The Red Square & St. Basil's Cathedral at Christmastime

Last Updated on December 10, 2019Wondering how to spend 3 days in Moscow, Russia during the winter? This itinerary is here to help! I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record at this point, but I can’t help it! Visiting Moscow, Russia during the winter is SO worth being a little cold to experience. Besides, when you think of Russia – do you think of hot summer days spent in shorts and sandals? Of course not. You imagine… Read more »

Vodka Museum in Moscow Russia

Last Updated on November 15, 2019When you think of Russia, you can’t help but also think “vodka.” Russians and vodka have a longstanding history with one another. And the Vodka Museum in Moscow is here to shed some more light on this history! (Plus, there are inexpensive vodka tastings here…need I say more?) If you’re debating adding Moscow’s Vodka Museum to your Russian itinerary – then this post is for you! I’ll break down what to expect when visiting, and… Read more »

Izmailovsky Market

Last Updated on November 13, 2019The best place to buy souvenirs in Moscow, Russia is easily Izmailovsky Market. It’s located just outside the city center and is easy to get to via the metro. The prices here are a fraction of what you’ll pay on Arbat Street for the same souvenirs… and you can barter!  My husband and I went here countless times to buy souvenirs for friends and family members. We also took anyone who visited us in Moscow… Read more »

The Italian Alps - The Perfect Winter Vacation Spot

Written by Mary Johnson Italy is a vibrant and beautiful country, famous for the Colosseum, great food, and beautiful cities. One overlooked part of Italy is the Italian Alps, which just happens to be the perfect vacation spot for couples, families, adventurers and the locals themselves. The Italians love their hidden gem so much that they welcome everyone to share their enthusiasm and love for it. To make things even better there is a new tunnel in the Alps, to… Read more »

How to Spend 2 Days in Baku, Azerbaijan - The Ultimate Itinerary

Last Updated on October 14, 20192 days in Baku, Azerbaijan is just enough time to get a good feel of the city. Granted, you won’t be able to see absolutely everything Baku has to offer in this timeframe – but you will get a great overview. I’m sharing how we spent our 2 days here and a few tips for planning your Baku itinerary.  How to Spend 2 Days in Baku, Azerbaijan – The Ultimate Itinerary We had come to… Read more »

How to Spend 2 Days in Baku

Last Updated on November 4, 2019What comes to mind when you think of Baku, Azerbaijan? If “nothing” is your first thought – you’re not alone. I honestly couldn’t have pointed to the city of Baku on a map until a year ago… let alone tell you what there is to do there. This post is here to explain this interesting city – from language and safety concerns to what there is to see and do here! Where Even Is Baku,… Read more »

Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas

Last Updated on November 12, 2019Dreaming of visiting Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas? This post is sharing my tips for how to make the most of your day here – from parking to what to wear to where to eat and even more things to do in the area. I hope this post helps you enjoy your “Fixer Upper” journey as much as I did! Magnolia Market at the Silos, or just Magnolia Market, is where “Fixer Upper” stars Joanna… Read more »

Last Updated on September 16, 2019Written by Joniel Suezo Without a doubt, flying is the most efficient mode of traveling, and the widely accepted go-to solution when you need to cover great distances in one swift swoop. However, human nature is fickle, and we can feel that even the miracle of flight can take an excruciatingly long time. It’s almost a rule of thumb that, no matter what mode of transportation you use or how fast you go, the trip… Read more »

What to pack for norway

Last Updated on August 30, 2019Guest post by Dan Hansen Norway is one of those travel destinations where you need to be ready for weather changes in an instant. Even in August, the days could range from sunny and warm to snow when driving from one fjord to another. When visiting destinations with tricky weather, like Norway, it’s always best to have a few layers of clothes all year round. When packing for Norway, you should think you are packing… Read more »

