13 Day Road Trip Through Germany and Beyond

Our epic road trip that took us through the Alps

I planned the craziest road trip vacation through Europe. We were traveling with my brother and his wife and we tried to get in as many things as possible. The bulk was time in Germany, but I also wanted to spend time in Salzburg, Austria. Plus we planned our flights coming into Europe and out of Europe to be at different cities just to get more cities in.

Sit back, but don’t relax, [Read more…]

Charming Small Towns of Italy

Small Charming Italian Towns - Civita Bagnoregio

Small Charming Italian Towns – Civita Bagnoregio

We just got home from a fabulous vacation. We landed in Rome, then did a road trip up to Florence. From there we flew to Barcelona then onto some charming small towns of Catalan, Spain. The whole trip took 3 weeks and it was spectacular.

After our 4 days in Rome we grabbed a car from the Rome airport. Here was our itinerary from Rome to Florence exploring some very charming small towns.

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5 Tips to Planning the Perfect Road Trip in Europe and Beyond

5-tips to planning the perfect european road trip

We just did a trip in Italy and Spain in which we discovered and enjoyed some beautiful small charming towns. From Instagram to Facebook all my friends were asking me,  “How did you even find these little towns?” Well I wish I could say I have this great method, but instead it’s just happy accidents. I will show you 5 ways I stumble upon these happy accidents that end up [Read more…]

The Cotswold Really Are That Charming!

stow on the wold

Everything is so charming in Stow on the Wold

We did a driving vacation from Glasgow, Scotland to London, England. We made a few stops along the way, but our most favorite stop was in the Cotswolds. Before we actually drove into the Cotswolds we stopped at Cheltenham. We stopped to get coffee and maybe ask for some suggestions. We didn’t have a place to stay, we thought we would just hope for something special. I had found a few places on [Read more…]

Making the Most of Rome, Italy

Colosseum

I think we left part of our hearts in Rome. We kind of went in not expecting to love the big city. But Rome is so different, especially old town Rome, which is where you want to be anyways.

We stayed in an AirBnB, very close to the Pantheon.  Just outside was a Piazza and we would watch it go from a farmers market in the morning to restaurants at night. There was always something to watch in our little Piazza. It just made the whole experience that much more charming.

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Sights And Tastes Of Moscow, Russia

Photo by Maria via Trover.com

Photo by Maria via Trover.com

I mentioned a couple of weeks ago that I’m hoping to talk Amy into a trip to St. Petersburg, Russia in the not-so-distant future (St. Petersburg, Russia: The Venice Of The North). A second place I’d like to visit during the same trip is Moscow. Similar to St. Petersburg, Moscow offers more than we will likely be able to take in during a single trip. I’m starting to put together a list of things I’d like to do while in Moscow, along with places I’m hearing and reading are worth trying. This is a starter list for our trip planning and hopefully something to whet your appetite a bit. [Read more…]

Making The Most Of An Adventure To Rome, Italy

Rome Italy Flag

Photo by Rachel via Trover.com

Rome is a city that has been on our list for a long long time. This year, we’re finally taking the plunge and heading to Italy, with Rome being on both ends of the trip. We’re looking forward to making the most of one of the oldest cities in the world, and hoping to take it all in. This will serve as a starter guide for planning our trip, and possibly give you some things to think about when planning your own trip to Rome.

How To Get There

The hardest part about any trip outside the United States (or whatever your home country happens to be) is finding flights. Rome happens to be a pretty easy place to get to with direct flights from all over the U.S. on multiple airlines. In our case, we had fairly specific dates we wanted to travel, along with Delta miles I wanted to use. I had read about Alitalia Magnifica Business Class on ThePointsGuy.com (read the post here: Alitalia Flight Review) and have been wanting to try their product. We booked an [Read more…]

St. Petersburg, Russia: The Venice Of The North

The Hermitage Museum St. Petersburg

Photo by Scuba Mami via Trover.com

For a long time now, I’ve wanted to visit Russia. Specifically, Moscow and St. Petersburg. My wife doesn’t really share my fascination with Russia, nor remotely share my wanting to visit the country, but that hasn’t deterred me from dreaming about walking the streets of these cities. I’m not really sure where this desire came from, maybe from reading some of the early Tom Clancy novels or classic 80s movies.

Typically, in a travel blog, you’d read about trips we’ve already taken. However, I’ve been thinking more and more about a trip to Russia, trying to come up with an angle to talk Amy into a stop there, so I thought I’d write about some pre-trip planning to St. Petersburg. This will give you a little info about one of the stops I’d like to make, as well as serve as a shell for a planning guide if I’m actually able to pull this off. [Read more…]

Amsterdam

Dancing House Amsterdam

Dancing House Amsterdam

The biggest reason we chose to go to Amsterdam was the direct flight from Portland, OR to Amsterdam. Once you are in Amsterdam you must look around, right?

Here are a few things you need to know about Amsterdam if you are maybe uneasy about traveling to a foreign country. [Read more…]

Berlin

Sunset over Germany

Sunset over Germany

Berlin is one huge city, but at the same time not so huge. Hard to explain. We rode the ungrounded a lot because the U2 was right out the door of our hotel, but we also realized what was 2 underground stops away was just under a mile away. It really felt like you were going to much farther.

We bought the ABC pass for 5 days and it was unlimited and could be used for buses, trams, trains and underground. If Berlin has it, it’s included. Don’t use the sightseeing buses, use public transportation.

My tip within a tip: [Read more…]