travelcrush: the american west

Growing up, my family always took vacations for spring break, Christmas or Thanksgiving. We went to places like Florida, Mexico, Alabama, New York, Arizona and (my personal favorite) on dirtbiking trips to Kentucky and Tennessee. But I've never been to some of the coolest parts of our country--places like Montana and Idaho, Glacier National Park or Yellowstone. A friend from college recently took a roadtrip honeymoon through the wild west and I kept seeing gorgeous snaps on her instagram feed and fell in love. How have I never visited these amazing places before? It's definitely next on my list for a big trip. Driving from Indiana to the west coast or something crazy, and seeing all of the gorgeous country along the way. I discovered an incredible Flickr feed with BEAUTIFUL photographs of the American west. Here are a few of my favorites. Can't wait to visit myself!

travelcrush: tulum

I am dreaming of warmer places as I sit in frigid Indiana, which was buried under 6+ inches of SNOW earlier this week! It is almost April...this is getting ridiculous. My foolproof way to beat the winter (spring! it's technically spring) blues is to look at dreamy photos of faraway places that include a hammock, sand between my toes and beautiful blue water as far as the eye can see. Today, that place is Tulum, Mexico. I stumbled across a beautiful print taken in Tulum by one of my all-time favorite photographers, Max Wanger, and fell in love with this beautiful ancient city on Riviera Maya. I'm already planning when Matt and I can take a getaway...

**the INCREDIBLE photos are by Brooklyn-based photographer Nicole Franzen. I also love her English Countryside series, here.