How to Spend 14 Days in Jordan & Egypt – The Ultimate Itinerary

Last Updated on September 22, 2019Ah, Petra. The main reason folks come to Jordan! Visiting Petra was one of the last things we did on our journey through Egypt and Jordan – and it did not disappoint (like the pyramids had). Petra was every bit as splendid as I hoped it would be. However, there were certainly ways I could have improved our trip here…and there were a couple of things I did correctly that I think others will find… Read more »

What to Wear for a Day of Exploring Madaba, Mount Nebo & the Dead Sea in Jordan

Last Updated on October 10, 2019Wondering what to wear for a day of exploring near the Dead Sea in Jordan? This post is here to help! Deciding what to wear for this day of exploring was a bit tricky, as I still wanted to be comfortable and dressed conservatively (more info on how to dress appropriately in Jordan as a woman here), but I wanted something that could also double as a coverup at the beach after we were done… Read more »

Amman Jordan

Last Updated on August 24, 2019Amman, Jordan is a city I had spent 3 days in. I had used it as a “home base” for seeing many of the sights of Jordan. After the chaos of Cairo, Amman was a welcome change of pace. The city is much calmer, so to speak, and also safer. (We were fine wandering Amman by ourselves at night after we were done touring.) Unfortunately, I did not spend nearly as much time exploring the… Read more »

The Best Ways to Get to Any Destination on Your Vacation

Guest Post by Russell Emmental Planning where to go and what to see on your next vacation is always one of the most exciting parts of the entire pre-trip process! If your list of things to see seems daunting, I have some suggestions on the most inexpensive and efficient ways to get to every destination you’re eager to visit. Here are choices for every type of traveler, picked to accommodate your travel schedule perfectly! Let’s begin! The Best Ways to… Read more »

How to Pack for a Backpacking Trip

Last Updated on July 30, 2019Guest post by Stuart Cooke It’s a wonderful sense of liberation to know that everything you have is packed in one bag, and that’s it for the next however many weeks or months… and you may not know exactly where you’re going or what you’ll be doing. However, packing for a backpacking trip can be as much about mental preparation as it is about packing absolutely the right stuff. I once knew an eccentric who… Read more »

Hieroglyphics necklace

Last Updated on December 10, 2019Egypt is one of the first countries I’ve visited that I was REALLY interested in purchasing souvenirs from. This has a bit to do with the fact that it’s been at the top of my bucket list for decades, but mostly because I actually have a home to put souvenirs in, now. (Yay, for no longer being homeless!) The vast majority of these souvenirs are easy to pack, though! That being said, I didn’t purchase… Read more »

3 Tips for Embracing Sustainable Shopping Abroad

Last Updated on July 30, 2019Written by Pauline Davis Affordable fashion and cheaper clothing is something of a marvel in the modern age, and there are so many ways to make clothes even cheaper that it’s no wonder we are often spoiled for choice. However, in its present form (globally speaking) the fashion industry isn’t sustainable, and unless we start thinking about it now, we won’t be able to keep living this way. The numbers speak for themselves. Cotton, the… Read more »

Last Updated on July 30, 2019Ah, Maui…The Valley Isle. From its lush bamboo rainforests and waterfalls that line the Road to Hana, to the barren moon-scapes at 10,000-feet atop Haleakala volcanic crater – there is no shortage of beautiful landscapes here. Shaped by these landscapes, the rich culture and history – Maui is a fantastic vacation destination. There are many different activities for every type of visitor to Maui’s shores, and this list of the best things to do on… Read more »

What to Do on Kauai if You’re an Adventure Lover

Last Updated on July 30, 2019The Garden Island of Kauai is the oldest of the main inhabited Hawaiian Islands in the chain. There is no shortage of adventurous activities for the whole family to partake in across the unique and incredible natural environments that this island has to offer! From flying above the precipice of the 4,000-foot cliffs of the lush Na’Pali Coast to mountain tubing down waterways fed from the wettest place on the planet to hiking into Waimea… Read more »

oahu

Last Updated on July 30, 2019Aloha! This week I’m taking a little break from the blog to head back to the US and spend some time with my family. While I’m away, Veronica and Keslie are taking the reigns and sharing some of the best things to do on the main islands of Hawaii. I hope you enjoy all of their awesome tips for visiting this beautiful state! Guest Post by Veronica Bean Top Things to Do in Oahu Oahu… Read more »

