9 Interesting Things To Discover About Amsterdam

9 Interesting Things To Discover When Visiting AmsterdamAmsterdam is one of Europe’s most beautiful and historic cities.  So, it's not surprising that this city is on the top of many vacation bucket lists and is one of the most photographed iconic cities in the world....more

17 Sarcastic Hacks for the First Time European Traveler

 June 1, 2016 — With the kids grown, the dog dead, and the mortgage whittled down, midlife tourists are off to exotic locations this summer. As an unsophisticated rural dweller, I’ll shares experiences from mistakes made and lessons learned. June 1 is the official start of the Rube Travel season. Middle-aged men pack Sansabelt pants, while their wives buy ridiculous pink travel hats with a chin strap....more

A Eulogy to My Favorite Cashmere Hoodie: The Perfect Winter Travel Garment

  Dear Athleta Cashmere Hoodie that cost me far too much but that I loved dearly and wore on every chilly occasion possible:You were uber lightweight, deliciously fuzzy yet thin, quick drying, didn’t hold stinky sweat and could be worn 10 times before needing to be washed....more

4 days in Lisbon


5 Reasons to Fall in Love with Burgundy

  Small Town Charm Thank God we found out about Beaune! It’s a quick train ride from Paris, perfect for a few nights away, but it couldn’t be more of a world away from a bustling, international city. ...more

Europe with a toddler: 15 things I wish I knew beforehand

 "So, you want to bring your kid to Europe for a one month vacation extravaganza. Sounds like fun. You're nuts." (insert eye roll)...more

Tips for Surviving a Long Flight (In Economy)

It’s hard to believe it’s been nearly a month since Dave and I returned from our honeymoon. The vacation was amazing, but I think we’d both quickly admit that the flights there are back were brutal. Almost eight hour flights both ways? Ouch. Since I’ve recently gone through the pain of a long international flight, today I want to share with you some of my tips for surviving a long flight sitting in economy....more

A Secret Spot in Rome

Rome is a top tourist destination in Europe, and it’s one of our favorite cities! It’s hard to imagine that there could be any hidden spots in a city so full of tourists, but I have a favorite place to share with you today. My fellow A Friend Afar blogger, Stephanie, told me about it when I honeymooned in Italy, and she had heard about it from a friend, too....more

Tips and tricks to eating cheap in Europe

Eating out every day is boring. But really, it’s also just super costly. If you’re traveling on a budget, it can break it completely. I’ve hit the European road on all different kinds of food budgets from $5 a week to $60 a day. Overtime many tactics failed me, but these one kept me under budget:...more


Recently I came upon a blog from Randal Olson with a map visualizing the optimal European road trip. You may have seen his name recently as his blog post on the optimal American road trip made the round pretty freely on social media, inspiring many Americans to plan their next holiday into a great American road trip....more