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Lands’ End Heritage Tour Recap

From the sweeping valleys of the Driftless Area to a quaint little village on the banks of the St. Croix, these last few weeks on the Lands’ End Heritage Tour have been a whirlwind of adventure!

Lands’ End Heritage Tour

I’m very excited to announce that I’ve partnered with classic American retailer Lands’ End, and will be traveling for 3 weeks on the Lands’ End Heritage Tour!

Best Outdoor Adventures in Sayner-Star Lake

This past Labor Day weekend, I traveled to the Sayner-Star Lake area to discover the best things to do and see. This is the first of three posts about the area sponsored by Wisconsin Travel Best Bets. What better way to take in the beauty of the Northwoods than from...

Midwest Travel Destinations

I’d love to begin traveling beyond Wisconsin and into other states, where I can share my experiences and travel advice with you. So here are six Midwest travel destinations now on my bucket list!

The Ultimate Door County Travel Guide

Door County, Wisconsin is one of my all-time favorite places in the Midwest. With summer quickly approaching, I’ve put together the Ultimate Door County Travel Guide!

3 Lakes I’m Excited to Canoe This Summer

I’m itching for summer to get here and I can’t wait to spend a lot of time on the lake this year! One of my goals this summer is to explore more lakes by canoe.

Rib Mountain State Park Guide

Rib Mountain is one of my favorite spots in the Wausau area. No matter the season, there’s always something to do. Discover more about this park with my Rib Mountain State Park Guide!

Three of My Favorite Wisconsin Campgrounds

After booking our first 2018 camping trip a few weeks ago, it got me thinking about all of the camping that we did last summer. There are three spots that jump out at me right away! Here are three of my favorite Wisconsin campgrounds!

Camp Wandawega

Read all about my visit to this historic and whimsical place in southeastern Wisconsin: Camp Wandawega.

Master Camping List

Who else is excited for summer this year?! I’m extra excited now because our first camping trip of the year is booked! And today, I’m sharing my master camping list!

Visiting the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

When we started planning for our Iceland trip, we knew going to the Blue Lagoon was a must. It’s a geothermal spa right in the middle of a lava field and one of the most well-known attractions in the country.

Palmquist Farm

Tucked away in the middle of Wisconsin’s Northwoods, sits an 800-acre gem that you need to see to believe. After reading this, Palmquist Farm will be your next Midwestern getaway.

My Stay at the Foxglove Inn

I’ve been eyeing up a few bed and breakfasts in Door County ever since Sean and I took our first trip there earlier this summer.

Our First Door County Trip

Last weekend, Sean and I went on a camping trip to Door County, Wisconsin. We were lucky enough to secure a campsite at Peninsula State Park (thanks to Sean’s master booking skills!), so we spent three days and two nights exploring the area.

The Driftless Area, Wisconsin

We traveled to the driftless area in Wisconsin to go camping at Perrot State Park. This area of Wisconsin is one of the prettiest areas I’ve ever seen!

11 Airbnbs in Wisconsin You Need to Book This Summer

This year is going to be my second summer living back in Wisconsin and I gotta say, I'm pretty excited for some Midwest adventures! Growing up here, I never really appreciated the beauty of this state. But after traveling around for the last few years, I've come to...

My Carry On Bag Essentials

I love to travel and when I do, I like to have a properly packed carry on. Here are my carry on bag essentials!

Five of My Favorite Shots from Iceland

1. Black Sand Beach   She dreams more often than she sleeps A post shared by Kristen (@kristenelizacarlson) on Jan 23, 2017 at 8:17pm PST 2. Standing about 10 feet away from a waterfall as powerful as Skogafoss will do two things to a person. 1) soak you completely to...

My #1 Tool for Booking Flights

Booking flights can be stressful. There are hundreds of sites to choose from; Expedia, Kayak, Orbitz.... it's hard to decide which one is best. For me, my go-to flight search tool is Google Flights. I absolutely love the simplicity of it. Now, I'm not saying this is...

Two Days Exploring Edinburgh

We kicked off the trip with two days exploring Edinburgh, Scotland. We explored the streets, visited some pubs, saw the famous Edinburgh Castle, had a pastry in a cute Scottish cafe, and even found the street that JK Rowling used as inspiration for Diagon Alley.

Icelandic Horses

"Stop the car!" My face was pressed up against the passenger window looking out towards an open field. The ponies were a multicolored blur as we sped past and my heart jumped. Icelandic horses. It was our first day on the ring road and we were heading south. I had...

A Scottish Inn

The Struan Inn was just meant to be a stopping point on our way from Portree to Stirling; a place to rest our heads after a long day of driving so we could get back on the road refreshed the next day. To our surprise, it ended up being our favorite evening throughout...

Our Final Stay in Iceland

After 26 days traveling around the UK and Iceland, our trip definitely ended on a high note.

Staying in a Castle in the Scottish Highlands

Where better to stay in the Scottish highlands than in a hotel that looks like a castle? Welcome to the Ballachulish Hotel, situated right on the bank of Loch Leven.

Two Days in the Peak District

One of our stops while traveling through England was Castleton; a village in the Peak District. For two nights, we stayed at a darling little B&B called the Causeway House. 

Our Iceland Itinerary

My mom and I traveled around the UK and Iceland back in September 2016. Here is our Iceland Itinerary!

Our UK Itinerary

My mom and I traveled around the UK and Iceland back in September 2016. Here is our UK Itinerary!

Hiking Snowdonia

One of the biggest highlights from my trip to the UK was hiking Snowdonia. Here are a few photos from this awesome adventure!



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