Places of Interest

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art // Kansas City, Missouri

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Kansas City

I’ve been to a lot of museums. Every city I visit includes a trip to the local art museum(s). Besides the fact that museums are often free (a definite plus for a budget traveler like myself), I really enjoy the peace and quiet you find there. And of course, I love looking at the art.

So it’s no surprise that on my most recent trip to Kansas City, Missouri, I spent an afternoon at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. I missed out on this museum last time around because it’s closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. But I made time for it on my last day in KC, just before driving back to St. Louis.

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Travel Gift Guide: 37+ Awesome Gift Ideas for Travelers

Travel Gift Guide: 37 Awesome Gift Ideas for Travelers

If you’re shopping for someone who likes to travel, you’ve come to the right place. As a traveler myself, I have a long list of items that I know travelers need, plus a few things I know we all want. That’s why I put together this list of gift ideas for travelers. Hopefully it will make your travel gift shopping a little bit easier.

If you’re reading this and you’re the one that likes to travel, write down a few of these ideas for your own wish list. I definitely added a few things to my personal wish list after creating this guide.

My goal with this travel gift guide is to give you ideas that you can take into your own hands and personalize for your special giftee; as well as give you some very specific options in case you’re short on time.

I separated the travel gift ideas into sections to help you find the absolute perfect travel gift. There are options for stylish travelers, options for travel minimalists, and options for those of you who are simply on a tight gift-giving budget. You should be able to find something for every travel-lover on your list.

While this guide was created with the holidays approaching, these travel gifts are appropriate for any occasion, any time of year. Whether you’re shopping for Christmas, a birthday, or a just-because travel gift, these awesome travel gift ideas are exactly what any traveler wants.

This gift guide is titled as “37 Awesome Gift Ideas for Travelers” but I have linked to way more than 37 items. You’re bound to find the perfect travel gift here.

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48 Hours in Kansas City: My Weekend KC Itinerary

48 Hours in Kansas City Itinerary

This is less of a how to spend 48 hours in Kansas City and more of how I spent 48 hours in Kansas City. I didn’t want to just post a photo diary without any recommendations, but I’m also not ready to post a full city guide yet. I know I’ll return to Kansas City soon, and I want to do it justice when I do write something more comprehensive.

While I’ve only been to Kansas City twice now, I’ve always treated it as a place to get to know slowly.

Some cities I know I’ll probably never visit again, so I pack in as much as possible in a short trip. Then there are the cities that I know I’ll visit over and over again. I can take my time to explore bits and pieces so I don’t miss out on all of the details that make a city unique.

So here are the details of my most recent trip to Kansas City. Hopefully my 48 hours in Kansas City can inspire your visit.

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Travel Tips

The Essential Hostel Packing List

New Zealand Hostel Guide: Frienz Backpackers

As most backpackers know, packing for a hostel is very different than packing for a night in a hotel. The environment and situations you find yourself in when you stay in a hostel call for very specific tools. That’s why I put together this essential hostel packing list, so you know exactly what you need to bring.

If you’ve never stayed in a hostel before, fear not. They’re a lot of fun!

However, sleeping in dorm rooms and using communal bathrooms definitely requires a special list of items. Things that will help to make your stay simple.

This essential hostel packing list has all of the key things you’ll need to get a good night’s sleep, keep things clean, and stay sane.

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10 Day Mid South Roadtrip Itinerary

10 Day Mid South Roadtrip Itinerary

I wasn’t quite sure what to call this roadtrip itinerary. I went with “Mid South” simply because it only includes a few states (Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia), and none of the Deep South (a region I’m keen to explore). So I’m settling on Mid South roadtrip itinerary. I hope that’s okay with y’all.

I took this trip with my friend in April of 2017. It was a chance for us to finally see each other after my year in New Zealand, and we decided to just make a whole roadtrip out of it. I knew I wanted to hit Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, but other than that, I kept my route pretty open.

With the help of my friend’s expert route-planning skills (she insists on using paper road maps, which is awesome), we came up with a pretty cool roadtrip. It was 10 days through parts of Tennessee, North Carolina, and Georgia, and we took it slow so that we weren’t spending all of our time in the car.

For anyone interested, here’s a quick look at our 10 day Mid South roadtrip itinerary!

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8 Fun Things to Do in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga, Tennessee is a city I’ve never considered visiting. Even heading out on my mid-South roadtrip through Tennessee, North Carolina, and Northern Georgia, Chattanooga wasn’t top of my mind. Based on the route, however, it made sense to stop through. And I’m glad I did, because there are so many fun things to do in Chattanooga!

The thing I love most about small, non-coastal cities in the U.S. is their unique charm. There are tons of cool things to do in Chattanooga, plus some incredible scenery. On top of that, you’ll find plenty of independent businesses, friendly locals, and a lack of overwhelming crowds.

Chattanooga is a popular hub for outdoor enthusiasts, especially climbers. With all of the rock climbing, biking, and hiking opportunities in the area, it’s really no surprise. However, there’s also plenty of culture to go around, with art galleries, museums, and a very large collection of public art throughout the city. Tie all of this together with a burgeoning coffee scene, and you’ll see why I loved it so much.

While I didn’t get to explore every aspect of this city as much as I’d like, I still want to leave you with this quick list of fun things to do in Chattanooga. It includes some major attractions and a few absolute must-do’s.

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