What To Do in Koh Lipe – My Favorite Thai Island

When I first began dreaming of Thailand, I imagined golden Buddhas seated within intricate temples, heaping dishes of pad thai followed by cheap massages, and tropical islands studded with palm trees.  Every bit of those dreams are reality in the beautiful country of Thailand. I flew into Bangkok & explored the Grand Palace, flower markets, …

Hike to Palamos

Complete Guide for Hiking Costa Brava, Spain

Guest writer Christa Adams is a travel writer and passionate adventurer living in Barcelona. She often spends her time frolicking through Scottish forests, visiting hidden gems in Morocco, and sipping flat whites in cosy cafes. Follow her adventures at The Spirited Explorer. One of Spain’s most spectacular areas, Costa Brava is full of scenic trails along …

Ellen looking over Dresden, Germany from the bell tower of Kreuzkirche Cathedral, for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom
Travel Tips

My Pre-Travel Checklists

I started jotting down these checklists about a month ago, from my bedroom in Lancaster, PA… travel-sized toiletry containers and lightweight clothes strewn around the room, and vaccination appointments up & coming.  Typically, I send personalized pre-travel checklists to clients depending on their destination & travel style, and I have realized it could be helpful …

Ellen on Palm Beach of Aruba for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

Top 7 Things To Do in Aruba

Right off the coast of mainland South America you’ll find a string of southernmost Caribbean islands. They’re known as the “ABC Islands:” Aruba, Bonaire, and Curacao. Although these vacation destinations are a stone’s throw from Venezuela, they are in fact part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands (the same goes for Sint Maarten). Each is its own country, but …

Ponta da Piedade on the Algarve coast of Southern Portugal, for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

4 Stunning Beaches in Southern Portugal

I arrived in Portugal with a lot of expectations… my mind ran wild with anticipation of sandstone coastal cliffs awaiting my encounter. The streets would be narrow and winding, with hills steeper than San Francisco. Restaurant tables spilling precariously into cobblestone streets, with port wine as cheap as water. I couldn’t stop scouring Instagram and …