A Winterfest Weekend in Lake Geneva, WI

Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is a sweet little resort town about an hour and 15 minutes from Madison and an hour and 45 minutes from Chicago. Despite its closeness to us, my husband and I had never been there until I learned about Winterfest and decided we needed to go for a low-key babymoon. What did we learn? This city is family-friendly, outdoorsy, and offers activities and festivals in every season. Read on to hear all about our Winterfest trip.

The Highlights of Budapest

Budapest might be one of my favorite cities I’ve visited, with its stunning architecture, relaxing thermal baths, and international flair. I also love the two personalities of “Buda” (the more sophisticated area on the west of the Danube River) and “Pest” (the more gritty and eclectic area on the east of the Danube). Since I have a warm place in my heart for both, I went wherever my mood took me. Are you headed to Budapest but only have 2-3 days? Follow this guide to make sure you hit all the highlights!

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.

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.

10 Things I Did in Austin Before It Was Cool

I spent two of my favorite years of my life in Austin, Texas. Though writing this post makes me miss it terribly, I’m also quite happy in my current location and I’m assured by my Austin-ite friends that the city isn’t as cool as it used to be. I don’t know if that’s actually true, but I’ll keep telling myself that. Here are a handful of recommendations for anyone visiting this fun-loving and sometimes “weird” city.

What to See (and Skip) in Atlanta

For two years during graduate school, I spent half my time in Atlanta, Georgia and the other half in Auburn, Alabama. I won’t bore you with the circumstances, just that I got to know the city of Atlanta and it was great. I still feel nostalgic when I have a layover at the Atlanta airport, I complain about how I can’t find spices anywhere that are as cheap as at the DeKalb Farmer’s Market, and I wish I could find a popsicle as good as the ones from King of Pops. Then I remember how bad the traffic is and I feel much better.