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I realized recently that one city I rarely blog about is Chicago, my favorite city and my home! I am going to change this and had my first opportunity to explore the city as a tourist when my cousin Brittany came to visit a couple of weeks ago. We had to much fun and I had a great time exploring new places. Read all about those places in this post!

I realized recently that one city I rarely blog about is Chicago, my favorite city and my home! I am going to change this and had my first opportunity to explore the city as a tourist when my cousin Brittany came to visit a couple of weeks ago. We had to much fun and I had a great time exploring new places. Read all about those places in this post!

After spending a night along the golf coast in Mississippi, I headed northeast to Alabama, where the skies really are so blue! I spent the day exploring Montgomery and Selma, learning more about the Civil Rights Movement as I went along. Read about my experience in this post.

After spending a night along the golf coast in Mississippi, I headed northeast to Alabama, where the skies really are so blue! I spent the day exploring Montgomery and Selma, learning more about the Civil Rights Movement as I went along. Read about my experience in this post.

A weekend trip to Mississippi and Alabama and my first solo road trip. Is that a recipe for disaster? Find out how it went in this post.

A weekend trip to Mississippi and Alabama and my first solo road trip. Is that a recipe for disaster? Find out how it went in this post.

 

ABOUT ME

Hello! 

I'm Carmen, a small town Iowa farm girl who moved to Chicago upon college graduation. After working for a few years and completing graduate school, I decided I did not want to wait for a travel partner anymore so I booked my first solo trip abroad. On that first trip, I visited eight European countries in a little over two weeks. I came home with so many great memories, lots of photos and the travel bug. I was officially hooked! 

49 U.S. states, 20+ countries and 20 MLB ballparks later, my desire to travel and explore the world is stronger than ever. My favorite destination to date is Hawaii. I have been there three times. I also love Germany, Alaska, Italy, New York City, Belize and Australia, among many others. 

This blog was born out of my love of writing and my desire to share my travel stories and lessons learned. My hope is that instead of living Vicariously Through Me, you will be inspired to set out and explore the world on your own after reading my posts. 

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