A 5-Day Paris Itinerary for First-Timers

For my mom’s 60th birthday last year, my family surprised her with a trip to Paris. My parents had come to Germany a few times at this point to visit me, and together we’d all been to Sweden, but she’d always dreamed of going to Paris. Because she couldn’t plan the trip herself, I wanted…

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How to Spend a Few Days in Cairo

Cairo is often in the American news for all the wrong reasons, but there’s more than a few reasons to dedicate a portion of your Egypt trip to Cairo. First of all, it’s huge—the largest city not just in the Middle East and Arab world, but on the continent of Africa. Nicknamed, “The City of…

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7-Day Egypt Itinerary Without a Tour

I entered my thirties with one goal: to get out of my comfort zone more often. Our recent trip to Egypt flung the door to my comfort zone wide open, and with surprising gentleness, ushered me out of it. What exactly does that mean? Well, it was way easier to travel through Egypt than I…

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5 Fun and Cheap Things to Do in Cartagena, Colombia

Country 20: Colombia | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! If the plethora of swanky bars and burgeoning boutique hotels in the Walled City are any indication, While Cartagena is starting to boom as a hotspot Colombian destination, it’s still quite possible to tour the city as a budget traveler. Here are…

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The Only Tip You Need for Your Venice Trip

I’ve been in love with Venice from the very first time I visited. It is such a strange and wondrous place—the twisting alleys and slender bridges so secretive and seductive, the rippling waterways so quiet and romantic. There’s plenty of tips for how to best enjoy your Venice trip out there—from negotiating the price of…

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3 Reasons to Visit Potsdam

“Wait, can we stop?” I asked. “I want to get a pic of that castle.” Tim politely refused, and I sank back into the passenger seat, disappointed, not knowing that the surprise day trip from Berlin he’d planned involved not just one castle, but over 17 of them. The surprise? We were headed to visit…

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The Best City Walk in London

History! Skylines! Cute markets! Beer! Palaces! I’m sure there are more comprehensive London walking tours, but the following route is hands-down one of my favorite London city walks. It’s the ultimate Instagram package, hitting a chunk of famous London sightseeing spots in combination with foodie delights and fresh air. The Best City Walk in London […]

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Tips for San Francisco on a Budget

San Francisco is a beautiful city, but it’s pricey—which can make a trip to San Francisco on a budget difficult. Fortunately, having grown up in the Bay gave me a few tips on how to work the system. Read on to discover how to enjoy your time in the Bay without breaking the bank. Looking…

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Kentucky Bourbon Trail Tour, Part I

Manhattans, Old-Fashioneds, hot toddies, or whiskey sours. To make a great bourbon cocktail, you need a great base—and the place famous for making those great American bourbons is none other than Bourbon, Kentucky. I spent a fantastic weekend in bluegrass country, on a self-guided bourbon trail tour. What is “real bourbon”? Like champagne, bourbon is…

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Planning a Roadtrip

Somehow I totally forgot that next Monday is MLK Day. What to do with this newfound extra time? Maybe a day trip? Maybe a scenic drive? Maybe some time outdoors? (Provided the weather holds?) While bumbling around the web looking for ideas I came across Roadtrippers.com, a really awesome site that lets you plug in…

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