Things to do in Cinque Terre, Italy

Cinque Terre is a truly magical set of towns, nestled on the coast of Italy. Located only 2.5-3 hours outside of Florence, this seaside region is nothing like the large cities of Italy. For those of you who are not familiar with the area, Cinque Terre is more accurately a region, rather than a singular […]

Panzano in Chianti: Tuscany Travel Guide

Panzano in Chianti is a charming hilltop town located in the heart of the Chianti Classico region of Tuscany. If you’re planning a trip to Italy, it is definitely worth adding to your itinerary. What to do in Panzano Go wine tasting at the local vineyards It is no surprise that one of the best […]

Best Places to Visit in Istanbul, Turkey

Istanbul is a magical, vibrant city with so much to do. I have visited twice, most recently on a short trip before continuing to on to visit Georgia for a week. This guide will cover all of the best places to visit in Istanbul, Turkey. Best time to visit Istanbul Istanbul can be visited all […]

10+ Best Things to do in Lagos, Portugal

Located in the western part of the Algarve region, Lagos is the perfect base for exploring the best things to do in the Algarve region and beyond. This guide will cover all of the best things to do in Lagos, Portugal, plus where to stay in Lagos, how to get to Lagos, and what you […]

Complete first timers guide to Lisbon, Portugal

If planning a trip to Lisbon, Portugal for the first time is on your bucket list then look no further! I’ve put together a comprehensive guide for your first time in Lisbon, Portugal. From delicious pastries and colorful tiles to bubbly natural wine and beaches, this guide will cover everything you need to know for […]

The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail in Algarve, Portugal

Looking for a hike to do in Portugal? Look no further! The Seven Hanging Valleys Trail hike is one of the most popular hikes on the Algarve, and easily one of the top hikes in Portugal. It is also a great alternative to the Fisherman’s Trail, which is a multi-day hike in the area. The […]

Best Restaurants in Lagos, Portugal

Lagos, a coastal town on the Algarve coast of Portugal, is home to some of the best restaurants. From traditional Portuguese seafood restaurants to trendy coffee shops, you’re sure to find something you like in Lagos. Looking for where to dine in Lagos? This guide will cover the 10 best restaurants in Lagos, Portugal that […]

How to get from Lisbon to Lagos, Portugal

There are a number of ways to travel from Lisbon to Lagos, however the common factor of all of these is that you should book in advance if you are planning to travel during the peak season (summer). However, this holds true regardless of season to get the best rates and ensure availability on your […]

A Travel Guide to Positano Italy, Amalfi Coast

If you spent any time on social media this past summer, it is almost inevitable that the ever popular Positano has crept its way into your feed. This coastal town in Italy on the Amalfi Coast is easily one of the most beautiful places in the world. The town is a popular day-trip for tourists […]

Tre Cime Di Lavaredo Loop in The Dolomites: Hiking Guide

The Tre Cime di Lavaredo loop is one of the most popular hikes in the Dolomites, and easily one of my favorites as well. The three iconic peaks of Tre Cime are considered the symbol of the Dolomites.  This guide will cover everything you need to know to prepare for a day hike (or overnight […]

Lago di Carezza: What You Need to Know Before Visiting

Lago di Carezza, also known as Karersee or Lake Carezza, is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites region. As soon as I saw a photo of this lake, I knew that it needed to be on my Dolomites road trip itinerary.  Located in the Western part of the Dolomites, just 6 km […]

Italy Road Trip Itinerary: 2 Week Italy Itinerary

I’m sure I can’t be the only one who feels that everyone on social media is traveling through Italy this summer. Well I definitely hopped on that trend and took off an epic 2 week Italy road trip with a few of my closest friends.  This detailed guide will outline my entire Italian itinerary for […]

Praiano Italy Travel Guide: Everything you need to know

Praiano, located on the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Italy, is Positano’s sleepy sister. Just 15 minutes down the road from this bustling town, you’ll find the much quieter village of Praiano. With just 2,000 locals, and far less tourists, you’ll find some peace and quiet even during the busier summer months. Located on a cliffside, […]

What to know about Rifugios in the Dolomites: Italian mountain huts

If you’re planning a trip to the Dolomites, you’ve probably seen the word rifugio thrown around. So you might be wondering what exactly a rifugio is? This beginner’s guide to staying in rifugios will cover everything you need to know for a smooth stay in Italy’s mountain huts.  What are rifugios? A rifugio is a […]

