My Spring/Summer Travel Plans

I’ve been rather quiet lately about my upcoming travel plans. This isn’t because I don’t have any — on the contrary, I actually have a ton! It’s simply because I’ve been working on a lot of things behind-the-scenes, and trying to finish up grad school. Not the best combination.

But now that I’m officially done with classes and have some of the major details of the next fews months ironed out, I’m ready to give you a preview of what you’ll be reading about soon!

May 10-12


Peaceful (Explored)

Photo by Nick Foust, on Flickr

This evening (in fact, perhaps even as you’re reading this), I’ll be headed to what I consider one of the most underrated cities in the U.S. — Pittsburgh! I grew up fairly close to the Pennsylvania border, and have had many family members and friends who have called Pittsburgh home over the years. I’ve visited the city countless times, but this time I’m actually staying overnight (two nights, in fact) and taking someone along with me who HASN’T experienced Steel City before. We’ll be hitting up museums, eating some great food, riding the incline and maybe even a riverboat, and overall just enjoying a weekend getaway somewhere close to home. If you don’t know much about Pittsburgh, stay tuned! What you learn might surprise you.


May 17-20


Tulip Festival, Ottawa, Canada

Photo by jpctalbot, on Flickr

Next weekend, I’ll be heading over the northern border to a city I’ve visited only once before — Ottawa, the capital city of Canada. The last time I was in Ottawa was in the dead of winter; when there were inches of snow on the ground and my extremities frequently went numb after 15 minutes out in the cold. This time around, I’ll thankfully be able to enjoy some warmer weather. But the change in season isn’t the only reason I’m going back — I’m going next weekend to catch the tail end of the Canadian Tulip Festival. With any luck, along with fireworks shows, food trucks, and a visit to Parliament Hill when it’s not covered in snow, I’ll also get to see the city decked out in colorful tulips. Renting a bike to cycle the “Tulip Route” is high up on my list, and I’m also looking forward to staying at the Fairmont Ch√Ęteau Laurier, which reminds me of Hogwarts castle whenever I see photos of it. Bonus.


May 30-June 4

Toronto for TBEX

Toronto from Snake Island Park.

Photo by Jamie McCaffrey, on Flickr

It’s already that time of year again — time for the annual Travel Bloggers Exchange conference. This year, TBEX is taking place in Canada (I sure am seeing a lot of it this year!), and I’ll be heading up to Toronto for about 5 days of conferencing, socializing, and exploring. Along with attending TBEX, I’m signed up for some local tours around Toronto — one focusing on the city as a film location, another highlighing the city’s pork history (yes, you read that correctly), and one more that will have me cycling around the Toronto Islands.


June 8-25

Mini road trip and family reunion

A Savannah Landscape

Photo by Rob Shenk, on Flickr

A few days after I return from TBEX, my sister and I will be hitting the road, much like we did two summers ago when we drove cross-country. This time, however, we’ll be going south instead of west. We have a family reunion in the Florida Panhandle to attend June 15-22 (helloooo beach time), so we’ve decided to set aside a week beforehand and a few days afterwards in order to roadtrip together again. On the way down, we’ll be stopping to soak up some history in Virginia at Jamestown and Williamsburg, experience the southern charms of both Charlotte (N.C.) and Charleston (S.C.), and explore the incredible city of Savannah for a few days. Roadtripping, in my opinion, is the best way to discover America, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of the South this way.


July 16-???


I’m not going to give away all the details just yet (stay tuned for the full announcement post next week), but suffice it to say that I’ve been keeping a big secret from you.

I’m going to travel around the world for 6 months.

I officially have a one-way ticket to London booked on July 16, and am cooking up all sorts of adventures that include adventures on at least two continents. Like I said — stay tuned next week for all the awesome and exciting details!


Already 2013 has been an amazing, travel-filled year for me. From kicking off the year in Scotland to chilling out in Belize to spotting the northern lights in Manitoba to falling in love with sloths in Costa Rica, I’ve already done, seen, and experienced more in the first 4 months of this year than many people do in a decade. I am incredibly lucky to have even more epic things ahead!

I do hope you’ll follow along on the adventure(s).


I know you want to know more about my RTW trip. But, other than that, what else are you looking forward to reading about?




  • Val says:

    YAY! How exciting! I’m really looking forward to seeing where you end up on your Round the World!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Ahhh I’m so excited. Mostly Europe for my RTW, with hopefully a splash of Asia and maybe Hawaii thrown in!

  • Steph says:

    YAY Exciting times! Can’t wait to see you at TBEX and hear more about your plans.

  • Ali says:

    Exciting! I’m sure you will have a great time, and I hope we run into each other somewhere in Europe or somewhere else in the world! Happy travels!

  • Adam says:

    Can’t wait to hear where you end up on your round-the-world adventure! Be sure to let me know if you end up in Germany and/or Berlin!

  • Rachel says:

    Sweet! Be sure to eat at the Cheese Shop when you’re in Williamsburg :)

  • Sam says:

    Excellent! This all sounds super exciting, especially the one-way ticket to London. (Isn’t that a Beatle’s song? Hmm, or am I misremembering?!)

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I’m very excited about that one-way ticket, for sure! And maybe you’re just thinking about “Ticket to Ride”?

