Alyssa Hollingsworth

Visiting Venice: How to Fall for a Cliched City

Venice is one of my favorite cities in the world, which is a claim about as cliche as saying Paris is the city of love. With its canal streets, thousands of bridges, and mask shops at every corner, it may be hard to imagine a Venice that’s unique.

10 Must-See Harry Potter Sights

For someone born in the ‘90s, I somehow missed the Harry Potter train until my sophomore year of college. I blame it on my childhood hipster taste in books. But my late start hasn’t derailed the number of Harry Potter sights I’ve visited. If I, a rather mediocre fan, feel a fluttering of nerdiness at...

5 Stops on the Real Jane Austen Pilgrimage

The first time I went to England, my itinerary had a very distinct theme: Jane Austen. I have interested in Jane Austen since I was 13, and a hardcore fan since I was 16. I’ve read all her books at least once, and most of them upwards of six times. To me, Jane Austen is...

4 Things Not to Miss in Inverness

For the book-lovers out there, you cannot miss a visit to Leakey’s if you’re in Inverness. This second-hand bookstore, which claims to be “Scotland’s largest collection of old, rare and second-hand books and maps,” is housed in an 18th century church.

5 Ways to Sleep in a Party Hostel

I’ve previously written about my accidental stay in a Barcelona party hostel. In sum: I’m the queen of introverts, the Darcy of parties, and on my first visit to a hostel I wound up in a rumpus party center. But I was more interested in touring during the day than living it up at night....

4 Ways You Can Help Stop Human Trafficking in Your Travels

Human trafficking exists. In recent years, the problem has gained a more prominent place in the spotlight, and hopefully this isn’t the first time you’ve heard of it. The United Nations estimates that 2.4 million people are currently being trafficked, most of them exploited into sexual slavery.

5 Beautiful Things About Afghanistan

“Beautiful” and “Afghanistan” is a pairing you don’t normally see on the news, but it’s true. From a wealth of natural resources, to stunning natural landmarks, to the people who work and live in these places, Afghanistan is a land vibrant with beauty. Just take a look.