Why ClassPass Is Great For Travelers

Last month, I signed up for a 2-week trial of ClassPass, the fitness startup that lets you go to a variety of gyms and studios. A lot of my friends use and love ClassPass, but I didn’t sign up for a long time because I felt the number of classes offered was too low. Now that there are more studios in Tampa on ClassPass, I decided to give it a try.

Halfway through my trial, I knew I’d be keeping my membership. I absolutely love how ClassPass works! (They aren’t even paying me to say this, I just find it so useful that I wanted to share.)

If you’re not familiar with ClassPass, you pay a monthly membership fee for access to a number of studios and gyms. The monthly fee varies by location. Here in Tampa, I’m paying $79 per month, but those in Boston are now shelling out $180 (yikes).

To figure out if the cost is worth it, I suggest analyzing your current monthly spend on fitness activities. For me, $79 is significantly cheaper than what I’ve been doing the last year or so: gym membership ($30 per month) + 3-4 yoga classes per month ($15×4=$60) + OrangeTheory packages ($99 for 5 classes) = $189.

For someone like me who uses group fitness to supplement my running, I love the variety ClassPass has brought to my workout routine. I know the importance of cross training while marathon training, but I’ve always struggled to find one studio or gym that offers enough classes that I want to take on days/times that complement my schedule.

ClassPass has eliminated that struggle!

Now, I log into the app and search for classes based on day, time of day, location, activity type, and intensity level.

You guys, it’s been a game-changer for me.

ClassPass Flex Helps Travelers Stick With Fitness Routines

My favorite part of ClassPass is that every membership comes with ClassPass Flex at no extra cost. This lets you use ClassPass in other cities where it’s available, and that’s a lot of places:



This is such a great way to stay committed to fitness goals while traveling. Last week, I had to go to Atlanta for work. In the past when I travel, I’d get in a couple runs, maybe some short sessions at the hotel gym (if there was one), and likely end up skipping my more intense cross-training days. Not good.

But, with ClassPass, I stuck to my training plan. While in Atlanta, I took a yoga class and tried out Blast, an interval + weight training class that left me feeling sore for days.

Things To Know About ClassPass


Why ClassPass is a great fitness tool for travelers, and things you should know before signing up.

Note: I am not affiliated with ClassPass in an official manner nor did I receive any sort of compensation/incentive to write this post. I’m simply a fan of the service and wanted to share why I think it’s a great fit for travelers and fitness enthusiasts. I included a referral link in some places, so if you’re thinking about signing up after reading my post, I’d appreciate if you use this link (especially since you’ll also save $20!).  

Kayaking in Crystal River, Florida: The Search for Manatees

Growing up in Florida, I tend to take for granted the natural beauty my home state has to offer. Though I love traveling to new places around the world, I’m trying to do more exploring closer to home. That’s why my boyfriend and I headed 90 minutes north of Tampa to kayak in Crystal River this past weekend in celebration of my 30th birthday.

Well, technically, we planned to kayak in Weeki Wachee. But, Weeki Wachee has gotten quite popular since we were kids, and it seems you now need to make reservations in advance. We arrived around 10:30 AM and all the rental shops were already sold out of kayaks for the day.

After I had a quick cry in the car over our foiled plans (it’s my birthday and I can cry if I want to!), we began improvising. Where to next? In this area of Florida, there are quite a few natural springs and state parks. We tossed around several ideas, and decided that nearby Crystal River would be our best chance for kayaking and seeing manatees.

Another 30 minutes of driving north took us to Captain Mike’s where we rented a tandem kayak for $55. No reservations required (or taken!).

Captain Mike's Kayak and Bike Rentals in Crystal River, Florida
Captain Mike’s Rentals in Crystal River, Florida

The good people at Captain Mike’s take wildlife preservation seriously, and before you can get out on the water, you have to watch a 7-minute video that tells you what you can and can’t do if you encounter manatees.

Finally on the water, we battled the wind, current, and a slew of pontoon boats to get to a small channel that led us to Three Sisters Springs. Approaching the spring, we saw a mama manatee and her calf gliding through the canal. The water became clearer and clearer the closer we got to the springs.

We paddled into the springs and saw it wasn’t too crowded despite it being a Saturday with perfect weather. Apparently, there are times when you can swim into the springs and see dozens of manatees. We didn’t have that much luck, but it is still a breathtaking place. Since it was a little chilly outside, we stayed in our little yellow kayak to take in the views.

Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Florida
Three Sisters Springs in Crystal River, Florida
Clear blue water three sisters springs crystal river florida
Water so blue I promise it’s not a pool

Kayaking crystal river florida

We spent a couple of hours kayaking around the springs and up and down a few nearby canals trying to find more manatees. We knew we were at the tail end of the season, which runs from November through early April, but we’d heard there were quite a few manatees still in the area.

Feeling a bit tired after three hours of paddling against the current, we decided to head back to Captain Mikes. Once we were back in open water, we made a ton of new friends of the sea-cow variety.

This big guy kept coming up to us to see what we were up to even though we were trying to leave him alone.

manatee crystal river
Manatee in Crystal River

It was so much fun spotting these gentle creatures, and now I hope to do it more often during the next winter. Visit Florida has a great article with 5 places to see manatees around the state, so all these spots have quickly made their way on my “Florida Bucket List.” That should keep me from taking this wonderful place for granted.

