australia travel guide: fitzroy island great barrier reef snorkeling excursion from cairns

Our second day in Cairns, Australia, was the best we had there, weather-wise. The torrential downpour had lessened to a spritz, but the water was so choppy that some poor souls on board were seasick. The excursion to Fitzroy Island was very laid-back. It included the boat ride to the island, snorkel gear rental (includingContinue reading “australia travel guide: fitzroy island great barrier reef snorkeling excursion from cairns”

portugal travel guide: do a belem dinner and tour with we hate tourism tours

It was the company’s name that caught my attention immediately—We Hate Tourism Tours. Oh, the irony, I thought to myself, then I noticed that they had over 1,000 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor, and that was it for me; I decided this was exactly the kind of excursion I wanted to do while in Lisbon. IContinue reading “portugal travel guide: do a belem dinner and tour with we hate tourism tours”

italy travel tip: if you’re looking for a chill day, book an excursion to lake como

If you’re looking for a chill day trip to escape the hustle and bustle of Milan, this day trip to Lake Como has your name written all over it!

italy travel tip: visit the colorful island of burano

The island of Burano is like something out of a dream: Imagine row after row of the most cheerful, brightly-colored homes, and you’ve got Burano.¬†

italy travel tip: take an inexpensive half-day trip to pisa from florence

Funny story: My maiden name is “Liening” (pronounced “leaning”), so you can only imagine the “leaning tower of Pisa” jokes I’ve gotten throughout the years. (So original, right guys? Cue eyeroll.) My seventh-grade math teacher would even lean to the side when he’d see me in the hallway. (He thought he was¬†hilarious.) I suppose that’sContinue reading “italy travel tip: take an inexpensive half-day trip to pisa from florence”

italy travel tip: take a day trip to cinque terre from florence

I was almost finished putting the final touches on our itinerary for our big France/Spain/Italy trip in 2015 when the hubs came home and told me his friends, Tim and Claire, who had just had their own sweeping Italian adventure, insisted that we needed to go to Cinque Terre. I may have frowned at himContinue reading “italy travel tip: take a day trip to cinque terre from florence”