I came across incredibly useful blog posts of some ladies who had been to Turkey before. Along with TripAdvisor reviews and forum threads, I used all the information at my disposal to…

  • My Istanbul Solo Trip, Part I: Why Istanbul, and Why Alone?

    Six years ago, I was given the opportunity to visit Istanbul along with the rest of my classmates during a spring semester abroad in Italy. Completely organized by our university, the 5-day trip in May was scheduled for the week before we had to return home to the States. I couldn’t wait to visit the Turkish city that was once the capital of three, powerful empires. Then, life happened and I forego the “free” Istanbul trip to stay in Italy. (Read here to see why!) Of course, for me, it was the most logical thing to do (…but logic obviously goes out the window when you think with your heart,…