Things to do in Tbilisi, Georgia: Tbilisi Travel Guide

Tbilisi is easily one of the most interesting cities that I’ve ever been to. Tbilisi is both super cool and charming at the same time. It possesses a cool artsy vibe that parallels that of Berlin and clear remberants of the Soviet era, but it is also filled with cobblestone streets and bright colors in […]

Juta, Georgia: What You Need to Know

Juta, Georgia If you have landed on this page then hopefully I can do everything possible to convince you to book your next trip to Juta, Georgia. The best part about my love for Juta is that it wasn’t even on our original Georgia itinerary. We had originally planned to visit Mestia and Ushguli, and […]

Georgia Itinerary: 1 Week in Georgia (the country)

When I first started planning my Georgia itinerary, I was shocked by how many people didn’t even though the country existed. Once I visited myself, I was even more shocked that Georgia isn’t filled with tourists. From striking snow-capped mountains and scenic drives in Kazbegi, art and history in Tbilisi, and of course all of […]

Kazbegi Travel Guide: Planning a Trip to Kazbegi, Georgia

If you’re planning a trip to Georgia (the country in Europe, not the state in the US), then Kazbegi absolutely needs to be on your itinerary. The first thing to cover is that the town of Kazbegi was renamed Stepantsminda, however many people still refer to it as Kazbegi. Therefore, the two names are essentially […]

Sighnaghi, Georgia Travel Guide: Visiting the Kakheti Wine Region

Sighnaghi, Georgia Travel Guide Sighnaghi, Georgia (or Signagi) is easily one of the prettiest places to visit in all of Georgia (the country not the state). When we first arrived in Sighnaghi, after the windy drive through the mountains, my first impression was of an Italian mountain town, perhaps a town in Tuscany. The medieval architecture […]

How to Get to Cinque Terre from Florence, Italy

Cinque Terre is a truly magical set of towns, nestled on the coast of Italy. Located only 2.5-3 hours outside of Florence, this seaside region is nothing like the large cities of Italy. For those of you who are not familiar with the area, Cinque Terre is more accurately a region, rather than a singular […]

How to Get From Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park

Zagreb to Plitvice Lakes National Park Plitvice Lakes National Park is easily Croatia’s most famous national park, and for a good reason as well. If you’re visiting Croatia on a trip through Eastern Europe, a day trip to the Plitvice Lakes is a must. Plitvice has some of the clearest, bluest waters that I have […]

Lago di Braies: What You Need to Know Before Visiting

The famous Lago di Braies is just as beautiful in person as it is in photos. Blue waters with a striking mountain backdrop, it’s hard not to fall in love with this spot. Photographs of this famous lake have recently found their way all over the internet, and for a very good reason! Lago di […]

Hiking to Lago di Sorapis in the Dolomites, Italy

By now I’m sure you’ve heard of the Dolomites, the famous mountain range in Northern Italy. From the striking views on Seceda to the crystal blue lakes, the region has got it all. Hiking to Lago di Sorapis is one of the top day hikes in the Dolomites. Lago di Sorapis is a glacial lake […]

Where to Stay in the Dolomites, Italy

Before I dive too deep into this post on where to stay in the Dolomites, some of you may be wondering where the Dolomites even are! You may have ended up on this post by clicking through a dreamy mountain photo on Pinterest or Google, or if you’re lucky you may already be planning your […]

How to Get to the Dolomites, Italy: Car, Bus, Train, or Plane

This post is all about how to get to the Dolomites in Northern Italy. Although popular among European tourists, the Dolomites are still a bit of a hidden gem for American tourists. I was pleasantly surprised that even visiting during the peak tourist season, the hikes were expansive and not overrun with tourists. Luckily, the […]

A Guide to Hiking Seceda, Dolomites

Hiking the Seceda mountain and exploring the nearby town of Ortisei (St. Ulrich) down below was easily the highlight of my road trip through the Dolomites, and therefore deserve their own post! While Seceda is best known for its winter slopes, the mountain is a breathtaking place to hike during the summer months. With gondola […]

