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Becca • B Wild & Free  📲 Follow me for travel tips and inspiration! 📍Running Wild In: Austin ⭐️ 🌎 Frequent Flier | Adventure Seeker 💌 bwildandfree1@gmail.com 💻 Blog👇🏽

⚡️Off to School!📚
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BRB on a train in London heading to Hogwarts! JK but I am heading to day one of @travel_con in Austin, TX to learn from some of the best in the travel blogging industry 😍.
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I was always told to “never stop learning” so when @nomadicmatt decided to create his very own travel blogging convention, I jumped at the opportunity! Over the next few days I’ll be soaking up tips on how to create, improve, and deliver my best travel content and advice for y’all 💻!
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Follow along on my stories for some of the highlights from this weekend! As for the feed, I’ll be bombarding you with all my favorite shots from London for the next few days, so stay tuned and stay wild 🐾!
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#platform9¾ #london #harrypotter #mindthegap #hogwarts #travelcon2018 #travelblogger #gltlove

Dreaming of London 🇬🇧
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I absolutely love cities that are built around rivers and London happens to fit the mold perfectly. The ornate Tower Bridge that stretches across the Thames River adds to the unique charm and history of this city 🏙.
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Unlike when visiting other foreign countries, there is a certain sense of comfort and familiarity here that I can only assume comes from our historical and biological ties 🔗. The city itself feels almost like being at home in America (with a few obvious differences).
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✨Swipe ⬅️ for a different perspective 📸.
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#london #discoverlondon #londonbrige #towerbridge #gltlove #travelgirlsgo

If opportunity calls, will you answer it ☎️?
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London was a country I knew I would eventually make it to but it was never really high on my priority list. When a music festival 🎶 a few hours north of here with my some of my favorite artists popped up, I decided to take the opportunity to give this place a visit along the way ❤️.
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I didn’t see this coming but I totally fell in love. The city is a beautiful mix of old and new architecture, the accent makes me smile, and there are many fun and unique things to do 🎡!
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Speaking of opportunity, I am heading out this week to Austin to attend @travel_con - a convention devoted to travel blogging, writing, and photography 🌎📸📝! It’s totally outside of my comfort zone (I’ve never been to a conference), but I can’t wait to meet so many creative faces and some of my favorite travel influencers! I’ll be posting all about it on stories so stay tuned ⭐️!
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#london #phonebooth #gltlove #travelgirlsgo #worldtravelpics #england

On this week’s episode of MTV Cribs 🏰
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Talk about rooftop views! The Castle of the Moors (Castelo dos Mouros) in Sintra is an ancient castle dating back all the way to the 8th century (year 1031) 😳. It sits high atop a hill in the middle of Sintra, overlooking 360 degree views of the city 🔝.
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If you visit Sintra, you can take a tuk-tuk up to the entrance, a personal/group tour, or you can hike to the castle on foot if you are feeling adventurous. Can anyone guess which route we chose 😉?
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PRO TIP: If you choose to hike, bring plenty of water and know that the hike is not over once you get to the entrance! There are loads of steep hills and steps to get up to the highest lookout tower here⚔️!
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Hike 24/52: Trail to Pena Palace
🏃🏽‍♀️Distance: 2.5 miles (1 way)
🔝Max Elevation: 1,378 FT
⏱Time: 1 hour (1 way)
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#portugal #visitportugal #castle #sintra #gltlove #palacelife #mtvcribs

You can run, but you can’t hide 😬
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Up in the mountains, it feels like every river eventually ends up as a waterfall at some point. It’s like a game of hide and seek sometimes trying to find them - following the sounds of running water till it’s a deafening roar 🌊.
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No matter how many boulders or branches I climb over, it’s always worth the hunt, though. I never met a waterfall I didn’t like 💙.
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📸Another favorite from my waterfall chasing sessions with @thegirlwhohikesinpearls ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••
#pnwhiking #naturesounds #earthpix #discoverearth #waterfallchasing

Yasss Queen 🏰👑
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Visiting the Pena Palace in Sintra feels like walking onto a set of a real-life Disney princess film 🎞. Not gunna lie I was a little disappointed when my fairy godmother didn’t show with a princess dress and glass slippers to match 😂.
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The Palace itself dates all the way back to medieval times when it started as a monastery built on the highest peak of the Sintra mountains. Over the centuries, the monastery was brought to ruins by earthquakes, re-purchased, and rebuilt into this elegant castle-like palace by King Ferdinand 👑. The last Queen in Portugal, Queen Amelia, was the last to stay here before her exile.
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The castle is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the seven wonders of Portugal!
PRO TIP: make sure to buy your tickets on the official website online to save on the cost and skip the long ticket lines at the entrance 🎟!
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#sintra #unesco #portugal #castle #royalty #queen #palacelife #penapalace

