• North America Travel

    Valladolid Cenotes: The Ultimate Day Trip Guide

    Cool, fresh water, otherworldly caves, and the warm Mexican sun? It doesn’t really get more perfect than that. And it’s all at the Valladolid cenotes. When I first started planning my visit to Valladolid during my 2-week jaunt around Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, I knew that I wanted to take a day trip to visit some Valladolid cenotes. At first, I thought I might take a guided tour. But then after a bit more research, it looked like it was pretty easy to do on your own so that’s what I decided to do! Of course, there’s not actually too much information online about visiting the cenotes on your own. So…

  • Europe Travel

    Copenhagen in Winter: The Complete Guide (including the best Copenhagen Christmas Markets!)

    I don’t know if I’ve ever been to a place more magical than Copenhagen in winter. With only a few hours of daylight every day, the Danes had to figure out how to do Christmas right–lest they fall into a seriously deep depression. After having visited Copenhagen in both May and December, I think I can safely say that Copenhagen in winter is one of the best times to visit. Even though it’s cold, Copenhagen truly comes alive during this time of year, promising for a unique experience. And as for the cold, all you have to do is make sure you pack right 😉 Convinced? This post will serve…

  • A bird's eye view of Lisbon, Portugal
    Europe Travel,  Travel Itineraries

    2 Weeks in Portugal // The Complete Itinerary

    Planning on spending 2 weeks in Portugal? Here is the perfect two week Portugal itinerary for first-timers. When I first started planning my 2 weeks in Portugal I was totally overwhelmed by all of the places there were to go. Not only were there all of the obvious choices like Lisbon, Porto, and the Algarve, but just a quick flip through my Lonely Planet guidebook let me know that there was a lot more of Portugal to uncover. From beautiful beaches to wineries to amazing hikes, it seemed like Portugal really did have it all. In the end, I ended up choosing four places that I was really drawn in…

  • Europe Travel

    5 Adventurous Things to do in Lagos, Portugal

    Whether you’re ready for an adrenaline rush or a day spent lying on the beach, here are the best things to do in Lagos, Portugal. I’m going to let you guys in on a little secret. The prettiest beaches aren’t necessarily on the coast of Mexico or the islands of Bali. In fact, they’re tucked away at the southern end of Portugal in Lagos. Perfect white sand surrounding by stunning red rock formations jutting up out of the water. It doesn’t get much better than that, does it? I’ll do you one better: whether you’re just dipping our toes into adventure travel or have been going adventuring for years, Lagos…

  • Madison staring out at the cliffs of Lagos, Portugal
    Europe Travel

    How to Hike the Lagos Cliffs and See the Best Beaches in Lagos

    Hiking the Lagos cliffs is the perfect way to see some amazing Algarve coastline, visit some of the best beaches in Lagos, and check out the famous Ponta da Piedade. Here’s a guide on how to hike the cliffs of Lagos, Portugal. After about a week and a half of traveling on my own in Portugal, I was joined by my good friend Madison (who I visited last summer in Colorado) for five days in Lagos, Portugal. During our first few days there, we kept hearing about this awesome hike along the cliffs, but we couldn’t find any guides online. So finally, Madison and I decided to just wing it…

  • View of a church from a random viewpoint on the walk up to the Salzburg Fortress
    Europe Travel

    How to Take a Vienna to Salzburg Day Trip

    Although it can be a bit of a trek, a Vienna to Salzburg day trip is totally doable. This post covers how to make the best of your Vienna to Salzburg day trip, including how to get from Vienna to Salzburg and all of the best things to do in Salzburg. When Astrid and Leoni first suggested taking a day trip to Salzburg from Vienna, I thought they were crazy. A two-hour train ride away, a Vienna to Salzburg day trip is never something that I would attempt on my own. But they were insistent, and because I was pretty excited about the idea of seeing Salzburg again (I first…