When we decided to visit Iceland in December, people told us we were crazy to drive in Iceland in winter. However, our Iceland road trip in December was great. Winter in Iceland is fierce, but beautiful. Keep reading for more travel tips for Iceland in winter if you’re considering a self driving tour of Iceland.
Although this guide sounds... cautionary, Iceland in winter is magical. Visiting an ice cave, which only forms in winter, was one of the best parts of our Iceland trip. Similarly, we were able to save money on accommodations, explore Iceland without the crowds, have the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights, and pack in more adventure activities as we’d position ourselves near multiple tours that we’d be doing. You’ll rarely meet people (except at guest houses), so it makes it an instant bonding moment about the insanity of driving in Iceland whenever you meet anyone else.
If you’re doing a Balkan trip, you might be passing through Kosovo. Often, Pristina, Kosovo is a transfer point for Balkan buses, but Kosovo is much more than Pristina. If you only visit Pristina, you’ll miss out on the many other things to do in Kosovo. Kosovo tourism is still developing, so expect friendly locals, cheap hotels, and a lot of beautiful places. Keep reading for a Kosovo itinerary with the best places to visit in Kosovo.
This is an insider's guide to Singapore by locals. Fun fact: I lived in Singapore for a hot summer on a broke student's budget. However, I have written this up to date guide with tips for Singapore together with Brooke and Alaine. Singapore is not considered to be a budget destination, however it is possible to visit Singapore on a budget. With insider tips for Singapore, you'll find things to do in singapore on a budget, cheap food in Singapore, and where to stay in Singapore on a budget. The city-nation of Singapore is truly a traveler's paradise: Everyone speaks flawless English, public transit is fantastic, the streets are clean of gum, there's even Michelin starred food stalls, and there's sunny weather year-round. Keep reading for more!
My husband and I are Penn State grads who met while we were students at Penn State. (WE ARE!). This is an insider’s guide with tips for things to do in State College, best things to do at Penn State (Main Campus), where to party in State College, where to get an adult drink in State College away from the undergrads, where to stay in State College, where to eat in State College, awesome day trips from State College (things to do in Centre County).
Weddings can be overwhelming, expensive, and exhausting, so eloping with your fiance is a great way to take the pressure off from intensive wedding planning and family stress. (Surprise, I got married!) Read why eloping was right for us, reasons to elope (or not elope), and about the best places to elope! This is not going to be your typical guide to on how to elope. We eloped and here you’ll find the stories of others who made the decision to elope around the world in some unique elopement places. I’ll also be including some tips on how to elope without offending family members, whether to elope or have a destination wedding, how to handle your elopement announcements, what to know in hiring the right photographer for your elopement pictures, and other things to keep in mind when deciding if you should have a traditional wedding, destination wedding or elope.
I’m a proud New Yorker. When someone asks me what they should know when visiting New York for the first time, I don't always know where to start as there's so many things to do in New York. I've decided to take a different approach here with some NYC local secrets to help you navigate your trip better. Expect some humorous tips for first time visitors to New York (although those on their fifth trip to NYC might find this travel advice helpful). I sincerely hope that these New York travel tips come in handy and help you avoid some of the mistakes that people make on their first trip to New York. 20 Insider tips for New York under the cut.
Wondering what people drink in the Netherlands? This post is an in depth introduction to alcohol in the Netherlands. Today, my husband and bring you an article that is over two years in the making: 13 different liqueurs and spirit drinks that you should try in the Netherlands. When I'm visiting a new place, I love to try to try the local food and drink specialities.... and beyond Heineken and jenever, most people don't know what to drink in the Netherlands. Whether you're a foodie after the local Dutch drink specialties, someone visiting Amsterdam for the first time, or just a Dutchie interested in trying some new things, this post is for you. Not all of these are popular drinks in the Netherlands, but you might be surprised by how much you love some of these alcoholic beverages in the Netherlands.
Many of these are quite strong, so we recommend trying these slowly over the course over a longer time period responsibly. You will not find some of Dutch alcohols easily. This guide comes with a FREE printable/downloadable PDF of traditional Dutch alcohol at the bottom to show to your bartender and/or local liquor store as we know how hard it is pronounce some of these names.
This is my third year living in Amsterdam and it's hard to explain to friends/family who are visiting Amsterdam on what to bring to Amsterdam to be prepared for the unpredictable and rainy weather that defines all but ~3 weeks in summer. Packing for Amsterdam isn't easy as it involves planning for the worst, so why not be prepared with a packing list for Amsterdam with what to pack for Amsterdam and what not to pack by one resident? This includes what to wear in Amsterdam in winter (as well as what to wear in Amsterdam for spring/summer/fall). At the bottom, you'll find a FREE printable/downloadable packing list for Amsterdam.
Our weekend trip to Friesland was magical as it included releasing seals back into the wild (technically starting in Groningen, but we sailed into Frisian water), taking a boat tour to the UNESCO world heritage site of the Wadden Sea, enjoying the sandbanks/views of the Frisian islands, and exploring the traditional polder landscape of Friesland as well as the cute cities of Friesland.
For those seeking an ethical animal experience to add to their travel bucket list, releasing wild seals back in the wild is a must. If you're looking for the best activities to do in the Netherlands, I definitely rank this responsible tourism do as one of my favorite memories.
(Thank you to my friends and colleagues who took the time to give me advice on what to do in Friesland and making this post-wedding weekend so perfect.)
This week is a guest post from a reader who happens to be my dad. Steve is a native New Yorker who has been going to the US Open for the past 35 years. He attends for three days every year. The most that he has ever spent on one day was $5 for a pretzel. Keep reading for his insider tips to the US Open with advice on how to visit Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on a budget, what to bring to the US Open, what to wear to the US Open, and other travel tips for the US Open 2017.
Karen and Jacob. American expats and cat lovers from New York City and Kentucky who lived in Amsterdam.... Now in Paris!
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