People often ask me where my favorite place to travel is. I can’t answer that question – there are just too many beautiful places I’ve been! Another question I am frequently asked is what my favorite national park is. Now that I have an answer for…in the US at least. Glacier National Park has teal blue lakes, hiking trails for every ability level, plenty of mountains to climb or ski, and beautiful wildlife. Below are 10 photos that prove that you should put Glacier at the top of your bucketlist (if you haven’t already):
I first visited Banff in October. It was cold and relatively empty. It was a stark contrast to my most recent trip in early September when there were crowds everywhere and finding a parking space a popular places was pretty much the equivalent of winning the lottery. It hasn’t even been a year since my first trip to Banff, but it’s one of those places that keeps calling me back. Banff is stunningly beautiful and there is something to do in every season.
Want more exposure on Instagram? One of the best ways to drive traffic to your page is to have one of your photos featured by a large account. You can get feature accounts to see your photos by tagging them or by using their hashtags. Unless you have a very large account, your hashtags often won’t be seen, so remember to tag the accounts you want to be featured by and use their hashtags. Also make sure that you tag the right accounts. Look at the type of photos they feature and choose accounts that go with the photo you’re posting. Pay attention to color themes, tones, activities depicted, and style of photos. If your photo doesn’t mesh well with a feature account, you probably won’t get featured. Below are a few of the best accounts that feature female travelers and their hashtags. I included accounts of all sizes and travel styles.
- @wearetravelgirls #wearetravelgirls
- @mountaingirls #mountaingirls
- @radgirlscollective #radgirlslife
- @dametraveler #dametraveler
- @sidewalkerdaily #sidewalkerdaily
- @globelletravels #globelletravels
- @passionpassport #passionpassport
- @amazingworldshoots #amazingworldshoots
- @girlslovetravel #gltlove
- @wearetravelladies #wearetravelladies
- @travelnoire #travelnoire
- @outdoorwomen #outdoorwomen
- @darlingescapes #darlingescapes
- @wildernessbabes #wildernessbabes
- @ladiesgoneglobal #ladiesgoneglobal
- @beautifulmatters #beautifulmatters
- @sheisnotlost #sheisnotlost
- @traveldreamseekers #traveldreamseekers
- @jetsettingchicks #jetsettingchicks
- @girlsvsglobe #girlsvsglobe
- @femmetravel #femmetravel
- @thetravelwomen #thetravelwomen
- @travel_bff #travelbff
- @girlsborntotravel #girlsborntotravel
- @girlsmeetglobe #girlsmeetglobe
- @explorerbabes #explorerbabes
- @citizenfemme #citizenfemme
- @womenwhoexplore #womenwhoexplore
- @womenwhohike #womenwhohike
- @girlaroundworld #girlaroundworld
- @girlsabroad_ #girlsabroad
- @travelgirlsgo #travelgirlsgo
- @girldiscoverers #girldiscoverers
- @thefairytalebloggers #thefairytalebloggers
- @pinktrotters #pinktrotters
I received a complimentary stay from The Inn at Entranada and complimentary tour from ATV & Jeep Adventure Tours in exchange for writing a review.
We spent six nights in southern Utah and I still feel like we haven’t even scratched the surface on seeing this beautiful area, but here is what we did:
ATV Tour with ATV &a Jeep Adventure Tours
We started our trip riding ATVs around the desert. The views were gorgeous and our guide was knowledgeable. It was a great introduction to the area.
Most people think of Zion when Southern Utah comes up – and for good reason. Zion is one of the most beautiful national parks I’ve been to. It’s filled with red rocks, crazy drop offs, and beautiful water. The downside to Zion is that everyone knows how great it is, so it can get really busy. To avoid the crowds, we got permits for a technical canyon. Talk about an amazing adventure! It was a tough 15 miles filled with rappels, downclimbs, and sliding into pools. If you have the technical skills, getting permits for a canyon is a great way to avoid the crowds at Zion. We didn’t see another group all day!
The Wave is probably one of the most insta-famous and iconic locations in the world, and we were lucky enough to be one of the 20 people to score a permit one day! For those of you wondering, there are two ways to get a permit for the Wave. The first is to apply online at the BLM website four months in advance. https://www.blm.gov/programs/recreation/permits-and-passes/lotteries-and-permit-systems/arizona/coyote-buttes. The second is to show up to the BLM visitor center in Kanab and enter the drawing for a next-day permit. Either way, your chances of getting a permit are very slim. There are about 2,000 applicants a day for 20 permits. If you do happen to be lucky enough, it’s a fairly easy hike – about 3 miles each way, however the trail is not well marked. Please be careful and study a map beforehand. And don’t forget to bring enough water!
