• Discovering Calpe – A Gem in Alicante, Spain

    Looking for a getaway from the bustling city of Barcelona? A short drive south will transport you to a destination that has it all. After spending four long months cooped up in our Barcelona apartment, we were really in need of a family summer getaway! Really anywhere would do, as long as it allowed us to swim, hike, discover and make memories. And we found a true gem in the Costa Blanca region of Alicante. The town known as Calpe. Our summer getaway totally exceeded our expectations and two weeks didn’t seem long enough to discover all this place had to offer. About…

  • Sa Tuna beach is one of the most gorgeous in all of Costa Brava

    8 Awesome Weekend Trips from Barcelona in Under 2 Hours

    Mountains, beaches, history & nature make weekend trips from Barcelona limitless. According to local travel authorities, holiday-goers should plan to spend their summer months much closer to home by taking road trips versus jet setting to a faraway place. And with so many beautiful beach towns and remote mountain villages to visit from Barcelona in just under two hours, this isn’t necessarily bad news! Of course, we’ve loved exploring new European cities like Vienna, London, Paris, Prague, and Rome. But a friend once told us if we moved to Spain and didn’t have a chance to actually experience it beyond Barcelona, it would…

  • 5 Secret Travel Companies to Book With Now

    Now is as good a time as ANY to start thinking about your next vacation and begin researching which travel companies to book with. Why you ask?! Because once this COVID-19 lockdown is a thing of the past, the travel industry will come back booming and stronger than ever. People, myself included, simply can’t wait to get back to planning the next vacation. Even if that means travel looks different than it did pre-Coronavirus. Yes, there will be tighter restrictions in place for monitoring the health of travelers and upholding stringent sanitization methods. But that won’t stop the wanderlusters of the world from…

  • How to Travel as a Family Without Leaving Home

    The thought of packing a suitcase and heading for a memorable vacation these days seems like a mirage, I get it! Our family, along with my parents, were forced to cancel a week-long Mediterranean cruise that we were soo looking forward to! Isn’t it amazing how much we fantasize about our next vacation – now that the freedom to travel has been ripped away? But, I’m here to give you some hope! And to tell you that there are ways you can travel as a family today and now…without leaving home! As a blogger who writes about living abroad and traveling with family,…

  • Hotel vs Vacation Rental – The Ultimate Comparison

    Remember that adorable Christmas movie The Holiday staring Cameron Diaz and Kate Winslet? Two single gals in opposite sides of the globe looking to escape everyday life – so they decide to do a house “switch”! Love that Rom-com! And these days, trading the hotel experience for a more intimate vacation rental is common! So which is right? Which is best? The rise in popularity with vacation rentals like those offered on Air B&B or VRBO Spain“>Vacation Rentals By Owner (VRBO) is the assumed cost savings. Why pay for a hotel room when you can rent an entire home for the same amount,…

  • 5 Ways to Enjoy an Art Museum With Kids

    Truth be told, we didn’t mean to visit the Kunthisories Art History Museum with our kids during a recent trip to Vienna.  It just sort of happened!  In an effort to include something child-friendly into our trip (since the city isn’t as toddler focused as Barcelona!), we meant to purchase tickets for the Museum of Natural History.  An honest mistake, I swear! Both identical buildings, grandiose and awe-inspiring from the exterior, sit right across from one another in an area of Vienna called Museum Quarter Wien.  In our haste to achieve smiling faces we quickly jumped online and purchased tickets – to the…

  • Belgium Photo Gallery & Trip Details

    Month: December 2019 Accomodations: Air B&B home Three Kings (hosts Sophie & Bram were amazing and so hospitable!) Since we did not travel back to the United States this year for Christmas, we wanted to experience a truly special European holiday. And Belgium was the perfect place to! Here are the highlights and recommendations of our trip as well as our extensive photo gallery for you to enjoy. Brugge: Favorite Thing To Do: We chose to stay in Brugge for this trip because of its quaint and magical Christmas feel. It looked like the most picturesque fairytale setting for our family’s holiday travels…

  • Beget, Spain Photo Gallery & Trip Details

    Month: July 2018 Accomodations: Bed and breakfast stone house booked on Hotels.com – Mas La Cabanya de Beget. Shared accomodations in this 6-bedroom house. Our Favorite Meal: Although we dined at the one restaurant in the village of Beget, Can Jeroni which was a delicious Spanish lunch, our favorite meals ended up being the home cooked ones from our Air B&B host. Our Favorite Thing To Do: If you’re into the outdoors, exploring and hiking this tiny village is a real dream! Nestled in the deep woods of Girona, Catalunya, Beget feels like a lost treasure discovered. At least that’s how we felt…

  • Tackling Jetlag in Toddlers

    When I was in college (sooo roughly 20 years ago, gulp!) my parents took me to Australia on a business trip. It was an early graduation present. So friekin cool, right? It was the farthest I had ever traveled away from home (and still is!) 17 hours total in the air. The other side of the globe, really. And as far as my invincible college-age nose-pierced free-spirited self was concerned, the 10+ hour time difference was exciting! I couldn’t wait to sleep until noon and go to bed at 3am each night as my body adjusted to Australian time. But fast forward to…