Cappadocia: A Fairy Tale Come to Life

The landscape of Cappadocia with it’s deep valleys and stunning formations will make you believe you’ve actually traveled to another planet. There is absolutely no where else like it in the world.

4 Archaeological Wonders of Greece

Greece is a country that is rich in history, turmoil, and culture. Beginning with the Neolithic Age in 7000 BC to Modern Greece covering a period from 1821 to present, the scope of Greek habitation and rule has varied throughout the ages. Traces of human civilization can be found in all corners and there are over 100 impressive archaeological sites portraying a history that exceeds 5000 years. If you don’t have time to explore them all, these 4 sites won’t give you a comprehensive picture of life in ancient Greece but they’re a great start!  

5 Picturesque Beaches in the Balkans

The Balkan coastline is home to several culturally vibrant countries that have immense natural beauty. Their breathtaking beaches have turquoise waters, rocky coves, and rugged mountain backdrops. A rich history and nearby ancient ruins add a dose of adventure once you’ve had your fill of rest and relaxation on the pebble and sand beaches. From Croatia to Greece, here is a collection of my favorite beaches in the Balkans! 

7 Off-the-Grid Hot Springs in the Western US

There is nothing quite as enjoyable as relaxing in a bubbling hot natural pool surrounded by wild animals and wilderness. We’ve compiled a list of our 7 favorite hot pools in the Western US that shouldn’t be missed! 

Havasu Falls

We had the unique opportunity to visit what I believe to be the most beautiful place I’ve ever visited in my entire life in March 2017… Havasu Falls which is an area of land that has been owned and managed by the Havasupai American Indian tribe for the last 800 years. Prior to our visit…

9 Reasons to Visit Turkey

There are countless reasons to visit Turkey – breathtaking scenery, fascinating history, intricate architecture, lovely people, and the best shopping in all of Europe just to name a few. It would be impossible to list all of the reasons that I fell in love with Turkey so here are just a few of the highlights… 

19 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Prior to Traveling Abroad…

In the US there are a few “cultural norms” that we inevitably become accustomed to. But as it turns out, many countries have quite different norms that can be a bit shocking when you first arrive. Read on before you leave the US to prepare yourself for what you may encounter in many other countries around the world…

Our Top 10 Travel Packing Essentials

We’ve been on several extended travel adventures to date and have found that determining which items to pack and which to leave behind is incredibly stressful. And while we’ve improved over time, we still don’t always get it right. So we’ve compiled a list of the things that we would never ever consider leaving behind plus some helpful tips that we’ve developed after making our own packing mistakes. 

Albania

Albania is everything you are looking for when you vacation – it’s safe, inexpensive, the people are lovely, the beaches beautiful, the food delicious, you can shop until your hearts content – what more could you ask for?

Macedonia

We actually really enjoyed Macedonia, even though it wasn’t nearly as cheap as we’d been led to believe. However, we have a lot of time and it was easy to get to. Would I take a plane trip halfway around the world and use my allotted 2 weeks per year to vacation there? Probably not. So if you’re in the Balkans and have some extra time, definitely stop off and most definitely see Skopje. That city will likely change drastically in the next 10 years. But don’t make an entire vacation out of it…

6 Awesomely Obscure(-ish) Adventures in Thailand

GET A SAK YANT TATTOO FROM A BUDDHIST MONK: I have to be a smidge cheesy for a minute to say that I first learned of the Sak Yant tattoo because of Angelina Jolie. I saw photos of her being tattooed by a Buddhist Monk with a giant needle and I was intrigued. I figured that…

Montenegro

Montenegro is small, full of culture and history, and fairly easy to cover with a car and Google Maps. We loved the freedom of driving around, stopping for photos at sunset, and exploring little towns that we would otherwise never visit if we were relying on public transportation. But driving in Montenegro is also pretty horrifying so prepare to be aggressively passed no matter how fast you are going and how winding the road is and get over your fear of heights if you want to visit the more popular landmarks. It’s easy to travel in Montenegro, it’s cheap, great food, good people, great experience!

Bosnia and Herzegovina

We LOVED Mostar. It was everything you want a city to be; friendly people, fantastic shopping, delicious food, inexpensive prices, pedestrian-friendly, decent public transportation, loads of things to do, etc. It was kind of what I expected Dubrovnik to be. We originally booked 3 nights and then added one more and probably should’ve stayed longer. In hindsight, we should’ve gone to Sarajevo. We did hear one negative review as I mentioned at the beginning of this post, but we also heard a ton of glowing reviews about the city.