• Las Vegas,  Nevada,  North America,  Travel,  United States

    5 Things To Do Off The Las Vegas Strip

    5 Things To Do Off The Las Vegas Strip Before visiting Las Vegas for the first time at the age of 21, everything I knew about the place was based off the Hangover movies. My first visit was amazing, I loved the vibe, the clubs, bars, everything. Fast forward a few years and I just took my 7th visit in July this year. Having done most of what Vegas has to offer I’ve started venturing off the strip. Here are a few different ideas for your next trip to Vegas. Atomic Testing Museum The Atomic Testing Museum documents the history of nuclear testing at the Nevada Test Site. One of…

  • A City Girl Eats,  Cancun,  Mexico,  Travel

    A City Girl Eats: Cancun, Mexico

    I have adored Mexican food ever since I started exploring the Hispanic & Latino neighbourhoods of California. For the longest time “Ol Del Paso” was my only experience of Mexican food. Fast-forward a few years and it’s now one of my favourite cuisines. When I told my Mexican roommate I was going to Cancun for a few days she was so excited for me as she knows how much I love the food and culture. Having shared her cooking skills with me, I couldn’t wait to experience the real deal. Here’s what and where I ate in Mexico! Pericos Upon arriving at our hostel we wandered the area and found…

  • Central America,  Mexico,  Travel

    Exploring The Yucatan: My First Taste Of Mexico

    This March I spent four days in Cancun, Mexico. It was a bit of a spontaneous trip. I was originally supposed to be on a ten day cruise of the caribbean but plans changed and I decided to meet my friend in Mexico instead. Are we being scammed? On arriving at our hostel in Cancun, my friend Laura and I decided to check out the area and see if we could book a tour to Chichen Itza. Our hostel offered tours but the guy at reception spoke little to no English and we couldn’t figure out a date, price or leaving time. We wandered into a hotel just down the…

  • Anaheim,  California,  Disney,  Disneyland,  North America,  Travel,  United States

    4 Days In Disneyland Resort California: Disneyland

    Last December, I found myself booking a four-day trip to Disneyland. During the holidays, the Walt Disney Company offers 60% off select hotels for Cast Members. It had always been my dream to stay at the Disneyland hotel, how could I say no? In dreams you will lose your heartache… The Disneyland Hotel For the four days we spent in Disneyland we stayed at The Disneyland Hotel. The original Disney hotel. The rooms here are so magical, literally! The throw cushions on the bed recite lines from Cinderella. The best part was the headboard, carved into it was the Sleeping Beauty castle. Each night before we would go to bed,…

  • Travel

    Welcome To A City Girl Outside

    Welcome to A City Girl Outside My name’s Rachael, Welcome to my blog! What is it all about? The name for this blog came from my very first ‘authentic’ camping trip, last year on Vancouver Island. I was severely underprepared for what lie ahead. Despite being told by my boyfriend what to expect, as always, I chose to ignore him. Needless to say, I realised that I have zero experience with being in the real outdoors. I ended up wearing his clothes for three days because sun dresses just won’t keep you warm! Adding to my experience of “the outdoors”, it was a challenge hiking the Joffre lakes with no…

  • Seattle,  Travel,  United States,  Washington

    48 Hours In Seattle, Washington

    I just came back from a spontaneous road trip to Seattle. Living in BC I’m pretty close to the border and Seattle is a 7 hour drive away. Amazing really, when I consider my road trip 7 yeas ago, to Cornwall from London (one side of the UK to the other) took 7 hours. I grew up listening to bands like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Sound Garden. Seattle is the home of grunge music, I’d read about it in all those Kurt Cobain biographies. So naturally it was on my bucket list for some time. Hopefully it was still full of men with long hair who play guitars? (If only!)…

  • England,  Europe,  London,  Travel,  United Kingdom

    How To Spend 24 Hours In London, England

    How To Spend 24 Hours In London, England Before moving to Canada in November 2016, I wanted go all out and have a big tourist day in London. Being my hometown it’s also my favourite city in the world. I actually spent a lot less than 24 hours in London. But if you have limited time or perhaps a really long layover, this is a good route to hit up most of London’s top sights. Tower Bridge My first stop was London’s iconic landmark, Tower Bridge. This area is really cool to wander around and there are still fragments of the original Roman Wall that once stood around the city…

  • Europe,  Germany,  Munich,  Travel

    Visiting Neuschwanstein: A Fairytale Castle In The Bavarian Alps

    Visiting Neuschwanstein: A Fairytale Castle In The Bavarian Alps During my trip to the Munich Christmas Markets, I took a tour to visit the fairytale castle in the Bavarian Alps that is Neuschwanstein. The inspiration behind Walt Disney’s famous Sleeping Beauty castle, Neuschwanstein has been on my bucket list for a while. For my trip to Neuschwanstein, I booked a tour through Gray Line Munich. This was my first time booking with Gray Line, and they were very reliable. My tour guide Ana was fantastic, not only was she very friendly and happy to answer any questions but she had a great sense of humour and lots of local knowledge.…

  • Europe,  Germany,  Munich,  Travel

    My First German Christmas Market In Munich

    This past December I finally made it to my very first German Christmas Market. Christmas markets happen all over Europe. We have German themed Christmas markets in the UK, but it’s not anywhere near the same. With so many Christmas markets across Germany, how do you decide? I found a site that lists all the markets per county/province. There was also an interactive map that showed them all. I think it’s fair to say pretty much every town in Germany will have one! You can find the interactive map here. With this also being my first ever trip to Germany I was finding it hard to just choose one. Whenever…

  • Europe,  Italy,  Rome,  Travel,  Vatican City

    Falling In Love With The City Of Rome

    Falling In Love With The City Of Rome I took my first trip to Rome in October (2015) to celebrate my 26th Birthday. A quick Google search says that low tourist season in Rome is between November and March. I can safely say that the weekend I visited was most definitely not low season. It was the second week of October so still very busy. There. Were. People. Everywhere Where Did We Stay? We stayed at a hotel Called Hotel Diana. It was closer to the Termini station area of the city, but still a fairly good location to walk to places. The hotel itself was more than adequate for…