I feel like I failed a bit this year since I didn’t actually dress up for Halloween this year… Even worse is that there weren’t ANY trick-or-treaters in my apartment complex!! Which I guess wasn’t the worst thing ever since it meant that I got to keep all of the candy to myself but still, I love seeing all of the little ones dressed up.
The weekend before Halloween, on the other hand, I was much more festive. My sister and I spent the weekend in Boston and even spent the weekend in what’s supposed to be the most haunted hotel in New England. Not that we knew that fact at the time but I’m still counting it since we slept directly above what’s considered one of the most haunted rooms in the hotel!
I’ve always loved traveling and I’m constantly coming up with future travel plans, even if it’s just in my mind. Which means that I love finding new travel bloggers to follow on Instagram and live vicariously through them. I even have a map tapestry above my bed to remind myself that there’s more to life than scoring a really good deal on heels at DSW or binge watching Law & Order: SVU.
This past year I’ve been incredibly lucky travel-wise, with my hiking trip through Peru, 4th of July in Los Angeles, and many weekends spent in New York City, and I’m looking forward to the rest of 2016 and what 2017 has in store for me.
The fact that I visited Machu Picchu earlier this summer still feels a bit like a dream. After wanting to visit for so long, it’s still hard to comprehend that I ticked off a major bucket list travel destination of mine even though I have the photograph evidence to prove it to myself.
So because I’m still a bit moony over our trip to Peru (and I’m sure that I’ve completely bored my coworkers with my stories), I’ve put together a few tips that might help out on your future visit to Machu Picchu!
Because I didn’t have any set plans for the 4th of July this year, I made a somewhat spontaneous (i.e. I asked if I could come approximately 50 times and booked my flights a month before) decision to fly out to Los Angeles to spend the long weekend with my boyfriend and his family.
After a full day of flying, which was made way more enjoyable by the free wine and cheese plate I was served on my flight from Chicago to LAX, I got in late Friday night and promptly slept like a log. We spent the next day by the beach, eating too much food, and being generally lazy while I adjusted to the time change, and then made our way out into the city on that Sunday.
Now that I’ve been living in New England forever a year now (so crazy how quickly time flies by!), I’ve been trying to get out of my comfort zone travel-wise this summer. After several weekend trips, I have to say that Newport, RI was definitely one of my favorite spots for a weekend getaway. With the big homes, the fantastic ocean views, and delicious food, it’s hard not to fall in love with Newport within the first five minutes of your visit.
I am 100% that chick who points out which houses she wants to live in whenever she travels. Walking around cities and getting to look around the neighborhoods has always been one of my favorite activities (probably because I’m nosy), even though there’s no chance that I’ll ever be able to afford half of the houses I’m browsing.
So when I was in Boston for the weekend, I spent a good chunk of the weekend pointing out to my dad which houses I liked, which could not even be stopped by the crime-themed walking tour we took around Beacon Hill.