Why Travel to Bratislava?

During my recent trip throughout central and eastern Europe, I had a few people ask me why on earth I had selected Bratislava to spend a couple of my precious travel days. I had a few reasons. First, Bratislava was practically on my route anyway, as it’s only about an hour from the hub of Vienna. I was also drawn to having a break from some of the larger cities and the tour groups that come with them. Third, there’s something special to me about traveling to a place you never anticipated you might go to, and learning as much as you can about that place and its culture.

Five Things To Do in Salzburg Before You Die

Salzburg is the perfect stop on any trip through Central Europe. As Austria’s 4th largest city at about 150,000 people, it’s also a nice respite from the buzz of Vienna or Munich. Plus, it’s a “must” for any fan of The Sound of Music or lover of scenic mountain views. Here are five things to do in Salzburg that you don’t want to miss.

How to Spend 48 Hours in Innsbruck

Innsbruck was not in my original trip itinerary and I’m SO glad I worked it in. It’s truly one of the most beautiful cities I’ve ever seen, with magnificent mountain views everywhere you look. In a matter of minutes, you can take the funicular and cable cars up into the mountains for endless hiking trails. I couldn’t believe that people actually get to live there!

Iceland’s Thermal Pools: A Step By Step Guide

During my trip to Iceland I was fortunate to visit three hot pools: The Blue Lagoon, Sundholl, and Laugardalslaug. Each was a very relaxing experience once I was in the water, but the logistics can be mildly stressful when you’re not 100% sure what to expect. Read on to find out the details about logistics, appropriate etiquette, and which tubs you do and don’t want to get into.

Iceland on a Budget

If you’re planning a trip to Iceland, you’ve probably already heard that it’s expensive. While this is true, it is possible to travel to Iceland on a relatively small budget with a few concessions. If you’re less budget conscious, you can still use these tips to prioritize your spending. Here are some tips for saving money from the start of your trip until the finish.

My Ancestry Travel Goals

A few years ago I got to dip my feet into Lake Thun in Thun, Switzerland, on which my great, great grandfather was a ferry boat operator. I’ve slowly dabbled in learning more about my ancestry and recently got my ancestry.com DNA test back. The results? Some of it was expected, but some of it was a huge surprise. All of it sparked my wanderlust and I now have several new destinations on my list.

Book Review – 40 Ways To Travel Better: Your Complete Guide To Maximize Time, Money, & Energy

Living in the Midwest of the U.S., it’s imperative to have some “winter reading” to get through times when it can even be dangerous to be outside. If the book is about traveling to places where you can go outside, that’s even better. So I jumped at the offer to review Kristin Blake’s book, 40 Ways To Travel Better: Your Complete Guide To Maximize Time, Money, & Energy.