Hello world!

As you’ve likely gathered, my name is Andrea and I am on an adventure! This blog is comprised of the adventures and experiences I have on my travels, but also the ones I have in my personal development.

I am currently in the process of planning a long-term trip to Europe and figured it would be a great idea to start up a blog about it! After realizing that now is the ideal time of my life to travel, I am postponing graduate school until my return. In addition to blogging about my various planning/travel experiences, I will write on thought provoking topics that incite quality interaction. I would love to hear your view points, thoughts, and ideas—-so feel free to engage!

My interests include self-growth, meeting new people, travel, deep conversation, food, yoga, building lasting relationships, nature, romance, and enlightenment.

Anyway, thanks for visiting my blog and keeping up with my travel!



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  1. Hello from the UK, Thank you Andrea for being the first to “like” my blog, appreciate it. You’re blog is fantastic, very engaging, I’m glad I found it.

    Have you made it to London yet on your travels? If you need a heads up, give me a shout.


  2. What A parallelism!!

    came to know that you’ll be getting graduate in psychology….and i would say that we both will graduate in the same subject and moreover at the same time ie. in month of May, 2013.

  3. Very interesting! Make sure you use Wizzair and other low cost airlines for flights within Europe, they keep costs down when booked well ahead. Here’s my ‘best” of Europe away from the usual in a few sentences: The Slovakian High Tatras – beautiful mountains. The coast of Croatia, unbeatable. The Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania – people really in touch with nature, and Tallinn, Riga & Kaunas worth visiting. France – outside Paris is even better! Armenia and Georgia are feasible with flights from Poland and worth it in my opinion. Nowhere in Europe is better value for money than Bulgaria, and people are friendly.

      • Dubrovnik in Croatia is beautifull – Split also is nice,Istrea also. Ferries can take you down the coast. Many of the islands are very nice too. Bulgaria’s coast is quite nice, as are the mountains. Bulgaria can be very affordable. Best of luck.

      • Dubrovnik in Croatia is beautifull – Split also is nice,Istrea also. Ferries can take you down the coast. Many of the islands are very nice too. Bulgaria’s coast is quite nice, as are the mountains. Bulgaria can be very affordable. Best of luck.

    • Love that someone puts focus on Eastern Europe – I second all those places, except for France because I’ve never really been apart from Strasbourg πŸ™‚ Bosnia is my personal highlight, and also I’m big on Poland which you will have gathered from checking out my blog – thanks for that, Andrea!

  4. Hey Andrea, thanks for the like on my blog, I was in your situation just over a year ago and have just returned from my trip around the world, and will be setting of on another one shortly, it is the best thing that you will ever do, worry about the 9-5 when you have achieved everything that you want, great blog. X

  5. Andrea, I can’t believe I forgot to do this, but thank you very much for following my blog! Happy travels – I think you’re going to love Europe, and I know Europe will love you, too. πŸ™‚

  6. Good on you – perfect thing to do before a trip to Europe. I lOVE pics of across the world. Well, lucky you… travelling πŸ™‚ A beautiful smile on you in the sidebar, btw. Cheers!

  7. Andrea β€” how exciting to go on a journey in Europe! As you probably already know, your adventurous and positive spirit will serve you well. Thanks for sharing your stories. Also, thank you for stopping by Travel Oops and liking the story about Mykonos!

  8. Hello Andrea,
    beautiful blog!! πŸ™‚
    Austria is an interesting country to visit, there are both a lot of historical sights (especially in Vienna, Salzburg, Graz) and also beautiful nature (Alpes, “Wiener Wald”, etc.), but of course I’m biased as I live here. πŸ™‚ Another country I can really recommend is Finland! I’ve already been there four times, nature is really special there and people are really, really nice!
    I wish you all the best and a great journey!


  9. Thank you for following me on my journey at Blessings through raindrops….you are quite an adventurous young lady. The mom in me encourages you to be careful and be safe :). Sorry, just can’t resist! I do enjoy your love for life!

  10. Hi Andrea

    Thank you for visiting my blog Island hopping in Greece.

    Maybe you would be tempted to go to some of those beautiful Greek islands? Or – maybe to Denmark which is my base. It’s a lovely country and we are supposedly the happiest country in the world. Not quite sure why, Maybe because no one needs to starve here and we have no serious hurricanes or earth quakes.

    I don’t know how adventuros you are, but a way to keep costs down is to hitch-hike across Europe. I did and loved it. It was part of my experiences and I met some wonderful people that way, mainly truck drivers.

    Make sure to go to Ireland. It is one of the most interesting countries in Europe, especially the west coast.

    • Hello, you’re welcome! And thank YOU for coming by.

      Greece, Denmark, and Ireland are all on my top places to visit. I definitely hope to do so, whilst on my journeys.

      I have definitely heard about hitchhiking. I’ve not completely ruled it out, but that may be even a bit too “adventurous” for me. That being said, my view is from a monocultural approach. In the US, the truck industry is at the forefront of sex trafficking.

