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BW Monthly News: May 2017

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May Highlights

Greetings, wayfarers! It’s time for my monthly news post … almost a week late! Sorry, the time escaped me. The end of the school year is always insane. Finals, field trips, paperwork. Teaching ain’t an easy gig. Heck, I can’t even remember what day it is half the time. Anyway. What happened to me this month? Lots.

Importantly, May is a month of birthdays. I turned 30 (ahhhhh!!) on May 7th, and Blond Wayfarer turned 2 on May 21st.

I’m still floored that my travel blog is functional two years later. This is surprising, because I constantly drop projects. Con. Stant. Ly. I don’t know if my fickleness stems from laziness, lack of motivation, fear of failure, or all three. However, Blond Wayfarer always comes back into my life.

My blog may not be growing as fast as other sites in this crowded part of the internet, but I’m pleased with everything that I’ve accomplished in two years.

Post Summary

Dear “Twenty Year Old” Rachel: I wrote this letter in honor of my birthday. If only my younger self could read it…

Beginners Guide: Vilnius, Lithuania: Vilnius was an amazing part of my adventure through the Baltic countries. Use this beginners guide to help you start your travel plans to Lithuania.

My “40 Before 40” Goals: Stop the Laziness and Live: My goals for the next decade. Dun, dun, dun.

5 Lessons I Learned in My Second Year of Travel Blogging: Travel blogging may be fun, but it ain’t always easy! So what did I learn in two years? Read to find out.

Photo Essay: 25 Photos that will Inspire You to Visit Stockholm This Summer: Summer is the best time to visit Sweden’s capital. Hopefully these photos will inspire you to book your ticket.

Guest Post: How Travel Helps Me With Depression: Kara at Creative Heart Travel writes about her depression and how travel positively impacted her mental health. A great read!

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Inside the American Natural History Museum in NYC.

What I’m Reading

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green:  Yet again, I’m reading whatever novel I’m teaching in school. I need to read over the summer. Need to. Anyway, even though The Fault in Our Stars was critically acclaimed and wildly popular upon its release, I had never bothered to read it, because … well, I’m a hypochondriac and cancer scares me. I’m actually enjoying it, though! It’s funny and makes me want to pack my bags for Amsterdam.

Favorite Travel Item of the Month

Tumi 4 Port USB Travel Adaptor: Going away for a long trip? This adaptor supports outlets for 150 countries so you won’t be caught by surprise! You need a fully charged phone, after all.

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Travel News

I’m sure you’re sick of hearing about Scotland in these monthly wrap up posts, haha. So I’ll talk about some local travel on my radar. I’ve been visiting New York City a LOT for field trips and Travel Massive events. This summer I want to check out some literary significant sights in the big city. In addition, summer means extra time at the Jersey Shore! I still want to shed some light on my maligned little state, and hope you’ll consider a visit sometime in the near future.

Personal News

I’m trying to break bad habits after my birthday, haha. Habits such as eating better, going to the gym more, yelling less in my car, saving money. And it’s … not going too well. I’ll try again in June. New and improved me? Perhaps? We’ll see.

What did you do in May? Share everything in the comments! And keep in mind some of these links are affiliate-based, meaning I get an awesome commission at no cost to you. 

One Response to BW Monthly News: May 2017

  1. Kara @ Creative Heart Travel June 4, 2017 at 6:07 pm #

    Rachel I can relate with the over spending and overeating and not going to the gym enough. So stoked that you are going to Scotland! Woot woot!

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