  • Megan says:

    Wow that’s a lot to look forward to!
    I’m interested to read about Ottawa. I skipped it in favour of Toronto, Montreal and Quebec. I had the impression it was a lot like Canberra – unremarkable except for being the capital. I’m sure that’s inaccurate though so can’t wait to hear you’re experience.

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I think Ottawa is often overlooked when it comes to Canadian cities. I’ve been there once before, though, and quite enjoyed it! A good food scene going on, and some interesting museums. Hopefully I can convince a few more people to visit after my second trip there next weekend!

  • Lindsey says:

    Can’t wait to see what your have to say about your experience in Charlotte! My city! Love it. If you need ideas of food, places to go and things to do…hit up my email!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I will always take recommendations! Sadly we’ll only have one night in Charlotte, but hopefully we’ll still be able to explore a bit!

      • Lindsey says:

        They’ve got some great eats in Uptown and around NoDa (what we call North Davidson – a trendy/hipster part of town). Great parks in and around Charlotte too – Freedom park is great during the day and the evening.

  • What a great couple of months you have planned! I’ll be attending TBEX, hopefully I’ll see you around.

  • Holler when you come down south! I’m going to Bonnaroo right after TBEX so not sure if I will be around, but if nothing else, I will make you a long list of eats in Charleston, my former home! See you in Toronto!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I knew you had lived in one of these cities before, but couldn’t remember which one! We would LOVE a long list of eats! At the very least, you can give me some suggestions at TBEX!

  • I love planning my next trips abroad! I will be at the TBEX Dublin event in October and then on to Spain to participate in the Vaughn Program. Later, I hope to be in Cuenca, Ecuador to continue my study of Spanish. I just returned from 7 weeks in Spain at the Malaca Instituto and more. Life is good, ain’t it?

  • Ryan says:

    Oh, geez. I wish I’d seen this when it went up yesterday.

    I’m probably too late on the draw now, but today is National Train Day and I would strongly encourage you to go visit Pittsburgh Union Station if you have the time and receive this comment in time.

  • Steve says:

    I feel excited for you. Looking forward to reading your RTW adventures.

  • omg, Pittsburgh!!! I stayed 5 months in Pitt and loved it. Best city ever.

  • What an exciting summer and of course I’m delighted that you’ll be stopping in Charlotte!

  • Bethaney says:

    Great idea to explore a bit of home turf in North America before heading off on a big trip around the world. Can’t wait to see where you’re going!!!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      I try to make it a point to see a little more of North America each year. I feel it’s only fair, since I spend so much time away from my home country/continent!

  • rebecca says:

    Excited to follow. I’m planning a trip around the states soon so il be looking forward to your articles

    • DangerousBiz says:

      Exciting! The US is a great place to explore – I’m looking forward to seeing more of it myself this summer!

  • Sofie says:

    I’m actually curious about TBEX. Thinking of going to the Dublin edition, but not quite sure yet…
    Enjoy all that’s coming your way and If you should hit Belgium: holla’ at me:)

    • DangerousBiz says:

      TBEX is always fun because you get to put faces to names (and Twitter handles) and you are surrounded by people who “get” what you do. Maybe I’ll see you in Dublin!

  • Katie says:

    Of course I’m excited to read about all of them, but especially your experiences in the South. I love Williamsburg, Charleston, and Savannah (although, be prepared for some heat!), so I can’t wait to get your take on them. Although as a former resident of New Orleans, I feel that no roadtrip to the South is complete without visiting there. :)

  • Ryan says:

    Amanda! I totally agree about Pittsburgh. I JUST went there a few weeks ago for the first time ever and had an amazing time. Such a vibrant and artsy city with a very tight-knit hometown feel. If you haven’t yet, the Mattress Factory is a MUST see.

    Also, I’m currently on the train headed to Canada now. I’ll be going from Newfoundland to Toronto so I’ll see you at TBEX!

  • Beth says:

    Can’t wait to hear more about your RTW trip! Are you planning to hit up TBEX in Dublin as well? ;P
    Let me know what parts of Asia you’ll be in…it’s wonderful out here!

  • Jaime says:

    EEEEeeee I’ll be at TBEX too. Gonna be nice to finally meet you!!!

    Enjoy your travels.

  • Samantha says:

    Hello! I’ve been reading your blog for a while, but I don’t think I’ve commented before now. Anyways, having lived in London for the past three years I’m excited that it’s the first stop on your travels! If you need any advice on things to see/places to go, or you just fancy meeting up for a coffee let me know. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for good weather for you!

    I’m also heading off for six months of travelling later this year, and have loved reading your New Zealand posts for inspiration!

    • DangerousBiz says:

      How exciting that you’re going to be doing lots of traveling yourself this year! That’s awesome.

      I love London. This will be my third trip there, and I’m so looking forward to it. If it weren’t impossible for me a get a work visa in the UK, I would totally want to move to London for a while!

  • Travel Musts says:

    What an amazing plan you have! Sure travelling around the world for six months sounds like fun! I can’t wait to hear about your adventures! Good luck!

  • I’d say that’s more than most people travel in a lifetime! I’m so excited for you – and looking forward to reading about Canada and your RTW trip. I know you’ll have a blast :)

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