Budget Travel Tips for Amsterdam

How to Experience the Best of Amsterdam for Cheap

While Amsterdam is definitely one of Europe’s most popular cities, a trip there can add up fast! Here are some tips to help you save some money while exploring some of Amsterdam’s finest offerings. Purchase a Museumkaart Amsterdam has several world class museums, but many of these come with a hefty price tag. Luckily, the city offers several different discount cards for its city attractions, … Continue reading How to Experience the Best of Amsterdam for Cheap

Travels of Ibn Battutah Review

Title: The Travels of Ibn Battutah Author: Ibn Battutah, edited by Tim Mackintosh-Smith Year Published: 1356AD; this version 2002 Places Explored: Northern Africa, the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia, the Maldives, Indonesia, China, Spain, West Africa My Rating: ♦♦♦◊◊ Review: “I have traveled through the countries of the world and I have met their kings.” – Ibn Battutah This quote provides a pretty good summary of The … Continue reading Travels of Ibn Battutah Review

Review of Out of Africa by Karen Blixen

Out of Africa Review

Title: Out of Africa Author: Isak Dinesen (pen name of Baroness Karen Blixen) Year Published: 1937 Places Explored: Kenya, especially Nairobi and the Ngong Hills area My Rating: ♦♦♦♦♦ Review: I knew basically from the iconic first line, “I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of Ngong Hills”, that I would enjoy this book and I’m so glad I read it! The basic outline … Continue reading Out of Africa Review

50 Tips for Your First Trip Abroad

As I’m preparing to head back to Europe in a few months, I’ve been thinking back to my first trip “abroad” and I thought I could share some advice, so I’ve compiled a list of 50 tips that I would give to someone heading out for their first international trip! The Basics #1: Pick somewhere on the beaten path. I know, I know, everyone’s always … Continue reading 50 Tips for Your First Trip Abroad

Where to See the World's Wildlife

Where to See the World’s Wildlife

Recently I was doing some research for our upcoming Peru trip, and I started looking beyond the Amazon to see where you can see some of the world’s coolest wildlife! I made a list and thought I’d share it here… Unless otherwise noted, I haven’t actually visited any of these places, but my sources say they are your best bet to see these amazing animals! … Continue reading Where to See the World’s Wildlife

Havana for Pirate Enthusiasts - 5 Swashbuckling Things to Do

Havana for Pirate Enthusiasts: 5 Swashbuckling Things to Do

Ahoy, mateys! Before heading to Havana for a month I did a lot of research – and one of the things I tried to find out was if there was any interesting “pirate stuff” that you could see in Cuba. I’ve loved pirates since I first read Treasure Island in second grade, and that interest was further fueled by the release of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and a … Continue reading Havana for Pirate Enthusiasts: 5 Swashbuckling Things to Do