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A budget and family traveler helping you find real, actionable steps to have more travel in your life!

Based in Cincinnati, I am a Spanish teacher, freelance artist, Mom to a 2 year old, and hope to inspire others to find meaningful things to do, see, and experience both at home and abroad.

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What places did I miss? ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ Hereโ€™s my list, only pulling from places Iโ€™ve personally been, of cities to visit if you love colorful buildings ๐Ÿ‘‡ ๐ŸŒˆ Yauco, Puerto Rico ๐ŸŽจOld San Juan, Puerto Rico ๐ŸŒˆ Guatapรฉ, Colombia ๐ŸŽจLa Habana Vieja, Cuba ๐ŸŒˆCartagena, Colombia ๐ŸŽจFlores, Guatemala ๐ŸŒˆBurano, Italy ๐ŸŽจ Charleston, South Carolina ๐ŸŒˆCobh, Ireland ๐ŸŽจCinque Terre, Italy Have you been to any on my list? ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ #colorfulplaces #discoverpuertorico #cartagenacolombia #bucketlisters #buranoitaly #floresguatemala #cobhireland #charlestonsc #havanacuba #budgettravel

If youโ€™re an #Outlander fan visiting Scotland, this real life Castle from the 1500s is a MUST see! ๐Ÿฐ Of all the filming locations I went to, this was the most exciting one for me as it truly feels youโ€™ve just jumped back in time into the story! ๐Ÿ“š It really did feel like I was in #Lallybroch (even though yes I know itโ€™s a fictional place ๐Ÿ˜…)! โญ๏ธ FOR MORE DETAILS AND PHOTOS GO TO MY BLOG POST- link in bio! โญ๏ธ This is #MidhopeCastle, part of the #HopetounHouse estate. A few other scenes from the show were filmed throughout the property too, ๐ŸŽฅ so give yourself plenty of time to explore! โญ๏ธ It is necessary to book tickets in advance, and the sooner the better! ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ You have a timed entry point, so if you want the place to yourself for a few moments you should try for the first slot of the day at 8am. ๐ŸšŒ By about 10am the tour buses will come in and it will get crowded quickly. The castle is out in the country, about a 45 minute drive from Edinburgh. Itโ€™s pretty isolated, and really the only way to get to it is by car. ๐Ÿš— If you donโ€™t have a car during your trip, then the only way to get there would be to book an Outlander day trip of some sort with a guide- ๐ŸŽŸ๏ธ this spot will be included on every good tour! (I have a few tours linked in my blog post) โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ IMPORTANT NOTE - This site is currently closed for filming until March 20, 2023 โญ๏ธโญ๏ธโญ๏ธ #outlanderstarz #outlanderseries #outlanderfans #discoverscotland #visitscotland #scotland_insta #scotlandlover #scotlandtravel

Baby # 2 coming in August 2023! ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ Lorenzo is an adorable model, but he really has no idea what's coming for him! ๐Ÿ˜œ On that note, we want to say thank you ๐Ÿ™ to everyone who has helped us out so far during what has been a not-so-easy pregnancy. While baby #2 is happy and healthy, it has not been an easy journey... (((Now, for my medical story- Sorry, this is so long!! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ))) While the silver lining to this story is a sweet new baby on the way, ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ the beginning of this pregnancy was...well, horrible. I had severe daily nausea for nearly the entire first trimester. After being diagnosed with "hyperemesis gravidarum", I spent 8 weeks essentially bedridden and unable to function due to nonstop nausea (and all that goes with that!) ๐Ÿคข. I had to go to the ER to get IV fluids and anti-nausea meds 4 times, ๐Ÿ’‰ as I couldn't even keep water down at one point. Most people gain weight during pregnancy, but within the first month I was down 13 pounds (Don't worry, I'll gain it back quick, ๐Ÿ˜œ). I was prescribed nearly 10 different prescriptions as the doctors tried various things to help me (spoiler: nothing really helped besides the passage of time). I also discovered that most OBGYN practices have no idea as how to best manage and aid patients with H.G. ๐Ÿ˜ž There are many things that could have been done to help me that were simply not suggested without me constantly researching and self advocating. After week 12 I began to slowly improve, and I am now eating real meals and able to leave the house and function again! ๐Ÿ™Œ I'm still not totally back to normal though, and still go to weekly IV hydration sessions at the hospital. It's hard to impart how miserable it is to feel that sick every waking moment, and not being sure when it will end. ๐Ÿ˜” H.G. isn't just physical suffering, but it takes a mental toll as well. It also wasn't easy to be that sick and have a toddler at home! Thanks to all who helped us out and especially those who prayed for me! ๐Ÿ™ Thanks for reading this novel- I am so happy Iโ€™m finally getting close to feeling normal again!!๐Ÿคž #hyperemisisgravidarum #hgpregnancy

