Getting Lost (Travel)

13 Things To Do In Lucerne, Switzerland

Hey y’all, your girl Ashton here taking over for a little while. While our travel bug Michaela is in India, I’m going to be posting every week about my travels living in Europe for the past 6 months. I’m going to give you 13 things to do in 13 cities. First stop…

Lucerne, Switzerland

We flew in to Zurich, Switzerland but my favorite city had to be Lucerne. (1) You have to take a boat taxi on Lake Lucerne to see the mountains and the homes surrounding it. It makes a few stops, but you can take it right back to where you got on.16806825_1422315491112602_4233789392655957227_n

(2) Have some chocolate. I am not a big fan of chocolate so I was not fazed by the plethora of chocolate shops that were selling to die for chocolate (so I was told), but I did have some hot chocolate that was well worth the tummy ache.

(3) Kapellbrücke is a wooden bridge that allows you to cross the lake. Take a moment to look up and notice a little timeline of history written across the top beams.

(4) Rigi is a mountain close by known for amazing hiking trails and skiing.

(5) The Lion Monument, one of the top tourist suggestions, was not a waste of time. Yes it may just be a lion engraved in a wall, but it is so grand in person, pictures just do not do it justice.

(6) Try and find a restaurant along the river one night for dinner. Randomly there are some really good Italian places around. Don’t judge, you crave what you crave.

(7) And while you’re at dinner, try a beer, Switzerland is “split” by German and French influence. In Lucerne, you are in the German side. ‘Nough said.

(8)  Old Town is full of buildings with painted and wooden covered facades. Take a stroll through its street to get a sense of the architecture.

(9) Jesuit Church that can be seen on the lake is nothing like you would expect from the outside. I had no idea it was even a church.

(10) Museggmauer is a tower you can visit that has some of the old fortified walls throughout some of the city.

(11) Meggenhorn Castle we saw from the lake, but I wish we could have gone inside. This castle sitting on a hill offers guided tours.

(12) Hammetschwand Elevator is the highest outdoor elevator. So basically don’t plan to enjoy this if you hate heights or elevators. It is a little outside the center of the city, but it offers amazing views and some fresh air.

(13) Jungfraujoch is one of the highest railway stations in the world. It is a day trip from Lucerne but gives you a clear view of the Alps, which I highly recommend driving, flying, or training through!

Let me know any questions/ comments you can think of or if you’ve been there, done that. Shameless plug: check out my Instagram here to see other photos from my travels.

Getting Lost (Travel), Travel Storytelling, Uncategorized

Why was I here?

The car started shaking – no swaying – as we got nearer to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado. Tumbleweeds, which apparently exist not just in cartoons, were pelting our car. Looking around at the dark clouds developing ahead, my curiosity got the best of me. I started calling the company that was going to rent us boards to “surf” down the dunes. The man on the phone, ever so helpful, spoke what I already knew to be true. Continue reading “Why was I here?”

Getting Lost (Travel), North America, Uncategorized

8 Pictures to Inspire You To Visit Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park is located pretty much in the middle of nowhere, near Mosca, Colorado and features America’s tallest sand dunes. It’s about a 3.5 hour drive from Colorado Springs. If you feel like you’re going the wrong way, keep going,  you’re most likely going the right way. Continue reading “8 Pictures to Inspire You To Visit Great Sand Dunes National Park”

Getting Lost (Travel), Travel Tips, Uncategorized

How to: Pack for a Weekend Trip

The nice thing about traveling is that there is no set time limit – you can travel for a few years, months, weeks, days, or even just for one day. You can embark on an adventure and not know when you’ll finish. But knowing what to bring on your trip, however, can be quite a challenge. Packing for a one year round-the-world trip will require items that you most likely will not need for a three day weekend trip to NYC. So how do you decide what you really need to bring? Read on to see recommendations on what you should pack for a short weekend trip. Continue reading “How to: Pack for a Weekend Trip”

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How I Flew Home From NYC For $40

A common complaint people have against traveling is that they find it to be too expensive. Actually, I’ve found that many people only think traveling is extremely expensive, when really, they don’t realize that traveling can be quite affordable. Continue reading “How I Flew Home From NYC For $40”

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New York City Weekend Guide 

Over the course of your life you’ve probably seen countless pictures of this city and watched numerous movies showing life here, but there’s really nothing like exploring this huge and wonderfully chaotic city in person. And I believe becoming bored isn’t possible here – there’s always a new play to see, restaurant to try, or event to go to. So here’s a guide to seeing parts of New York City in a weekend. Yep, even just three days here can be one of the most amazing experiences! Continue reading “New York City Weekend Guide “

Getting Lost (Travel), North America

Three Local South Florida Ice Cream Shops to Try Now

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream. It’s basically a fact of life. Hot day outside – eat some ice cream. Got a bad grade on your biology exam? Eat some ice cream. Got a good grade on your biology exam? Eat some ice cream. There’s really never a wrong time for ice cream. I would even say it’s acceptable for breakfast, but that’s just my humble opinion.

As a self-proclaimed-obsessive- ice cream-consumer, I’ve searched south Florida for some of the best local ice cream shops. Why not have smooth, creamy, delicious ice cream while also supporting local businesses? It’s a win-win. Here are some of the best local ice cream shops in sunny south Florida.  Continue reading “Three Local South Florida Ice Cream Shops to Try Now”

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An Insider’s Look at Cocoa Beach, Florida

If you’re a fan of surfing, then you’ve probably heard of Cocoa Beach, the little town that gets to claim itself as the birthplace of multi-crowned World Surf League Champion Kelly Slater. My good friend Lizzie Le, who’s a Cocoa Beach local, wanted to share her tips for those wanting to adventure through this charming beach town.  Continue reading “An Insider’s Look at Cocoa Beach, Florida”

Central America, Getting Lost (Travel), Uncategorized

Ultimate Guide to Nosara, Costa Rica

If I had to sum up my opinion of Nosara in two words, it would be: SIMPLY AMAZING. Nosara, a town in the Nicoya Peninsula and the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, is beachy and relaxed, yet energetic and adventurous. A perfect example of pura vida (pure life).  Continue reading “Ultimate Guide to Nosara, Costa Rica”

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Postcard from Monteverde, Costa Rica

Have you ever been hiking through the Costa Rican rainforest looking for tarantulas, sloths, toucans, and kinkajous…during the night? Or been horseback riding down hillsides abundant with coffee plants? Or walked across hanging suspension bridges in the cloud forest? Well, you can do all of that (and so much more!) in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Continue reading “Postcard from Monteverde, Costa Rica”