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    Knack: The Best Backpack for a Young Professional

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    As my college life came to a close and post-grad plans started to loom, I immediately started thinking about giving off a more professional vibe. It started with me buying nicer work pants, an actual watch to wear every day, and now a professional tech/travel backpack.

    It was perfect timing when Knack Bags reached out to me a couple of months ago about trying out one of their backpacks. My mind immediately brought up images of all the men in suits and woman in heels walking around downtown last summer during my internship toting professional looking passenger bags and backpacks to carry all their belongings. Nothing screams professional like a grown-up bag to carry your grown-up things right? So I said yes.

    I’ve been using the bag for about two months now and guys I am IN LOVE with this backpack. 

    traveling with the knack. shows hidden water bottle compartment

    Knack Bag Details

    I picked out the medium Knack bag in the Saville Gray color. It also comes in Loden Green, Sleath Black, and Burnt Orange (this is a limited edition color). They also carry a large backpack, and will soon have a small version as well!

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    Everything You Should Do in Glasgow

    I’ve been putting off writing this post for months (almost a year) because I knew I would get emotional when I tried to write it. We’re talking, I’m going to book a plane ticket right now, emotional. But we’ve had growth people!!

    Instead of feeling sad when I think about my five months abroad last year, I instead just feel nostalgic. Like looking back on fond childhood memories or hanging out with your besties in high school. Scotland has become a figure of nostalgia for me, so I’m ready to sit down and write this out!

    Related: 13 Differences Between Scotland and the States

    I did live there for five months, and one of my bff’s is from there and still lives in Glasgow, so I feel like I’m pretty qualified to give good advice on how to spend your time there. Although my pal across the Atlantic may disagree with my “American” touristy ways.

    If you’re going to be visiting Glasgow anytime soon, I got you.

    Getting Around

    Glasgow is a very walk-able city. It’s extremely easy to walk from the city center down to the River Clyde or over to the West End. I walked most places to save money while I was there, but on days I was in a rush or didn’t want to walk a mile or two I’d take the subway.

    The subway it super easy to navigate, too! It’s just a huge circle and if you stand on one side of the platform you go clockwise and if you stand on the other side you go counter-clockwise. Pretty easy, right?

    Plus, each subway station and car has the map posted. There’s no way you’ll get on or off at the wrong place unless you’re not paying attention.

    Glasgow also has a really good bus system, but I never used it since I have a fear of buses. However, I never had any issues getting anywhere just using my own two feet or the subway.

    To give a better impression of how close everything is I decided to make a map with every place I mention in this post. I know it seems like some things are super far away, but I promise they aren’t. Especially with a quick five minute ride on the subway.

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    Visiting Toronto in the Winter: A Guide

    Canada Sign near CN Tower Toronto

    Back in the beginning of the month I took a little road trip up to Canada with my boyfriend. We went to Toronto and also hit Niagara Falls on the way, but I’ll leave that out of this post.

    When I lived in Washington, I was actually always about three-ish hours away from the Canadian border all the time and I never went. So 2019 was the year I was going to make it happen! And here we are now.

    Dealing with Toronto’s Winter Weather

    Knowing that we were traveling in the dead of winter, I took precautions and reached out to people who had been to Toronto. Everyone told me the city is extremely windy so I was ready for that with mittens, ear wrap, bulky scarves, thick socks, and thermal undershirts. With all that, I was never really cold. It was usually like my thighs and face. Kyle somehow survived with a wicking turtleneck, thermal and sweatshirt. Although he did always complain about being cold.

    It snowed while we were there, but it never stuck. Because of this I was able to get by wearing whatever shoes I wanted and not have to worry about slipping and sliding everywhere.

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    What You Can Do with 12 Hours in NYC

    I honestly never thought I would go to NYC. But then I visited Kat in New Jersey in October and realized NYC was just a short train ride away and if I went that I could meet Gabby from The Swirl and mark off one more state from my bucket list!

    While planning this trip Gabby asked me what I wanted to see and I think I gave her a list of like three things: the Brooklyn Bridge, the Flatiron and Central Park. To which she told me may not be possible since they are all so far apart. Well, wrong!! We ended up hitting 13 landmarks over 12 hours in two days. The first day I was with Kat and Gabby and the second day I was by myself.

    So where can you make it with 12 hours in New York City?

    Oculus & One World Trade Center

    Kat and I took the PATH into World Trade Center Station from Newark Penn Station so I knocked two things off really quickly. She was surprised to see that the Oculus was completely empty when we got there. But then again, it was like 7:30am on a Sunday. And it was certainly crowded when we left that evening. The Oculus reminded me of the Scottish National Museum in Edinburgh actually.

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