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25 Inspirational Travel Instagrammers - California Globetrotter


25 Inspirational Travel Instagrammers


It’s no secret. I’m ADDICTED to Instagram! I’m not ashamed to admit it! It’s the place I go to, to escape reality and dream of our future vacations. I love scrolling through endless travel inspiration posted by others. It is my absolute favorite tool for finding new Bucket List travel destinations!

Instagram has also helped me to become a better photographer and taught me so much. On days when I am filled with travel nostalgia, I love to go back and scroll through our memories.

So, I’ve gathered 25 of my favorite travel Instagrammers who I personally follow. Some accounts are small and should be better known and others have a plethora of followers. Some simply focus on the art of photography and others love personalizing their photos and sharing their travel memories. Others simply show their home country! Continue reading

13 Fabulous Birthday Gifts for the Lady Traveler - California Globetrotter


13 Fabulous Birthday Gifts for the Lady Traveler


So with an upcoming birthday, I was inspired to write this post to share with you some of my favorite past travel-related birthday gifts, which I hope will help you out one day when you’re lacking in inspiration. Ladies, when looking for the best damn birthday gift your friends and family could possibly give you, look no further!

Shopping for travel-obsessed friends and family can be hard when they’re never home and you simply don’t know what they need or want. Sometimes it can be hard as travelers would honestly rather you donate to their world travel fund than buy dust collectors, but occasionally, there are the part-time world traveler and part-time home-body who loves anything and everything travel related, like myself! Some of these gifts are incredibly practical and useful while traveling, others are just because they’re pretty! But nonetheless, I love them all and hope you will too! Continue reading

Stylish Carry-On Essentials - California Globetrotter


Stylish Carry-On Essentials


It’s that wonderful time of year again, that holiday season where everyone wants to go home for the holidays, snuggle up with a loved one next to the fire or sipping on hot cocoa with family. It’s also one of the busiest times of the year where an estimated 40-50 million Americans travel home for the holidays. That’s an increase of 54% compared to the rest of the year, making for more cars on the road, airports are at full capacity and therefore a higher chance that along the way, something is bound to happen.

Holiday travel doesn’t need to be a headache, leaving you pulling out your hair. Whether or not your a hardcore traveler at heart or someone just going home for the holidays, these are a some of our favorite travel-must-haves for our carry-on!

With our upcoming flight home for the holidays to Kentucky (for the first time!), I have dug out our suitcases and have began preparing and while starting to pack wayyy earlier than I probably need to (I’m excited, can’t you tell!?), I got to thinking about my favorite carry0on items.

But, what exactly are some of the Carry-On essentials that make traveling so much easier to deal with? Continue reading

10 Affordable Hipster Gifts for Mr. Traveler - California Globetrotter


10 Affordable Hipster Gifts for Mr. Traveler


It’s incredible how fast 2016 has gone by. So fast in fact, it has completely caught me off guard and I haven’t even begun to start shopping! This is so unlike me! Normally I am practically finished with my Christmas shopping even before Thanksgiving has arrived. I blame our fall wedding!

Luckily, online shopping has become practically the norm, or at least for me! Thanks to Amazon Prime, I am able to buy gifts and have them arrive on my doorstep within a days time! No more endless waiting!

But when it comes to men, they’re an incredibly difficult species to shop for during the holidays (especially if you have a husband like mine who never actually says he wants anything!), shopping for a man addicted to traveling is possibly even harder. Luckily, there are some pretty awesome gifts out there to pick from.

Ladies, fear no more! Here are 10 of my favorite gift ideas for your Mr. Traveler! Gents, save this list for when your darling girlfriend or wife asks you what you want for Christmas and have no idea what you want!

All of the following gifts can be found on Amazon for less than $100 and won’t break the bank but will certainly add some spice to your travel life!

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10 Gifts EVERY Female Traveler Should Have - California Globetrotter


10 Gifts Every Female Traveler Should Have!


I can’t believe I’m about to say this but today is Thanksgiving and you know what that means! Tomorrow is Black Friday and it’s time to officially start your Christmas shopping, if you haven’t already!

Goodness, where the heck did 2016 go!? I still feel like it was yesterday Hans and I were ringing in 2016 in Prague on the Charles Bridge cuddling as it started to snow just before the stroke of midnight and the fireworks rang in the new year.

Much to my husband’s displeasure, (yes I can say husband now!), I am a bit of a shopaholic especially when it comes to finding awesome unique travel-related must-have knickknacks! And thanks to Amazon Prime, I get my purchases within 1-2 days! No more endless waiting!

