• 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…

  • Moving to Barcelona: Common Expat Questions Answered

    Answering some of the most common questions I receive from future expats preparing to move to Barcelona. So you’ve decided the expat life is for you (maybe after taking my online quiz here) and you’re ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime! Congratulations on making a fantastic decision to move to one of the most desired cities in Europe. As an expat wife living in Barcelona for three years, this city has earned a very special place in my heart. But before stepping foot here, I spent the months leading up to our relocation agonizing about soo many things. Neighborhoods, schools,…

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    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…

  • Take the Quiz: Should I Move Abroad

    Before Tony, my husband, and I became expats we would sit in front of the TV and watch other families move abroad. Our favorite show was called House Hunters International and featured a different story each episode. You’ve probably heard me talk about this before ha! Sometimes the people moved for work. Others simply for a change in life. But either way, their lives took a major turn and across the borders they headed! We would watch in awe how these people did it. Left all that was familiar to enter a world unknown. And we wondered, could we ever do the same…

  • 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,…

  • 7 Expat Lessons One Year Later

    “What row are we again, hun?” I asked my husband as we stepped onto the airport tarmac leading us towards a United Airlines Boeing 757.  “Uhh, I think Row 19…..seats A through E,” my husband responded and laughed as he checked all five of our boarding passes.  We were in for a long nine-hour flight.  Non-stop service from Newark, New Jersey to Barcelona, Spain. As we found our seats, shoved carry-ons into overheads and got situated I felt a strange and familiar feeling come over me.  Deja-vu really does exist! Exactly one year ago (down to the minute!) we were boarding the same flight at…

  • 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,…

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    An Introduction to Barcelona Language (And It’s Not Spanish)

    One of the biggest misconceptions about Barcelona is that Spanish is the primary language. But contrary to popular assumptions, there are several other languages spoken in this country other than Spanish depending on what region you come from. Like many things, we didn’t find this out until after relocating here! Different Languages of Spain In northern Basque region where Bilbao and San Sebastian are, the language is called…Basque. In our home city of Barcelona the first language is Catalan. Cata-who?! Yes Catalan, which comes from the region of Spain known as Catalunya including Barcelona, Girona and stretching as far south as Tarragona. This…