Author: Lea Rose Allbaugh

Lea Rose Allbaugh is a Chicago-based freelance writer who’s obsessed with all things travel. She caught the travel bug back in 2015 during an exchange to the Netherlands and has traveled to 13 other countries since. Travel writing is her favorite way of inspiring others to get up and go experience the world. In her free time, she loves to eat pasta and make everything a dance party. She also writes at her website, Written World!
17 Best Things to Do in Palma de Mallorca (in 2022)

17 Best Things to Do in Palma de Mallorca (in 2022)

After my recent trip through Spain, I’m excited to share my insights into all of the best things to do in Palma de Mallorca. I really think Palma de Mallorca is one of the best places to visit in Spain. It’s known for its warmth, beautiful beaches, fascinating history, and delicious food.  This guide covers…

Where to Stay in São Miguel Island (Best Places in 2022)

Where to Stay in São Miguel Island (Best Places in 2022)

Today, I’m going to guide you on exactly where to stay in São Miguel Island. If you’ve never visited before, it can be hard to know the best places to stay.  This island may be small, but there are tons of accommodation options to choose from. While most tourists choose to stay in Ponta Delgada,…

33 Best Things to Do in North Carolina in 2022 (By a Local)

33 Best Things to Do in North Carolina in 2022 (By a Local)

I’ve explored so much of my home state, and I want to help you do the same! So I’ve rounded up 33 of the absolute best things to do in North Carolina. From exploring nature and visiting famous film sites to trying iconic Carolina barbecues, North Carolina is filled with fun and unique attractions and…

15 Best Waterfalls Near Asheville in 2022 (By a Local)

15 Best Waterfalls Near Asheville in 2022 (By a Local)

Looking to go chasing waterfalls? You’re in luck. As a local, I’m here to guide you to the best waterfalls near Asheville. This area is filled with hundreds of cascades just waiting to be explored.  In this Asheville guide, I cover the top waterfalls worth visiting, plus a few hidden gems and options for every…

Where to Stay in Asheville in 2022 (Best Areas & Places)

Where to Stay in Asheville in 2022 (Best Areas & Places)

I’m an Asheville local here to help you decide where to stay in Asheville while you enjoy all the fun things to do in Asheville. Asheville may be a small city, but each part of Asheville has something special to offer. No matter what activities you’re interested in, I’ll point you to the best area…

17 Best Towns in Western North Carolina (in 2022)

17 Best Towns in Western North Carolina (in 2022)

I grew up in Western North Carolina and in this guide I’ll share my picks for the best towns in Western North Carolina. In this guide, you’ll discover unique things to do and places to stay in each charming mountain destination. I go over popular spots as well as off-the-beaten-path towns in Western North Carolina…

Best Time to Visit Asheville, NC (in 2022)

Best Time to Visit Asheville, NC (in 2022)

Spring and fall are the best times to visit Asheville because the weather is mild but enjoyable. However, summer and fall are the most popular times to visit, since Asheville’s elevation makes it cooler than the surrounding areas. Because I grew up in Asheville, I’m super familiar with the ebb and flow of Asheville’s climate,…

21 Best Day Trips from Asheville (in 2022)

21 Best Day Trips from Asheville (in 2022)

As a North Carolina native, I grew up exploring each of these day trips from Asheville. From popular getaways to locations off the beaten path, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite Asheville day trips for all types of travelers. Because of its central location, destinations near Asheville are endless! There are small towns, state…

North Carolina Packing List (24 Things You Might Forget to Bring)

North Carolina Packing List (24 Things You Might Forget to Bring)

Traveling to the Tar Heel State and don’t know what to pack? Don’t fret. I’m a North Carolina native and am here to help with this ultimate North Carolina packing list! Visiting North Carolina is all about enjoying the state’s diverse range of places and its easy-going pace. All four seasons are generally mild here,…

20 Chicago Travel Tips & Things to Know in 2022 (By a Local)

20 Chicago Travel Tips & Things to Know in 2022 (By a Local)

From visiting Chicago for the first time to becoming a local myself, there are tons of Chicago travel tips I wish I’d known sooner. For example, don’t make the mistake of trying to visit all the attractions in one day, and note that some major museums are closed on Mondays.  With these and more local…

The Art Institute of Chicago (Ultimate Visitor’s Guide)

