Quick Stop in Charleston, SC

Well, we’ve reached the middle of the NFL season (have I ever mentioned that I work in the NFL? Well, now I have). This year I wanted to be sure to use our Bye Week wisely, so I took a quick trip down to Charleston to visit one of my good friends. It was my first time in Charleston, and I thought I would share some quick highlights with you all! Continue reading “Quick Stop in Charleston, SC”

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Whitewater Rafting | West Virginia | Adventures on the Gorge Review

We love unconventional “Girls Trips” in my family and that’s why myself and five other women hit the road to West Virginia for a few days of whitewater rafting. We booked an overnight trip on Lower New River through Adventures on the Gorge, one of the oldest and largest “adventure resorts” in the area. We showed up with no prior experience and no clue what to expect! Continue reading “Whitewater Rafting | West Virginia | Adventures on the Gorge Review”

Visiting Lima, Cusco & Chinchero | PERU

I recently traveled to Peru with Under30Experiences a company that specializes in group travel for young adults. It was an 8-day trip with stays in Lima, Cusco and Ollantaytambo before we went on to hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. You can click here if you’d like to hear about my experience on the trail but in this post, I’m going to talk about the first half of our trip. Continue reading “Visiting Lima, Cusco & Chinchero | PERU”

Inca Trail Packing List

Congrats on booking your Inca Trail trek! If you’re traveling with a tour operator, they will provide most of the camping items for you. You can typically rent sleeping pads, sleeping bags, inflatable pillows and walking sticks through the operator for a very small fee. I think it’s definitely worth not having to bring everything down to Peru in a suitcase!

I hiked the trail in May and the weather was very nice. Warm during the day and cooled off at night with hardly any rain. We were able to give our porters ~7kg per person for them to carry. Here is a complete list of the things I needed and used throughout the trek. Continue reading “Inca Trail Packing List”

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Last fall, my bestie and world travel partner Lindsay and I spontaneously booked an 8-day trip to Peru. This would be our second trip with the company Under30Experiences that specializes in group travel for young adults. If you’re wary about navigating a foreign country alone or don’t have the time to plan the logistics of a trip, I could not recommend Under30 enough. I won’t run you through the complete itinerary because you can visit their site for that but in this post I will speak to my experience hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.

If you are going to visit Machu Picchu and you’re relatively outdoorsy and physically fit, I  will tell you right now to HIKE THE TRAIL.

It was one of the hardest and best things I’ve ever done. I had very little hiking experience but others in our group who were more experienced (and in better shape) said that they found it to be challenging as well. That said, these 4 days of sore muscles and awe-inspiring views were some of the most rewarding of my life. Continue reading “Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu”

Playing Paintball for the First Time

I try to live an up-for-anything lifestyle but when I was invited by some coworkers to play paintball my first thought was, “Voluntarily feel pain for recreational purposes? No thanks.” But not wanting to condemn something before I’d tried it, I reluctantly said yes and spent the following days in silent panic.

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Very Inspirational Blogger Award | Suitcasey

Very Inspirational Blogger Award SuitcaseyI was recently tagged for the Very Inspirational Blogger Award. This award is all about spreading blogger-to-blogger appreciation.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Sarah the Half RD Half Human for giving me this commendation. She writes an awesome blog about nutrition, healthy recipes, running and her adventures around the Chicago food scene (most of which I get to participate in because she just so happens to be my bestie and roommate).

Here’s how it works:

  • Thank and link back to the blogger(s) that nominated you
  • List the rules
  • Share seven facts about yourself
  • Nominate 15 other inspiring blogs
  • Optional: Display the award logo on your blog and follow the blogger who nominated you

Let’s get started! Continue reading “Very Inspirational Blogger Award | Suitcasey”