Midwest Trips

Living in the Midwest has its ups and downs, but I have learned to love it now that I am living here. Personally, I am more of a beach kind of girl, so I definitely love the west coast a lot more, but you gotta work with what you got, am I right haha?! Since, I have lived here for a couple of years now, I have had the pleasure of visiting a few places in the Midwest and have compiled a list of some of the areas I enjoyed visiting. (Please note that I live in Chicago, so most of these are around and closer to that area, meaning there is soooo much more to the Midwest than just these trips).


Milwaukee (Wisconsin) – it is the perfect weekend trip. It has that big town small feel. It is filled with lots of breweries and lots of cheese (yummmm). It is fun to go any season because they always have fests going on or things happening. Check out a brewers game in the summer and hit up October fest in the Fall.

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My Favorite Travel Apps

There are so many great apps out there for your travel purposes. Some just give you amazing wanderlust, others help you book the best trip. Below are a few of my favorite travel apps:


My first point will be to mention that if you board a plane, even if it is once a year, enroll yourself in a mileage program. Not only is it free, but you are collecting miles and can get free flights for yourself down the road. It is easy to sign up and just make sure to add your number anytime booking a flight for that airline. I personally am part of American Airlines, United Airlines, and Delta Airlines because those are the ones I mainly travel with. The miles do add up and I have already utilized my miles for some free trips. Most airlines have an app you can download and this way you will have all your mileage numbers handy and can check your progress.

For Wanderlust:

TripBucket – this app allows you to look at all these amazing places in the world and essentially add it to your bucket list of places you want to visit. You can search by different categories such as cities, natural wonders, adventures; just to name a few. It also helps you find more wonderful places to see and let’s you check them off your trip bucket list.

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Hitlist – this app is perfect for those that are very flexible with their time. It shoots out notifications of amazing travel deals if you go on certain dates, and these deals are amazing! It also gives you options to search anywhere in the world and see what deals they have going on. You can add certain places to your list and when they find a good deal, they will push out a notification.

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Been – this allows you to track where you have been. It keeps count on how many states and countries you have been to and makes you realize how many more places you need to go.

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For booking good deals:

Airbnb/HomeAway – most of you have heard about this now, but this is a good way to find great housing for bigger groups and to have more of a home style experience. I usually utilize this if I am going somewhere with a big group of people because we can all be in one place and have a lot of space vs being in two or three hotel rooms. Although, this is a great option, please be aware that some cities and countries do not benefit from this service, so it is just something to think about. It raises their cost of living and makes it harder for locals to purchase homes.

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Skyscanner – lets you search for good deals on flights, hotels and car rentals. You can search by destinations and see when it would be cheaper to go visit a certain place.

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Skiplagged – this app is really great because it finds you the best deal to get to your destination. It looks at flights where your final destination could be a connection. For example, let’s say you want to got from Denver to Chicago, sometimes booking a trip to New York with a connection to Chicago ends up being cheaper.

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Rome2Rio – this app is pretty amazing!!! It gives you easy and affordable options on travelling from city to city. It will find flight options, bus, train and even driving if applicable; and provide you with the time it would take to get there as well as the approximate cost. It literally does all the dirty work for ya.

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Hopper – this is one of my favorites. This app finds the best deals on flights and notifies you when it is cheaper to fly. Add a destination and time when you want to travel and it will watch it for you and tell you when it is best to purchase.

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Do you use any of these apps? What travel apps do you love?! Let me know in the comments 🙂

Happy Travels – xoxo Dre ❤

Ruins of Pompeii

An incredible sight to see for sure. Pompeii reminded me of the Colosseum in Rome. The feeling you get while walking through such history is incredible. It was hard to imagine that something that was basically in pieces was once a city and a civilization full of people. Imagining the lives of the people that spent their time in these ruins made me wonder of all the incredible stories that must have happened between these columns.

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The day spent in Pompeii was a rainy one, but also definitely an experience for the books. I spent the whole day wandering around the ruins and just picturing what these pieces of stone must have looked like back in the day.

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The Main Attraction

With so much to do on the beautiful island of Maui; it was hard to pick out what to explore. Since my days were limited, I decided it would be best to visit some of the most talked about spots.


1. Maui Ocean Center

Definitely a fun day activity for when the weather is not the best. The ocean center was not huge but it had a good display of exotic fish, and my favorite part, all the sharks and stingrays. Parts of it were indoors and parts were outdoors which was a nice transition between everything. Most aquariums I have visited, typically end up being indoors, so this was a good balance. The shark display was by far my favorite, and the sharks were surprisingly pretty large. You got to walk through a tunnel and have a view all around you. Overall, the center was a great way to see all the marine life up close and a fun day activity.

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5 Things You Must Do On Every Trip

People travel all over the world but many times do not truly get an authentic and adventurous experience that they wanted. Here’s 5 things to add a little spark to your trip and make it worth while.

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1. Go beyond your comfort zone

Everyone is different, some people thrive for adventure and love challenges that push them out of their comfort zones. For others, going to a new and unfamiliar place can be frightening. But going out of your comfort zone can be one of the best things to happen to you especially when traveling. Although scary, try as much as you can to venture out to a new place, meet new people, try something you have never done before because those are the things that you are going to remember the most. If you are nervous and don’t know how to go about it then read about it. There are so many great blogs and resources out there that can be utilized to do some research and find some hidden gems. If that is still too big of a risk, start out small. How well do you know your city? Travel isn’t always getting on a plane and sipping Pina Colada’s on the beach in Mexico; sometimes you can find great adventures right in your backyard.

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Carnevale Di Venezia

Venice is by far one of the most magical places I’ve been to. The whole city is surrounded by water, beautiful buildings and incredible views. I just happened to be lucky enough to be able to go during one of the greatest times of the year, Carnevale Di Venezia. It is a festival that happens every year in February and it is filled with parades, music, great food, and of course masks.

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Delizioso!

What’s better than views in Florence? Food of course!

Yes, Florence is incredibly beautiful, but the food is unbelievably delicious and one of the best parts of Italy in general. Being in Florence for a whole semester gave me the opportunity to eat a lot and by a lot I really do mean a lot (yes I did gain like 10 pounds and yes it was so worth it).

Of course I have to start with the best, not only because it is my favorite food, but what other country is more know for its pizza than Italy!?

There was not one pizza in Florence that didn’t taste good, but there are some places that are of course better than others. If you want really delicious pizza, stay clear of the touristy areas! Not that the pizza isn’t good, but it’s usually over priced and I can guarantee you that you will have better and cheaper a few steps away. So don’t hesitate and walk through those pretty cobble stoned streets and venture out to some more local finds.

I personally had the privilege to live right by one, Mr. Pizza, which I have gotten more times than I will tell you. It was cheap and open really late which made it convenient (and bad for my diet) for those long nights out when all I wanted to do was go home and indulge on some pizza.

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Firenze

A city full of culture, art, and delicious food, need I say more?

It is not big and not too small. I found it to be absolutely perfect. The nerves started racking up because it seemed like a huge city at first and I was sure that I would get lost. To my assumption I was right, but found my way soon after. Sometimes getting lost has it’s perks because you get to roam endlessly. and find so many little treasures:

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