Trying not to get Nickelodeon Slimed 💚
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At the base of the 88 foot well in Quinta da Regaleira, there are entrances to a network of hidden underground passageways. We decided to take our chances and explore the maze of tunnels and stumbled upon this gorgeous outdoor sanctuary 🌿.
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A waterfall feeds into this neon green algae lake and a walkway made of “floating” stones is the only way to the other side. Luckily I made it across without falling in and getting slimed 😂.
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PRO TIP: if you want this gorgeous place all to yourself, come to visit this palace at around 9:15 am before the entrance gates open! It fills up with massive tour groups shortly after opening 🕑!
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#portugal #quintadaregaleira #exploretocreate #sintra #palacelife

Make a Wish 💫
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Roaming the castles and palaces in Sintra was a total dream come true and was WELL worth the effort to get to 😂. Our first stop was the beautiful Quinta da Regaleira, a palace owned by a wealthy Portuguese businessman and Freemason. The palace grounds are full of sacred temples and hidden structures like this 88 foot deep well ⛲️.
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The well itself was actually used for secret Masonic initiation rituals. At the bottom of the well, there are several entrances to underground tunnels that branch out and connect to other areas in the park. This place definitely had me wishing I could go back in time to see what life was like in this era 🏰!
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✨If you could wish for anything, what would it be!?
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#portugal #sintra #quintadaregaleira #wishingwell #dreamer #gltlove

Cause everybody falls down, all the way down.
-ODESZA
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This was a tricky one to find but thankfully my waterfall-seeking adventure friend @thegirlwhohikesinpearls was just as determined not to give up as I was. It took a few tries to find the trailhead that leads to a lookout platform above the falls 👀 but let’s get real, we wanted to get closer.
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After bypassing a fence or two and essentially bouldering down a few tricky rock walls 🧗🏽‍♀️, we found ourselves in this incredible wonderland. I only wish I could do this place justice in a single photograph - the walls here are covered in cascading waterfalls in an almost 180 degree circle.
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Hike 20/52 Panther Creek Falls
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#fairytale #pnw #pnwonderland #odesza #falls #waterfallwednesday

Taking a Peak 👀😂
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Still reminiscing on this incredible view from Summit Peak overlooking a hidden mountain lake with Mt. Rainier posing as the perfect backdrop 🗻. If you are visiting Washington and looking for a perfect day hike or even a place to backcountry camp for the weekend, this place is absolutely perfect 🎒!
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The peak of Summit Mountain is the end prize of this gorgeous hike. From here you can loop back down on one of two paths that circle down to Summit Lake, a perfect place to set up camp for the night 🏕.
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#washinggtonstate #thepnw #pnwwonderland #fairytale #bluelake #evergreen #summit #mountrainier

Lost in Never Never Land ✨
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Can’t help feeling like I’ve stepped into a real life fairy tale every time I see a place like this 🌟. Everywhere you go in the PNW there are gorgeous cascading waterfalls mixed with stunning mountain peaks and epic views 👀.
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I’ve definitely been chasing waterfalls this year and it’s hard to pinpoint a favorite, but this one has earned a top spot on my list 💦. The hike to get here follows along a gorgeous river through a bright green forest. You can continue up to the second level of the falls for a totally different view/vibe (pictured in a previous post).
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✨Where have you been that felt like a total fairy tale?!
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#waterfall #peterpan #neverneverland #fairytale #naturephotography #pnw

My favorite kind of calm 💙
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I didn’t believe bright blue lakes really existed anywhere other than Canada, or at least not in the continental U.S. I’m happy to have been proven quite wrong with this incredible Washington hike ⛰!
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This lake on the way to the summit is the absolute perfect place to camp and soak up some peace and quiet. Just beyond where I’m sitting there were a few tents set up with this view of Mount Rainier peaking out in the background🏕. I’m not sure about you but I could definitely get used to waking up here!
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I’ve still got a few more gems to share from the PNW, but stay tuned for some exciting new places to check out overseas🗺!
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Hike 22/52: Summit Lake
🏃🏽‍♀️Distance: 6 miles RT or Loop
🔝Elevation Gain: 1,450 FT
⏱Time: 2.5 hours
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#washinggtonstate #thepnw #pnwwonderland #fairytale #bluelake #evergreen #summit #mountrainier

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