Road Trip in the Dolomites Itinerary for Any Traveler

In the past year or so I started seeing images of incredible, crystal blue lakes pop up in my Instagram feed. I started researching the area, and was immediately determined to plan a visit. When the opportunity arose to take a quick trip, I threw together a last minute plan Dolomites road trip itinerary this […]

7 Best Things to do in the Dolomites Italy 

7 Best Things to do in the Dolomites, Italy If you are planning a trip, here are a handful of the best things to do in the Dolomites. You can check out my comprehensive guide on how to road trip in the Dolomites here. Lago di Braies Photographs of this famous lake have recently found […]

Must Try Portuguese Dishes in Porto

There are so many amazing dishes in Porto, that your taste buds will be buzzing throughout your trip. Here are a few of the must try Portuguese dishes that definitely shouldn’t be missed! A List of the Must-Try Portuguese Dishes in Porto Pastel de Nata  Although traditionally from Belem, a town just outside of Lisbon, […]

Best Instagram Photo Spots in Porto, Portugal

Bright buildings, cobblestone streets, and beautiful waterfront spots – keep reading to find out the best Instagram photo spots in Porto! Dom Luis Bridge As Porto’s biggest attraction, it would be a shame to not include this bridge on the list of best Instagram photo spots in Porto! It is beautiful from both sides, however […]

A Weekend in Portugal: 3 Days in Porto

Planning a getaway to Portugal ? 3 days in Porto is the perfect amount of time to explore one of Europe’s most beautiful cities, although I’m sure you’ll never want to leave.    3 Days in Porto: The Basics Currency – Euro (1 EUR = $1.15 USD) Language – Portuguese Location – Porto is located […]

5 Best Restaurants in Lisbon, Portugal

Looking for the best restaurants in Lisbon, Portugal? Then you’ve come to the right place. My recent trip to Portugal was a Below you’ll find 5 of my favorite restaurants that I ate at on my recent trip to Lisbon, Portugal! The 5 Best Restaurants in Lisbon, Portugal 1. Reviravolta (Rua dos Bacalhoeiros 16) Located […]

11 things you can’t miss in Lisbon, Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal is easily one of my favorite cities in the world. From the colors to the food, I fell in love the first day that I arrived! If you’re planning a trip I’ve compiled a list of 10 things that you absolutely can’t miss in Lisbon, an essential stop on any Portugal itinerary! Things […]

24 Hours in Rome: everything you NEED to know!

So you have only 24 hours in Rome, is it really enough time to visit one of the world’s major tourist destinations? Don’t worry! This guide for 24 hours in Rome will outline everything that you need to see and do during your short trip! 24 HOURS IN ROME: WHERE TO STAY Since you only […]

Iceland Road Trip: A One-Week Itinerary

Is an Iceland road trip on the bucket list? The below sample itinerary outlines a perfect 8 day Iceland road trip around Icelands’s Ring Road. This itinerary is great for those using the Iceland Camping Card. At a low rate of 150 euros (valid for 2 campers), the Camping Card will save you tons of […]

One Day in Dubrovnik, Croatia: What to Do

I have what can be described as a love/hate relationship with Dubrovnik at the moment. When I first visited this magical city in the fall of 2011, I visited spontaneously, arriving from Italy on an overnight ferry, and spent a week getting to know the city. I immediately fell in love with the cobblestone streets, […]

The Great Montenegro Tour

Visiting Montenegro? Book the Great Montenegro Tour. End of Story. Just kidding, the story is only just starting! But the Great Montenegro tour is a must! As an avid traveler I found that blogs and photographs of Montenegro started popping up more and more over the past few years. Ironically, when I talked about visiting Montenegro […]

Easy Day Trips from Zagreb, Croatia

Not only is Zagreb an amazing city to visit while traveling in Croatia, but there are so many fun, easy day trips from Zagreb! Two of my personal favorites include  Plitvice Lakes National Park and the charming city of Ljubljana, Slovenia. Day Trips from Zagreb – Ljubljana Slovenia has been on the top of my […]

Tips for Saving Money in Iceland

Despite all of Iceland’s redeeming qualities, it is not particularly easy on the wallet. That being said, there are always methods to cut down costs along the way. Check out the tips below for saving saving money in Iceland, without cutting out any of the fun!  1. Break Out the Camping Gear Staying in hotels […]