Posts by: Helene

Rialto Bridge, Venice Italy

Venice, Italy | 2.0

Interestingly, two years later, I found myself booking an Airbnb for Venice, Italy. This time was different. This time I was bringing my Mom along to experience a taste of Italy. It was her very first trip to Europe, coming to visit me and meet my fiancé, Jaka, for the first time. Venice was our girls only part of the trip (sorry Jaka!) so we took a GoOpti* to Venice to begin our adventure. I traveled to Venice in 2015…

Hurricane Harvey Donation Guide | Updated

Last Updated September 5, 2017,  Additions and edits are highlighted in yellow. This article is not typical for this blog, but I thought long about it, and it is important to me. I know that there are natural disasters and awful things happening all over the world, and sometimes it is easier to retreat in our homes and forget about the bad. I also want to note, while writing this, my heart aches for anyone in similar situations, I just…

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Istrian Pennisula, Croatia | Photojournal

I wasn't planning on writing anything about my trip to Croatia. I wanted to take a trip without having this blog in mind, but it would be a shame not to share some of the photos I took. Croatia is a stunning country and I cannot wait to see much more of it this coming summer. I stayed in Pula which is a port town in the Istrian Pennisula, known for it's Roman ruins. It is a charming town and perfect…

Kraków, Poland

It has taken me far too long to write this article. For many reasons, not sure how to organize it, I started over thinking everything and just stopped writing. Move across the world? Easy. Write about it? Different story. I want to document my experiences. I want to inspire others, not only to travel but to open their hearts to the possibilities of the world and their dreams. So, in May I went to Kraków, Poland. It was a bit…

My Google Maps Hack for Traveling | Travel Tips

This article was first featured on EverydayHelene.com but due to some housekeeping it will now live here. Enjoy! I didn't know that my favorite travel trick is actually unknown to many people. While traveling and encountering troubled travelers I share my knowledge and lives are changed! Really, this is a major game changer when going to a new location, especially if abroad and you are without data. So keep reading to learn my favorite travel tip, my google maps hack.…

How I Create My Travel Itinerary | Travel Tips

Follow my blog with Bloglovin This article was previously published on my other blog EverydayHelene.com but through some housekeeping I decided that it was more useful to move it here.  I get asked this question quite often so I thought I would share my process. While I have been traveling for as long as I can remember I was never particularly good at it. I used to think just getting in my car, driving to a new town, and wandering…

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Villa Adriana (Hadrian’s Villa) [Tivoli, Italy]

Villa Adriana, or in English known as Hadrian's Villa, was the Roman Emperor Hadrian's retreat from Rome until he moved there permanently in AD 128. It was subsequently occupied by a few successors but fell into a state of disrepair during the 4th century (decline of the Roman Empire). The site was used for building materials, and valuables were taken. Cardinal Ippolito II d'Este (remember him from Villa d'Este?) had many of the remaining statues and marble were taken for his villa.…