Whole30 travel is a special kind of monster. While our fearless leader Melissa Hartwig advises against taking the cruise of a lifetime or an anniversary trip to Paris during your Whole30, sometimes things come up.

What if you’re on Whole30 Day 9 and your friends invite you to the lake house for the weekend? What if you’re crushing Whole30 Day 17 and your boss needs to fly you out to make a killer presentation?

Do you say no? Or abandon your Whole30?

No way! Whole30 travel is completely doable and I’m here to show you how.

Whole30 Travel: the Basics

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The Dining Room at the Grand Opera House in Vienna. The fanciest place to eat a Whole30 meal is all of Austria.

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The only way to succeed while traveling on the Whole30 is through mindfulness and careful planning. While vacation is normally a time to zone out and relax, if you want to stay compliant, you’ve got to create a game plan.

I traveled frequently throughout my first Whole30 and was able to stay on track! I have a girls trip planned during my upcoming second one and am not sweating it at all.

Here’s how I do it:

Pack Whole30 Approved Snacks

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The Houses of Parliament in London. They should make a law…Whole30 snacks must be sold EVERYWHERE.

You are likely to encounter more “emergency moments” while traveling on the Whole30 then you would at home. You might be trapped in a car full of friends munching on candy and beef jerky or stuck in meetings all day without a chance to sit down at eat. You can survive both of these if you plan ahead.

Make sure you have an accessible purse, carry on, or cooler with the follow things packed:

  • 2 Lara, RX, or Epic bars for each day you’ll be away (or a combo of the three).*
  • a few packs of almond butter.
  • a small bag of sliced apples
  • 1 banana
  • a small bag of celery
  • a small bag of carrots

The point is to have plenty of Whole30 compliant snacks with you, so if you are faced with long periods on time without access to compliant food (i.e. gas station stops on road trips, mixers on buisness trips, etc.) you don’t have to go without any food which can make you desperately hungry and in need of a quick fix — which usually isn’t compliant.

You can bring plenty of non-perishable emergency items with you (like the Lara and Epic bars) and replenish things like carrots, apples, etc. by popping to the local grocery store or the hotel’s breakfast bar.

I went on multiple road trips during my first Whole30 and while it was kind of weird not loading up on traditional “road trip snacks” along the way, I actually felt powerful when I went into a gas station, just got a bottle of water, and popped back out to my car to continue munching on my apple slices.

*Small reminder that not ALL Lara and RX Bars are compliant. Check the ingredients!

Flying on the Whole30

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When I arrived in Switzerland, I soon found out eating Whole30 and cooking at my Airbnb would be WAY cheaper than trying to eat out. It’s so expensive there.

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Shorter domestic flights on the Whole30 should be no big deal. Just get water, hot tea, or black coffee to drink, and pull a Lara or Epic Bar out of your bag to munch on instead of the peanuts or crackers.

Long haul flights are where it gets tricker. If you’ve got a flight where they are going to feed you, chances are substantial portions of the meal are going to be non-compliant. Have no fear! With a little preparation (and perhaps a small fee!) it looks like you can get a meal that is mostly compliant.

Start by searching “name of airline special meal” which will take you to the list of alternative meal options. For example, here’s a special meal menu from United and American Airlines. Be sure to look over the meal options more than 24 hours in advance of your flight so your airline of choice has time to accommodate your request.  Most major carriers have vegan and gluten-free options, which could be workable.

It’s worth it to call your airline to assess if you can build a custom meal for a small fee – or pick the vegetarian option and avoid the grain and dairy components, filling the holes with the Whole30 snacks you brought with you.

Staying at Hotels on the Whole30

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At the Cat Cafe in Bratislava, Slovakia. No Whole30 food…but they did have cute kitties so it’s still worth it 🙂

Hotels on the Whole30 are easy enough — especially if you can book a room with a kitchenette. If a full kitchenette isn’t available, call the hotel to request a room with at least a mini-fridge to store Whole30 grab and go foods like fruits, vegetables, and nuts — which you can easily pop out and grab from a local grocery store.

You can even make baked potatoes in the microwave, which is a Whole30 on the go option if your hotel room has one available.

Staying with Friends and Family on the Whole30

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Anything for Selenas! Except breaking my Whole30.

This can be the hardest part of Whole30 Travel.

