A cross-country or transatlantic flight without access to wifi is the perfect opportunity for a few hours of productivity. Granted, it’s also the perfect opportunity for a nap, but if you’re wired on coffee or without a window to rest your head against comfortably (and even then I use the word “comfortable” loosely), you might as well use that 6 hours of shooting through the sky in a metal tube at 35,000 feet up (aviation is a MIRACLE) to check off some boxes on your to-do list in your too-cute notebook agenda. (May Designs are my favorite agendas and notebooks!)
Below are some ways I try to take care of bidness when I am wifi-less on a flight, whether that’s because wifi isn’t offered or I don’t want to pay for it (‘cuz let’s be real, your girl’s on a budget.)
If you can have a city-version of the love of your love, then London is mine. I studied for a semester in that delightfully-dreary city and have been madly in love with the place since. Try as I might, I’ve not found a legal way to make London my dwelling place, though I’m currently accepting applications for a British beau. But if I can’t have a permanent London address, I can settle for an annual pilgrimage across the pond to the city that holds my heart. Here are my recommendations for planning your own trip to London.
These are three underrated albums that I wish everyone in the entire world had the same intense emotional connection with that I have.
An American flag hangs over a painting in their modest apartment. They’ve been in America only a few months now. She knows a bit of English, and I know zero Arabic or Kurdish, so we do our best to communicate with hand gestures and Google translate. She’s taking an English class and shows me a notebook of the words she’s learning. She tells me the Kurdish word for flower. And then she tells me that I am a flower. She’s a wife, a mom, a woman just like me.
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If you travel a lot, or wish you traveled a lot, or even just wished you traveled at all, you need a travel credit card.
Depressing songs for a depressingly rainy (but perfect) stroll through London's streets.
Some words on healing and redemption.
I like dreamers. They are not realistic in the least, and it is the most endearing thing. This is an ode to the dreamer.
I'm borderline obsessed (but in a still socially acceptable way) with this album.
To the one who is grieving, you are not alone.
Some reflections, photos, and suggestions on things to do and see from a long weekend in Los Angeles.
This is a collection of my wanders in New Orleans - thoughts, photos, and a few suggestions of places I enjoyed during my stay.
What is that one memory you return to that serves as a refuge from our current worries? Mine is a Monday in Barcelona and a blue sky you could feel.
Another month gone, another handful of songs listened to obnoxiously on repeat.
4 tips for how to save money while at your destination.
5 tips to help you plan your trip on a post-grad budget.
I went to New Zealand hopeful for peace during what had been a rough few months for me, but maybe peace was never meant to be searched for.
Photos from my 9 days of travel through New Zealand's south island.
Sometimes love is as simple as a knock on the door.
I was once asked, "Why London?" Why do I love this city so much?
I have a new job, one that requires me to be at a desk for the majority of the day. Endless desk time = endless music time. This has given me increased opportunity to become unhealthily-obsessed with many, many songs this July.
My reasons for travel are plenty.
In a continual effort to convert the entire world to my musical tastes, I thought I’d share 6 songs I’ve been listening to on repeat this month.
A new year means new things and new things mean new musical things. I present to you a completely subjective list of 6 musical things to be really giddy about in 2015.
You went to college once. Here's a list of songs for those common college experiences we all shared.
This is what happens when Coldplay hints at a final album.
Once, I cared not for One Direction. And then everything changed.
Graduation is scary. Here are 30 tips to help you successfully prepare for your college graduation.
I turned 22 once and yes, I felt happy, free, confused, and lonely at the same time.
A concert review of Ed Sheeren at Nashville's Bridgestone Arena on September 24, 2014.
10 WOW-I-LOVE-THIS cover songs.
Facing the end of your college career brings an onslaught of emotions.
Whenever I tell someone I’m graduating in December, usually the question of “So what will you do then?” arises almost immediately thereafter. Here's my answer.
Here's a list of 6 songs celebrating a certain kind of love: the unrequited kind.
A review of Coldplay's sixth studio album, Ghost Stories.
Please love these five bands as much I love them, I beg of you.
Don't hate 'cuz you ain't. (And 6 other very valid reasons to not hate Coldplay.)
Reflections on the end of my semester abroad in London.
As I face my last week in London after my semester abroad, my nostalgia reaches peak levels.
Studying abroad in London will be the best (or second-best) decision you’ll ever make in your college career. Here’s 17 reasons why.
People suck. You suck. I suck. Here's why.
"Home is where the heart is." What do you do when your heart remains in so many different places?
Big city tales from a small-town girl.
Last week, I spent 22 hours in Edinburgh, Scotland. Here's what happened.
What is that one thing you've always wanted to do?
I've finally made it to London. Is this really happening?!
A piece on handling my expectations in light of my upcoming semester in London.
I’m not good at this whole “goodbye” thing. In fact, I’m rather horrible at it.