australia travel guide: figure 8 pools hiking excursion from sydney

Our guide, Adam (or Adzy, as he likes to be called), blames Instagram for the droves of people making their way to the Royal National Park these days. The pool’s naturally-made Figure 8 pools are the big draw, with people hiking and bouldering down there for that perfect Instagram snap. I’d be lying if IContinue reading “australia travel guide: figure 8 pools hiking excursion from sydney”

australia travel guide: blue mountains and featherdale wildlife park day trip from sydney

When I was researching things to do in Sydney, Blue Mountains National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, were definitely on most “must-see” lists. And indeed, the photos look almost mystical. But remember when I said that the weather didn’t exactly cooperate with us in Australia? Well, it was certainly all over the place thatContinue reading “australia travel guide: blue mountains and featherdale wildlife park day trip from sydney”

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”

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”

portugal travel guide: first-timers’ guide to lisbon

Last summer, when I came across the deal on Travelzoo for a trip to the Canary Islands and Lisbon, the idea grabbed me right away, but my dubious husband required a bit of convincing that this was a trip worthy of our limited vacation time. (If you know me at all, though, you know thatContinue reading “portugal travel guide: first-timers’ guide to lisbon”

canary islands travel tip: prepare for maspalomas

One of the best things about Gran Canaria is how varied the landscape is: You’ve got beaches, you’ve got mountains, and you’ve got insane dunes that make you feel like you’re in the Sahara, except you can see the water in the far distance, and it’s not a mirage. Maspalomas was listed in our looseContinue reading “canary islands travel tip: prepare for maspalomas”

canary islands travel tip: skip las palmas

So apparently Las Palmas is one of the most popular places in Gran Canaria. Blog posts told me so, Lonely Planet told me so, and so I assumed it must be true! They all made it seem like Las Palmas was kind of a big deal. I gotta be honest, though—I don’t really get theContinue reading “canary islands travel tip: skip las palmas”

canary islands travel tip: explore the pastel-colored town of aguimes

I approached our trip to the Canary Islands a little differently than I have our other trips: I didn’t do much planning at all. I researched, of course, the best places to go and eat, but we had no specific itinerary: just a list of possible things to do. We looked at the list eachContinue reading “canary islands travel tip: explore the pastel-colored town of aguimes”

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”

i’ve been nominated for the liebster award 2017!

Last week, I was honored to be nominated for not just one but TWO Liebster Awards. Huge thanks to the Wandering Gaels and Creating Katherine for the nominations—you guys made my year! The Wandering Gaels are two friends who are exploring their heritage by visiting the stomping grounds of their ancestors. Their blog features beautifulContinue reading “i’ve been nominated for the liebster award 2017!”