Posts By Jess Hopper

While the pandemic hit pause on much of the travel industry in 2020 and the years that followed, there was one area of travel that saw an increase in interest: the humble road trip.  Long a part of American travel culture, domestic road trips had taken a backseat in the preceding decades as international flights became more attainable; quickly, easily…

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When I was 24 years old, I quit my job to travel the world by myself for a year. I worked three jobs for eight months to save up just enough to shoestring my way across Europe, parts of Asia, and New Zealand. I’ve since moved to Copenhagen and Paris by myself, too. And while I set off in search…

Traveling with a partner is one of the best ways to find new depths in your relationship. Sharing a new experience creates shared memories, shared stories and a new understanding of both yourself and the person you’re traveling with. But it can also bring about new sources of tension, conflict and stress.  It's very possible to have a stress-free travel…

feel good travel

It’s no secret why we travel: It makes us feel good. Sometimes it’s the relaxing-on-a-beach kind of feel-good, other times it's the tucking-into-a-delicious-meal kind of feel-good or the awed-appreciation-of-art-and-architecture kind of feel-good. And sometimes it's the good feelings that come from expanding your understanding of yourself and the world as you experience unexpected new things. These adventures nourish our mind…

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Workers are increasingly jumping on the digital nomad lifestyle trend. If the term is new to you, digital nomads are remote workers on the move; people who are able to work from anywhere they’d like as long as they have a computer and internet access. If the term is not new to you, maybe you’re here to find out more…

hygge

Ah, winter. A season that’s often known for cold, snow, darkness and dreary moods. We fret about seasonal affective disorder (SAD) caused by fewer hours of sunlight and can feel trapped in our homes as outdoor hobbies that are easily accessible in milder seasons feel out of reach in colder temperatures.  But not everyone has this view of winter. In…

dublin library

Studying abroad can be a life-changing experience. These immersive educational and cultural experiences are most commonly thought of as semester-long programs during college. But you don’t need to be in your late teens and early twenties to have your life transformed by a study abroad experience.  Travel specifically focused on education is a rapidly growing segment of the travel industry,…

When planning a trip abroad, is the quality of drinking water in your destination a consideration that crosses your mind?  Maybe you’re new to international travel and the safety of drinking water abroad is an unfamiliar concern that you’ve heard is something you should be aware of. Or perhaps you’ve circled the globe so many times you know what’s what…

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