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What We’ve Been Up To: August 2017 Review

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When I look back on this month, it completely floors me how much we fit into 31 days.

In August alone, my dad came to visit us in Boston, we packed up and moved out of our Boston sublet, we visited my friend Katie and her family in Maryland, took a day trip to D.C., hung out with friends in New York City, said goodbye to the USA for the fall, flew to Europe, spent a day in Oslo, and explored Prague for several days.

I seriously can’t believe we fit all that in there, but it was incredible.

Where We’ve Been:

Boston, Massachusetts

Providence, Rhode Island (only Jeremy)

St. Mary’s County, Maryland

Washington, D.C.

Oslo, Norway

Prague, Czech Republic

Washington Square Park, NYC

Highlights of August 2017:

I don’t even know where to start.

Seeing our people, as always, was a major highlight: my dad, our family friend Demetri who came up to Boston with him, my NYC friends, finally seeing my friend Katie again after more than four years (the last time we hugged in person, she was attending Jeremy’s and my wedding as a bridesmaid!).

Outside of that, the biggest, most overarching highlight of August was getting back on the road again: our summer of stillness was very good for us on many levels, but we have been itching to hit the road and see new places for weeks.

We’ve been walking around with goofy grins for days: Prague is fairy tale levels of beautiful, and there is nothing else we would rather be doing in the world right now than getting back into our long term travel groove while in Europe.

Have you ever been somewhere that was so beautiful you never wanted to close your eyes in case it disappeared? * Confession: Prague has never been on my must-see list. It's not that I actively didn't want to come, I just never had a huge draw to the city (possibly because I'm not a beer drinker--and yes, rumors are still true: beer here is cheaper than bottled water). * All I kept hearing, though, was how gorgeous and magical this place is, and how it was worth the risk. So, when a cheap flight to Prague popped up while we were planning our fall itinerary in Europe, we went for it. * Guys. This place. It's Central European beauty at its finest. Castles, bridges, elaborate architecture on every street, cobblestones, cathedrals. If you're looking for me for the next few days, I'll be on the streets of Prague, drinking in the beauty every second I can. * * * * #charlesbridge #prague #czechrepublic #wonderful_prague #praguetoday #pragueworld #visitcz #insta_prague #wearetravelgirls #gltlove #girlsvsglobe #girlslovetravel #dametraveler #passionpassport #neverstopexploring #worldcaptures#adventureanywhere #travelandlife #discoverglobe #roamearth#stayandwander #traveladdict #alifewelltraveled #beautifuldestinations #ig_europe #living_europe #europe #artofvisuals #justgoshoot

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Challenges of August 2017:

Sleep!

Between tons of time with loved ones (which meant more late nights and drinking than usual), a lot of movement, and dealing with jet lag from hopping to the other side of the Atlantic, we have spent quite a bit of this month exhausted.

Luckily, that seems to be righting itself now: after one memorable morning in Prague where we woke up at 5 AM after just a few hours of sleep and headed out to enjoy the Charles Bridge and Prague Castle before they filled with tourists (worth it, by the way), our sleep schedules quickly adjusted to European time and we are feeling like ourselves again.

Best Money Managing Move:

… I honestly can’t think of one. Oops.

While we didn’t go as crazy as we could have with spending this month, between getting ready to head to Europe, seeing a last-minute Broadway show in NYC, renting a car in Maryland, and eating out everyday in Prague (we didn’t end up feeling like doing grocery shopping here…), it hasn’t exactly been an inexpensive month either.

We can say this: September will almost certainly be cheaper.

Most Popular Instagram Photo:

Jordan Pond sure is beautiful! It’s crazy how far in the past our trip to Acadia National Park already feels…

August 2017 Posts:

On one hand, writing was a little thin on the blog this month: only three posts! On the other hand, two of these were long — the Boston post is 4,000+ words — so I think that word for word I actually got a similar amount of writing done to other months!

39 Incredible Things to Do in Boston — We had so much fun diving into getting to know Boston this summer–we can’t recommend this incredible All-American city enough. If you’re headed to the northeast USA, plan some time here!

Your Complete Packing List for Europe in the Fall — A year and a half of full-time travel later, we’re getting this packing thing down: this list is insanely detailed, like most of the lists we use in the Storm house.

The Perfect Amount of Time to Spend in Any Travel Destination — Don’t let travel snobs get you down: check out why the perfect amount of time to spend in any destination is the amount of time that you have!

Oslo, Norway

What’s Next:

Hello, Slovakia!

