australia travel guide: phillip island & penguin parade half-day trip from melbourne

One of my greatest regrets in the planning of our grand Australia/New Zealand adventure was not giving ourselves enough time in Melbourne. Granted, we only had so many days to work with, and we had two specific things we wanted to do in the Melbourne area, so I did what I could with the allottedContinue reading “australia travel guide: phillip island & penguin parade half-day trip from melbourne”

new orleans travel guide: skip the oak alley plantation tour

We escaped the heat of New Orleans (well, a couple of degrees, anyway) for a few hours when we visited Oak Alley Plantation. The grounds are lovely. Manicured lawns, beautiful flowers, old, towering trees. We grabbed some alcoholic lemonades, checked out the shop, and had some delicious gumbo at the restaurant, before our guided tourContinue reading “new orleans travel guide: skip the oak alley plantation tour”

new orleans travel guide: the national wwii musem

The day after our late-night ghost-hunting tour, we had a late start. (Late as in, we missed breakfast altogether, which wasn’t a problem for Amanda, but is blasphemous for this breakfast-loving girl!) We decided we would go to the National World War II Museum that day. Amanda was a little skeptical about the awesomeness ofContinue reading “new orleans travel guide: the national wwii musem”

kauai, hawaii travel guide: take a surfing lesson & explore queen’s bath

Those who know me well know that I’m not exactly what you would call “sporty” or coordinated. But this did not stop me from signing up for a surfing lesson with Hawaiian Surfing Adventures. It seemed like a must-do—when in Hawaii, attempt to ride those legendary waves. We were in a small group, just usContinue reading “kauai, hawaii travel guide: take a surfing lesson & explore queen’s bath”

10 things i learned about portugal during our recent trip

The hubs and I went to Portugal on a whim. I came across a deal on Travelzoo for a 7-day trip to the Canary Islands and Lisbon, and I could not pass it up. I had a feeling we would love Portugal, but I had no idea how much we would love it or how freakingContinue reading “10 things i learned about portugal during our recent trip”

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)”

italy travel tip: skip the walking tour in milan

If I’m being honest with you, Milan was not my favorite. It actually kind of bummed me out that that was our last stop in our whirlwind trip around Italy. But everyone makes such a big deal about it, you know? So we did our day trip to Lake Como from there, and then weContinue reading “italy travel tip: skip the walking tour in milan”

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 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”