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Hey there! My name is Dani and I am an avid traveler. In addition to being the Lead Community Manager for Perlu, I also run my own travel blog.

After living abroad in Australia for 16 months, I developed a desire to see the world and write about it! My blog is focused on giving people tips and tricks to save money and get the most out of their traveling experiences.

I have a strong belief in being authentic and honest. All photos used are my own, with occasional pieces from guest contributors and Instagram posts. I only write about places that I have actually visited and experiences I've had on my own - and will be clear if something was simply a recommendation!


My blog is focused on giving people tips and tricks to save money and get the most out of their traveling experiences. You'll notice that I focus a lot on food, animals, craft beer, and budget tips. Located in Central New York State, I often feature events and places in New York from a local's perspective.


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New York State is GORGEOUS in the fall! Since we’ve been exploring more parks, trails, and waterfalls than ever before, I’ve put together a list of 8 of my favorite places to hike with the best fall foliage colors. Which is your favorite? Pictured in order: 1 - @letchworthstatepark 2 - Vroman’s Nose in @visitschohariecounty 3 - Burttermilk Falls in @visitithaca 4 - @greenlakesstatepark 5 - Keuka Lake Outlet Trail in @fingerlakescountrysides 6 - Three Falls Woods in @visitsyracuse 7 - Pixley Falls in @ocnewyork 8 - Great Bear Recreational Trails in @visitoswegony There definitely are lots of beautiful @nystateparks around @visitcny! . . #letchworthstatepark #digthefalls #greenlakesstatepark #iloveny #naturalnewyork #nystateparks #syracuse #visitsyracuse #visitcny #waterfalls #waterfallsofinstagram #ispyny #newyorkstate #newyorkstateparks #newyorkonly #femaletravelbloggers #proudtobeftb #dametraveler #girlswhohike #upstateny #upstatenewyork #yourshotphotographer #yourshotphotography #newyorkonly #fallcolors #fallfoliage #autumn #autumnvibes🍁 #visitithaca #ithacaisgorges #fingerlakes

Shine Bright at Herkimer Diamond Mines & Dig For Your Own Treasure

There’s a small town in Upstate New York that has become world famous for one very unique reason – diamonds! So Renee and her family only open up small parts of the land at one time, extending the longevity of the mines and preserving as much of the natural landscape as possible. It’s inside these vugs that the crystals were formed. Explore the rest of the KOA Resort Herkimer Diamond Mines is proud to be an official KOA resort, with some pretty unique amenities.

Happy #smallbrewerysunday! What better way to celebrate than with one of the commemorative @nyscraftbeer #NYSPintDays glasses?! I’m LOVING the design of these glasses, so of course the hubby and I each got one from @fullboarcraft. Mine is filled with the @corsoscookies vanilla bean blonde ale. Yum! Today is the last day to grab your pint (unless your brewery has some extra!) @i_can_clarify did you get yours?! PS don’t forget that Full Boar participates in the @eatlocalnystate card, so you save $5 every time you spend over $25 there! . . #brewery #newyorkbeer #nybeer #thinknydrinkny #syracuse #visitsyracuse #visitcny #imacraftbeerbabe #craftbeerbabe #newyorkstate #iloveny #tasteny #proudtobeftb #newyorkonly #newyorkblogger #nyblogger #travelblogger #instabeer #craftbeer #craftbrewery #craftbeergirls #beergirl #drinkup #drinkmorebeer #ilovenewyork #eatlocalnystate #drinklocal #beerselfie

These Fall Hikes in Upstate New York Offer Peak Foliage Views

It’s no secret that one of the best things about living in New York State is the changing seasons. Every time I talk to people in other parts of the country this time of year, they always say how beautiful New York is in autumn. So put on your hiking boots and check out these places for fall hikes in New York to enjoy the beautiful foliage colors. Don’t miss them as you’re hiking through New York State this fall!

Get ready to be amazed! So as most of you know, I’ve lived in New York State my whole life. And somehow, even though Herkimer Diamond Mines are only an hour away from my house, I had never been before. And what a big mistake that was This month my husband and I got a chance to visit the diamond mines while on a trip with @ocnewyork... And they weren’t what we were expecting. I thought we would be going underground with lights and tools and digging through caves. Nope! One of the things that makes these mines so cool (and perfect for social distancing) is that they are completely on the surface. That’s right! You dig right into the ground where you’re standing. So I will let you in on a little secret. Herkimer diamonds are not real diamonds. They are the hardest form of quartz crystals that can be found in the world. And because this is the only place you can find them and because of their clarity, they are actually worth a lot of money - and known worldwide! For just $14, you can have access to go mining at @herkimerdiamondmineskoa for an entire day. And the best part? You get to keep whatever you find. Whether that’s tiny crystals, cool rocks, or large pieces of quartz that look like diamonds. You can even visit the artisan’s corner and make your own jewelry using what you find. There’s so much more to tell you, so check the blog next week to learn all about the diamond mines and the @kampgroundsofamerica resort. But in the meantime, this is the last weekend they will be open for the season. So if you are looking for something to do before or after your Halloween festivities, go check out the diamond mines! . . #herkimer #herkimerdiamond #herkimerdiamonds #quartz #quartzcrystal #mining #diamonds #bucketlist #thisisupstate #naturalnewyork #nylovesfall #iloveny #femaletravelbloggers #proudtobeftb #newyorkonly #sheisnotlost #girlslovetravel #thattravelblog #upstateny #newyorkblogger #nyblogger #exploremore #roadtrippers #roadtripusa #hiddengem #letsgo #letsguide #uniquetravel #ocnewyork #koa