The Inn at Entranada
Last but certainly not least, our beautiful accommodation. We stayed in a casita at the Inn at Entranada in St. George. I cannot recommend this place enough! It’s conveniently located about an hour from Zion and right next to Snow Canyon State Park. The Inn in stunning. The staff are friendly. Every last detail is looked after meticulously. The property blends right in with its surroundings, and you enjoy nature even when you’re inside. If you’re ever in St. George, you know where to stay!
As you probably know, I have done my fair share of traveling. I’ve been fortunate enough to see many places. And Colorado is on the short list of places I want to live. In fact, I think I’ll be moving there in the not-so-distant future. Anyway, here are a few of my favorite places in my favorite state:
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
One of the most frequent questions I am asked by people I’m friends with on social media but am not close with is: Do you work? Ha. Well, yes, in fact, I do work. Actually, I work at large corporate law firm. And to put it lightly, biglaw isn’t really known for its flexibility. Despite the fact that I’m not gone as often as I seem to be and I work pretty crazy hours when I am home, I do think I manage to pull off having a bit more flexibility than the average biglaw associate.
Once people realize that I have a demanding job, they typically ask how I balance my job with travel. First let me put out a disclaimer: I know I saw this all the time, but really – I post a lot of old pictures. I usually take short trips (I just take a ton of pictures and continue to post them for long after I have gotten home). And when I’m home, I often work weekends and late nights. Having gotten that out of the way, although there is no one correct strategy to living life while maintaining a demanding job, here are a few pointers I have:
- If you want your job to be flexible with you, be flexible with your job. The partners I work for give me a larger degree of flexibility because they know how hard I work. When we have had deadlines approaching, I have spent entire weeks working past midnight, sometimes until as late as 4am…and then showing up by 10am for the next workday. Because of this, when I ask for some time off, my partners are more flexible with me.
- Get comfortable with last minute planning…and last minute canceling. Most demanding jobs are unpredictable, which makes planning a vacation 5 months in advance a little bit difficult. For long vacations like South America and Asia, I generally do plan months in advance and communicate my plans as soon as I make them so my bosses have plenty of time to prepare for me to be out. However, by far the vast majority of my travel is made up of shorter (generally weekend or weekend plus a day) trips. I need to be available on weekends when client work demands it, so sometimes I end up doing work from my hotel room and my vacation turns into less of a vacation. Oh well. I have gotten on a flight on a Friday, landed for a layover, read an email that I needed to be at work Saturday morning, and gotten on the next flight back home, without ever having made it to my destination. And guess what – I didn’t say a single word about it to my bosses. No matter how safe I try to be in my planning, inevitably things will come up and I will need to cancel trips. It’s unfortunate and I lose money every time, but I’ve decided that it’s worth it.
- Shorter trips are the way to go. Do I enjoy spending 10 hours on a plane to spend 2 days on the west coast? Not really. I would much rather spend 4 or 5 days in a place that I’m flying across the country to be in. But I can’t have it all my way. I try to pack as many things as possible into very short trips. Usually I do pretty well 🙂
There’s no place like Kansas. No, really though. When Kansas Tourism invited me to visit, I didn’t know what to expect. I was excited to visit a new state, but I didn’t think there would be much to see. I was wrong. Here are 5 things you probably never knew about Kansas:
-There is a vibrant art scene. From Lucas to Linsdborg to Wichita, I noticed how each town/city had its own slightly different art scene. But they all had one.
-The towns have personality. All of them. No matter how small. And they are proud of it. Talk to any local and they will tell you how great their town is and what it has to offer. It’s always nice to be surrounded by people who genuinely love where they live. People are friendly, too. Lucas is a very quirky little town. And by little, I mean the population is around 400 people. Yet there are quite a few local folk artists, the Garden of Eden with its bizarre history, and the most intricate public bathroom I’ve ever seen.
-The nature is actually quite beautiful. Driving along the Scenic Byway, I found myself turning my head more often than was probably safe. From wide plains to vibrant sunsets to moody storm skies, the views are endless. Bonus: there are waterfalls and hiking in Kansas! I enjoyed a canyon hike at Kanopolis State Park. Oh, and did I mention the dark skies? Kansas has some of the best stargazing I’ve ever experienced.
I hope you all get a chance to make it to Kansas one day! I know I can’t wait to go back. A special thanks to the tourism board and to Charles, Connie, Dave, Amy Kay, and everyone else I met for making my trip so memorable.