One of my favorite blog posts, but in video form! ๐ŸŽ‰ After many years of trial and error, this is the list of my fave taco places ๐ŸŒฎ in Cincinnati and N. Kentucky, plus a bonus of the best Latin American food options too! Let me know if I missed your favorite spot, Iโ€™m always willing to add on to my post! ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ www.greatwidetravel.com/besttacos has detailed captions, great info, an embedded map ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ and much better quality photos. Go there! ๐Ÿ˜‡ Best tacos: ๐ŸŒฎ mazuntetacos (favorite overall) ๐Ÿ† ๐ŸŒฎ elocholoco (best salsa award ๐Ÿ…) ๐ŸŒฎ gomezsalsa (try the โ€œturtleโ€!!) ๐ŸŒฎ taqueria.ramirez1 (most authentic vibes) ๐ŸŒฎ La Mexicana (idk if on social media ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ) ๐ŸŒฎ Mi Burrito (order-up style) Best Latin American Food: ๐Ÿง€ tienda.gutierrezdeli (best quesadilla of my life!) ๐Ÿ‡ป๐Ÿ‡ช latortalocaky (life changing empanadas) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ด arepaplace (try the tostones ๐Ÿคค) ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ท cheotrcincy (that salsa for the empanadas๐Ÿ˜) #cincinnati #cincinnatifood #cincinnatirestaurants #northernkentucky #meetnky #visitcincy #visitnky #besttacos #cincygram #cincyrocks #cincyeats #ohiogram

Most people head to Gatlinburg to enjoy the Smoky Mountains and do some hiking ๐Ÿฅพ, and while I love hiking and have done many trails here over the years, this visit was different! If youโ€™re visiting with young children, ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿผ or thereโ€™s bad weather โ˜”๏ธ(like the insane heat wave we had on this trip ๐Ÿฅต!), there are still plenty of unique activities to do! Activities from the video: ๐Ÿ“ anakeesta adventure park & zip lining ๐ŸŒณ ๐Ÿ“ gatlinburgskylift hanging bridge park ๐ŸŒ‰ ๐Ÿ“ Old Mill Square (in mypigeonforge) ๐Ÿฅž ๐Ÿ“ Driving to scenic mountain overlooks ๐Ÿ”๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ Swimming in local creeks ๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ Enjoying ripleysaquarium ๐ŸŸ ๐Ÿ“ Feeding goats goatsontheroofpigeonforge ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ“ Walking the main Gatlinburg strip ๐Ÿ›๏ธ ๐Ÿ“ Enjoying cabin hot tub time yourcationawaits I have many more suggestions on my blog: www.greatwidetravel.com/Gatlinburg of ways you can enjoy the visitgatlinburg and mypigeonforge areas without just hiking or spending time in greatsmokynps ๐Ÿ˜€ Have you ever been to the Smokies? ๐Ÿป #greatsmokymountains #gatlinburg #gatlinburgtennessee #visittennessee #pigeonforge #anakeesta #familytravel #toddlertravel #budgettravel #mypigeonforge #yourcationawaits

