My name is Paige. I’m a 24-year-old super-fan of Rick Steves who loves taking pictures of my dinner plate almost as much as I enjoy eating it.

Recently, I decided to leave my life at home to pursue what makes me happiest: traveling. I am blessed to have traveled quite a bit in my life (thank you Mom and Dad), and these past trips have left me longing for more.

One thing you should know about me is that I have major FOMO— fear of missing out. It’s so bad that I once jumped out of a plane in Argentina (anyone who knows me well knows I have a HUGE fear of flying…and heights) not because I really wanted to, but because I really didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity. Mind you, the inside of this plane was duck-taped together and had a “Kiss the Pilot” sticker on the window… but that’s a story for a different day.

Unwilling to miss out on all the world has to teach me, I decided to journey across Europe to learn about the complex histories of each country, taste the staples of each culture’s cuisine, and embrace the way of life in every place I visit.

I’ve set a few personal rules to follow for this trip that will help me get the most out of this year abroad:

1) Say yes to invitations I might normally turn down
2) Welcome the discomfort of the unknown
3) Meet new people in each place I visit
4) Challenge myself to learn something new each day

My intent for this blog is to capture my experiences (the good and the bad), inspire others to see the world, and provide helpful tips and recommendations to help you plan your next trip.

If you’re interested in gaining an inside look at what life is like across the pond, searching for travel tips, or just want to drool over yummy food pictures, you’ve come to the right place.

First stop: Dublin, Ireland.

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