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Travel Highlights: Trips I made within Europe while living overseas

After living for six years in the Netherlands, I am blessed with many incredible memories and friendships. Moreover, travel has always been a large part of my life. Before I moved in February 2011, I visited Europe three times. England was my first European experience and that was the trip that actually sparked my desire to move abroad. When I moved to Amsterdam, though, naturally I wanted to keep exploring. I felt geographically closer, and my thirst to experience the world – my wanderlust – continued to blossom and grow. Plus the Dutch capita provides the perfect gateway to explore the rest of Europe. Read about the adventures I embarked on while living overseas.

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Twitter Tweet Meets Around The World: Friendships that will last a lifetime

I am incredibly privileged to know some amazing people across the globe. When I think about the people I have met and the stories we have swapped, I cannot help but smile. Thank you to #TRLT and #CultureTrav for introducing me to these amazing people. Read on to see all the amazing tweet meets I’ve hosted in Amsterdam, Utrecht, Detroit, Chicago, and more!

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From The Sea To The Rainforest: Celebrating Life, Love, and Friendship While Exploring Saint Kitts

On November 18, Matthijs and I embarked on a 10-day Caribbean cruise. One of the stops our ship, the Celebrity Equinox, made was in Basseterre, St. Kitts. It just so happened that my good friend and fellow author, Savannah Grace, was staying on the sister island of Nevis. We couldn’t believe how lucky we were that our schedules coincided and knew that it was fate; we had to meet up.

Savannah and her husband, Kees, took the morning ferry over from Nevis to St. Kitts to meet us. We spent the day touring the island with Glenn, our guide, who did an amazing job providing interesting tidbits about the island. We visited Wingfield Estate, hiked through the rainforest, saw two oceans at once, and relaxed on the beach. All in all, it was a fantastic day. Read on to learn more about our adventure!

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A Bachelorette Party to Remember: 1 Van, 2 Days, 5 Nationalities, 7 Women, 12 Dutch Provinces

This past weekend, I helped organize world traveller, author, and good friend Savannah Grace’s bachelorette party. I was honored to be a part of the celebration as she enjoys her last days of singlehood. Savannah is originally from Vancouver, Canada, but has been living in the Netherlands for the past 7.5 years. Combined with the fact she’s already been to 108 countries, we decided to put together a different type of bachelorette party: a road trip.

Over the course of the weekend, we covered 1120 kilometers (696 miles) and visited all 12 Dutch provinces. Seven women from five different countries piled into one van. Our goal was to travel around the Netherlands and experience typical Dutch things, as well as complete a scavenger hunt and play games together. Read more about our weekend escape!

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The Great Escape: Savannah Grace’s Birthday Blitz Road Trip, Visiting 5 Countries in 1 Day

Savannah Grace, her mom Maggie, “sister-in-law” Anita, and I set off on a one-day road trip adventure with a single goal: to visit five countries. How did we manage to visit the Netherlands, Germany, Luxembourg, France, and Belgium in less than 24 hours? What was the occasion? Read the entire story!

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The Grand History of Hotel Karel V in Utrecht, Netherlands

On Monday, January 11, my dear friend and fellow author Savannah Grace and I arrived in Utrecht, with her mom Maggie, for the Vakantiebeurs and the #TRLT tweetmeet. We stayed at the five-star Grand Hotel Karel V. Upon our arrival, after settling into our spacious corner room, we received a tour. The hotel is situated in the center of Utrecht, although the hustle and bustle of the city feels far away as you wander around the sprawling property. Overall, our stay was delightful. The history is fascinating, the facilities are wonderful, and it is neat to say we stayed in a place that previously housed a variety of guests, including emperors, kings, and soldiers. Read more about our experience and the history of the property.

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#TRLT Tweet-Meet at Grand Hotel Karel V in Utrecht Huge Success

On Tuesday, January 12, three of the four #TRLT team members – founder Shane Dallas (@TheTravelCamel), founder Savannah Grace (@Sihpromatum), and host Jessica Lipowski (@JLipowski) – were in the same location: Utrecht, Netherlands. Shane flew in from Kenya for the Vakantiebeurs as a keynote speaker. Savannah and Jessica drove in from Alkmaar and Amsterdam respectively, both to network at the trade show and hear Shane speak. We felt this special occasion called for a celebration: a #TRLT meet-up. The Grand Hotel Karel V graciously hosted our travel event, and the group of 15 was easily accommodated in the Koning Willem I room. Thank you so much to everyone who joined – both online and off-line. Read about the full event here and see the photos.