This past week Joe and I along with my little brother Michael road tripped up the Pacific Coast Highway 1 (PCH 1) from San Diego to San Francisco! We had just the very best time! Joe and I had been planning this trip for awhile and planned to do it sometime in 2016. My little […]
On our recent trip to Kenya I made a real point to plan meals ahead for our 44 hours trip across the world. I thought I would share exactly what I packed and how I planned. I have come up with 5 tips, tricks, or ideas that made my trip to Kenya so much easier […]
We couldn’t help but put together these two videos highlighting the incredible Residence Zanzibar. Make sure to hit the gear will and watch it in 1080! The Residence Zanzibar Rooms (Check our post on the rooms at The Residence Zanzibar). The Residence Zanzibar General Video (Check out our post on The Residence Zanzibar). Thanks so […]
Last but not least I want to tell you about the spa by ILA. It started off with a warm cup of ginger lemon tea while we waited in the beautiful sitting area. They had a sauna and steam room that guests could use and the most lavish changing rooms equipped with robes, towels and comfy […]
Residence Zanzibar does a great job of providing everything there guests could want. This post highlights a few special amenities they offer. Just another way Residence takes the vacation experience to the next lever. First off there is the boathouse. If the tide and weather are cooperating they have a list of FREE activities available […]
Zanzibar Bahari Villas – A Review The second night that Megan and I were in Zanzibar we headed north to the northern part of the island. It was around an hour drive from Stone Town to Zanzibar Bahari Villas. The north of the island is known for its snorkeling, diving boating and fishing. Almost […]
If you missed our introduction to The Residence Zanzibar – we highly recommend checking it out! This post is going to highlight the gorgeous villas at The Residence as well as the features, amenities, and charm of our stay! We were blown away when we approached our villa. The gardens surrounding the villa alone […]
The Residence Zanzibar at a glance: Resort Name: The Residence Zanzibar Resort type: Luxury Beaches: Beautiful; the tide goes out half a mile every day Food: The food is delicious, by far the best we have had in all of Africa Price: $700-$1,200 per night depending on the season & room type Stay type: We stayed bed […]
Masai Mara Megan and I brought a team to Kenya to spend time at our children’s home in Kakamega, Kenya. We wanted them to get the full Kenya experience and to enjoy the beauty that this country has to offer. So we brought them on Safari with Bongo Safaris. Last time we loved Masai […]
I turned 25 on May 8th! WOW…25! I felt like this was the first birthday that really made me feel like an aging adult. Now this may seem dramatic, but to me 25 felt like a big deal. Thus we wanted to do it up! Since Joe and I have been married we have always […]
To me, this is one of the hardest parts of planning a trip. There a 1,000,000,000 places I want to go all at once and the realization is that I can only go to 10 or 20 of those places.
What type of traveler are you? Do you like luxurious trips with little to no stress? Are you an adventure junkie? Or maybe you just like roaming around to the craziest hostels you can find… However you travel is up to you, but before you start planning a trip you have to decide.
Traveling starts with a dream. An urge deep inside saying, take me somewhere! In this post we will talk about: Finding a destination starts with a dream A few helpful tips to finding a destinations Have fun with it! Where is that place that you have always dreamed of traveling? The Grand […]
Ladies and Gentlemen,
In this post I am going to address the importance of planning a trip. Here is what you can expect from this post.
Why plan and not fly by the seat of your pants?
1. You won’t know what you are missing
2. You might miss out on something important i.e. The Louvre because it may be closed
3. You can end up wasting loads of cash by booking hotels, hostels and trains the day of
Every fall the winding country roads lead Megan and I four hours north east of Cincinnati to Holmes county-the heart of Amish Country. Holmes County has the highest concentration of Amish in the United States. Tucked behind rolling hills of vibrantly colored trees is a small farmhouse where we spend a weekend with Megan’s family […]
After our lovely time in Austria, we headed to Switzerland via train from Innsbruck – switching trains in Zurich and ending in Geneva, Switzerland about an hour outside of Annecy, France. We utilized a website called blablacar.com to get a ride in Geneva with a lovely French woman who picked us up at the train […]
Innsbruck was founded 800 years ago by Bavarian lords who took full advantage of its strategic location. Innsbruck, meaning bridge over the river Inn, was so named for the only bridge in the Tyrol valley that connected the rich trading route between Venice and Augsburg, Germany. What set this city on the map, and funded their rise to such a long-standing history, is the toll that they levied on merchants crossing the Innsbruck bridge. Silver mines also contributed greatly to the wealth of this area.
Hallstatt is an ancient Alps town (the first inhabitants are dated back to 5000BC!) that sits on a beautiful blue lake. It is a real life storybook town in central Austria. It sits on the banks of a pristine lake and lush mountains that rise dramatically from the water’s edges. The town has a salt mine that dates back several thousand years which gives the town a history of prosperity.
There is something to be said for a totally spontaneous trip where you just show up at your destination & go from there. However in my opinion, planning is a MUST, especially for Europe. Joe & I started planning the beginning “backbone” stages of our ‘Tour-de-Europe’ two years before we left – and every minute we spent planning paid off. We were very inspired to plan our travel because of something we heard Rick Steves say, “Planning an itinerary forces you to see the consequences of any spontaneous change you make while in Europe. For instance, if you spend two extra days in the sunny Alps, you’ll see that you won’t make it to the Greek Islands. With the help of an itinerary, you can lay out your goals, maximize their potential, and avoid regrettable changes.”
Everyone knows coming home after an adventure, trip, or vacation feels so wonderful to be around all the familiarities & comforts of home…But when you wake up 12 hours later and you are no longer gazing at the Eiffel Tower, swimming in clear blue ocean water & breathing salty ocean air, hiking the glorious mountains, […]