Outfit idea for Abu Simbel

Last Updated on September 5, 2019Wondering what to wear for visiting Abu Simbel? This post explains! If you’ve been following along with my Egypt outfit posts, you’ll know the formula for dressing for these sights. However, Abu Simbel does have an extra element to take into account. You’ll be in the hot sun, like anywhere else in Egypt, and, as a woman, it’s a good idea to dress modestly. For a trip to Abu Simbel, though, you’ll like be riding… Read more »

Is the Nubian Village in Aswan a Tourist Trap?

Last Updated on December 12, 2019Wondering if the Nubian Village in Aswan is an authentic cultural experience or a tourist trap? This post explains Cultural tour experiences tend to be very hit and miss no matter where you’re traveling. They are either incredibly educational and enlightening, or they’re masquerading as an educational experience… when in reality they are just a way to get you to spend money and buy souvenirs you don’t need. So, which is the Nubian Village? This… Read more »

Philae Temple

Last Updated on December 12, 2019Aswan is a beautiful city located along the Nile River, and it is home to some very interesting places to visit! Out of all the cities we visited in Egypt, Aswan was, perhaps, my favorite. It was quite clean and modern and traffic was not as horrifically crazy as it was in most of Egypt. I really enjoyed the 2 days we had here! This list is not a complete list of EVERYTHING you can… Read more »

Luxor Temple

Last Updated on December 12, 2019Spending 2 days in Luxor, Egypt is just the right amount of time to see the highlights, in my opinion. This will include visiting both the East and West bank (you can actually do that all in one day if you fancy)! I’ll give a couple of different suggestions of how you can break this itinerary up to meet your schedule, and how we spent our 2 days in Luxor. How to Spend 2 Days… Read more »

King Ramses V tomb

Last Updated on July 30, 2019If you’re starting to plan your trip to Egypt, (or just love Ancient Egyptian history) you’ve likely heard about the Valley of the Kings. This is where for nearly 500 years (from the 16th to 11th century BC) the tombs for the pharaohs and nobles were made. They are all located underground in this valley so they would be hidden from looters. (A pyramid is a pretty big target for a looter, and they knew… Read more »

St. Isaac's Cathedral View from the Colonnade

Last Updated on October 1, 2019The best view of St. Petersburg, Russia is arguably from atop St. Isaac’s Cathedral. Visiting this beautiful cathedral should already be on your itinerary for St. Petersburg, as its interior is as spectacular as its gilded dome exterior. However, getting to its colonnade is not for the faint of heart! It requires scaling nearly 300 steps and then being faced with a not-terribly-secure-looking railing as the only thing separating you from the edge of it…. Read more »

How to Have a Retro-Themed Weekend in Las Vegas

Last Updated on November 7, 2019 Written by Jonathan Spencer If there’s one thing that never goes out of fashion, it’s our love affair with nostalgia and all things retro. Whether it’s searching the racks for vintage fashions or filling our homes with the kitsch of yesteryear, we’re always looking to recapture the styles and experiences of years gone by. For many, their quest for discovering a bygone era is even extending to travel. One such destination that attracts nostalgia-seekers… Read more »

new york

Written by Stuart Cooke Discovering new stores and places to shop can be even more fun when you’re traveling! Each city listed is renowned for its variety, prices and lively atmosphere. You can find the best clothes, accessories and trinkets while exploring these 10 amazing cities. The 10 Best Shopping Cities in the World New York New York is so famous they named it twice. You’ll have plenty of shops, outlets and specialty stores to choose from. You can find… Read more »