If you are on the Whole30 and staying at loved one’s home, staying compliant will be technically easier, as you will have access to a full kitchen in which to cook the meals of your choice, but the emotional work to be done has the potential to be exhausting.

We have been socialized to see refusing food as a rejection of the giver’s love and hospitality, which can only be amplified while you are a guest in their home. To help avoid this, offer to cook Whole30 meals for your host as a sign of gratefulness for their hospitality.

You should also give them a head’s up about your dietary restrictions before you arrive. Make sure to focus on what you can have, so they don’t feel restricted or confused when shopping (e.g. I love sunny side up eggs! Eating roasted veggies with olive oil is my favorite! Grilled chicken and green beans is delicious to me!)

Eating Whole30 at Restaurants

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My “almost Whole30” meal in Prague. A great example of getting as close as you can while dining out, then just leaving the non compliant items on the plate.

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If you do some Whole30 travel, you will likely find yourself at a restaurant — but don’t panic! Eating Whole30 at restaurants is possible. My mom and I were both on our first Whole30 when we went away for a girls weekend in the Texas Hill Country. We were able to eat at one of the region’s most famous steakhouses and stay 100% compliant.

Steakhouses and the like are your best best for Whole30 compliant restaurants. So if you are on a buisness trip, family getaway, or girls weekend and would like to stay compliant, speak up and request one.

Study the menu online before you head to the restaurant. I’ve found this helps me as I’ve had more time to look things over and begin to formulate the questions I want to ask the waiter.

Grilled meats (the staple menu items at steakhouses) typically don’t have any contraband in them, so by ordering a steak (with no butter pat!), pork chop, or salmon with a side of grilled veggies and a “dry” baked potato, you should be good, but make sure to double check about unlisted sauces or cooking oils. If you want to spice up your potato, I usually flavor mine with salt, pepper, vinegar, and oil.

If you want to go meatless, many salads are okay — just make sure to stick with vinegar and oil as dressing (or if you want to go hardcore, you can pull some Whole30 approved salad dressing out of your purse).

And, if push comes to shove, you can technically eat at Chipotle.

Get a salad with carnitas (the only meat cooked in sunflower oil instead of rice bran), plus any salsa you want (except the corn!) and some guac.

Be Prepared to Break Tradition with Whole30 Travel

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At Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas. My sister Kerry (in the middle) was on her 1st Whole30 at the time and had a great time even though she skipped eating at Silo Baking Company.

Sometimes eating Whole30 hurts. Let it! Relish in it! Think of it as pain leaving the body!

Is there a diner you eat at every time you road trip? Skip it in favor of a place where it’s easier to be compliant. Or if your traveling mates insist, be a good sport and eat there, but make sure to stick with eggs and fruit.

It might be a little sad not having your special diner pancakes, but if you eat there every single time you visit, that’s just it! Those special pancakes (or whatever meal you have) will still be there next time, when you’re not on Whole30. Who knows, you might not even want them then.

Sometimes when traveling, you might feel rushed and opt for a quick drive through meal or something from an airport kiosk. Challenge yourself to do better. You made a commitment to yourself to eat Whole30 and you’re not going to let a little change in your schedule and daily rhythm stop you.

If you can’t find something Whole30 compliant while traveling, relax. Take a step back. Pull out your emergency Lara Bar that you brought with you for such a time as this and make a plan.

You’ve got this.

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2017 in review. Wow. 2017 was a big year for me! I quit a job a hated. I quit a job I actually liked, but took too much time away from my writing. I started eating better. I stopped eating better. I went on a lot of trips.

In 2016, I paid off my student loans and explored the States in depth. In 2017, I went on my first solo trip abroad and almost died a few times. All in good fun!

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States visited: Texas, Massachusetts, Virginia, DC, Maryland, Rhode Island, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas.

Countries visited: USA, Costa Rica, Germany, the Netherlands, England, Italy, Czech Republic, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Liechtenstein, Switzerland.

Here’s how it went:

Went to Boston on a Week’s Notice to Surprise my College Bestie

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Friends in Boston. Brittney, the surprisee, is in the middle.

I started off the year by flying to Boston to surprise one of my best friends from college. I got some frantic texts from her sister the last week of December letting me know the entire squad was meeting up in Boston and could I come too? 

I don’t really make good financial choices, so I went! And boy, was she surprised.

