Porto, Portugal: A Vistor’s Guide

Welcome back! Today we’re talking all about one of my favorite European cities–Porto, Portugal (“o Porto” if you’re a native). Before you jump in, be sure to subscribe to SideofKail and follow me on Instagram @sideofkail! Porto is the second-largest city in Portugal–right after Lisbon. It’s located on the Douro river and sits partially along…

How to Find Quality Friends

Good friends make you laugh, hold you when you cry, and challenge you to be the best version of yourself, but they also boost your health.  Research shows that quality friendships in your 20s are a solid predictor of living to your 70s, and that poor social support has the same  mortality-risk equivalent as smoking 15…

A Weekend in Edinburgh Scotland

Scotland is a quaint country just north of England, painted with vibrant green mountains and stone laden roads. Edinburgh–the capital city of Scotland–is officially my new favorite place. *Depending who you ask, Scotland technically isn’t a country…it’s part of the United Kingdom.* PS: It’s pronounced ED-IN-BRUH (You’re welcome) If you’re planning a Europe trip, or…

Planning Your First Europe Trip

Congrats, friend! You’re going to Europe! You’re about to experience some life-changing moments—not to mention eat delicious food, meet incredible people, and see some wicked views. PS: Follow @sideofkail for more pics of my European adventure Planning a European adventure might seem overwhelming at first, but follow these steps and you’ll be saying “Ciao!” or…

Making Dreams Happen: Chapter 3

The trip: Sometimes plans are better off changed. Much like my life, our Europe plans were ever changing. London was a for sure, since we were flying in and out of it. But Paris was a complete disaster and Austria cost enough to make my stomach churn.  So we pulled out a map, scanned our options, and decided to head…