About - 2 Cents Travel


I enjoy throwing my two cents in when I feel I can truly be of help to someone, OR with my friends/family who take my two cents and make me feel like they’re worth eight cents. While I’ll offer my opinion about several topics in the world, I find that speaking with people about travel instantly creates a connection – where the tete-a-tete* can lead to a conversation about culture, music, ideologies, and how different people define fun and relaxation. At the mention of just the word “travel” or “vacation,” there is always a sudden outburst of stories, recollection of memories (even a smile at a private memory) and a little twinkle in each person’s eye when he/she speaks about the next destination that they hope to visit.

       *tete-a-tete: a private conversation with two people (and possibly the cutest phrase ever) 




Perhaps my destiny to fall in love with traveling started even before birth. When I studied abroad, and traveled to different places, my favorite question to be asked is where I was from. The conversation would go something like this:

Person I Just Met Where are you from?
Me You sure you want to know the answer to that?
Person I Just Met Yes, of course. Why else would I ask?
Me Ok, sure. Well, I’m currently studying abroad in London and visiting (the place I was in) for the weekend. I’m actually from the U.S. in New York (Brooklyn-born and raised), but if you’re asking where I’m originally from then my parents are from Russia, so yes- I do speak Russian. I was actually born in Bracciano, Italy, but no, I do not speak Italian and do not usually define myself as Italian, but others do often identify me this way. For the real kicker, my parents actually told me (why, I don’t know) that I was conceived in Austria. Does that about sum it up o.k. for you?
Person I Just Met Wow, that’s quite a story. Will asking for your name again be as much trouble?


I cannot say that I grew up wanting to travel all my life. I did not. However, when my I decided to study abroad in college, I found myself planning the details of all the trips that I took with everyone-finding the best hotels/hostels, and searching for all the must-sees by inquiring from friends, and doing constant searching online. Don’t get me wrong, I did not plan every minute of the trip- I love spontaneity and meeting people and seeing where the night or the adventures take me- but I walked away from every place with a feeling of ease, that I was comfortable with what I accomplished, happy with who I met, and successful in the way I spent my money. So my two cents will also be thrown around in terms of how to spend your money wisely.








Writing here will allow me to share my experiences with people I know, give tips to those who may be traveling to the same places I have already been to, and connect with others who can share their stories and tips with me. When I’m 80 and traveling the world for the second time around (hopefully), this page will also remind me of where to go. So welcome to my travel blog. Thank you for visiting and I hope you throw your two cents in!

Major Cities I’ve Been To Outside of the U.S.

Major Cities I've Been 







  • Sasha

    Yay! Congrats on setting up your page! It looks great. I look forward to reading more in the future 🙂

    • Ilana

      Coming from an amazing blogger & friend, that means a lot to me. You were definitely an inspiration! Thanks for the support <3

  • Mike

    great fun reading and love the pictures! 🙂

  • Costa Rica Travel Blog

    Hey Ilana!
    Congrats! We just nominated you for the Liebster Award. You can find more information about our nomination here: http://costaricatravelblog.com/2014/07/19/re-living-costa-rica-through-you-and-a-liebster-award-too/
    Pura vida! 🙂

  • Todd @ Visit50

    Awesome Ilana! I love that convo you shared – it’s these brief exchanges with other travelers that gets it all started!

    I’m so excited that you’re travel blogging too – I feel similarly as I started Visit50.com.

    I’m going to read about your Iceland adventure next!

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