April 29, 2016



Europe Through the Back Door

If you’re planning your first trip to Europe, then this book is a must. I got my first copy of it back in high school and I’ve read various editions of it over the years. It always inspires new ideas for trips to Europe. All of the Rick Steves’ guides are my favorite for Europe.

The Food Traveler’s Handbook

Jodi Ettenberg of Legal Nomads knows how to travel for food. If you only buy one foodie guide, make it this one.

Hide This Italian Phrasebook

This series of phrasebooks is hilarious and helpful. I was honestly surprised by how useful it proved to be on my most recent trip to Italy.


Dansko Women’s Jameson Dress Sandal

These are the most comfortable walking sandals I’ve ever owned that are also cute enough to wear with a dress. I wore them for 10 days in a row with no blisters and barely any breaking in period.

Eagle Creek Packing Cubes

After being given a set of these cubes, I am a packing cube convert! My backpacks and suitcases are better organized than ever before thanks to these lightweight packing cubes.

Rick Steves’ Civita Day Pack

I’ve had mine for almost ten years and it is my favorite bag ever! There’s absolutely no reason for me to get a new one even after all this time…except for the fact that there’s now a hemp version that I want to try out.

Personal Development

If you’re looking to kickstart something new in your life, begin with any of these books.

You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero

The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy

PUSH: 30 Days to Turbocharged Habits, a Bangin’ Body, and the Life You Deserve by Chalene Johnson

Exercise and Nutrition

Shakeology and Beachbody On Demand

Exercise and nutrition are the cornerstone of staying well. Even if you manage all your “ailments” from minor skin issues to severe Crohn’s disease, you can benefit from eating well and getting moving. When you travel as often as I do, sticking to a health and wellness routine can be difficult. But it’s still necessary! What I do is drink a superfoods protein shake every morning and exercise 4 – 7 days per week. I get my shake powder shipped to my house every month and I use a Netflix-like service for my workouts. I can access the streaming workouts anywhere in the world (because I can download 7 to use without wifi!) and there are thousands of options so I never get bored.¬†You can order both together (recommended) or just try one or the other.

Bundle: Shakeology and Beachbody On Demand Challenge Pack

Shake only: Shakeology

Streaming workouts only: Beachbody On Demand


Crohn’s Disease

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of America

This organization does so much for IBD patients that I can’t thank them enough. Their Team Challenge program transformed my life in so many good ways. CCFA is leading the research for a cure and supporting patients while we wait for one.

The Great Bowel Movement

This is an awesome resource by patients, for patients.

Charitable Giving

The more I travel, the more I see the need for charities and non-profits that are working to make our wonderful world better. These are organizations that are looking out for freedom of speech, human rights, human health, environmental¬†health, animal welfare, and more. If you’re looking for charities to donate to, these are some of my favorites.

Animal Welfare

Forever Home Beagle Rescue

Freedom of Speech and Literacy

City of Asylum

Words Without Walls

Human Health

Alzheimer’s Association

Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (my personal fundraiser spring 2017)


Sustainable Travel