Category: Travel

Athens in one day: a 24-hour itinerary

Athens, so much to explore

Last summer we ended a week of island-hopping around Greece with a day in the Greek capital, Athens. With centuries of ancient history, Athens offers so much to explore. Enjoy our one-day itinerary on how to spend a day in Athens.

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30 Excuses Not to Travel – and How to Overcome Them

No excuse not to travel

There should be no excuse not to travel, but we hear them all the time. Travel or stay home? Everyone has a reason not to go traveling and usually they’re things we tell ourselves to put off stretching our comfort zone and exploring the world. Most people find the time to go on vacation – trips to the beach or relaxing in a resort – but travel is a much different beast.

Should I go traveling? When I say travel, I mean immersing in another culture including the food, language and history. Travel isn’t always easy or glamorous, and sometimes it can be a sensory overload like walking the streets of Delhi, India or navigating through the Souk Bazaar in Marrakech. Continue reading “30 Excuses Not to Travel – and How to Overcome Them”

One Day in Helsinki – A 24 Hour Itinerary

Helsinki Day Trip

We spent one day in Helsinki, Finland as part of our Baltic Easter travels. Although we only had a day in Helsinki, we were determined to hit every Helsinki must-see. While I know it’s impossible to see everything, here is what we covered sightseeing Helsinki for 1 day. Continue reading “One Day in Helsinki – A 24 Hour Itinerary”

Woman Kicked Off Plane Over Vomit and Arrested

It seems like every few months there’s an unfortunate story of someone being kicked off of a plane in the United States. Most widely publicized is the 2017 United Airlines incident where a passenger was bloodied and forcibly removed from a flight. Sometimes these removal stories appear to be for valid reasons while other viral stories are just bizarre. If you do a quick Google or YouTube search for “Passenger removed from airplane for…” the results will give you a list of reasons from “body odor” to “fat shaming” to “yelling at a Trump supporter” along with wild stories and videos. There was even the time a woman was denied bringing her emotional support peacock on board a flight. Now we can add “woman kicked off plane over vomit”

Ridiculous stories aside, this morning I learned about a serious one involving a Frontier Airlines flight out of Las Vegas that appears to have a lot of unanswered questions. The incident resulted in a mother being removed from a plane and arrested in front of her 14 year-old daughter who was placed in child protective custody. YIKES!

The alleged reason behind the arrest doesn’t seem appropriate for the outcome and it got me thinking about why these unfortunate incidents happen so frequently in America compared to the rest of the world and how my flying experiences vary greatly in both regions. Continue reading “Woman Kicked Off Plane Over Vomit and Arrested”

Tallinn Estonia is Awesome! You Should Go. Here is Why.

Tallinn, Estonia

We began our Easter Holiday travels with two nights in Tallinn, Estonia and we were not disappointed. In fact, we left feeling that everyone should visit the capital of Estonia and we had discovered a hidden gem of Europe. Here are 13 reasons why: Continue reading “Tallinn Estonia is Awesome! You Should Go. Here is Why.”

Travel Plans – Baltic Trip to Estonia, Finland & Russia

Next week we are off to explore a section of Europe we have yet to travel, the Northeastern Baltic cities of Helsinki, Finland – Tallinn, Estonia and finally Saint Petersburg, Russia. We can’t wait to explore the beauty, culture and unique character of these cities. Even with a late Easter holiday, the temperatures will be cooler but we are ready. The shoulder season should mean smaller crowds and the cities may be a bit quieter, even for a holiday week. Like I posted about earlier this week, it’s a good time for us to travel as expats because most of our friends will be visiting family for the Easter holiday. Here are some of our plans for the week: Continue reading “Travel Plans – Baltic Trip to Estonia, Finland & Russia”

Kiev – It’s Beautiful, Emerging & You Need to Visit Now

Why Should I go to Kiev?

Well, that’s what we asked ourselves. Still, travel inspiration comes from all over. I don’t really know why I looked up flights to Kiev (Kyiv) one random evening this winter, but it happened, and I’m glad I did! Maybe it was from binge-watching The Americans on Netflix and a mounting curiosity about the Cold War. Another reason is the fact that I am mildly obsessed with visiting locations that were once closed off to the West. It could have just been flights under $100, but without a lot of debate, we were booked for Kiev and convinced our friend, Uffe, to join us. Continue reading “Kiev – It’s Beautiful, Emerging & You Need to Visit Now”

Napoli, Italy Trip – Part 2

In this second piece about the group trip we took to Napoli, Italy, I’ll talk about our travels and settling in to our villa. Plus I’ll discuss our first excursion in Naples. Visiting the ancient ruins of Pompeii, having lunch at a vineyard with a generous wine tasting and climbing Mount Vesuvius. This was a tremendous kick off to our Italian vacation! Continue reading “Napoli, Italy Trip – Part 2”

Jaipur, India – A visit to The Amber Fort and Water Palace

We left Agra early and cold the day after visiting the Taj Mahal and Red Fort of Agra. The city was crowded, but by this point we have started to get used to chaotic traffic and the constant blowing of car horns. We left the hotel around 6am and were dropped off at the bus station to take the local bus to Jaipur, known as the Paris of India. A six hour ride on the local bus was a hip, no-frills way to travel. Riding through the small towns and villages was something we would have missed out on by train or plane. Dotted with small produce stands, crowds of people and animals moving in every direction – rural Indian towns were exciting to witness up close.

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Agra, India – A trip to the Taj Mahal and the Red Fort of Agra

Getting to Agra

The day started early as we met in the lobby of our hotel at 4:50 am. Here, we prepared to leave New Dehli for Agra. We were off to visit the home of the Taj Mahal and Red Fort. Needless to say, we were all a bit groggy in the morning. Still, the excitement of our first full day was more than enough to overcome the pre-dawn start time. We made our way to the train station and boarded Indian Railways for the two-hour ride to Agra.