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Witnessed a Historic Weekend in Washington DC

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Unimpressed at the Inauguration

I went to an inaugural ball, Trump’s inauguration, the Women’s March on Washington, AND got some free mimosas from the Hungarian embassy all over the course of one long weekend. It was wild and emotionally draining, but I’m glad I went.

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Hunted for Pancake, the 1st Puppy of Texas, in Austin

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Looking for Pancake in the Texas House of Representatives

My brother in law graduated as a Texas State Trooper in February, so we all went to Austin for the ceremony. It was pretty cool. But I was more interested in finding Pancake, Governor Abbot’s dog. I didn’t find her.

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Failed at Finding Bluebonnets in Fredericksburg

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The biggest cluster we could find.

Texas Bluebonnets are legends, so my mom and I went on a hunt for them over spring break. I had visions of twirling in a field brimming with tall blue flowers. I just knew my Instas were gonna be bangin. But I got the photo above instead. This part of my 2017 in review is a pretty great representation of my life, actually.  The Texas Hill Country is still pretty though, so I couldn’t be too mad.

Visited Chip and Jo in Waco

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Enjoy a Cinnamon Roll courtesy of Joanna Gaines

I got my braces off on May 1st, so Waco was one of my favorite trips in 2017 because I could finally smile for photos with no more metal mouth. My mom, sister, and I went to Magnolia Market and the Dr. Pepper Museum — and managed not to join a cult in the process.

Caught up with my College Pals at my Mount Holyoke Reunion

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We want to recreate this photo at each reunion.

Mount Holyoke does a two year reunion so that you can come back and watch your “little sister” class graduate. Two years is actually the perfect amount of time for a college reunion because no one has actually accomplished anything yet, so there’s a lot of commiserating and not a lot of bragging. I left really looking forward to my 5 year.

Went Househunting in Newport

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The Breakers

I literally have no idea what I’m going to do if I don’t end up crazy rich later in life. Case in point: casually touring the likes of The Breakers and Marble House in Newport, Rhode Island and thinking, “Yeah. I can totally see myself here.” I mean, what’s a couple billion dollars to a hustler like me?

Got Bitten by an Iguana in Costa Rica

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My little amigo who would later betray me

My trip to Costa Rica in May was a hot mess. I got bitten by an Iguana. My friend Smoky and I got lost in the rain (and not in a romantic way) more times that I care to admit. I saw a man peeing in the jungle. I somehow survived.

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Herded Children in Nashville

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Inside the Parthenon model in Nashville

Somehow I pass as an adult out there in the world and was placed in charge of the health and safety of a group of teenagers as we traveled from Houston to Nashville and back again for a week of service work in July. They all survived and I got to eat a lot of ice cream and visit the Grand Ole Opry, so I’d say it was a great trip.

Got Bedbugs (and had a blast!) in Europe

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Me and Smoky at Oktoberfest!

Y’all. My feet about fell off on my grand tour of Europe. I’m not exaggerating. My toes literally started to separate from my body. I also was the proud owner of 70+ bedbug bites and jet leg to beat the band. But I still had a blast! I promise. I braved my first international solo trip and crossed quite a view experiences off my bucket list.

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Got in a Bus Accident in San Antonio

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My Texas-sized breakfast at the hotel that morning.

Just imagine your bus breaking down and waiting on the side of the road for two hours while looking after 50+ students. Then imagine getting sideswiped by a guy who fell asleep at the wheel about 90 seconds after you finally got to reboard the bus and having to get off again and wait another two hours in the parking lot to be rescued by a second bus.

At least I got to meet a hot fireman who was working the crash. 

Had the Best View in Austin

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Can you spot Willie? He’s there, I promise.

I went to Austin to watch my two baby cousins while their parents attended a Christmas party. We went full on Eloise at the Plaza and spent our evening at the Hilton in downtown Austin eating chocolate covered pretzels, calling the front desk, and admiring the massive Willie Nelson mural we could see from our window. The horses on 6th Street put on a pretty great show as well.

Took my Mom to “Prague”

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Just as pretty as the real Prague….right?

My sister went to Prague in 2013 and hasn’t stopped gushing about it. I went in October and became equally obsessed. So now my mom really wants to visit. Prague was still inaccessible the last time she was in mainland Europe in 1978, so she missed it during her grand tour, and I couldn’t quite afford to fly her over — so I did the next best thing. I took her to Prague, Texas!

