2017 Year In Travel


I have so much to say about the year 2017. Despite it being a dumpster fire of a year for politics, women, minorities, foreign policy, the environment, the economy… (I could keep going but I’m really bumming myself out) 2017 was actually pretty good to me when it comes to travel. When 2017 ends, it will have included trips on 3 continents, 6 different countries, and 10 brand new cities, so it feels really hard to complain about my year knowing what an absolute privilege I have to be able to travel this way. 2018 will hopefully be just as epic as I continue towards my goal of 35 countries in 35 years, if you would like to know what I’m hoping 2018 has in store for me, you can find out here.


So without further ado, here is the down and dirty on my 2017 travel:



Presque Perfection jet d'eau Geneva, Switzerland

My 2017 year in travel started by me hopping off a train in Geneva, Switzerland where I got to see the Jet d’Eau before boarding my next train (as we have previously discussed, I’m counting this as a new visited country, deal with it). I accidentally racked up a 20 euro data charge because of Snapchat in the 3 hours I was there. Cool.

Flaine, France - Presque Perfection

I then went skiing in the French Alps in Flaine, France. Skiing is hard. I fell down a lot, cried, and walked down a mountain despite the persistence of the mountain ranger telling me I would be fine if I skied down. This story belongs in its own blog post and will have one in due time.

presque perfection Indianapolis Wedding

I finished up January by laugh-crying my way through my maid of honor speech and then catching the bouquet at my best friends wedding in Indianapolis, Indiana. I’m still not married. In case you were wondering.


Venice, Italy - Presque Perfection

February included a surprise vacation to Venice, Italy for Valentine’s Day/my birthday with the best travel companion any girl could ask for. I drank 2 euro prosecco and watched men fix gondolas. It was amazing.



March saw me back home again in Indiana getting to watch another one of my best friends walk down the aisle with my best friends from college and then somehow leaving the after-party with 10 mini bottles of champagne.


Deauville, France - Presque Perfection

April had a chilly and windy but ultimately sunny weekend trip to Deauville in the north of France. I did my first cartwheel in years on the beach. It really hurt.



We also had a quick little weekend in London, England – we tested out some new beer, tried an American Barbeque joint (mixed reviews from the American judge) and got to cheer on the London Marathon.


Montpellier Bed and Breakfast

June had the most wonderful midweek trip to Montpellier, France where we stayed at what I have decided is officially the cutest Bed and Breakfast in the world (proof here ) and we got sunburn at the beach.


Normandie, France - Presque Perfection

The first weekend of July blessed us with a gorgeous wedding in the countryside in Normandie, France with my lovely au pair girls. The weekend was made complete with champagne, fireworks and a pushing our car out of the mud in heels at 3am.

Champagne & Chocolate in Reims - Presque Perfection

The weekend after that I did a day trip to taste champagne and chocolate in Reims, France where we (myself & a group of interns) almost all died a bubbly and glass shardy death when Sabrage went wrong. Photos here (of location, not of our brush with death)


Annecy, France - Presque Perfection

Right before heading back to the states, we were able to squeeze in a mini-break in the fairy-tale paradise and crystal clear blue waters of Annecy, France. This trip included a two-hour boat tour, kayaking and forcing boyfriend to do a pedal boat twice because I loved it so much.


The rest of August saw me catching a return flight home to the states for a few months for visa renewal but mostly for long hugs with friends and family.










When in Indiana, do as the Hoosiers: we fit in a weekend at the family lake house in North Webster, Indiana full of fishing, boating, and being an old woman and doing a needlepoint while enjoying a beer from New Glarus.

Bloomington, Indiana - Presque Perfection

August wrapped up with a day spent in the most magical place in the world, Bloomington, Indiana; where I spent the day inexplicably talking peoples ears off and stealing beer glasses.



Labor Day weekend was spent celebrating a beautiful bride to be in some equally beautiful vineyards in Sawyer, Michigan. Our itinerary here.


The following weekend I was able to celebrate another beautiful bride-to-be while still nursing a hangover in Nashville, Tennessee. A vague write-up here.


I also squeezed in a trip to Chicago to actually apply for my visa, but mostly to eat Portillos.


September ended with a return flight back to Paris, France where strangers on the airplane gave me free champagne and I complained about the in-flight entertainment system because I have no chill or perspective.


Borough Market Doughnuts - Presque Perfection

Another cheeky weekend in London, celebrating the 30th of a friend and eating far too many doughnuts.


Melbourne Skyline - Presque Perfection

Currently writing this from the beautiful, warm, and sunny Melbourne where so far we celebrated Christmas with boyfriends family, watched the famous Ashes, mini-golfed, did a walking tour and went to an outdoor movie theatre. We have a few more days here before we head to Sydney which will not include any sunburn because my mom would kill me, but will most definitely include lots of sunny beers and a beach or two.


All in all, 2017 definitely had a lot of travel high points for me and I am feeling really lucky to be able to share all of them with you.

