Everything You Need to Pack the Perfect Disney Park Bag

One of the easiest ways to make your Disney vacation less stressful and more affordable is to bring the right things to the parks with you. You'll be spending long days in the parks and buying items is expensive, so if you come prepared you can save yourself both time...

Decorate with a Custom Pushpin Travel Map

I've been obsessed with maps and globes since I was a kid. Back then, I used a blank outline of the United States to color in each new state that I visited to track my travels. These days, I'm a little more sophisticated (though I still keep colored pencils in my...

21 Bucket List-Worthy Things to Do in Poland

Though it's often overlooked as a travel destination, there are so many amazing things to do in Poland. Not only is it the land of many of my ancestors, it also has some of the best food I've eaten and some of my favorite cities in Europe. From its historic old towns...

The Perfect Itinerary for One Day in Venice

Venice is the kind of city people around the world dream of visiting. Its canals and bridges and history make it one of the top places to visit in Italy. If you only have one day in Venice, you won't be able to see everything, but you will be able to hit the top...

Biscayne National Park Snorkeling Tour and Tips

You all know I'm a National Parks fan, so when I found myself with a free afternoon in the Miami area, I headed straight for Biscayne National Park in Florida's southeast corner. This park is somewhat unique in that it's fairly large yet occupies relatively little...

Disney’s Art of Animation Rooms: Lion King Family Suite vs. Little Mermaid Room

Hey look, it's another Disney's Art of Animation Resort review! Disney World's newest (for now) hotel has been a smash hit since it opened with its bright colors, larger-than-life sculptures, and rooms themed after favorite Disney movies. It's classified as a value...

47 Bucket List-Worthy Things to Do in the Western United States

The western United States is one of the top tourist regions in the country - and for good reason. With stunning mountain ranges, active volcanoes, fjords, glaciers, coastal scenery, tropical temperatures, National Parks galore, and iconic cultural landmarks you could...

Everything You Need to Know About the New Rules for Visiting Machu Picchu

In order to combat the effects of overtourism, new rules for Machu Picchu were introduced in the summer of 2017 restricting visitors. Machu Picchu announced more new rules in January 2019 further limiting visitors. Most of the guides I found when planning my trip to...

How to Get to Pompeii from Rome, Naples, or Sorrento

I'll be honest, getting from Naples to Pompeii was one of the most frustrating travel experiences I've ever had. I've navigated airports, train stations, subway systems, and bus stations on six different continents and I've never had quite as much trouble as I did in...

Inca Rail vs. PeruRail: Picking the Best Train to Machu Picchu

When booking a train to Machu Picchu, you can choose from Inca Rail or Peru Rail. Each offers service to Aguas Calientes - the town just outside the ruins - with stops in Ollantaytambo and Cusco. On our trip, we rode Inca Rail from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and...

United States Travel

Biscayne National Park Snorkeling Tour and Tips

You all know I'm a National Parks fan, so when I found myself with a free afternoon in the Miami area, I headed straight for Biscayne National Park in Florida's southeast corner. This park is somewhat unique in that it's fairly large yet occupies relatively little...

47 Bucket List-Worthy Things to Do in the Western United States

The western United States is one of the top tourist regions in the country - and for good reason. With stunning mountain ranges, active volcanoes, fjords, glaciers, coastal scenery, tropical temperatures, National Parks galore, and iconic cultural landmarks you could...

Squaw Valley for Beginners

As I described in my tale of our time skiing in the Alps, I'm not the greatest skier in the world. Where I come from in southeastern Michigan, we ski on landfills because we don't even have mountains. Knowing that I was heading to one of the premier ski areas near...

Disney Parks Travel

Everything You Need to Pack the Perfect Disney Park Bag

One of the easiest ways to make your Disney vacation less stressful and more affordable is to bring the right things to the parks with you. You'll be spending long days in the parks and buying items is expensive, so if you come prepared you can save yourself both time...

Disney’s Art of Animation Rooms: Lion King Family Suite vs. Little Mermaid Room

Hey look, it's another Disney's Art of Animation Resort review! Disney World's newest (for now) hotel has been a smash hit since it opened with its bright colors, larger-than-life sculptures, and rooms themed after favorite Disney movies. It's classified as a value...

The Grown-up’s Guide to Disneyland for Adults

Despite what your judgey friends and family might say, there is absolutely no shame in planning a vacation to Disneyland for adults only. Of course, you might be asking yourself, "Is Disneyland fun for adults?" to which I'd say that the answer is a resounding yes. In...

Europe Travel

21 Bucket List-Worthy Things to Do in Poland

Though it's often overlooked as a travel destination, there are so many amazing things to do in Poland. Not only is it the land of many of my ancestors, it also has some of the best food I've eaten and some of my favorite cities in Europe. From its historic old towns...

The Perfect Itinerary for One Day in Venice

Venice is the kind of city people around the world dream of visiting. Its canals and bridges and history make it one of the top places to visit in Italy. If you only have one day in Venice, you won't be able to see everything, but you will be able to hit the top...

How to Get to Pompeii from Rome, Naples, or Sorrento

I'll be honest, getting from Naples to Pompeii was one of the most frustrating travel experiences I've ever had. I've navigated airports, train stations, subway systems, and bus stations on six different continents and I've never had quite as much trouble as I did in...

10 Awesome Things to Do in Pompeii (Plus All the Tips You Need to Plan a Visit)

The Pompeii ruins are one of the most famous archaeological sites in the world and are one of Italy's many UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The ancient city was buried by ash from an eruption of nearby Mount Vesuvius - you can see it looming ominously over the ruins...

Krakow Christmas Market Guide

Krakow, Poland is my favorite, totally underrated city and I could honestly spend days just wandering its historic streets. When I was planning a return visit to Krakow in December, I was especially excited to see its Christmas market. Located in the dreamy Rynek...

South America Travel

Everything You Need to Know About the New Rules for Visiting Machu Picchu

In order to combat the effects of overtourism, new rules for Machu Picchu were introduced in the summer of 2017 restricting visitors. Machu Picchu announced more new rules in January 2019 further limiting visitors. Most of the guides I found when planning my trip to...

Inca Rail vs. PeruRail: Picking the Best Train to Machu Picchu

When booking a train to Machu Picchu, you can choose from Inca Rail or Peru Rail. Each offers service to Aguas Calientes - the town just outside the ruins - with stops in Ollantaytambo and Cusco. On our trip, we rode Inca Rail from Ollantaytambo to Aguas Calientes and...

Ten Reasons Not to Miss the Parque de la Reserva’s Circuito Mágico del Agua in Lima

The Circuito Mágico del Agua (which roughly translates to Magic Water Circuit) at the Parque de la Reserva - you may also see it referred to as the Parque de las Aguas - was my favorite thing we did in Lima. The park holds the record for largest fountain complex in...