There are many, many Czechs in Texas (known as HOT (heart of Texas) Czechs) and so the Prague here is basically the same. Basically.

“Moved” my Sister to Corpus Christi

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The Queen and I

When I say moved, I really mean came to Corpus Christi over New Years to pay my respects to Selena and took a conveniently timed nap when the moving truck arrived so I wouldn’t have to help unload anything. I’m the worst.

My 2017 in review was full of great adventures! Here’s what is in store for 2018:

January

Fort Worth to see the famous stockyards and hopefully pet a longhorn.

March

Taking a great Southwest road trip with my mom to include the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley so that I can run, Forrest, run.

April

Moving to Australia on a Work and Holiday visa.

August 

I’d love to go to Fiji for my birthday, as well we Bali while I’m on that side of the world. I hope it works out!

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Wondering about which questions to ask when traveling abroad? Being proactive and speaking up before you get in a taxi, exchange money, or make a purchase is essential to having a stress-free trip and avoiding rookie tourist mistakes.

Here are the top 5 questions to ask when traveling abroad to avoid common travel mistakes:

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Some swans just chilling in Zürich.

Can I have a printed receipt?

 

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Bratislava, Slovakia

Ridesharing apps like Uber and Lyft have eliminated this issue in many cities, as you can get a fare estimate before you book and track your route from the app; however, this is still on my list of questions to ask when traveling abroad just in case you need to take a cab.

Be sure to ask your driver for a far estimate and printed receipt as soon as you get in the vehicle. Having a printed receipt (not handwritten as is sometimes offered) can help protect you if you get into a meter dispute with a crooked cabbie.

If you book a private car ahead of time (e.g. a private airport transfer or a shuttle to an attraction) be sure to confirm that it’s your car before you get in (especially if you asked multiple companies for quotes!)…or you could end up like baby Emily and be certain you were about to be taken out by the Italian Mafia. Read about it here.

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Do you accept credit cards?

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I took this picture on my panic-induced ATM run. Prague is still pretty, even when you’re stressed AF.

 

This is an essential one of the questions to ask while traveling, but the key is asking BEFORE you order. Many restaurants abroad (i.e. not in the USA — although some places are reverting) are still “cash only” businesses. If you ask before you are seated, you’ll have the luxury of finding another place to dine if they don’t accept cards, or going to find at ATM at a leisurely pace if you really want to eat there.

When Smoky and I were in Prague, we made the mistake of assuming a burger place would take cards (I mean, they had WiFi and were playing Ed Sheeran, so it was an easy mistake), so since we found out AFTER we had ordered and eaten, I was tasked with running around Old Town Square in the dark like a maniac looking for an ATM while Smoky was held hostage in the restaurant.

And then I had to carry around hella Czech coins for the rest of my trip since I didn’t feel like giving the guy a $10 tip (y’all this place was barely even a cash only place — it was a COIN only place based on the change he gave me.)

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Do I have an international data plan?

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My house in Budapest.

Y’all. This is one of the most common travel mistakes and so it’s one of the most important questions to ask when traveling abroad.

The world is becoming increasingly connected, but certain companies seem to be lagging behind, so international data charges are a monster travelers should actively avoid. For example, when I travel with Smoky (a TMobile customer) she can just turn on her phone in any new country and it works like it would at home with no extra charges.

But if I did that ( a Verizon customer), I would literally have to sell my soul to lord satan to be able to afford it.

Thankfully,  if you don’t have an international data plan you can easily

  • Pick up a sim card with a few gigs of data on it at the airport or in the city center.
  • Put your phone on airplane mode and hope there’s abundant free wifi available.
  • Just use some walkie talkies or smoke signals or something idk.

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What time does this close?

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Salzburg, Austria

As an American, I’m used to things being open in fairly predictable patterns. Most offices operate roughly 9AM – 5PM and places to eat stay open until at least 10PM (often later) — but abroad, it’s often an entirely different story.

When I lived in Italy, places like offices, museums, and ancient sites would often close for lunch, or even an extended siesta in the middle of the day. Sometimes an attraction was open all weekend, so it was closed Mondays to make up for it.

A common travel mistake is to just assume the thing you want to do will be open. As you are planning your trip, be sure to note any peculiar closings or hours, especially if it’s a “must see” for you.

