Exploring the Egyptian Museum

I learned the phrase, “an embarrassment of riches” in a college poetry class, but I never fully understood it until we walked into the Egyptian museum. Many museums around the world have Egyptian pieces or play host to Egyptian exhibits, whether temporary or permanent. To have one stone sarcophagus, one golden mummy mask, one ancient…

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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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Celebrating Halloween in Scotland

With its wild moors, haunted castles, heavy mists, and ancient stone circles, Scotland has always felt thrillingly spooky to me. And as a Scorpio born the day before Halloween, there’s little wonder that this windswept country haunts my imagination. Tim and I visited Scotland two years ago, timing our visit to coincide with both my…

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5 Things to Do in Stockholm in Summertime

Country 25: Sweden | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! There are plenty of things to see in Stockholm, Sweden: but the first happens before you arrive. Flying into Arlanda gives you a fantastic view over the city, making it clear why you were right to visit Stockholm before you even…

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Visiting the Baldi Hot Springs in Costa Rica

Costa Rica is an adventurous place. It was the final stop on a multi-country backpacking tour that swooped from Cartagena through the San Blas Islands to Panama City, and ending at La Fortuna, a small touristy town north of San José that’s famous for its volcano. In fact, the town used to be named for…

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Visiting the Jardim Botânico in Rio de Janeiro

Country 19: Brazil | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! Rio de Janeiro is perhaps the most awesome city I have ever visited, with heavy emphasis on the awe. It is the very definition of urban jungle, with plenty of concrete and plenty more greenery. But tucked between the beaches and…

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What to Eat, Drink, and Do in Paris

There’s plenty to see on a trip to Paris, and countless resources trot out the same itineraries: the Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Notre-Dame, the Louvre. Don’t get me wrong—you’ll definitely want to see those places. They’re famous for a reason, after all. But what if you want to shower some lesser known attractions with some love…

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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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London Day Trip: Stonehenge and the Cotswolds

When you’ve walked the walk and shopped the shops, it may be time to expand your London trip to include some out-of-town sights. On our last visit, we took the plunge and rented a car to do a day trip out through countryside, stopping over in the Cotswolds and finishing at Salisbury Plain with a…

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5 Tips for Visiting Camden Market

Camden Town (and its markets) is one of my favorite stops for a London trip. I went on my first visit to London back in 2009 and simply fell in love. While most of London city has a beautiful uniformity to it—the long rows of mews, the symmetrical gardens—Camden Town is gleefully, whimsically unbalanced. The…

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