A Grand Adventure - Dana Chirps

Between taking a cross-country trip a while back with one of my best friends (hi Veronica!), the places I've visited for fun, and the travels that work has led me to, I've made a serious dent exploring locations I'm interested in here in the USA. I really only have a handful of cities left in America that are on my "must see" list. The pink states below are the ones I've visited (I only counted the states I've legitimately explored).

With all that in mind, I felt like it was time to branch out beyond my own country. So that led me to booking my first trip to Europe! I consider this to be the first of several trips over there, so I figured I'd start with Northern Europe. I'll be going to London, Antwerp, Amsterdam, Hamburg, and Copenhagen in September! I'm most excited for Amsterdam and Copenhagen. 

I booked this trip through a particular company that took care of all of the logistics (which I wanted no part of figuring out), and also offered tours/site-seeing at each destination but didn't handcuff you to anything. Meaning, if I wanted to do my own thing rather than go with the group to wherever, I can do so. While it would have been fun to take this trip with someone, the stars just didn't align, and I got tired of trying to make that happen - so I am taking this trek solo! I'm actually quite excited to flex my independence over there.

At this point I have my flights/trains/ferry booked. Here is what I have to figure out and do:

  1. Travel insurance? 
  2. What to pack/wear
  3. What I want to do in each city
  4. Decide if I want to drop some significant money in buying a professional camera (I would use it after the trip of course)
  5. Read up and study each destination a bit in advance

Needless to say I have lots to do, and much to be excited about! :)


Dana Podgurski

Hi everyone! I'm Dana Podgurski! 

I'm a foot in the mouth, tongue in cheek, head in the clouds, and heart on the sleeve kind of gal. I live for new experiences, but am a total sucker for nostalgia at the same time. I'm tough as nails, but am a complete softie for all things kids and animal related. I fly by the seat of my pants, and live for adventure. But I firmly believe that adventure is a mindset that one's self determines.

For work, I am a marketer through and through. Bringing brands to life, and content marketing are passions of mine. Many would consider what I do as nerdy, but I seriously dig it. I have been doing marketing contract work for years, and appreciate the variety it brings, and the relationships I've developed with my clients. To check out my work portfolio, or if you're interested in a partnership, click here.

For fun I love to create - writing/blogging, photography, and painting are my main three mediums of doing so. Feeling good and healthy is also high on my list, as it really lends itself to making everything more enjoyable. So I maintain a very active lifestyle, eat pretty healthy, and am outdoors as much as I can be. And if my blog didn't make it abundantly clear, I absolutely LOVE to travel. I spend any extra money I have on plane tickets, and feel so fortunate to have been to several amazing destinations both domestically and internationally. There's nothing more fulfilling than coming home from a trip and adding a been-there-pin to my map.