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Is my shampoo lid screwed on all the way?

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Vaduz, Liechtenstein

OKAY Y’ALL. Common travel mistakes 101.

It’s story time. Story time about those days of yesteryear when I didn’t think I needed to put my toiletries in a plastic bag or double check that they were closed before, you know, zipping them into a confined space with my computer, clothing, and passport copies.

Turns out, face wash doesn’t make your camera clean and clear and under control…it just makes it hang out in a bucket of rice for a few hours while hoping for the best.

So, learn from my mistakes. One of the most important questions to ask when traveling abroad is simple: are my freaking toiletries closed?

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Looking to create a study abroad bucket list? Look no farther! I’ve put together the ultimate European Scavenger Hunt so you and your friends can hit the highlights of Europe and make memories to last a lifetime.

I’m on Instagram at ShesATripBlog  and would LOVE to see your entries as you complete the list.  Make sure to tag me!

Editor’s note: I took many of these photos during my actual semester abroad, many moons ago before I was a blogger. Pre-braces and with a bad haircut. Be nice!

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I’ve organized these by country first, then by points level — but, fair warning, everything is made up and the points don’t matter. 

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Study Abroad Bucket List Austria

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Horsing around with the dancing Lipizzaners in Vienna.

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Making music at Beethoven’s apartment — minus the hedonism (or not).

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Recreating any part of The Sound of Music in Salzburg.

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The “Sixteen Going On Seventeen” Gazebo.

Study Abroad Bucket List Czech Republic

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“Imagining” a photo at the John Lennon Wall without anyone else in it.

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Hot tip: going to Prague in the fall means it’s waaaay less crowded.

Eating a Trdelnik (even though they’re not Czech at all and you should probably just eat a Koláč).

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A photo chilling at the Charles Bridge.

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Since Charles Bridge is dubbed “the most annoying place in Prague” by locals, you deserve extra points if you can find an actual Czech on it. And yes, dragging the guy you were czeching out at the pub onto the bridge totally counts.

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Study Abroad Bucket List England

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The truly ~*iconic*~ London phone booth pic. Make sure to include Big Ben — the only British boy who will never break your heart.

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Drinking Butter Beer at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.

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Trying to get to Hogwarts at Platform 9 3/4.

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I’ve since been sorted into Slytherin. Choosing not to live that truth.

A photo crossing Abbey Road.

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legit almost got hit by a car fam.

Hanging with the guards at Buckingham Palace.

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  • 10 points 

If you bring friends to accurately create the Abbey Road cover, these bonus points are for you.

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If you can get one of the guards to laugh, enjoy these major bonus points.

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His wife took this photo! <3 “Oh dear, looks as though I’m famous” – him.

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 Study Abroad Bucket List France

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A Hall of Mirrors selfie at Versailles.

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The classic Mona Lisa selfie. Be prepared to literally fight everyone to get to the front.

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The overdone-but-still-cute Louvre Pyramid Touch.

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Modeling with the Eiffel Tower.

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Looking “nice” in Nice.

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The classic Oktoberfest pic.

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Channeling your inner-Kennedy and Reagan at the Brandenburg Gate.

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Doing some heavy workouts at the PanAthenaic Stadium.

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I’m so out of shape just looking at all these stairs made me feel tired.

Cheesing on the Acropolis.

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Looking for Kostas on Santorini (#DatCalderraDoe)

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Holding up the Leaning Tower of Pisa — it ain’t gonna do it alone!

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Channeling your inner Lizzie McGuire and tossing a coin into the Trevi Fountain.

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Trying not to get eaten by a lion at the Colosseo.

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Can’t forget a Gondola ride in Venice — that’s amore!

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waaaay before Instagram — this is the only photo I have of myself on a gondala haha.

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Literally just you eating some pizza.

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The Guinness Storehouse pic in Dublin.

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This is at Jameson Distillery — but I feel like it still counts.

Kissing the Blarney Stone.

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This was right after. I’m scared of heights, so I need a second to recover.

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Study Abroad Bucket List Monaco

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Pretending to be hella rich and fancy while trying not to lose your last 20 Euro at the casino.

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  • 100 points 

Monaco is known as a hangout for the rich and famous — so if you spot a celeb, you’ve earned these points!

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I met Eddie in London, not Monaco…so maybe I’l just take 50 points.

