Taking the Train from Vienna to Bratislava

Taking the train from Vienna to Bratislava is incredibly straightforward. And if you’re in Vienna for more than a few days, this day trip is a great addition to your itinerary. We took the ÖBB between the two cities, which was pretty painless. You can buy your ticket online or via the app, and tickets can…

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Taking the train from Vienna to Salzburg

The train from Vienna to Salzburg takes roughly 2.5 hours, making Salzburg an easy day trip to add into your Vienna itinerary. Close to the German border, Salzburg is a popular choice for those who love music (especially The Sound Of…), art, and hiking. If you’re thinking of heading out for a day (or for…

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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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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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