“A Gentleman in Moscow” Tour of the Metropol Hotel – How You Can Follow in the Count’s Footsteps

Last Updated on October 1, 2019“A Gentleman in Moscow” by Amor Towles is a must-read novel, recommended by even the likes of Bill Gates and soon it will also be a TV series. You don’t have to be interested in Moscow either to be charmed by the wit of Count Alexander Rostov – the book’s main character. The Count’s story takes place almost entirely in the Metropol Hotel in Moscow near the Bolshoi and the Kremlin. This hotel is where… Read more »

A Complete Guide to Dressing for the Bolshoi Theatre (for Both Men & Women)

Last Updated on October 1, 2019 Seeing a performance at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow should be at the top of your Russia bucket list! This historic theatre holds some of the world’s best ballet and opera performances. Dressing the part for this grand theatre is at the top of many theatre-goers minds, too. Should you wear a gown? A suit coat? Are jeans acceptable? This post is here to explain how to dress for the Bolshoi Theatre for both… Read more »

Last Updated on September 16, 2019Written by Joniel Suezo Without a doubt, flying is the most efficient mode of traveling, and the widely accepted go-to solution when you need to cover great distances in one swift swoop. However, human nature is fickle, and we can feel that even the miracle of flight can take an excruciatingly long time. It’s almost a rule of thumb that, no matter what mode of transportation you use or how fast you go, the trip… Read more »

How to Spend 14 Days in Jordan & Egypt - The Ultimate Itinerary

Last Updated on September 24, 2019Combining Egypt and Jordan into one trip may seem like a lot to some. However, this itinerary is here to show that if you have around 14 days of vacation to spare, this can be just enough time to get a taste of these fascinating countries in one go! For our trip through Egypt and Jordan, we had spent a total of 13 days. However, 3 of these days were lost to travel (so, technically… Read more »

Desert Adventures review Jordan

Last Updated on September 24, 2019While hiring a tour guide service is not necessary to explore Jordan (I’m sure most seasoned travelers would be fine navigating this lovely country on their own), it can certainly make the trip easier and less stressful. We had ended up using a tour service because we had paired this trip with a week-long adventure in Egypt, prior to coming to Jordan. Now, in Egypt, I highly recommend hiring a guide service. We had worked… Read more »

what to wear in Jordan

Last Updated on September 9, 2019Wondering what to pack for a trip to Jordan as a stylish woman? This post is breaking down how to dress in this fascinating country from the Dead Sea to Petra & more. I’m also sharing some of my packing tips for this trip & outfits! Packing for a trip to Jordan can seem to be a bit daunting if you’re a woman, especially if you’re a woman who likes to look stylish whilst traveling…. Read more »

The Best Accessories to Complete Any Vacation Look

Last Updated on September 6, 2019Written by Marie McCaughey We all like to look our best on vacation. When you look good, you feel good and we all want to feel our best on our special time away. The rules are all different on vacation, and it feels exciting to sort of reinvent yourself in a foreign land. Why not go all out with your style, and more importantly, your accessories? Here are a few options that can make any… Read more »

How to Spend 14 Days in Jordan & Egypt – The Ultimate Itinerary

Last Updated on September 10, 2019Spending 3 days in Jordan will give you just enough time to see the highlights of this gorgeous country. Now, it’ll be up to you to decide if you want to see as much as you possibly can of Jordan in these 3 days… or pick out the sights that are most unique to Jordan and give them ample time for exploring. For this post, I’m actually going to do 2 itineraries – 1 itinerary… Read more »

How to Spend 14 Days in Jordan & Egypt - The Ultimate Itinerary

Last Updated on September 4, 2019Jordan is a destination that may not top that many tourist’s travel lists. I often would get asked – “Jordan? Why would you want to go there? What you can you even do in Jordan?” Well, I’m here to tell you, there is A LOT to do and see in Jordan – from the Dead Sea to Petra and Wadi Rum and more! (Did you see all of my posts, here?!) And with every destination… Read more »

