The Best Beaches in Europe

We often think of Europe as ideal for city getaways. Trips to museums, culture, operas. If we think about nature we think of cliffs and mountains and fields of wildflowers. But Europe is chock-full of beautiful beaches, too—and sometimes in the most surprising places. I asked travel bloggers to send me their candidates for the…

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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. I’m a Scorpio born the day before Halloween, so it’s little wonder that this windswept country haunts my imagination. When Tim and I visited Scotland two years ago, we timed our visit to coincide with…

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3 reasons to visit the Carlsberg’s Brewery in Copenhagen

Country 23: Denmark | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! Whenever I think of Copenhagen, I think of playgrounds—which surprised me as much it may surprise you. This graceful northern city is typically more associated with design, architecture, and sculpture than it is with play. But whether you love blocks,…

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Why you should visit Thailand for Loy Krathong

Country 16: Thailand | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! Planning a trip to Thailand? There are two very Thai festivals that might pop up on your radar. One is Songkran, the Thai new year. It’s a riotous celebration with people flinging, shooting, dumping, and dunking water onto everyone and everything. There…

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The Bahamas’ hidden Instagrammable gem: The Cloisters

Country 4: The Bahamas | This post is part of my 30×30 series. Read more here! If the Cloisters seem out of place in a land of swaying palms and turquoise waters, it’s because they are. Fans of the Beatles will recognize the distinctive arches from the escapade “Help!”, and James Bond aficionados might know it from…

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Why You Should Visit Naxos

“Do you like nachos?” The question, asked by the Greek driver of our hotel pickup, took me by surprise. It took me two seconds to realize that he wasn’t asking if I liked cheese-covered chips (an improbable find on this glorious Greek island anyway), but if I liked Naxos, the name of said Greek island…

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Is it Worth it to Visit Athens?

If you’re planning a trip to Greece, odds are you’re probably focused on the islands. Is it worth it, then, to visit Athens? Ah, Athens. One of the world’s oldest cities. Where classical, graceful, historical meets gritty, graffiti-splattered, and dirty. Athen’s port, Piraeus, once the major import/export center and navy base for the ancient Greeks,…

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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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Hamburg Travel Guide

This beautiful northern German port city is nearly running over with old-school charm and picturesque romance (with a few raunchy winks to boot!). And with the opening of its new philharmonic hall, Hamburg launched itself into the cultural consciousness, being swiftly named to both NatGeo’s and the New York Times’ lists of Places to Visit…

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