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    24 hours in Riga, Latvia

    I often leave a place with a wish that I had more time there and an internal promise to return someday. Riga, Latvia is one of those places. We spent just 24 hours there and it was not near enough time. But sadly, 24 hours in Riga, Latvia was all we had before heading to Estonia. If you ever find yourself in the same situation, do not hesitate to make the most of your 24 hours and enjoy the hell out of this European city. Below are my tips for making the most out of 24 hours in Riga, Latvia. Prepare yourself for a ridiculous amount of cuteness We had…

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    5 Montenegro Must-Sees

    On a recent visit to the Balkan Peninsula, B and I found ourselves spending one full day in beautiful Montenegro. This country is blessed with sweeping mountains, azure seasides and historic medieval towns. It is simply wonderful. Here are the five Montenegro must-sees that we visited and recommend for anyone lucky enough to travel to this Balkan gem. Five Montenegro Must-Sees Transportation Prior to visiting this less-traveled area of the world, we did some research into transportation options. I’ll give it to you straight: the options weren’t great. Unlike other parts of Europe, public transportation is old and a little sparse. To hit the five places we wanted to go,…

  • Sunrise at Borobudur.
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    Thirteen Day Itinerary in Bali, Indonesia

    A trip to Bali was just the birthday present S needed to celebrate her big day. Luckily, she invited B and me along to Indonesia and together we explored Bali and threw in a little Java for good measure. This post will discuss our 13-day Bali Itinerary. Day 1: Arrival in Denpasar Airport When we exited the plane after a series of looong flights, we were warmly welcomed to the island of Bali in Indonesia. I say warmly, but I should really say swelteringly, because Bali is H-O-T. We would spend the next 13 days red faced and covered in sweat. We were most excited to visit the town of…

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    European Christmas 2017 [Travelogue]

    For 2017, we opted to try out a European Christmas instead of our usual celebrations. B and I joined together with four more people to take on The Continent during the holiday season. We’ve discussed the importance of keeping a travel journal, so we wanted to show you an example of what one could look like. The following is my travelogue (admittedly, with some stream of consciousness ramblings) from our 2017 European Christmas vacation. Boise, Idaho  Dad picked up B, M, G and me and drove us to the airport for our Christmas vacation in Europe. We flew first to Seattle, where they were having some sort of problem as planes…

  • Acadia National Park in February
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    Birthdays: Treat Yourself to Travel

    Yeah for your birthday! I do not know very many people who enjoy getting older (besides kids that is). Regardless of whether you embrace getting older, pretend it isn’t happening or actively work to prevent it, those birthdays roll around once a year no matter what. I do not necessarily embrace getting older, but I figure you might as well enjoy your birthday. It is the only day you get to be selfish and no one minds. Official holidays are great, but you share them with everyone else in the state, country or planet. Since you may only know a couple of people who share your birthday (if that), it…

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    Ten Reasons to visit Europe (Benelux) during Christmas

    As we might have mentioned once or twice, we spent Christmas this year in the Benelux region of Europe. Apparently, these countries are pretty small and close to each other geographically and culturally, so they get their own cute acronym. (BElgium, NEtherlands, LUXembourg.) We had a fantastic time over the holiday season and this post highlights ten reasons to visit Benelux at Christmas. Lights People in this region know how to do Christmas lights right. We didn’t see one blow-up Santa or the Grinch. Instead, lights are strung tastefully on the already adorable buildings. This is even more impressive when you think about how the buildings are mainly tall and…

  • Sao Miguel Island in the Azores
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    2018 New Year’s Resolution: Travel More

    Travel resolutions and goals are the best in my opinion. 2017 was an incredible year for travel. I knocked off not one, but two bucket list items (Australia and the Azores), had a lovely Christmas in Europe and experienced many, many weekend adventures. I am hoping 2018 is just as full and fun. My goal for life is to travel more. It is a running resolution and not something I give special consideration to at the beginning of each year. However, if you have made travel a resolution for 2018, we have got some tips for you. Below are 10 suggestions (all starting with S for some reason) to help…

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    Clips from a European Vacation

    Jet lag is real, people. We have recently returned from our wonderfully fantastic trip to Europe for Christmas and instead of a traditional write up about where we went and what we learned, this post will highlight some videos we took along the way. We promise to be more on top of it next week, but for now enjoy our (amateur) videos from a European vacation while we catch up on some desperately needed zzzzzz’s. Ostend, Belgium: Christmas lights displayed on the Cathedral Ypres, Belgium: bells ringing in the Lakenhall (In Flander’s Field Museum) Brussels, Belgium: window shopping with the Christmas throng Brussels, Belgium: Chestnuts roasting on the open fire…

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    Christmas in Europe

    We are spending our 2017 Christmas holiday in Europe (specifically Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg). The Christmas markets and shopping have been particularly delightful. But the canals, cobblestone streets and architecture also deserve a nod. This has been a wonderful way to spend the holiday. Below is a sneak peak at what we have seen so far. Enjoy our Christmas in Europe photos and check out the 10 reasons to spend Christmas in Europe:

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    The Ins and Outs of Volunteering Abroad

    This week we are excited to have a guest author, R’s friend from grad school, Genevieve Brown. Like B & R, Genevieve enjoys traveling. Unlike B & R (yet), she sometimes travels with a side of volunteering. We asked her to tell us a little bit more about volunteering abroad, and this post is for us just as much as it is for you. Thanks, G! Have you ever wanted to take a trip and volunteer? Volunteering abroad incorporates the excitement of traveling to a new destination and the rewarding experience of working with communities on service projects. It offers a richer travel experience and the chance to learn and…