We are going to be spending the first part of September exploring the High Tatras of Slovakia, and it feels magical to be back among the mountains. We can’t wait to get tons of hiking in this week!

From here, we’ll head to an old favorite: we fell in love with Budapest during our first visit in 2015, and we can’t wait to get back and explore more thoroughly. We already have several things planned out there, including a day spent exploring the caves under the city!

After Budapest, who knows! We still expect to spend several weeks in Italy this fall, but we’ll likely go somewhere else between Budapest and Italy. Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, Germany, and France have all been discussed–clearly, we have some narrowing down to do.

Oh, well–I have no doubt that wherever we end up by the end of September, we’ll have had an unforgettable month!

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16 Comments

  • Abhinav Singh September 3, 2017

    Whoa, you have visited quite a lot in August. Your fabulous Instagram feed is a testimony to that. Personally, my August has also been memorable travel wise. All the best for Slovakia! That is one of my dream destinations. I am jealous that you will be hiking there.

    • Kate Storm September 5, 2017

      Aw, thanks! Instagram is my favorite social media platform for sure. Slovakia is gorgeous–be sure to check out of IG Stories from there if you haven’t already! I should be posting about it here in a few weeks.

  • Luzel September 3, 2017

    Sounds like you have been super busy and you are not ready to stop any time soon! I wish I could be this busy with travels, but I have to stay home and wait for my travel buddy to finish his exams!

    • Kate Storm September 5, 2017

      Busy is definitely the word for it! I remember the days of waiting to get started–it’s worth it. 🙂

  • Soraya September 3, 2017

    You guys have been busy busy busy in August! I can’t believe you managed to squeeze in so much travel. But it sounds like you had a great time! Hopefully September will be more budget friendly hehe. Great to hear you managed to see those close to you and spend quality time with them.

    • Kate Storm September 5, 2017

      Here’s hoping lol! Let’s just say we bought some groceries and committed to more home-cooking in Slovakia after running the August numbers. 😉

  • Nicole Anderson | Camping for Women September 3, 2017

    A nice summary of where you are up to since you started your journey during August. It’s easy to see from your post that you are obviously still really excited about discovering new places for you and your options are many. Once you have settled into your new lifestyle, I’m sure you will start to gain greater clarity on what you are wanting to achieve and decide on a plan that you can both work toward. In the meanwhile, hiking in Slovakia sounds like a wonderful way to get you connected with the beauty of nature there and feel refreshed. Don’t forget to take photos as that will definitely be a scenic place.

    • Kate Storm September 5, 2017

      Oh yes, definitely all the photos in Slovakia! The weather hasn’t been the best so far, but we’re hoping to get some pretty days!

  • Abigail Sinsona September 4, 2017

    Wow you have done quite a lot of traveling! I am so jealous you got to go to Prague. That is probably number one on my bucket list (or tied with Dubrovnik in Croatia!). Your photo of Charles Bridge is beautiful!

    • Kate Storm September 5, 2017

      Thanks! And oh man, Prague or Dubrovnik, that’s a hard choice… I’d probably pick Dubrovnik if I had to choose one because I love the coast so much, but they’re both amazing!

  • James September 5, 2017

    You sure fit a lot in August, Prague must have been the highlight, it’s so romantic! I’m looking forward to seeing how you get on in the High Tatras of Slovakia. I’ve only been to Bratislava, so to see other parts of the country will be a first!

    • Kate Storm September 5, 2017

      We are loving the High Tatras so far, even with the less-than-perfect weather we’ve been having up here! I can’t wait to write about them–they seem to be an under-the-radar destination for most people who aren’t from this part of Europe, and they’re so gorgeous (and cheap!).

  • Sabrina September 8, 2017

    Such a great post! I loved Prague when I went there almost 15 years ago! You just gave me an idea for my blog too.. these monthly wrap ups are such a great way to promote the older posts, I think I’m going to try one too! 🙂

    • Kate Storm September 9, 2017

      I love my monthly wrap ups! Of all the posts I do, they’re probably the ones that are most for “us”–it’s a great way to look back and keep track of everything you’ve done! 🙂

  • Yukti September 8, 2017

    You have done a lot of travels to beautiful places in August. Slovakia is my favorite destination and is always on my wish list. Acadia lake and Charles Bridge photos are so stunning! Prague is my favorite destination.

    • Kate Storm September 9, 2017

      All of our destinations this month were wonderful–and we ended up loving Slovakia too, even if it did rain on us too much!

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