The Art Institute of Chicago (Ultimate Visitor’s Guide)

It’s no secret that Chicago is home to world-class attractions for arts and culture, and on the top of that list is the Art Institute of Chicago! This impressive Chicago museum located in Grant Park is one of the largest and oldest art museums in the world, and is also one of the best things…

Grant Park | A Chicago Local’s Guide to Visiting (in 2022)

Grant Park | A Chicago Local’s Guide to Visiting (in 2022)

A trip to Chicago just isn’t complete without a visit to Grant Park. Also known as “Chicago’s front yard,” this 312.98-acre park is overflowing with some of the Chicago’s top attractions and events.  Planning on visiting the Bean? The Art Institute? Museum campus? Then you’re in luck. These attractions and more are all located within…

16 Best Coffee Shops in Chicago in 2022 (By a Local)

16 Best Coffee Shops in Chicago in 2022 (By a Local)

If you revel in that first sip of coffee in the morning, then you’ll be delighted to hear about all the best coffee shops in Chicago.  Getting your caffeine fix is a must for fueling each adventure-filled day, and Chicago has everything from classic hipster-esque coffee bars to eclectic neighborhood spots and coffee shops with…

45 Best Things to Do in Asheville, North Carolina (in 2022)

45 Best Things to Do in Asheville, North Carolina (in 2022)

A lively city packed with local culture, art, and Southern Appalachian charm, there is a plethora of fun things to do in Asheville, North Carolina.  Nestled in the heart of Western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville is an outdoor paradise with incredible scenery. I should know – I grew up in western North Carolina!…

29 Best Places to Visit in North Carolina (in 2022)

29 Best Places to Visit in North Carolina (in 2022)

If you’ve never checked out any of the best places to visit in North Carolina before, then prepare to be pleasantly surprised. It’s incredible that one state can have so much diverse scenery. I grew up in North Carolina and have a serious love for the state. I’m here to make your trip planning easy…

How to Get Around in Chicago (By a Local)

How to Get Around in Chicago (By a Local)

There are five main ways to get around Chicago: public transportation, driving, rideshares (Ubers, Lyfts, and taxis), walking, and biking. Public transportation is by far the most popular method for getting around Chicago, but the type of transportation you choose will depend on the activities you’re doing, your budget, where you’re staying, and your general…

5 Day Chicago Itinerary (Pre-Planned By a Local)

5 Day Chicago Itinerary (Pre-Planned By a Local)

Planning a comprehensive Chicago itinerary is crucial to getting the most out of your trip to the Windy City. With Chicago being the third-largest city in the U.S., there’s a lot of ground to cover. From world-class museums to famous attractions, shopping, dining, and exceptional entertainment, there is no shortage of stuff to do in…

33 Best Restaurants in Chicago (Where to Eat, by a Local)

33 Best Restaurants in Chicago (Where to Eat, by a Local)

Often referred to as the “food and drink capital of the world”, there are some seriously great restaurants in Chicago. As a Chicago local, I can attest that dining out and trying new cuisines is one of the best parts of being in the city. I absolutely love trying new places, and I have to…

18 Best Neighborhoods in Chicago for 2022 (By a Local)

18 Best Neighborhoods in Chicago for 2022 (By a Local)

Whether you’re looking to move or visit on vacation, getting a feel for the best neighborhoods in Chicago is a great idea before you go. After all, Chicago has 77 community areas that vary widely. Not every area of Chicago is great for tourists, but even the safest Chicago neighborhoods offer something a little different….

Chicago Packing List (29 Things People Forget to Bring)

Chicago Packing List (29 Things People Forget to Bring)

Looking for an epic Chicago packing list? Then you’re in luck! It’s no fun getting to your destination and realizing you’ve forgotten an item or regretted not packing something else. Or, even worse, packing way too much stuff for the wrong season. Chicago’s unique city-on-the-lake setting gives you certain factors to consider that you don’t…

33 Best Things to Do in Chicago in 2022 (By a Local)

33 Best Things to Do in Chicago in 2022 (By a Local)

When it comes to things to do in Chicago, this Midwestern destination is practically overflowing. The city offers an incredible food scene, vibrant arts and culture, access to beautiful Lake Michigan, and is one of the best sports towns in America (and this is just for starters). At the end of the day, there’s something…