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BW Monthly News: April 2016

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Welcome to Blond Wayfarer’s Monthly News – an assortment of odds and ends relating to travel news, books, highlights, photography, and much more!

April Highlights

My spring break to San Francisco technically took place at the end of March, but I’m including my time in the Bay Area as an April highlight anyway. I LOVED California! It’s amazing how many travel destinations are in my own country, and this trip has inspired me to explore more of the United States.

Another big April highlight happened when I was accepted to BlogHouse Philadelphia! I only live twenty minutes away from the “City of Brotherly Love.” So I thought it was terribly ironic (yes, my inner!literature nerd is in full force) that this workshop was taking place in Philadelphia this year. So I had to apply!

I can’t wait to learn more from the top bloggers in the industry and share all my experiences with you, especially my readers who are “up and coming” bloggers themselves!

Post Summary

Photo Essay: My Favorite Views of Banff National Park: This photo essay compiles some of my favorite views on my G Adventures trip to the Canadian Rockies in 2014.

My Californian Spring Break: A summary of my week spent in San Fransisco and the Napa Valley.

[Guest Post] Travel Is Not Just For the Young: Written by Kara Lockwood at Creative Heart Travel. This post is a reminder to everyone that you can still travel – even when you’re beyond your early twenties.

Nervous Girl’s Guide to Meeting People while Traveling: Wanna travel alone, but scared you won’t meet a soul? This post features tips on socializing far away from home.

Featuring: My Tremendous Travel Wish List: My current dream trips! As you can guess, this post is forever a work in progress, haha.

In Honor of #Shakespeare400: A Photo Essay of Stratford-upon-Avon: The 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death was on Saturday, April 23rd. Here’s looking back at my time spent in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Bard’s birthplace.

Big News: Accepted to BlogHouse Philly: My happy reaction upon learning I was accepted into BlogHouse!

Is Alcatraz Worth Visiting?: You should add Alcatraz to your itinerary if you’re visiting San Francisco. Because it’s amazing.

My Californian Spring Break

What I’m Reading

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes and Other Lessons from the Crematory: A morbid but fascinating read. As an anxious person, I hate thinking about death, but Caitlin Doughty – a young alternative mortician – and her experiences help you embrace mortality. A great read so far.

Station Eleven: I’m a sucker for post-apocalyptic novels and love Station Eleven’s intricate character building! I’m about halfway through this novel.  So far, I want to visit both Toronto and Chicago since this story takes place Canada and the Midwestern United States.

Girl on the Train: Cheesy thrillers are a great way to take your mind off work, haha. I found this book a little predictable, honestly, but I loved that it was set in London and train wreck characters always appeal to me. It’s a quick and easy read, too!

Personal News

April wasn’t exactly a month for life changing news and overall was very quiet for me. Work, sleep, books, food, the usual. However, I purchased a new camera, which is super exciting! I finally settled on a Canon EOS Rebel T5, because I need to stop clinging to the auto settings and learn how to use a DSLR camera to enhance my photography. Any tips are greatly appreciated!

My Upcoming Travel Plans

I don’t have any tickets booked to faraway places at the moment, but I do have a reservation for TBEX in Stockholm. So July may be a month crammed with the sounds, sights, and tastes of Scandinavia. Furthermore, I’m visiting Boston and Salem as part of a school trip, and can’t wait to share my experiences as a traveling teacher with you lovely folks!

How was your April? Share your travels, personal life, photos, anything you want!

Is Alcatraz worth it

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5 Responses to BW Monthly News: April 2016

  1. Kara May 2, 2016 at 11:15 am #

    Hi Racheal!
    Sounds like things are going well! Wow I’ve had my eye on that same camera, the canon rebel T5. Let me know how you like it. Maybe you could make an affiliate link and I could but it through you. I’m on a trip right now. I’m heading to one of the gulf islands off the west coast of British Columbia. All the best girl!!

    • Rachel Elizabeth May 2, 2016 at 11:32 am #

      Kara —

      It looks like a solid camera! Affordable and good for beginners! I’m planning on writing a review after using it in Boston, and then maybe I can check out Canon’s affiliate program. Have fun on your trip! 🙂

  2. Kelly May 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm #

    Ha, we have the same taste in books! I read Station Eleven on my travels last month and loved it, and I read Girl on the Train recently too. It’s suuuch a cheesy thriller, and I kinda hated most of the characters, but I kept reading anyway! And Smoke Gets in Your Eyes is on my to-read list. 🙂

    • Rachel Elizabeth May 2, 2016 at 12:05 pm #

      Kelly —

      Awesome! We totally have the same taste in books! If you ever have any recs, feel free to share them. And “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” is great so far. She has an engaging voice.

      • Kelly May 3, 2016 at 7:09 pm #

        Are you on Goodreads? That’s how I find a lot of my reads!

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