• 4 Smart Tips for Visiting Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia

    Like Times Square in Manhattan or Big Ben in London, Barcelona has its iconic Basilica de Sagrada Familia drawing in millions of visitors per year. It’s an awe-inspiring structure designed by the late Antonio Gaudi and whether or not you’re into architecture – it’s a must see! When you have the chance to live in a foreign city, you quickly learn the “dos and don’ts”, the “secrets and scams” of landmarks such as this. I’ve put the following tips together for Triptipedia, the online encyclopedia of travel tips, to make your visit to Sagrada a delight instead of a mess, trust me. 1.…

  • 5 Reasons Why Moving Abroad with Kids is Awesome!

    Before we became expats and made the decision to move abroad, my husband and I would sit in front of the TV and watch HGTV’s House Hunters International. Each week a new family was featured relocating across the world to a life unknown. We marveled at how they did it. Left their familiar hometowns, packed up and shipped out – either because they had to or because they chose to. And of course every episode ended with happy smiling faces of parents and kids all settled in and thriving in their new foreign country. “Yea, right!” we would laugh. It can’t be that…

  • How to Spend a Winter Weekend in Vienna, Austria

    Winter can be a difficult tine of year to travel in Europe if you are more of a tropical, beach-loving kind of person. The vast majority of European cities, even as south as Greece, see cold temperatures from December through March. But we weren’t willing to let the cold stand in our way of seeing yet another bucket list city, such as Vienna. Month: March 2019 Accomodations: Hotel Ziper – Lange Gasse, 49 Vienna, Austria 1080 This was the perfect location for us, centrally located and about a 15 minute walk to the Vienna Town Hall Rathausplatz. The hotel was clean, breakfast buffet…

  • An Unforgettable Experience in Lake Como Italy

    MONTH: June 2018 ACCOMODATIONS: Hotel II Perlo Panorama, Bellagio Italy RECOMMENDATIONS: Our Favorite Meal During the Trip: La Fontana Bellagio hidden down a quiet alley in the maze of Bellagio streets. We recommend ordering the Lasagne Alla Crema di Radicchio and Risotto al Nero di Seppia. Things to Do: Bellagio Rent a Boat located in The Lido di Bellagio (75 Euro for 1 hour, 140 Euros for 2 hours). This was our favorite activity that we did as a family. Life vests provided for all passengers, you may bring aboard food/beverage as you wish. One word of advice: boats do not come equipped…

  • 4 Lessons Learned When Traveling with Toddlers

    Someone once said to me, “Traveling is like getting a tattoo. You do it once and it’s almost impossible to stop there. It becomes a part of you forever”. As someone who never mustered up the courage to get inked, I can only imagine the similarity between the two. Because when it comes to travel – I simply can’t get enough! It didn’t take long after relocating to Barcelona for the “wanderlust bug” to whisper in our ears! And in Europe with flights under two hours and less than 100 euros to any country, it’s hard to resist! It isn’t more than two…

  • True or False Barcelona Rumors

    It’s one thing to do your research online when moving to a new place, like I did when our family relocated to Barcelona. But you only really find out what’s rumor or truth until you see and experience for it for yourself! Turns out, lots of rumors about Barcelona aren’t actually true. If you’re lucky enough to visit or live in this incredible city, learn the facts from someone who figured things out the hard way. 7 Rumors and 1 Truth About Barcelona LANGUAGE – Everyone speaks English: FICTION It makes me chuckle when I look back on the advice we received from…