Long Term Travel? Take Note…

It’s been 40 days since we returned from our 4.5-month trip that started in Hawaii and concluded in Amsterdam. After spending so much time living out of a suitcase and sleeping in so many different beds, we wondered how it would feel to be home. At the onset of our trip we were giddy with…

Tips for Hosting a Rental Property

Perhaps you’re thinking about becoming a host on Airbnb or VRBO, or maybe you’re already a host and you want to improve your revenue opportunities. As a current host and a guest at more than 20 properties in the last 18 months, I’d like to share some suggestions for putting your property in the best…

Wild and Wonderful Scotland

Scotland has been on our travel list for years, and, needing to find a destination outside the EU to stay within our 90-day tourist visa, this was the year we were finally able to make it happen. Our travel itinerary would put us in Scotland in November, which was a little concerning as we envisioned…

Finding Olde England

As much as we love Europe and our last five weeks in Italy, Dave and I were ready for a change of scenery, food and climate. Due to the colder weather, visiting England in October is not for everyone, but we wanted to explore the England of yesteryear, complete with warm fires and sticky toffee…

Sicily: Ten Days, Five Towns

After a long 10-hour flight delay from Cagliari, Dave and I finally arrived in Catania, Sicily. For this leg of our trip, we intentionally left four days open with no reservations or firm plans. We would start in Taormina and end in Palermo, but everything in between would be spontaneous. Taormina: Instead of arriving at…

Fairytale Lake Como

One of my dearest friends has often referred to Lake Como as a fairytale and after our first visit to this dreamy destination, I have to concur. Even after researching numerous travel sites prior to our trip, I still wasn’t prepared for the beauty of this Italian paradise. We took the train from La Spezia…

Discovering the towns of the Cinque Terre

There are so many amazing places in Italy to explore, but few manage to generate as much excitement in the imagination as the enchanting Cinque Terre, or Five Lands. This was mine and Dave’s first visit to Liguria, the province where Cinque Terre resides, and we were looking forward to seeing this wonderland of colorful…

Rome in Three Days

I’m not sure I can offer anything new about Rome that hasn’t already been written countless times. It’s a large, magical city that, in my travel experience (as limited as that is), compares to no other. There are few places on earth that allow you to hop on the metro steps away from structures that…

Exploring the Netherlands

We’ve arrived in Rome after a fabulous three-week stay in the Netherlands, using Amsterdam as our home base. This is the longest we’ve been in Amsterdam (or any one city for that matter), and we weren’t sure how it would go… would we be bored? Would we be homesick? The good news is that neither…

Magical Cities: Prague and Budapest

Our large travel crew just wrapped up a week spent between Prague and Budapest (with a bit of Regensburg and Pilsen sprinkled in) and I think it would be impossible to find much to dislike in either location. Both cities offer an abundance of beauty and history, although Prague puts it all out there and…