      • Hi Andrea,

        I found hitch-hiking with trucks by far the safest way to travel that way. Especially when you are a young girl/woman they take good care of you. All they have ever wanted from me was my company to keep them from being bored on their long drives. Also, the company name will always be on the side of the truck, adding to your safety. I have so many experiences with truckdrivers that way. One French driver took me from Dover in England to Paris and made sure that my friend’s parents picked me up at a truck stop before leaving me. I have so many stories like that. I have met a couple of creepy guys in cars and got out before I got in :-), but never with truck drivers.

  11. Completely random comment, but have you ever considered going to Norway? Northern Norway is absolutely beautiful during summer (and winter too, really, if you like a lot of snow). I really, really want to take my husband on a road-trip across the country someday, like my parents did with me when I was younger!

  12. Love the website! Good luck with all your adventures! Perhaps you mentioned it in a previous comment or post, but what’s your most favorite place?

  13. Thanks for checking out my blog! I just got back from Europe myself and seeing some of your posts make me awfully nostalgic, haha. Keep it up πŸ™‚

  14. Hi Andrea!
    Awesome website you have here, great to read blog posts from like-minded travellers!

    I look forward to hearing more updates from you πŸ˜€

  15. Ah, Andrea – I caught up with your blog and I see that you finally arrived in Europe, and you’ve been here for a few months. It all is like a dream come true, and I expect Europe has met and exceeded your expectations. πŸ™‚ Where are you spending the holidays?

    I’m in the last stages of my year-long RTW, and I’ve got a couple weeks remaining here in Germany before heading back to Vancouver.

    All the best to you in 2013!

    • Thank you so much for coming by and your well wishes! I actually don’t arrive until this summer, but have been making some posts about my last visit here.

      This year, I’ve been spending the holidays with my family in Ohio – just a few states away from my current home. However, next year, I’m not sure where or with whom I’ll be spending the holidays with!

      That’s thrilling! Were you able to spend Christmas with friends?

      • Ah! I misunderstood – I thought you were on the continent already! Well then, the question is whether y’all in Ohio got a white Christmas. Yes, I spent Christmas with friends in a cozy environment, and there was a big bird with all the fixins’, including pie. Will you also be in Ohio for New Year’s Eve?
        The thing about uncertainty is … well … it’s uncertain, but on the other hand, you can plan anything you want to plan. It *is* both exciting and scary all at the same time! πŸ™‚

      • You know, it was quite silly! By Christmas, all the snow had melted. The next day, we got eight inches! Oh well.

        That’s so good to hear! I will be here, yes. Despite having less than 24 hours to choose a destination, I still do not know where I’ll be spending it!

        Yes, uncertainty is an interesting thing!

      • Andrea, the one thing you may have to get accustomed is the “regularity of uncertainty”, at how not knowing where you’re going to be will be the norm. How you deal with that and how you proceed is a fun and important part of traveling and living on the other side of the planet. πŸ™‚

    • Oh my gosh! I want to hear all about you/your trip.

      I realized now was the ideal time to do it (no spouse, children, or mortgage). We never know how much time we’re allotted on this earth, so I want to make the best of it!

      • That was my EXACT thinking in leaving! After arriving, I am finding sooo many other aupairs/americans/expats that are just as eager as myself to learn about this awesome place! I try to blog often about the crazy life as an expat!

  16. Hi there,

    Just wanted to let you know I have nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. I hope this is welcome news to you. If you prefer not to accept the award, I certainly understand, but I hope you will visit the other nominees, and they will visit you, just the same. To see more about the award and accepting this nomination, please visit my post at http://wp.me/p1w5ra-H8. All the best!

    • I really appreciate that! I’ve been nominated for a decent amount of awards recently, so it will probably be awhile before I get to this one. That said, I will certainly visit the other nominees!

  17. Hello Andrea,

    How’s your European move? Enjoying it? Andrea, I hope it is not too late to wish you a wonderful New Year. May 2013 bring you more happiness, love, and success. I would like to thank you because you continue following my blog. I hope my short stories and poems do not disappoint and that your visits in there have been a joyful ride. Thank you again, many blessings and much love to you, Andrea.. πŸ™‚

    Subhan Zein

  18. Hey Andrea,

    Really fun blog.

    I’m Canadian (also have my Italian passport) living in Barcelona. So I scrolled down your bucket list and to my dismay “Visiting Barcelona” isn’t even on the list! Tsk tsk πŸ˜‰

    So, I wanted to offer the following…

    I’ve got a spare bedroom in Barcelona if you ever swing into town. And also, I have a lot of family in Veneto (Italy), that I plan to visit when the weather is a litte warmer. So, if you haven’t been in a gondola at that point I’d love to show you around Venice and maybe even a little tour of my family’s winery about an hour outside Venice.

    It would be great to be the one to show you the real Italy.

    Anyhow, feel free to reach out anytime. If I don’t hear from you, have an amazing adventure and stay safe.

    A presto,


    • Mike,

      If I included all the places I want to visit in my bucket list, it would be much too long! That said, Barcelona is definitely on the top list of my “must see” cities!

      Thank you so much for extending the offer! I will certainly keep that in mind. I was actually considering living in Spain this summer, but it’s looking like I’ll end up in Vienna.



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