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

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 …

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 …

Kirkjufell Mountain in Iceland, for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

8 Places in Iceland that are a Photographer’s Dream

I recently road-tripped around Iceland for about a week, and it was unlike anything else I’ve ever done. It’s hard to believe until you see it for yourself, but as you drive down the highway in Iceland, literally everywhere you look there is a new fascinating, breath-taking sight. Another mountain, a 100-ft waterfall, lava fields, …

Bryce Canyon during my winter road trip, for Ellen Blazer's travel blog To Travel and Bloom

39 Things that Go Through Your Head When You Go Hiking & Camping in the Winter

I can’t be the only one counting down the days until warm weather… in my opinion, life seems to begin again with each springtime. The thing I look forward to most is making the shift from hanging with the TV and heater to spending as much time as possible out in the open air. Buuut…until …

3 Times I’ve Found Airfare to be Surprisingly Cheap

I absolutely love it when traveling somewhere ends up being less expensive and more accessible than you previously would have guessed. It makes any adventure seem that much more attainable! Here are three times when I was daydreaming about a trip, did some research, then found round-trip flights for about half of what I had …