Winter Adventure Essentials

Fall is long gone in Chicago and the cold winter days are here so stay. This weekend I am headed off to an even colder place – Toronto, Canada which I’m very excited about. I have only been to Vancouver for a few hours and then spent a week in Whistler so it will be fun exploring a city in a different part of Canada. To brace the cold I’ve put together some of the essentials I will be bringing with me to Toronto.  


CaseApp Giveaway!

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, I received a free CaseApp skin in exchange for writing this review. Although this post is sponsored, all opinions are my own.

As someone who doesn’t own any apple products, it’s been hard to find a fun case or skin for my laptop. So when Caseapp connected with me to collaborate with them on a new skin for my Asus laptop I was very excited! Caseapp has a variety of different skins and cases that you can choose from or customize your own laptop skin. I chose one of their designed skins – Sri Lankan Palms. I’m always dreaming of tropical adventures and when I was choosing which design I wanted, I couldn’t resist the dreamy tropical palm trees. It was easy to apply and within seconds my boring laptop cover was unique to my style. Along with the many laptop skin designs and custom laptop skins you can also choose a skin for your phone.

As the holidays are quickly approaching I wanted to hold my first giveaway courtesy of Caseapp. I am giving away one free product from caseapp.com. Simply enter below by following me on Instagram, bloglovin’ or leaving a comment below. And as a bonus pre-holiday treat you can use promo code DREAMOFADVENTURES20 to get 20% off your purchase when you checkout!

Rules: Use Rafflecopter to enter the giveaway. Giveaway ends November 30, 2016. Winner will be notified via email. 

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x the Adventurer


Traverse City, Michigan

Some of the best trips you take are the ones that were to a random place, had the least amount of planning and exceeded your expectations. My trip to Traverse City, Michigan was exactly that. A few weekends ago we decided to take a short one night trip to upper Michigan to get away from our day to day life and enjoy some time together with R. I had heard about Traverse City through a friend and after googling it and seeing few photos I booked us an Airbnb. With no general plan except where we were staying the night, we headed up north to Midwest’s number one small town to visit.


Wine, Renoir and a black cat

Every fall Facebook reminds me of the many memories from my semester living in Paris. It was three years ago that I packed my bags and moved to a small apartment in Montmartre with two of my classmates. Almost every night we enjoyed glasses bottles of wine while looking out our living room window at the lively square below. One afternoon, during my first month of living in Montmartre, I escaped from my studies to venture to the last vineyard in Paris.


Prague | Photo Diary Part I

(View from Old Town Square Tower)
Prague, Czech Republic is the most beautiful city the world. Ok, so I may be biased because it’s the city I was born in, partially raised in and where I continuously visit the majority of my family. So of course I am going to brag about what an incredible city it is. I got to go back at the beginning of summer when we flew to Europe for our European adventure to Amsterdam (dutch cuisine post), London (part I and Part II), and Prague. Last on our itinerary was Prague because we were there for my cousin’s wedding and wanted to conclude our trip visiting my family.


1 Year Blog Anniversary

Wow, I can’t believe it’s been a year since I began blogging again. Although Dream of Adventures was started a few years ago during my semester abroad, I made my return back to the blogging world a year ago. I restarted my blog because I had finished university, lived alone, winter was approaching and I wanted to fill my evenings with something new. This year has gone by so fast and looking back at all the posts it amazes me how many adventures I have been on. 

 It took a few posts until I found my niche: travel. But if I thought of another topic to write about I wanted to share it (see: making my own chocolate). Over the past year I have been introduced to so many unique places, cultures and topics from around the world by reading blogs and connecting with other bloggers. I’ve always enjoyed reading magazines or news articles but now I find myself going to blogs for interesting readings.

Working a full time job and working on my blog on the side has proved to be difficult at times but has taught me how to organize my time and take my blog more seriously. In many ways Dream of Adventures is teaching me how to manage a project and challenges me when it comes to the tech aspect of my work.

I am in no way a tech savvy person and so the fact that I was able to set up a blog and have it become more than I imagined (with the help of many youtube videos) I am very proud of.  I started my blog on blogger and have been hoping to make the jump to wordpress. The one time I did try it I ended up thinking I had lost everything and ended up spending way too much on the process. Now with a new year ahead of me and my blog I hope to put on my big girl pants and make the switch. So look out for future changes and please bare with me as I navigate through the tech side of things.

I hope you like my blog and posts as much as I like putting them together. I am always overwhelmed when I see how many of you have left comments and I make sure to read all of them and answer as many as I can. I have noticed my photography improving as well as my writing. Blogging has opened up a new possibilities for me and I love the creative outlet it provides.  

Here's to the next year of adventures! =o)

x the Adventurer


Starved Rock State Park

When you think of the state of Illinois in the Midwestern part of the US you imagine corn fields, flat landscapes that go on for miles and of course the city of Chicago. What you didn’t think you would find just two hours outside of Chicago is a state park with steep inclines, sandstone canyons and tall trees – Starved Rock State Park. Last weekend a group of my friends and I spent the day hiking and exploring the many canyons in Starved Rock. Hiking through the park you would think you are a world away from the flat land of Illinois.