Caves in New York: Go Underground to Explore These Caverns

The hills of Upstate New York are filled with elaborate underground cave systems. See an underground waterfall, go on an underground boat ride, learn about the stalagmites and stalactites, and more at the caves in New York. The caves mentioned here are located in Cobleskill in Schoharie County of Upstate New York, but there are caves all over – and not just in New York! Howe Caverns is the second largest natural tourist attraction in New York State, yet its discovery is a bit unclear.

Happy Black Friday! Find any good deals today? One of my favorite ways to support local businesses is using my @eatlocalnystate card. You save $5 EVERY TIME you visit one of 150+ restaurants, breweries, and cafes around New York State. With all the COVID restrictions, it’s more important now than ever - and you can use your card on takeout! I’ve teamed up with Eat Local New York to help them raise $10K for the @UnitedWayCNY - a portion of every sale goes to support our local community. You can buy an Eat Local NY card at EatLocalNYState.com to help them reach their goal. You can even save 30% on your Eat Local NY card purchase by using code “wanderlust” at checkout TODAY! PS it makes a GREAT stocking stuffer! . . #eatlocal #eatlocalny #syracuse #supportlocal #shoplocal #blackfriday #newyork #newyorkstate #newyorkblogger #wanderlust #iloveny #ilovenewyork #syracusedotcom #visitsyracuse #visitcny #nycraftbeer #thinknydrinkny #newyorkfood #nyfoodie #foodie #foodgram #yum #newyorkfoodie

9 Unique Things to Do in Penn Yan, New York

From the farmland in the rolling hills to the scenic lake views, Yates County is one of the most stunning areas in New York State. Originally referred to as the Crooked Lake Canal, the Keuka Lake Outlet connects Keuka and Seneca Lakes. With hundreds of wineries to visit in the Finger Lakes, it’s always interesting to hear each of their stories and what makes them unique. It’s no surprise that Keuka Lake is home to Keuka Lake State Park.

One of the things I love about living in New York is learning about the Native American history and culture. This past weekend we visited @letchworthstatepark (which is STUNNING this time of year) and we discovered the Iroquois Clan Trail. (The Iroquois are the indigenous people native to the northeastern US.) We climbed the steps of the trail, which led us to a clearing called “Council Grounds”, home to two log buildings, a wooden structure, and a statue of Mary Jemison. Curious, I came home and did some research to learn more about Mary, who we discovered built the log cabin we visited - by herself - in the late 1700s. Mary was born onboard a ship in the Atlantic, as her parents made their way to the ‘New World’. After her family was captured by warriors, some were killed while Mary was sold to a tribe of Senecas. Her new life in the village also meant a new name - Dehgewanus, meaning “Two Falling Voices” - and a native husband. She learned to embrace her life among the native people and became known as “The White Woman of the Genesee”. What about you - do you ever discover places on your travels that make you want to learn more about them even when you get home? . . #nativeamerican #nativeamericanhistory #iroquois #letchworthstatepark #letchworth #americanhistory #nylovesfall #iloveny #femaletravelbloggers #proudtobeftb #newyorkonly #sheisnotlost #girlslovetravel #thattravelblog #newyork #newyorkblogger #nyblogger #travelblogger #exploremore #getoutdoors #damestravel #citizenfemme #girlsthatwander #wanderlust #hiddengem #letsgo #letsguide #nystateparks #fallleaves

Happy Thanksgiving! With everything going on this year, I’m devoting today to being grateful for what I do have. My health, my family, my friends, a stable job, a roof over my head... But I’d be remiss if I didn’t say that this year has been a struggle. With the losses we’ve faced, particularly losing a family member to suicide, I’ve faced some of the most difficult times of my depression. It’s more important than ever to check in on your friends and family and ask them “Are you okay?” Just don’t forget about checking in on yourself too. So I’m taking a break from my normal travel content and sharing something that has helped me and my mental health lately. I was gifted this Daily Healing Journal from Christina at @beginwithintoday. The journal was designed to help those with chronic or mental illness by documenting their daily challenges and triumphs. It really has made me think about how I’ve been spending my days - eating, sleeping, self care... I’m so grateful to Christina for designing something that was very much needed for people like me. It helps put life in perspective. The journal is available with two different designs, and multiple bindings. The best part? Use code “CYBERLOVE” for 20% off through the end of the month. Perfect for a gift for yourself and your friend who could use some support this year. . . #beginwithintoday #selfcare #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #beginwithin #suicideprevention #suicideawarness #areyouokay #ruok #loveyourself #selfrespect #selfreflection #dailyjournal #journaling #begrateful #begratefuleveryday #gratitude #gratitudechallenge #gratitudejournal #believeinyourself #syracuse #socialdistancing #thanksgiving2020

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