A guide to kayaking in Crystal River, Florida and Three Sisters Springs with tips on the best times to see manatees.


Where are your favorite places to go for a staycation?


6 Day Iceland Itinerary: Time to Road Trip!

This is a series focusing only on itineraries— you won’t find recaps or in-depth stories here (I’ll link to any that I write about, of course!), just a list of what I did and where I went to help inspire anyone who might be planning a similar trip.

6 Day Iceland Itinerary

Last year, a good friend of mine from college and I decided, on a whim, to visit Europe over the summer. When we found a good flight deal to Reykjavik, we jumped at the chance to spend a week driving around the island, even though we’d originally thought we’d headed to places like London or Paris or Amsterdam.

Neither of us knew a lot about Iceland, and none of our friends had been.  We started planning our trip from scratch, relying heavily on Pinterest, Google, and Lonely Planet. A lot of the information we found focused on slow travel, but we had limited time and wanted to see more of the country than many of the itineraries listed.

The good thing about visiting Iceland in July is that we had nearly 23 hours of daylight to work with, allowing us to fit a lot more into our trip than if the days had been shorter.

I included what we did below, and it’s pretty fast-paced. This style of travel is not for everyone but it worked out great for us. As part-time travelers with limited vacation time, we got to see a lot, and still had time to hike, explore, and take in the natural beauty of some of the most stunning landscapes I’ve seen.

A 6-day itinerary for a road trip around Iceland, including tips for places to see and things to do.


Iceland Blue Lagoon Meg Runs The World
Iceland’s Blue Lagoon


  • Leave Reykjavik and head to Seljalandsfoss & Gljúfurárfoss waterfalls
  • Hike to Seljavallalaug Pool (this post has a great map to help you find this natural spring)
    • Bring a swimsuit and towel as the pool has facilities you can use to change. We spent about 2 hours here between the hike there and back and the swim.
  • See Skógafoss & Kvernufoss (you’ll also be able to see the Turf Houses at Skogar Museum)
    • To get to Kvernufoss, enter Skógar from the N1 and instead of turning left to Skógafoss, keep straight. At the end of the road, you’ll see the Hotel Edda. Turn right toward the Skógar Folk Museum. Keep driving until you get to a sheep fence. Leave your car here. Behind the last museum building, close to the hillside, you’ll see a small, slightly sketchy ladder that will get you over the fence. Now, you have a fairly easy 15-minute hike to this secret waterfall. There is a slight rock scramble, but I was able to do it in running shoes. This fantastic post is how I discovered this isolated spot. 
  • Dyrhólaey Headland Natural Reserve to spot puffins (during the summer months, only)
  • Black sand beach at the Reynisdrangar Pinnacles in Vík
  • Overnight: Hotel Edda Vík
Seljavallalaug Natural Pool Iceland
Seljavallalaug Pool


  • Drive to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon (Leave early and drive straight to Jökulsárlón with stop at Fjallsárlón Glacial Lagoon)
  • Take a boat tour of the Lagoon and visit the beach across the street to see icebergs on the sand
  • Backtrack to Selfoss: Hike in Skaftafell National Park to Svartifoss Waterfall
  • Spot Foss á Síðu Waterfall from the road
  • Hike in Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon:
    • There are signs advertising the canyon, but they are not large or obvious. Take the 206 road to Lakagigar (locals call it the Laki Road), and drive just past the Hunkubakkar guesthouse. When you get to the canyon, you’ll see a sign advertising your arrival and a bridge that crosses the river.
  • View Eldhraun Lava Field along the drive
  • Overnight: Geirakot Farm in Selfoss Area via Icelandic Farm Holidays

Note: If we didn’t have 23-hours of daylight, it’s unlikely we would have been able to accomplish as much as we did this day—we didn’t get to our farm house in Selfoss until 11:30 PM. I recommend breaking this drive into two days or trying to stay a little south of Vík. 

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon Iceland
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon


Reynisdrangar Pinnacles Dyrhólaey Black Sand Beach Iceland Vik
Reynisdrangar Pinnacles and Black Sand Beach Near Vik


Iceland Horses Golden Circle Iceland
Icelandic Horses Along the Golden Circle


Church on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Church on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Cliffs Snaefellsnes Peninsula Iceland
Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Note: I loved, loved, loved this day. The Snaefellsnes Peninsula, or the Snuffaluffagus Peninsula as I called it because Icelandic words are HARD to say, is often referred to as “Iceland in miniature” and it’s easy to see why: jagged coastlines, black & gold sand beaches, mountain peaks, lava fields, hot springs; you could easily spend all of your time in Iceland here. In fact, I highly suggest spending more than one day on the Peninsula. While we did almost everything we wanted in one day, we felt a bit rushed toward the end. 


  • Leave from Keflavik Airport around 9 AM knowing you already want to come back to Iceland one day soon.

A 6-day itinerary for a road trip around Iceland, including tips for places to see and things to do.

What are your tips for an amazing Iceland road trip? Or, is Iceland on your Travel Bucket List?