Flamenco in Madrid, Spain

Val around the web.

These past six months or so I’ve been all over the web, so here’s a little recap of some of the articles, etc. I’ve written or appeared in!


1. I was a co-star in the intro video for Meet, Plan, Go! this year! I attended the event last year and it was a great kickstart to planning my career break. This video was filmed about 3 weeks before I took off for Europe!


2. Speaking of Meet, Plan, Go, I also wrote an article for them a couple of weeks before I left about how scared I was to be leaving on my ’round the world trip. Speaking of that, I should probably write a follow up for them…


3. I was recently interviewed about my trusty backpack for Her Packing List!


4. This summer I wrote an article on the 15 of the Weirdest Roadside Attractions in America for Boots n All.


5. I also did a guest blog this summer on road tripping and photography for DMO Galleries.


6. Since I’ve been traveling and meeting some other travel bloggers, I got some mentions here and there, check out these blog posts that gave me a shout out!

On La Tomatina…
Breakaway Backpacker: My thoughts on La Tomatina!
Breakaway Backpacker: Photo Round Up – Week 27
Ali’s Adventures: Tomatina – Part 1
Ali’s Adventures: Tomatina – Part 2
Grounded Traveler: Tomatina: Seeing Red in Spain
Darren’s RTW Travels: La Tomatina: The Ultimate Food Fight

On Valencia…
Breakaway Backpacker: A week in Valencia & we did nothing…
Ali’s Adventures: Valencia in Photos
Grounded Traveler: Oktoberfest, in Spain?

On Brussels…
Breakaway Backpacker: Golden Showers in Brussels!!!

On Meet, Plan, Go!…
Katie Going Global: Where the Dream Took Off
LL World Tour: Meet Plan Go! 2011
Meet Plan Go: Photo Friday: Coney Island


7. And, since you know I can’t have a picture-less post, here are some photos I never got to share because I stole them from others after the fact!

Tapas Crawl in Sevilla, Spain

Tapas Crawl in Sevilla, Spain

Tapas Crawl in Sevilla, Spain

Tapas Crawl in Sevilla, Spain

Hanging out in Sevilla, Spain

Trivia Night in Sevilla, Spain

Trivia Night in Sevilla, Spain

Trivia Night in Sevilla, Spain

Flamenco in Madrid

Val at Barcelona Cathedral

Val at Casa Mila

Hi, I'm Val. I spent most of my 20s in a standstill, unable to pick which path in life I wanted to take. I wanted the nomadic life of a traveler but also wanted the husband, the condo, and the kitten. Unable to decide which life I wanted more, I did nothing. When I turned 30 I’d had enough of putting my life on hold and decided to start “choosing my figs.” So, I quit my job, bought a one-way ticket to Europe, and traveled for three years. Now I'm back in Chicago, decorating my apartment in all the teal, petting my cats, and planning my next adventure.

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