Bratislava Day Trip Itinerary

Part of our 7-day Vienna itinerary took us not only out of Vienna, but out of Austria entirely. The Slovakian capital is located a mere 55 km from Vienna, making it easy to take the train from Vienna to Bratislava and back in a day.  Bratislava Day Trip Itinerary Despite being in a different country,…

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Salzburg Day Trip Itinerary

Salzburg is an easy day trip from Vienna. On my first Salzburg day trip, I adhered to my typical travel M.O.: wander and get lost. But this second time, I wanted to be more intentional with my time. For one thing, this trip featured a special guest: my mom, who came all the way in…

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7-Day Vienna Itinerary

If Vienna isn’t on your list of places to visit, it should be! While many visitors to Europe prioritize Amsterdam, Paris, or London, Vienna encapsulates the romance of the Old World, and represents a pivotal moment of European history. Here’s my 7-day Vienna itinerary, designed to help you experience the history, art, thinking, and food…

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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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What to do 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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