"Desert Adventures" Tour Services Review for Jordan

“Welcome to The Martian Experience,” is how the owner of Mazayen Rum Camp appropriately greeted us as he showed us to our “Martian tent.” Through a series of fortunate events, our desert camp experience in Wadi Rum, Jordan had gotten a major upgrade. (The previous camp we had booked through our tour company ended up being overbooked for our dates, so we landed a complimentary upgrade to Mazayen Rum Camp!) *Click here to see current Mazayen Rum Camp prices. Our… Read more »

How to Spend 14 Days in Jordan & Egypt - The Ultimate Itinerary

Last Updated on September 24, 2019 Wadi Rum a.k.a. “The Valley of the Moon” and the closest I’m likely ever going to get to Mars! It’s a little under a 2-hour drive from Petra. We drove straight here after we were done hiking Petra, so we could embark on a 2-hour Jeep tour that would then drop us off at our desert camp. But before I get started on explaining the tour I want to give a little background on… Read more »

What to pack for norway

Last Updated on August 30, 2019Guest post by Dan Hansen Norway is one of those travel destinations where you need to be ready for weather changes in an instant. Even in August, the days could range from sunny and warm to snow when driving from one fjord to another. When visiting destinations with tricky weather, like Norway, it’s always best to have a few layers of clothes all year round. When packing for Norway, you should think you are packing… Read more »

Petra what to wear

Last Updated on September 25, 2019When planning for our trip to Petra, I spent quite a lot of time trying to figure out what to wear for this day of exploring in Jordan. I was seeing a lot of extremes when I was Googling around for blog posts on the subject – sometimes the post would feature the lovely lady in a gorgeous dress or skirt with sneakers or sandals and other posts were telling me to wear my best… Read more »

How to Spend 14 Days in Jordan & Egypt – The Ultimate Itinerary

Last Updated on September 22, 2019Ah, Petra. The main reason folks come to Jordan! Visiting Petra was one of the last things we did on our journey through Egypt and Jordan – and it did not disappoint (like the pyramids had). Petra was every bit as splendid as I hoped it would be. However, there were certainly ways I could have improved our trip here…and there were a couple of things I did correctly that I think others will find… Read more »

My 5 Year Blogiversary + Giveaway

Last Updated on August 26, 2019*Enter to win my $100 Nordstrom gift card giveaway at the end of the blog post. 5 years old! Can you believe it? My blog is old enough to go to Kindergarten, now! To be perfectly honest, too…I didn’t actually publish this post on my real “blogiversary.” It’s on August 15th. However, these last couple weeks have been bonkers busy – but in the best possible way. And one of the things I’m working on… Read more »

CHESTER Minima Carry-On Spinner Suitcase Review

Last Updated on August 25, 2019 I’m reviewing the CHESTER Minima Carry-On today…I recently had the chance to use this carry-on bag on my flight between Wisconsin and Moscow, Russia. This flight isn’t the worst flight I’ve ever had (that was between Wisconsin and Argentina), however, it’s not the best either. It’s 18+ hours with 3 different segments…which means there is a lot of running around at airports involved! It’s a good test for a piece of carry-on luggage! CHESTER… Read more »

Last Updated on September 14, 2019Scouring the internet for cute novelty handbags is one of my favorite pastimes. Sometimes, just knowing that they are out there makes me happy. And, sometimes, I can’t help myself and buy them allll! If you’re new to my blog, I invite you to check out my favorite “faux camera bag” in this post and my 2D Jump From Paper bag in this post. I also am the proud owner of a ladybug purse, ice… Read more »

What I Wore to Float in the Dead Sea (Jordan)

Last Updated on October 10, 2019 I took a risk with what I wore to float in the Dead Sea while we were in Jordan. If you remember my blog post about the Dead Sea from when we were in Israel, you’ll know that wearing such a light-colored or brightly colored swimsuit is risky business! The reason you wouldn’t want to wear a brightly colored swimsuit…or ya know, a red and white swimsuit, is because of the high salt content… Read more »

