How To Spend 3 Days in Tuscany

NothingΒ epitomized Tuscany more to me than Italian Cypress trees, rolling hills, world-famous wineries, the renaissance in Florence, and as the movie Under the Tuscan Sun showed us: a great place to get away from it all. With a few days to spare during my trip to England for a wedding, Mark and I made our way south to explore Pisa, Florence, and the Tuscan countryside. Here’s how we spent our three days.
Continue reading “How To Spend 3 Days in Tuscany”

Noelle’s Monthly Recap: October 2017

October was one of my busiest travel months ever. After heading west to California for a work trip, I made it back home just in time to drive a few hours south to celebrate Markell’s birthday at Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia. A week later, I journeyed across the pond for a quick jaunt to Italy’s Tuscany region, followed by visiting friends in England and attending a wedding in Wales. I’ve spent the better part of this month jet lagged, but had a fabulous time visiting so many new places! Continue reading “Noelle’s Monthly Recap: October 2017”

Who is Noelle Across The Pond? Q&A

Despite starting Noelle Across The Pond in March of 2016, beyond my About Noelle Across The Pond page which offers a brief explanation of what led up to me starting this blog, I’ve never really shared much about my history of traveling (not to mention, writing about myself in excess makes me feel awkward). However, let’s change that today with me sharing a bit about where I’ve been and how I’ve been a lifelong wanderluster. Continue reading “Who is Noelle Across The Pond? Q&A”

Tips on Surviving Your First Year Abroad

Moving abroad is something most people only dream of, so when it actually happens the focus tends to be on the move itself, finding somewhere to live, and settling in. But what happens beyond that initial stage?

If you’re anything like me, I had a few goals when I moved abroad: learn more about the culture, travel throughout Europe, and gain some international work experience. But there were also other parts that I was less sure about – like making friends, how my relationships at home would be impacted, and if I would become out of the loop of what was going on in the United States and my local area.

In the end, I survived my first year abroad – and I know you can too. Here are tips on what helped me make it through.

Continue reading “Tips on Surviving Your First Year Abroad”