The Best Time to See Barcelona’s Gaudi

People come to Barcelona for different reasons (mine were heavy on eat, drink, tan repeat). But your trip will be lacking if you don’t include at least one piece of Barcelona’s fantastical Gaudi architecture. As these places are major tourist draws, it can be seriously off-putting to elbow your way through a massive tour group…

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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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A Vienna Museum Guide

Because Vienna has so many museums (over 100!), it can be hard to decide which to visit. Luckily, on our last trip, 3 days out of our 7-day Vienna itinerary were dedicated to exploring as many museums as we could—resulting in this Vienna museum guide!  A Vienna Museum Guide Schönbrunn  The imperial family’s summer residence,…

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10 Tips for Visiting Schönbrunn Palace

Located just outside of the main city, Schönbrunn Palace is a grand, golden complex—as you’d expect from the main summer palace of the Hapsburg Imperial family. The Rococo residence has 1,441 rooms and gardens that seem to unfold forever. Housed within the complex are a multitude of smaller museums and gardens—a literal trove of historical…

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Is the Vienna Pass Worth It?

One key aspect of our 7-day Vienna itinerary was visiting Vienna’s museums. After some quick calculations, we decided to spring for the Vienna Pass, hoping we’d see enough attractions to make it worth the purchase price. Now, with the trip over and our brains (and phones) crammed with as much art, history, and antique furnishings…

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Preparing to Visit a Concentration Camp

It’s taken me a long time to write about how it felt to visit a concentration camp. For a long time, I didn’t know how to talk about them. And it is a hard thing to talk and write about (especially respectfully). But I think that’s the whole point. We shouldn’t only go places that…

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Which Valley of the Kings tombs should I visit?

It seemed completely right that we visited both The Valley of the Kings and The Valley of the Queens on the day of the dead. We saved it for our last day in Luxor—anticipating that exploring the tombs would be un-toppable. And I have to say, our assumption held right. On the list of things…

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The Local’s Guide to San Francisco

I was lucky enough to grow up in the Bay Area, so it’s with a bit of bias that I say that San Francisco is the jewel in the Golden State’s crown. It combines all the best things about the state in one trip to California. Nature, food, art, nightlife…there are always things to do…

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Featured! The Ultimate Packing List

Packing is always a somewhat daunting task—which is why Kathryn from Becoming You turned to travel bloggers for some help. She rounded up a hefty list of tips to create the Ultimate Packing List—full of the expected, the surprising, and the “I didn’t know you could use that for that“. Can you guess my contribution? Check it out here.