What to Wear for a Day of Exploring Madaba, Mount Nebo & the Dead Sea in Jordan

Last Updated on October 10, 2019Wondering what to wear for a day of exploring near the Dead Sea in Jordan? This post is here to help! Deciding what to wear for this day of exploring was a bit tricky, as I still wanted to be comfortable and dressed conservatively (more info on how to dress appropriately in Jordan as a woman here), but I wanted something that could also double as a coverup at the beach after we were done… Read more »

The Brazen Serpent Monument

Last Updated on October 10, 2019Madaba and Mount Nebo are two historically significant spots to visit in Jordan. Now, neither of these places are going to rank as high as say Petra or the Dead Sea on peoples’ itineraries. However, does that mean they aren’t worth adding to your Jordan itinerary? In this post, I’ll explain what each location has to offer, and my opinion of whether or not they’re worth visiting, plus a bonus stop along the way. Madaba… Read more »

How to Dress Conservatively Yet Stylishly for Traveling in Jordan

Last Updated on November 12, 2019 As a foreign woman (or man) traveling in Jordan, it’s important to give some thought to how you dress. As was the case in Egypt, Jordan is also a mostly Muslim country where dressing conservatively is appreciated. Now, nothing terrible will happen if you don’t follow these clothing “rules.” However, as a tourist, I think it’s important to respect the culture and customs of the country you are visiting. So, offending the people of… Read more »

How to spend 3 days in Jordan - the ultimate itinerary

Last Updated on October 10, 2019Amman, Jordan is a great home base for taking day trips. The obvious day trips are, of course, Petra and the Dead Sea. However, northern Jordan is filled with rich history and beautiful landscapes too! If you have enough time in your Jordan itinerary, I highly suggest visiting northern Jordan as well. This post will break down what to see in the northern part of Jordan at a relatively relaxed pace and some suggestions for… Read more »

Every-Pretty Dress Review (V Neck Fit and Flare Party Dress)

Last Updated on August 24, 2019 I recently had the opportunity to try a new-to-me clothing website called Ever-Pretty. They sent me two dresses to try for this Ever-Pretty dress review. Personally, I was rather skeptical. The website seemed like any other overseas clothing company that deals with lower quality clothing. However, I’ve had great luck ordering from different overseas companies in the past… So, I decided to give it a go! This post will be my honest review of… Read more »

Stylish & Packable Travel Dress (With Pockets!)

Last Updated on September 29, 2019 I am on a roll with finding some fantastic travel dresses this summer! This dress is not only packable and wrinkle-resistant… it’s cute and stylish to boot. It’s also incredibly comfortable and versatile (I’m styling it with both heels and sandals in this post). However, the best part of this dress is that it HAS POCKETS. I repeat, IT HAS POCKETS. A Stylish & Packable Travel Dress (With Pockets!) by Karina Dresses This is… Read more »

Amman Jordan

Last Updated on August 24, 2019Amman, Jordan is a city I had spent 3 days in. I had used it as a “home base” for seeing many of the sights of Jordan. After the chaos of Cairo, Amman was a welcome change of pace. The city is much calmer, so to speak, and also safer. (We were fine wandering Amman by ourselves at night after we were done touring.) Unfortunately, I did not spend nearly as much time exploring the… Read more »

Styling Minnetonka Moccasins from a Travel Outfit to Daily Wear

Last Updated on September 26, 2019 Minnetonka Moccasins is a shoe company I’ve been a fan of ever since I was a little girl. I’ll never forget when my mom bought me my first pair of Minnetonka Moccasins…I was around 7 or 8 years old. She had taken me to a family-owned shoe store in Minocqua, Wisconsin just before school started, so I could pick out a pair for the new school year. I was so excited! I wore those… Read more »

ModCloth floral midi skirt

Last Updated on September 14, 2019Wondering how to style a floral midi skirt? This post is for you! I’m sharing 7 different outfits I’ve styled with one floral midi skirt. Who knew a floral midi skirt could be so versatile? This skirt has certainly gotten its money’s worth! I’ve had it for about 1 1/2 years now and have worn it countless times. And now, I’ve finally put together a post featuring the different ways I’ve styled it! (I’m also… Read more »