Rewind! Bibis Favorite Pots Thus Far Travels with bibi

REWIND: Bibi’s Favorite Travels and Adventures

The Travels with Bibi blog has been online for half a year already. Wow! As I’m creating content with my much-appreciated followers in mind, I sometimes get the notion to reintroduce myself to my fantastic readers.


Perhaps you’ve stumbled onto this blog looking for family- and budget-friendly travel tips, or maybe you seek inspiration for a once in a lifetime bucket list travel destination; or you might be a hiker or backpacker looking for survival tips and gear lists; or maybe you came to my blog to check out the North Carolina craft brewery posts.

Whatever the reason for your visit, some of you might wonder what the heck those topics have in common? The simple answer is: absolutely nothing. The more complicated answer: I love them all and each topic defines me in some way, which is why the Travels with Bibi blog was born.

There are a number of you who are new followers and subscribers (hello!) so now’s the perfect time to publish a post (re)introducing myself.

You won’t find yawn-inducing fast facts or a Q&A post however. Instead, I thought you would get greater enjoyment from a presentation of my six favorite posts that I’ve written so far. Hopefully, this helps give you a well-rounded vision of what the Travels with Bibi blog strives to achieve!

In no particular order, here are my six favorite posts thus far!

Note: There may be affiliate links in featured blog posts.

Ten Things No One Tells You About Climbing Kilimanjaro

Ten Things No One Tells You About Climbing Kilimanjaro Travels with Bibi
On the way to the summit of Kilimanjaro

When I arrived in Tanzania, Africa for my bucket list adventure and climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro, I didn’t know what I didn’t know! I thought I was well prepared, and for the most part I was. I knew the steps needed to acclimatize to the extreme altitude, and I was mostly successful in that.

But what surprised me the most during my 7-day Machame Route trek to the Rooftop of Africa were all the little things other trekkers fail to tell you before a climb. Read on to find out what I had to learn the hard way.

Bring the Pup! Beer Lovers Guide To Asheville’s South Slope

Bring the Pup Beer Lover Guide to Asheville's South Slope Travels with Bibi

Asheville, North Carolina is the self-proclaimed craft brewery capital of the world! With 30 breweries open or scheduled to be opened in 2018, there’s no doubt it’s a well-deserved title. Thankfully, you don’t need to leave your favorite canine buddy at home when you decide to partake in all the deliciousness Asheville brews have to offer.

Grab a leash and hit the pub with your pup on this self-guided tour of eight breweries in the downtown South Slope area of laid-back yet edgy Asheville, North Carolina.

The Ultimate Guide To Visiting Blarney Castle

A Guide to Visiting Blarney Castle Travels with Bibi

Traveling to Ireland last summer was an amazing visual treat! It was almost like living in a picture postcard because the entire island was beautiful, lush, and proudly sporting its 40 Shades of Green, made famous by the Johnny Cash song of the same name. Though Blarney Castle may be one of Ireland’s most popular tourist spots, it is definitely worth visiting.

The afternoon spent exploring the castle and grounds was a great introduction to the beauty and friendliness of the people of Ireland and one of my favorite experiences there. Did you know that kissing the Blarney Stone makes for a wild hairstyle? Check out the post for a wild picture of my Blarney Castle hairstyle!

Hiking Survival Tips 101 ~ How To Save Your Life With A Sock

Survival Kills 101 ~ How To Save Your Life With a Sock Travels with Bibi

What would you do if you were in a survival situation and all you had with you were the clothes on your back? In some situations, your clothing may be enough to save your life! Just look to your feet for a potentially lifesaving piece of gear.

Sure, hiking socks can protect your feet from blisters and help you avoid frostbite or hypothermia on a winter hike. But sock usefulness doesn’t begin and end with your feet, however. A single pair of socks can be used in a variety of ways to help you survive emergency situations no matter what season it is.

And unless you’re hiking in sandals, you’ll always have at least one pair with you in the backcountry. Read on to find out how a pair of socks just might save your life!

48 Hours In San Francisco ~ The Ultimate Bucket List Itinerary

48 Hours in San Francisco ~ The Ultimate Bucket List Itinerary for a Weekend Visit Travels with Bibi

San Francisco is an exciting travel destination where visitors could easily spend weeks in the area and still not experience all that the city has to offer. If your time in San Francisco is limited, as mine was a few weeks ago when I visited my daughter and her family there, this 48-hour guide hits most of the highlights both on and off the beaten path so you can make the most out of your limited time.

Activities in San Francisco are packed full of excitement and it’s the cultural, commercial and financial heart of Northern California. Pack your bags and check out this ultimate bucket list itinerary for the city sometimes called the Paris of the West!

Leaf Peeping In Maggie Valley, North Carolina

The Best Fall Color Guide: Maggie Valley, North Carolina Travels with Bibi

I think Fall is my favorite time of year and when the leaves change color and don their vibrant hues of red, orange, and yellow, Western North Carolina bursts into a stunning autumn display.

Maggie Valley is adjacent to both the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, making it the perfect location to get your Fall color on! Undoubtedly, Maggie Valley’s surrounding mountains are beautiful every season of the year, but there’s something even more special when they are decked out in brilliant Fall foliage. Check out this road trip itinerary for Maggie Valley and Western North Carolina’s best leaf peeping spots!

What’s Next?

Next week, I’ll be bringing you some great family friendly travel ideas for Christmas-themed train rides! The kiddos will love a trip planned with them in mind, plus, there’s nothing better in a child’s eyes than riding the rails with Santa! Stay tuned for some new guest writers too!

In the meantime, rifle through my old blog posts at Travels with Bibi , check out some of my awesome guest writers, and be sure to follow me on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Do you have a favorite Travels with Bibi post? Let me know in a comment below! I love hearing from my readers, and without you, Travels with Bibi blog wouldn’t even exist. I’m so glad you are here!


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  1. I really, and I mean really, want to visit San Fran and Ireland someday. I most certainly would stay for at least 2 weeks in Ireland; As I love anything to do with castles. Also with watching the tv series Outlander it’s certainly something that I can not miss.

  2. Whoa! You. Are. Goals. I love this blog, I didn’t realize it was so young. You have done incredible things so far in your life and it doesn’t look like there is any sign on you slowing down. I can’t wait to follow along for more! Keep writing, we are all reading and waiting in anticipation!

    1. Thanks Meg!! I’ll be writing, writing, writing soon because high school teacher retirement is right around the corner! 🙂

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