copenhagen travel guide: do the free walking tour

Our Norwegian Scandinavian cruise departed from Copenhagen, Denmark, on a Monday, so the hubby and decided we would fly down on Saturday and give ourselves some time to explore all that Copenhagen had to offer. We got in on Saturday around 4pm, and we picked up our Copenhagen Card at the designated kiosk upon ourContinue reading “copenhagen travel guide: do the free walking tour”

the pros and cons of a norwegian cruise

I’ve decided that there are two types of people in this world: those who love cruises and those who don’t. After taking our Scandinavian cruise this summer, I’ve decided that I am most likely NOT a cruise person. That’s not to say I disliked every part of the cruise, but it definitely won’t be my preferredContinue reading “the pros and cons of a norwegian cruise”

16 awesome & unique gift ideas for the globetrotter in your life

To get into the spirit of the holidays, I thought I’d put together a list of awesome gift ideas for the world traveler in your life. (This list can also be subtly known as ‘a list of awesome gifts for Ashley—wink, wink.) But seriously, this list contains some practical gifts and other thoughtful/unusual gifts youContinue reading “16 awesome & unique gift ideas for the globetrotter in your life”

3 sites for finding the best possible price on airfare (& how to use them)

Let’s be real here; airfare is often one of the most expensive aspects of travel. In my experience, it accounts for about one-third of our total spend on any given international trip. Here are the three sites that I use to find the best possible deals on airfare. Kayak and Google Flights Kayak is theContinue reading “3 sites for finding the best possible price on airfare (& how to use them)”

6 tips for making travel more affordable

I won’t bullshit you: Traveling is not cheap. This isn’t news to you. When I talk to folks about travel, that’s usually what they say: “Oh, we don’t have the money for that,” or “I don’t know how you guys afford it.” And I’ll be honest, my husband and I are extremely fortunate that we haveContinue reading “6 tips for making travel more affordable”

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 guide: what to see, eat & buy in florence

I have now been to Italy three times, and I can say definitively that Florence is my favorite Italian city. Why? For one thing, its proximity to other places is ideal. You can take quick jaunts to Tuscany, Pisa, or Cinque Terre without having to mess with a million different dwellings. Also, it’s the quaintestContinue reading “italy travel guide: what to see, eat & buy in florence”

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”

italy travel tip: take a cooking class in tuscany with accidental tourist

There’s nothing quite like making your own pasta when you’re in the heart of Tuscany. When the hubs and I were planning our trip in 2015, his co-worker recommended Accidental Tourist to us. I have now taken this cooking class twice; it is truly an amazing experience. When the ladies and I were planning our tripContinue reading “italy travel tip: take a cooking class in tuscany with accidental tourist”