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Study Abroad Bucket List Morocco

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The iconic camel selfie (up to you if you want to ride them — make sure they are being treated well!)

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Kammerlohr with her camel.

Make all your friends at home jealous with a snap of the Hammam Baths.

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Study Abroad Bucket List the Netherlands

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Just chilling NEAR the I Amsterdam sign because you’re wearing tight pants and aren’t that fit anyway, so you can’t climb up.

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Hanging out inside a giant wooden shoe.

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Making sure all the lame ~* under 21s*~ back in the States know you can drink in Europe by posing at the Heineken Experience.

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Chilling on top of the I Amsterdam sign because you’re a literal monkey.

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Peep my friend Mattias on the M.

Posing with one of the Dutch male models who work at the Heineken Experience.

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I didn’t complete this step, so instead I offer you a photo of my Dutch brother-in-law and his groomsmen 🙂

Scotland

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Looking for Jamie from Outlander.

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I didn’t find him.

Looking for Nessie.

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Literally just finding either of them.

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Final Tally

Best of luck completing your Study Abroad Bucket List! Add up all your points at the end of the semester to see who won (hint: all of you win because you got to study abroad in Europe).

I wasn’t able to do all of these in a semester, so don’t worry if you can’t either — just enjoy the journey.

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Can you wear normal clothes to Oktoberfest?

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my new friends at Marienplatz in Munich.

Absolutely fam. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

My mom had a beer at the Hofbräuhaus during her grand tour of Europe in 1978 in jeans and a t-shirt. Leading up to my trip to Munich, she couldn’t understand my panic at the price of an authentic Dirndl because she didn’t even think I should get one.

“Just wear jeans, Emily! No one will care!”

But Mom, yes they will care!

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enjoying a pretzel instead of trying on Dirndl after Dirndl the day before Oktoberfest

You see, I read countless blogs before going to Oktoberfest and most of them had the same thing to say (in essence) about wearing Dirndls at the festival:

You have to wear a Dirndl or you’ll look lame because literally everyone else is gonna be in one, but you have to spring for an authentic Dirndl and not get one of the costume-quality ones because that’s offensive to Bavarian culture and you’ll look stupid in your cheap Oktoberfest costume and everyone will laugh at you.

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I was like daaaaang. Looks like I’m spending $200 on a dress I’m literally going to wear one time.

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pondering how much dirndls cost

But then I thought, wait a minute. I’m a Kammerlohr. My family is literally Bavarian, so how can wearing a cheap Oktoberfest costume be offensive to my own people?

So I looked it up again: Can you wear normal clothes to Oktoberfest? but basically got the same answer: no (see reasons above).

By this point, I was in a full blown panic. I didn’t want to spend lots of money on a Dirndl, but I’m also a compulsive planner, so buying an Oktoberfest outfit last minute in Munich was too stressful for me.

What’s a girl to do? Hit up Amazon.

I got my Dirndl on Amazon for $49.99. Best choice I’ve ever made. You can find the one I got right here. 

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Cheap Oktoberfest costumes run small, so definitly size up. I normally wear a 14 in dresses, got the XXL, and still had to have my friend’s mom sew velcro panels into the sides at the last minute.

I was pumped. I bought a relativity cheap Dirndl. I practiced braiding my hair to look barmaid AF. I was ready.

Or so I thought!

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Smoky and I in our Dirndls. She got hers online and paid big money.

YES! ABSOLUTELY! 100 %.

There were tons of girls there in normal dresses, jeans, and even shorts (y’all it was cold — not sure what they were thinking). And you know what? Their cloths didn’t matter at all. While there were lots of people there wearing traditional Dirndls and Lederhosen, the people who weren’t didn’t seem out of place or like they were having any less fun.

No one cared that I was in a cheap Oktoberfest Dirndl. They wouldn’t have cared if I was in normal clothes, either.

Besides — most of the people there were too busy getting white girl wasted to notice what people were wearing.

Turns out, my mom was right. But isn’t she always?

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To recap:

Wear what you want to Oktoberfest, but if you’d like to get a cheap Dirndl, check out Amazon. I really liked this one, but it wouldn’t ship by when I needed it since I waited too late. So I got this equally cute one. Also, I’m pretty sure when they talk about “offensive costumes” they mean ones like this, but you do you girl.

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