GIVEAWAY CLOSED || ๐ŸŒŽ Want to have sturdy and spacious luggage for your travels this year? ๐Ÿงณ Enter to win a carry-on size luggage! (Heads up: My luggage in the photos is the larger checked bag size, but the carryon design is the same ๐Ÿ˜€! I also included screenshots of some of their carryon options so you can have an idea of the possible prizes ๐Ÿงณ๐Ÿ’•). 3 winners will be chosen: ๐Ÿ† 1 will win the luggage, 1 will win a $50 off coupon code, and the last a $25 off coupon code. How to enter: 1. Follow me & coolifetravel 2. Tag a friend in the comments (1 friend = 1 entry) and post an emoji that represents your favorite travel destination! ๐ŸŒ 3. Like this post ๐Ÿ‘ This giveaway is not affiliated with Instagram; the giveaway is open to US residents (above 18 years only). ๐ŸŒŸ I will announce winners on 1/24, giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on 1/23 ๐Ÿ’•Good luck!

I know I said I was finished sharing about this place, but the audio was just too perfect ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜Ž Is the Isle of Skye on your travel list? ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ #scotland_insta #scotland_ig #scotland_lover #scotlandtravel #isleofskyescotland #quiraing #oldmanofstorr #hikingworldwide #hikinglove #budgettravel #travelblogger #visitscotland

SAVE for your trip to Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ! Possibly one of the most scenic views Iโ€™ve ever had in all my travels was here looking at the Swiss Alps (you can see Mt. Titlis and parts of Liechtenstein from here actually!) ๐Ÿ”๏ธ Such a perfect and beautiful day with my mom and sister ๐Ÿ’• ๐Ÿ“Getting there? Take a day trip ferry to #Vitznau from popular #Lucerne, and then ride an alpine cogwheel train ๐Ÿš‚ up to this viewpoint called Rigi Kulm! ๐Ÿ”๏ธ Pro tip: Visit the town of #Weggis afterwards! #rigikulm #mountrigi #swissalps๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ #switzerland_destinations #switzerland_pics #switzerland_vacation #budgettravel #travelonabudget #europetravels

Things to do in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Whether you want to goย  hiking, rafting, and kayaking, or just relax in a natural volcanic hot spring, you will definitely find something you love here. Read on for my tips on the best things to do in La Fortuna:

Best Tacos in Cincinnati (+ Latin Food!)

Here is our list, in no particular order: Their โ€œtacos doradosโ€ are easily among the best Iโ€™ve had in my life. If you love Mexican food and are looking to mix it up a bit, but still want something thatโ€™s incredibly tasty and flavorful, make sure you give this place a try! Serving โ€œbuild your ownโ€ tacos in an โ€œorder upโ€ style, the benefit of Mi Burrito is being able to fully customize your dream taco. โ€“ Located in the trendy area of OTR, this restaurant is great for a date night while simultaneously having insanely delicious food.

African Safari: Plan Your First Experience

Imagine feasting your eyes on majestic animals and exotic game like youโ€™ve never seen before โ€“ all close-range and under the warm blanket of the sun. For example, Tanzania offers a rich diversity of wildlife that you can enjoy from close range โ€“ giraffes, water buffaloes, elephants, ostriches, and more. Youโ€™ll be treated to a 4WD-driven experience (among other options) through the safest spots for observing wildlife in their natural habitats. For me, being in a jeep all day on bouncy dirt roads, I found it most comfortable to wear moisture-wicking pants , and a t-shirt with breathable fabric.

5 Amazing Things to do in France

If you want to have a memorable experience at this location however, I suggest visiting the tower in the early evening hours. You can spend a day trailing through the fields in Sault and taking photos thatโ€™ll leave your social media friends in envy. The route to this location may not be the easiest, but the breath-taking view and wonderful swimming experience are worth any pain in your feet. If you happen to visit Paris, donโ€™t leave without taking this scenic boat tour, as you will pass by the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Musee Dโ€™Orsay, the Louvre, the Place de la Concorde, and other beautiful landmarks of France along the way.

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