Where did you go in 2017?

Where should I go next?

Let me know in the comments and be sure to follow along on my adventure on Instagram or Facebook



35 by 35

I was scrolling through Instagram yesterday and I saw this girl who had posted that she was really excited to announce she had completed her goal of visiting 25 countries by the time she turned 25. She then went on to state that her new goal was going to be to visit 30 countries by 30. I commented, congratulating her and then said that I think I want to set the same goal and then I set about counting up my visited countries. Continue reading “35 by 35”

All my friends are dead – pt. 2 Nashville, Tennessee

I have good and bad news about this post:

Bad News: I can only find two of my photos from this trip to Nashville. I don’t know if something got messed up in the cloud (not a tech-savvy millennial) or what, but they are all gone.

Good News: This has made me angry so this blog post will be short and sweet with only three or four photos.

IMG_5509*A very special shout out to my friends Jason and Gary who not only let me crash at their house on Thursday night of this bachelorette week-end but then they bailed me out by sending me a few skyline photos from their office building to round out this post*

As seen in my previous blog post about Sawyer, Michigan, I have entered into the age where all my friends are getting married. After only 4 short days to recover from the Big Nasty Weekend, I drove down to Nashville, Tennessee for a second bachelorette party and let me tell you, it was a struggle.

I took my leftover Pedialyte (only pink was left, because like I said in my previous post, pink is gross) and the bottle of apple wine that I bought the weekend before. I planned to take it very easy. That did not happen.

Nashville is an amazing place for a bachelorette party. The people are nice, there are a million bars, the food is excellent, it isn’t crazy expensive – it’s a home run.

Without further ado: here is what we did on our Bachelorette Party in Nashville, Tennessee:


-pizza and games at our adorable airbnb in East Nashville. I tried to find the listing for you, but wasn’t able to. Just search one that sleeps 16 people and you might find it. It was perfect.

-went out to Kung Fu Saloon, left after a while and went down the street to Winners Bar where we watched the bride sing an interesting rendition of Night Moves and then we went BACK to Kung Fu Saloon. Fun fact, I left my credit card at Kung Fu Saloon and several very nice staff members helped me track it down when I realized it the next morning.


-woke up and took the Nashville Party Wagon tour. We had matching shirts, whistles, balloons and even though it was BYOB, we had a great time. I would definitely recommend this. How many other times can you say that a tractor actually pulled you and your friends through a downtown city?

How many girls can you fit on a tractor?

-Lunch and a cocktail at Acme Feed & Seed – if it’s a nice day, you need to go up to their rooftop. It’s a beautiful view of the city and a cool vibe in general. I’m the most angry about this photo being gone.

-Home for a nap/rest/bride discussing potentially getting a tattoo/ bride recruiting people to go get a tattoo with her/everybody backing down from getting a tattoo and then taking a nap instead

-Dinner at Cabana – I have eaten here before, but it is always a good choice. The fried chicken and mashed potatoes were other level and their Peach Tea Cocktail Moonshine is a must.

-Went out to Tootsies (after I swung by Kung Fu Saloon to pick up the ol’ credit card) where the bride had to perform a scavenger hunt, and then wandered over to the Stage for some excellent live music. We hung around after the show and made a few new friends who decided to take us to the Diner, which is apparently where the party continues after-hours. I wish we had more time to stay at the Diner, because it seemed like a really cool place, but I knew I had to be in the car for 5 hours the following day, so I told everyone I needed to head back and we hopped in an uber home.

“I know you’re closed but we’re going to finish our vodka-redbulls because we’re with the band.”


-brunch at Saint Añejo which went uneaten by me because I didn’t feel well and also am not a huge fan of spicy food. I should have taken the time to order better, but I just wanted to be back in bed.

I had an amazing time in Nashville on this bachelorette weekend, but my only advice to you, dear reader, is do not do back-to-back bachelorettes. It is rough on your wallet, liver, tummy, vocal chords, and dignity.









All My Friends Are Dead – pt.1 Bachelorette Party in Sawyer, Michigan

Back in Bloomington during my senior year, I lived in a house with 8 girls. It was so filthy and obscene that it was affectionately (and appropriately) called the Big Nasty. The house was crooked, had two kitchens, was also home to fleas and I think a mouse, had a wifi network called ‘the frathounds’ and was next door to a half-way house. Despite all of this, it is also home to some of my best and worst college memories. We had strangers wandering the halls, Jimmy John’s sandwiches covered in ants in our front yard, a Gumby costume that made its way out during special events, a big couch that was perfect for snuggling and 5,000 hot dogs filling the freezers. It has been 6 years since we lived in the Big Nasty and our first roommate got married this past weekend.

While I didn’t make it home for the wedding, I was lucky enough to be in the states for her Bachelorette party which was hosted in Sawyer, Michigan over Labor Day Weekend.  Continue reading “All My Friends Are Dead – pt.1 Bachelorette Party in Sawyer, Michigan”