The Stories

Alternative Canal Cruise in Amsterdam

5 Alternative Canal Cruises in Amsterdam

“This article on alternative canal cruises in Amsterdam is inspired by a recent trip to San Francisco. As I was holding up my Sign in Mission Dolores, San Francisco, I noticed a familiar face walking towards me. Up walks one of my good friends from high school that I have not seen in years! Can you say coincidence? She was visiting San Francisco and happened to be having a great day. Which in other words mean she had a good amount of mimosas …”

Tips for Traveling Abroad for the First Time

Tips for Traveling Abroad for the First Time

“On my recent adventure to Mission Dolores in San Francisco, I heard a story that brought on a new kind of anxiety. But before I get into a few tips for traveling abroad for the first time, I’d like to give you the back story of what inspired me to write this blog post. I love to travel with my Sign and hear stories from strangers that I meet abroad. If you haven’t read about how freaking awesome Mission Dolores Park is, I highly recommend …”

Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe With Jonny Mac

“The man referred to in my previous blog post is named Jonny Mac. He was the bartender at The Boathouse on the Pier with the deep, raspy voice that mesmerized me. I was sure he would have a good story because what bartender doesn’t? Especially in South Lake Tahoe! Jonny Mac wasn’t convinced he had a story to tell, but I was determined to learn more about him. Are you ready to hear what I learned? Jonny Mac was originally from Cincinnati, …”

Oxford University Travel Guide

“During my Oxford Day Trip, I only managed to hear one travel tale. But it was a good one about Oxford University! As I was on the Footprints Free 2- Hour Walking Tour, I had the brilliant idea to ask our tour guide for a story. When asking for a story, there’s always the risk that someone will say no and it’s absolutely terrifying. Luckily, our tour guide agreed! Our tour guide’s name was Jo and she gave one of the greatest …”

Amsterdam Canal Tour Guide

The Most Memorable Canal Trip

“As you read in The Amsterdam Experience, my boyfriend and I cruised the canals of Amsterdam on an Airbnb Canal Boat Experience. I told you the stories of stray dogs in Greece and huskies in Norway. And to end the stories from Amsterdam, I’d like to tell you a story told by our amazing tour guide: Sjoerd. Sjoerd guided the boats along the canals while telling us incredible details about Amsterdam. And he only crashed into a police boat once! …”

Go Dog Sledding in Norway with the huskies

Birthday with the Huskies

“The second story I heard in Amsterdam was, again, told by one of the sisters. But it was too good not to write about! Now, I can’t remember if this sister was Madeline or Sydney…so, we will just say it was Sydney. Sydney told me the story about her twenty-first birthday, and it also had to do with dogs! This time, the dogs were the Norway huskies. If you remember from my Follow the Dog post, Sydney and her sister were from the west coast …”

Follow the Dog

“This is the first story that I heard in Amsterdam! My boyfriend and I were on board our Airbnb canal boat experience and cruising along the Amsterdam canals with seven strangers. If you read my Amsterdam Experience post, you know that this was the time where I had my sign and planned to ask for stories. It felt so good to finally ask the others on the boat if they had a story to tell and be rid of the anxiety! The first story was told by two …”

My Mother’s Search for Answers

“This story hits close to home. Literally. It’s a story told by my mother about her travels to Italy to discover more about her heritage. My love of travel developed mainly through my parents. Both my mom and dad immigrated to the United States in pursuit of the American dream when they were in their 20’s. They have continued to travel multiple times a year for as long as I can remember.  The majority of my childhood memories take place … “

Chef Laura’s Tearful Journey

“You may have read the recent story by Laura that I heard while I was in Val D’Isere, France. Well, I’m here to tell you another story about a chef interview, told by a different Laura. This Laura was the incredible chef that worked in our chalet for the week. I am not joking when I say this was the most delicious food I have ever eaten! First off, I was not expecting four course meals. Second, she was absolutely amazing and such a sweet …”

Laura and the Collapsing Bridge

“Val D’Isere is a beautiful, little village located in the French Alps. I am so lucky to have been able to spend a week there for work. But do you know who is even luckier? Laura Neto. And do you know why she is luckier? Because she gets to spend the entire winter there! Laura works as a Chalet Host for the resort and was assigned to our chalet. I spent a lot of time at the chalet with the kids, which meant I was able to spend time with Laura …”

Simon’s Hostel Stalker

“This story speaks to the true crime fanatic in me. The storyteller is one of my great friends, Simon. I met Simon through a pal that I worked with at Travel Joy Hostels (RIP) here in London. Simon and I bonded over our hostel living lives and our shared love of travel and I now consider him my token guy friend (I literally have no others). He is also the friend that I made sit with me in Holland Park while I held up The Sign. Simon’s story …”

Harriet’s India Obsession

“This next story was told with so much liveliness and energy that it might be one of my new favorites. As I was sitting in Holland Park, a group of friends walked by and caught site of my sign. Two of them stayed behind to see what the deal with the sign was while the rest continued on. The woman, who’s name is Harriet, mentioned that she had just returned from India three days earlier and I immediately wanted to know more. The questions …”

Jonathan Tells the First Story

“Here it is: the first story I heard from holding up the sign in Holland Park! So, as you read in the post about “The Sign”, this was the first story that any stranger had ever told me for my blog. As I was sitting there awkwardly with my sign, two guys walked past and did a double take. One of them nudged the other and told him to tell us a story! This was so exciting for me I nearly peed. The two of them walked over and we gave a quick …”

Siyad’s Love Story

“Have you ever had a horrible Uber experience? Where you cannot understand the driver and they keep talking and you just want them to shut up and leave you in peace? Well, I experienced the complete opposite in my recent ride home from work. My Uber driver was HYSTERICAL! I seriously almost peed my pants from laughing. But I knew peeing on the seat would result in a huge fee from Uber, so I held it in. Our conversation started with the …”

When Bec Met Ketut

“Coming up with an idea of a blog is much easier than actually starting to write said blog. It’s tough working up the guts to walk up to a stranger in a foreign place and say, “Hey, you look cool. Tell me a story, please!” Eventually, that’s my goal. Give me a few glasses of wine and it will be easy-peasy! But, for now, I’ve decided to start close to home and talk with the first friend I made when I moved abroad: Bec Woods.”


“There are some people that come into your life and it feels as though they have been there the entire time. For me, Annie DelSignore is one of those people, and she came into my life through a weird app called Bumble BFF. Our friendship is less than a year old, but it’s clear that our wavelengths are constantly synced no matter how far the distance. I know many of you are probably wondering, “Huh…bumble bff? Did these two accidentally meet …”