A PERFECT DAY IN AMSTERDAM

Amsterdam Architecture

Take a stroll along the Prinsengracht and you’ll realize what all the hype is about.  Shiny, lacquered wooden boats drift down the canal passing gabled brick homes and tulip stalls.  Locals cruise by on Omafiets, the traditional Dutch bicycle, popping in and out of small boutiques.  Old-timers sip Jenever, the Dutch national liquor, and watch the world go by at a canal-side cafe.  It’s all quite captivating. Continue reading “A PERFECT DAY IN AMSTERDAM”

2 DAYS IN PARIS

Louvre Museum from the Tuileries Garden

It’s not hard to fall in love with Paris.  Known for its grand sights like the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, and the Arc de Triomphe, there’s an endless amount of things to do in Paris.  But for me, there’s so much more than the big-name sites.  Cafe culture, quaint neighborhoods, walks along the Seine, and late night crepe vendors keep me coming back.  Paris was my first overseas destination back in my early 20s.  At the time, most of my travel had consisted of domestic trips, but the City of Light will always hold a special place in my heart. Continue reading “2 DAYS IN PARIS”

EXPLORING NOTTING HILL

The painted homes of Denbigh Terrace.

Notting Hill is my favorite London neighborhood to enjoy a leisurely afternoon.  Beautifully painted row houses are around every corner and there’s no shortage of cafes, restaurants, and boutiques.  Getting lost down one of its colorful streets or quaint mews is the perfect London experience.  And, it’s easy to explore Notting Hill by foot.  So hop on the tube, get off at the Notting Hill Gate station and start the adventure! Continue reading “EXPLORING NOTTING HILL”

WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE TRAVELING TO PRAGUE

The Czech Republic’s largest city and capital, Prague, is known for being one of Europe’s oldest and most beautiful destinations.  Prague’s rich history and culture are just a few of the reasons that continue to bring tourists to this enchanted city.  The recent influx of travelers and foreign investment has begun to affect prices, but Prague remains an incredibly affordable destination.

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BEST OF PORTLAND, MAINE

The Portland Head Lighthouse.

No disrespect to Oregon, but this is the OG Portland, founded a mere 200 years prior to the west coast city bearing its name.  Portland, Maine is small, quirky, and perfect for exploring on foot.  Over the past few years, the city has really started to become a haven for foodies, with new restaurants frequently popping up across the city.  And you won’t have a hard time finding things to do: food, culture, music, and the rugged coastline all make for an incredibly charming city.

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10 OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN PRAGUE

A view of Prague from the Vysehrad Castle.

Whether you have a few hours or a few weeks in Prague, the city will leave an impression on you.  It’s old, in an “I’m walking through a fairytale” like way.  And its central geography, bridging eastern and western Europe, has created a melting pot of culture, cuisine, and politics.  The city is relatively compact and very walkable, but for slightly longer excursions, the Prague tram system is quick, efficient, and cheap. Continue reading “10 OF THE BEST THINGS TO DO IN PRAGUE”

24 HOURS IN TOKYO

Shinjuku Shopping District by night.

Let me start by saying, and this is quite obvious, 24 hours is not enough time to explore Tokyo.  No $h!t, right?  That’s like giving my wife 30 seconds to shop in J.Crew (sorry babe, love you).  But on a recent trip to the Philippines, I had the opportunity to extend my layover on the return flight home.  Travel Tip: extending my layover actually brought down the price of my flight and gave me the chance to explore a city I had never visited!  A win-win.  Check out my post about Saving Money on Travel for more details on extending layovers.
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TRAVEL GUIDE TO COASTAL MAINE

The Maine coastline.

The first thing I fell in love with was the coastline; a frothy mixture smashing against rock, with deep blue stretching to the horizon.  I was excited to be back as an adult.  I had traveled to Maine (Squirrel Island to be exact) as a young child, but don’t have many memories.  I couldn’t wait to explore the small coastal towns and, of course, indulge in a few lobster rolls.  Is there such a thing as too much lobster???  No, the answer is no. Continue reading “TRAVEL GUIDE TO COASTAL MAINE”

BEST OF ESTES PARK, COLORADO

Views while hiking the Rocky Mountains

My family has been going to the Rockies for a long time, Estes Park specifically.  I began traveling here as a youngin’ with my parents, making the 2-day drive in our Ford Taurus station wagon.  Early on, it was just the 3 of us (and our Norwegian Elkhound, Rugge).  Later I would bring one of my best friends, drastically improving the boredom factor, but clearly elevating the parental annoyance factor.  Imagine shops more than willing to sell switchblades, blow guns, and ninja stars to 13 year-olds.  Yeah, kind of a nightmare for mom and dad. Continue reading “BEST OF ESTES PARK, COLORADO”