Tips for planning a surprise trip

For all the travel planning logistics I do, there’s one trip a year I can always count on where I can be fully hands-off: our anniversary getaway. It’s Tim’s trip—one that he researches, plans, and books…all without me knowing where we go. So when it came to gathering tips for planning a surprise trip, I…

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Planning a Surprise Anniversary Trip

Tim’s been planning a surprise anniversary trip for me since the first year we were together—and this year marks the fourth surprise trip he’s planned. Year one? A romantic day trip around Hamburg. Year two? A weekend in Paris. Year three? Four days in Athens and Naxos. Year four? Five days in Sardinia. He laughingly…

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Five Things to Do in Tenerife

The Canary islands are one of the most underappreciated destinations I know—especially considering how many things there are to do in Tenerife alone. Located off the coast of Africa, Tenerife is just one of seven main islands (the others are Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro). Though it’s well-known for its water sports—especially wind-based ones, like…

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Venezia: Handle With Care

A throwback post for Long-form Friday. April 2009 — Venice, Italy In the blackest hours, a train snakes its way through the darkness of the Czech Republic, through the slumbered quiet of a dozen Austrian towns. It rises like the sun over the Alps, descending like a sigh into the Italian dawn. It coasts into the…

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A Cape Town Date Night

Imagine. You’re sitting in a patch of sunlight in a garden of almost Biblical beauty. A small stream runs alongside you. The bricks beneath your feet are warm from the heat of the day, but the glass of white wine in your hand is cool. A duck and her ducklings—their soft baby down fuzzing them…

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Château Élan: A Charming GA Getaway

I’m embarrassed to say that despite being from Northern California, I haven’t actually been to Napa, and have only been to Sonoma once. By no means am I any sort of connoisseur of wines or vintages—but I do enjoy tastings, tours, and the general atmosphere of each individual winery. Georgia’s Château Élan was no exception. Here’s…

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