When I was invited to speak at a conference in Graz, Austria, I was like “yes. Where?” Several months later, I found myself staring down a giant platter full of fried meat while two Austrians in lederhosen yodeled and five travel bloggers began a round of German drinking chants. Welcome to Graz: Austria’s most undiscovered city is undeniably quirky, deliciously foodie, full of art, history, & design, and incredibly adorable! This photo guide will have you booking the next ticket to Austria (just bring us back some schnitzel, please).
Tapas. Museums. Otherwordly cathedrals. Avant garde art. Gothic architecture. Wine. … Did we mention the tapas? Barcelona is one of the most beautiful cities in Spain and the center of Catalan history and culture. In between stuffing our faces with cones of manchego and acorn-fed iberico ham, we spent most of our time in Barcelona getting lost in the narrow alleys of the Gothic Quarter. But don’t worry: for this walking tour of Barcelona, we’ve tapped 3 Barcelona experts to create the perfect self-guided tour, complete with insider tips, photo ops, and tons of history and culture (and food).
Northern Lights. Herds of reindeer roaming the arctic tundra. Dog sledding through snowy woods. Fjord flopping. Wait… what? In this post you’ll find the exact itinerary for the life-changing Norway trip I took in January, plus alternative destinations if you want to switch things up. This massive 7 day itinerary includes everything you’ll need to plan an epic winter trip to Norway!
Visiting Norway in the winter was one of the most incredible trips of my life. From seeing the Northern Lights to jumping in an icy cold fjord to dog sledding in the mountains to herding reindeer with the indigenous Sami people to crashing a snowmobile in the Arctic Tundra (because it wouldn’t be me if there’s not at least ONE disaster, right?), here are 35 jaw-dropping photos of Norway in the winter!
Our favorite time of the year to travel in Europe is during the winter. As the weather gets colder, the Christmas markets come to life, snow begins to fall, and it’s the perfect time to throw on cozy sweaters, puffy coats, and winter boots and wander through cobblestoned back alleys. It’s developed into a bit of a habit, actually: after just a few trips, the idea of Christmas without Christmas Markets just feels empty, meaningless, and devoid of calories. But it can overwhelming to try and come up with a Europe itinerary when there are so many amazing places to visit! So we’ve created not one, but TWO detailed 2-week itineraries so you can make the most of your winter holidays in Europe. Just call us Santa Blogs! … Get it? The 2-week Northwestern Europe itinerary takes you from Copenhagen to Bremen to Amsterdam to Bruges to Brussels, and The Central Europe itinerary takes you from Vienna to Hallstatt to Cesky Krumlov to Prague. From Christmas Markets to castles, these itineraries have your winter holidays covered.
You know when people who travel a lot say stuff like “each part of [country you’ve never been to] is SO different,” and you kind of roll your eyes because it just sounds like a way to brag about how many different parts of the country they’ve been to? Well … in Italy, it’s SUPER accurate. From the language to the food to the social norms, southern Italy is very different than the rest of Italy. Sure, there’s pizza and pasta everywhere in Italy, but in Sicily your pasta come served with anchovies and dusted with pistachios, and the pizza in Naples is leaps and bounds more delicious than anything you’ll get in Florence. (Important note: I did do some things other than eat on this trip, but not many.) In this post, I’m laying out all the things no one tells you about visiting Southern Italy. I can’t guarantee you that they’ll actually help you during your trip, but I thought they were interesting.