Rosemary Beach, Florida

Rosemary Beach, Florida

We booked this trip last minute, in true Kara fashion, when we realized this may be our only opportunity to get away before the baby arrives. It was a baby moon, family vacation, spring break and a celebration of me going back to work all wrapped up into one trip. We traveled with Palmer and Kevin was working remotely Monday - Wednesday so it wasn't a super relaxing vacation by any stretch but it was a nice change of scenery and a chance to see some sunshine. Click here to find out where we stayed, what we did and our favorite restaurants in Rosemary Beach!

What is 30A in Florida?

What is 30A in Florida?

Apparently it's a thing! We just returned from our family trip down to Rosemary Beach and I'm a bit obsessed with this area. I'm planning to share our full itinerary soon but first I want to cover the 30A area of Florida because I had never previously heard of it. Technically, 30A [aka County Road 30A] is about a 20-mile stretch in the Florida panhandle between Destin and Panama City.

Rome, Italy [in 24 Hours]

Rome, Italy [in 24 Hours]

This post really highlights how much you can pack into just one day! I'm excited to FINALLY be getting our Rome itinerary down on paper and to be able to share it with you all. To be completely transparent, it's been a few years since we visited Rome and obviously a lot has changed since then but we visited some of the main attractions which are staples in any Rome Itinerary. While visiting them may look a little different these days, they've lasted the test of time and will come through this pandemic, like they have so many others in the past. Continue reading to see our full itinerary!

24 Hours in Helsinki, Finland

24 Hours in Helsinki, Finland

I apologize in advance as this post is super old! I'm preparing to delete my old blog and wanted to migrate all my old travel posts over to ensure I didn't lose any content. For what it's worth, all of the landmarks and restaurants that we visited on our trip are still in operation today. If you ever find yourself in Helsinki or with an extended layover there like us, I standby our itinerary from 2016. Cheers!

Honeymoon Part III: Tanzania Safari in Ngorongoro Crater

Honeymoon Part III: Tanzania Safari in Ngorongoro Crater

After typing up our Safari experience, I decided to break it into two posts because each leg is pretty unique. If you haven't already, be sure to read Honeymoon Part II: Tanzania Safari in the Serengeti before diving into this post as it provides more context on how/when we arrived in Tanzania and our first few days on Safari. We traveled with andBeyond for both legs and absolutely loved our experience in the Serengeti. For more details on our trip to Ngorongoro Crater, keep reading!

Honeymoon Part II: Tanzania Safari in the Serengeti

Honeymoon Part II: Tanzania Safari in the Serengeti

As I mentioned in my original post about Planning a Safari in East Africa, there's really not much to do since the Safari company you select organizes the entire thing [at least that was our experience]. We simply provided a rough budget, ideal travel dates, where we were coming from and where we were going after and andBeyond did the rest! It really is ideal for a honeymoon since so much planning goes into the wedding and reception. Read more about our experience on Safari here.

Oregon Anniversary Trip

Oregon Anniversary Trip

We just got home from the most incredible anniversary trip to Oregon! The Pacific-Northwest has long been a favorite destination of mine and Kevin has never been so it seemed like the perfect getaway to celebrate our second wedding anniversary. Of course we're also in the midst of COVID-19 so we needed to find a destination that would allow us entry without a quarantine period coming from Chicago.

Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy

Finally getting around to writing up our most recent [recent = three years ago] trip to Florence. I guess that's what happens when you come away from the trip engaged and moving to California - LOL! I believe this was my third trip to Florence but also my favorite because we had the chance to explore some of Tuscany which is absolutely beautiful. I always "joke" with Kevin about wanting to retire there on an old vineyard one day. I'd say he's still warming up to the idea.