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”

australia travel guide: sydney city tour, lunch cruise, & opera house tour

If you’ve been following my blog, then you know how much this girl loves excursions. There’s something to be said for aimlessly wandering the streets of a new city, but when you only have a few days to squeeze in all the sights of a bustling city, excursions are the most efficient way to seeContinue reading “australia travel guide: sydney city tour, lunch cruise, & opera house tour”

australia travel guide: sydney harbor bridge climb

When I began planning our epic adventure to Australia and New Zealand, it was firmly with the “go big or go home” mentality. As I’m sure you can imagine, it takes a lot of time and resources to venture to that side of the world, so we figured this would be the only time we’dContinue reading “australia travel guide: sydney harbor bridge climb”

21 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 “21 awesome & unique gift ideas for the globetrotter in your life”

copenhagen travel guide: the copenhagen card

When I was researching things to do in Copenhagen, I came across the website for the Copenhagen card, which is supposed to save travelers money. It includes unlimited public transportation, “free” admission to popular tourist attractions, and discounts on restaurants and sightseeing tours.  We only had one and a half days to see all CopenhagenContinue reading “copenhagen travel guide: the copenhagen card”

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”

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: st. louis cemetery no. 1 walking tour

One of the most interesting and unique aspects of New Orleans is that they can’t actually bury their dead. Because they’re so far below sea level, the bodies, if buried, would sooner or later all emerge from the swampy soil, so instead, they bury those lost above ground in what they call “cities of theContinue reading “new orleans travel guide: st. louis cemetery no. 1 walking 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”