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Resolutions for 2018

I’ve never been a fan of “New Year’s Resolutions.”

I very rarely make them. And the few times I have, I definitely did not follow through with them. But for some reason this new year has me reflecting a lot on the improvements I would like to make in my life. I came up with a few resolutions I’d like to share with y’all, because hey isn’t accountability key? And accountability doesn’t get much more serious than publicizing your resolutions on your personal website.

A few of my resolutions relate to travel, but as y’all know I’m a traveler among other things. This isn’t my only identity, it’s not the only thing this blog is about, and my world doesn’t revolve around it (most of the time haha). Along with travel tips and itineraries, this blog also focuses on responsible and intentional living. My resolutions reflect a mixture of all these topics, so without further ado, here they are.

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Part-time Traveler & Full-Time Adventurer: A Perspective

I love traveling, but I also love my career. I have a husband and the sweetest pup in the world. We own our home. And I’m happy with the life I’ve built. There are some people who can live free, and travel for months or years on end. We see their stories documented online all the time. But where are the stories and perspectives of the female travelers who have full-time jobs, families, and roots in one place?

I grew up in Germany, so my family traveled frequently. My parents took advantage of every weekend as a reason to explore. I got a taste of wanderlust at a very young age, and my location in central Europe gave me every opportunity to explore new cities, countries, and cultures.

Nowadays, I’m rooted in Houston, Texas. My husband and I are pretty limited on travel time because we only get the standard 10 days of vacation time per year [for now]. Since traveling is our favorite hobby, we make a conscious choice to prioritize it. But I fully believe even though I’m only a part-time traveler, I’m always adventuring. I’m always on the lookout for mini-adventures and fun events in my own city. Although Houston isn’t the most exciting and beautiful place to live, I have to make the most out of my time here. So if there’s a cool festival or a little island of culture I can venture to within my own city (check out my visit to the local Hindu temple), you bet it’s on my list. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing, and I refuse to give in to the notion that by choosing a career and roots my life is therefore “boring.”

Today I’d like to share the stories of a few fellow adventuresses and hear their perspective on the non-nomadic lifestyle, as well as how they find the time and money to support their travel hobbies. Continue reading

It’s my Golden Birthday!

Kaitlin Grable 26

Today is my Golden Birthday!

For those of you who aren’t familiar with that term, the “golden birthday” occurs when a person turns the age of their birth day. My birthday is June 26th and today I am 26 years old!

I never did an intro post when I started blogging. I just jumped right in because, as many of y’all know, this blog began when I returned from our Icelandic honeymoon and had a dozen people asking me for travel advice. I figured that a blog was a great way to document it all, and it just took off from there!

So I’m going to take a few minutes and share 26 fun facts about the Katy behind! Continue reading

In Defense of the Selfie Stick

People love to hate on the selfie stick.

This past weekend we took a short trip to Chicago. We spent a day at the Art Institute of Chicago, which is something that has been on my list for a long, long time. I was so excited to see some amazing works by some of my favorite artists, like Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, and Renoir. I’m a huge fan of the Impressionism style, and I knew this museum has one of the best collections in the US. My husband is not as big of an art fan as I am, but he was really excited to go see some of the pieces they featured in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (his favorite movie of all time), specifically the Chagall’s America Windows.

When we made it to the windows, we were the only ones in the room. So we decided to take the opportunity to get a few seconds of GoPro footage for our vacation video. We pulled out our selfie stick mounted GoPro, and took about 10 seconds of video. In the last 3 or so seconds, a couple in their mid 30s walked up into the little alcove. The woman saw us taking a video with our GoPro and selfie stick, and as Matt is putting it back in his bag and walking away, she scoffs and very rudely mutters “Ugh, f*ing idiots with their selfie sticks” in the most disdainful tone you can imagine… Continue reading

A Quick Trip Home

It’s been about two weeks since my last post, I’ve definitely been slacking on my blogging. But for [kind of] a good reason. I was visiting home for a little over a week! The other week I was just straight slacking, so yeah. Work has been crazy for me lately, so can you really blame me?


I went home for a little over a week and it was wonderful. I hadn’t been home in over two years, so I really needed it. But while the trip was a nice little getaway, it definitely wasn’t a vacation. My parents and I both had a lot of family business to take care of, but we still found time to do/see our favorite things around the bay.

For me, there a few absolutely necessary itinerary items for when I go home:

  • Quality time in the redwood forests
  • A scenic drive down to Bixby Creek Bridge
  • Monterey Bay Aquarium

This visit I made 3/3 and then some, so I’d call it a success! Here are the highlights of my trip. Continue reading