When it comes to shopping for your darling, it can be quite difficult to find something tangible. Like me, I’m sure most travel babes are more interested in booking that next holiday trip rather than filling up our homes with stuff that will become a dust collector.

So today, I will share with you 10 of my favorite travel related goodies I think all travel babes should have! Ladies, look no further for the ultimate travel-related Christmas list! Boyfriends and husbands, pay close attention!

All of the following gifts can be found on Amazon for less than $100 and won’t break the bank but will certainly add some spice to your travel life!

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HOW To Take Travel Themed Engagement Pictures - California Globetrotter


HOW To Take Travel Themed Engagement Pictures


First off, if you’re here looking at how-to-engagement pictures, you must be engaged so let me say CONGRATULATIONS! If you’re not engaged (yet) but you’re brainstorming ideas for an upcoming engagement, then you’ve come to the right place! Especially if you’re a die hard travelholic and want to include travel into your engagement announcements and want to WOW your friends and family!

Taking engagement pictures has evolved way so much since the time my parents go remarried in the late 90s. It was more about taking a simple picture to celebrate your engagement. Back then, as far as I know, there was no such thing as a “Save the Date” card or engagement announcements. And there was certainly no Facebook to send out electronic announcements or change your status. You generally found out people were gettin’ hitched when you got the wedding invitation in the mail.

I personally have suffered from severe wanderlust my whole life as I was practically born traveling, so it comes as no wonder that when my engagement finally arrived, I knew right off the bat I wanted to include travel into our engagement/wedding somehow.

I chose to share our engagement pictures today because for the next 3 weeks we will be pretty busy entertaining friends and family as they come in to join us from around the world on our wedding day on October 28th!  Continue reading

HOW You Can Save MONEY Traveling as a Couple - California Globetrotter


HOW You Can Save Money Traveling as a Couple


Traveling the world alone is easy and you only have yourself to concern yourself with. But how do you continue to afford to travel how do you continue to afford to travel once you found your best travel companion?

Here are some of the travel strategies we use in order to afford travel as often as possible without breaking the wallet!

1. Gift Giving

While most girls love when their boyfriends/husbands come home with a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates and the guys love when their ladies bring home a case of beer or new clothes for them, gift giving can actually eat away at potential travel spending money. Giving gifts is always nice and much appreciated, but I would rather save that 20 to enjoy a nice dessert at a restaurant with a beautiful view somewhere in Italy! Continue reading

Top 15 MUST-VISIT Audrey Hepburn Locations - California Globetrotter


Top 15 MUST-VISIT Audrey Hepburn Locations


Unless your parents didn’t have Audrey Hepburn films in their massive movie collection or you’re not a fan of the Golden Age of Hollywood glam or a fan of Classic films, it’s likely you haven’t heard of Audrey Hepburn…unless you were born anytime after the 90s.

As a little girl, I was bored out of my mind one day and started perusing my parents’ ridiculously large movie collection, I stumbled upon a pretty collection of 3 of Audrey Hepburn’s most famous films. I pulled them out and put the first one in the VHS player. (For those of you who are too young, a VHS player was how we watched movies before DVDs haha)

Ugg. It was in black and white. No matter, I was still bored so I watched the movie Roman Holiday. By the end of the movie, I was IN LOVE with Classic films and the era of Hollywood glam long since gone. And so began my obsession with Audrey Hepburn, who unbeknownst to me then, would become my life idol!

I wanted to be like her, act like her and dress like her. Unfortunately, the fashion from this era is long outdated and I was a kid. Over the years, I have searched out locations where she once was. While I certainly haven’t made it to all of the locations (7 of 15! – Although I was younger and didn’t know it at the time!), I’m here to share with you some of the top 20 Audrey Hepburn (film) locations that you can visit if you’re an über Audrey Hepburn fan! Continue reading

Your ESSENTIAL Guide to Europe - California Globetrotter


Your Essential Guide to Europe


When is the best time to come to Europe?

How far in advance should I book my ticket?

Is it better to travel by rail or car?

Should I tip? How much do I tip?

Before I uprooted my entire life to move to Europe, I wanted to come as often as possible and there were some of the questions I asked myself whenever I did attempt to come over. But I didn’t have the money or the travel skills that I have now. After living in Europe for 4 years already (how did that happen) and counting, I’ve learned a lot and I certainly made my fair share of mistakes along the way and I’m here now to share with you what I know now that I wish I had known then! Continue reading