Ditch the itinerary and get exploring.


As a little girl, I used to dream about faraway places. I would wonder what they would be like, and if I would fit in once I was there. 

But as I grew older, and anxiety and life kicked in Traveling became somewhat of a daydream.

” Travel is for those who are brave “

Then one day I got on a plane and found myself in Germany. The furthest I had ever been, outside of the US. It was here I learned the true art of exploring. Not just traveling and seeing all the sights and sounds that everyone talks about, but immersing myself into the environment and being a tourist on my own terms.

Of course, I’ll take pictures, but there are rules to this. (I know I said I was exploring. But with pictures you capture something once, but do you experience it? 

Follow me as I show you the gentle art of slowly living your life on your terms, the French way, and exploring a more enjoyable way. 

tips & tricks to exploring

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Visiting places

where do you wanna go

When it comes to traveling do you ever stop and ask yourself, “Where do  I wanna go?” And do you find that you say the same thing that everyone else says?

Sure it’s great to have favorite places to go, if you really find joy there. But if you just go somewhere only because everyone else does, that may not bring you joy.

Traveling should be a personal adventure. You should travel to places that give you that spark of life I know you’re looking for.

While my journey takes me through Europe, you can apply my tips for exploring anywhere. I have traveled throughout the US, and I can tell you I would explore the very same way.


Which, in my opinion, makes travel so much better.

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I’m Christina, a lover of all things literary, historical, and cozy. Settled in the picturesque grassy countryside of Normandy, France, I embarked on a new (and best) chapter right in the middle of the pandemic. Because why not?

And if the pandemic taught us anything its that life is too short and we should be living our best lives while going after our dreams. 

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