Paradise Vacation on a Budget

Sometimes it may feel like planning a vacation on a budget in paradise is hard. Or maybe even impossible. Even just airfare alone these days seems to be at an all-time high. BUT, there are times when you really just need that break, even if that little voice is saying you probably shouldn’t be spending the money right now. But I’m here to tell you that you should take that break you deserve! There are great tips and tricks to planning an amazing vacation on a budget that WORK. I promise you it is not impossible. Last winter, I had…

The Basics of Visiting Barcelona, Spain

Barcelona, Spain is an incredible and vibrant city on the Mediterranean coast and one of my favorite places in Europe. It has the perfect mix of urban life and beach life with the beauty of amazing art and architecture sprinkled all throughout the city. It also has a mix of old Gothic styles with new modern and eclectic architecture, which creates this feeling that you are traveling to different cities on any given day, even within the city limits. It is truly magical. There was so much to see, so much shopping that lured me in, and so many great…

48 Hours in Venice, Italy

On the list of some of the most picturesque cities I’ve been to is Venice, Italy. A couple of days in this sparkling seaside place and you’ll have visual memories you’ll think back on for a lifetime. It is opulent and fancy and decadent and unlike anything I’ve seen. Romantic, definitely, but I also spent time here with girlfriends and loved it just the same. Venice can easily be done in two days, so it is a great place to stop as part of a larger trip. In my case, the two times I’ve visited Venice, both were on a…

What to Do in Manhattan, New York

Looking for ideas for what to do in Manhattan? You’re in luck, because I have what you need! I like to get my dose of New York every 2 years or so. I typically plan around staying for long weekends. It’s such an easy flight from Chicago and I love that you really don’t have to plan too much in advance. Get a flight and hotel room or AirBNB and you’re done. Public transportation is so easy and abundant that once you’re there, it’s super simple to get around. I’ve explored the island of Manhattan through and through from the…

Why You Need to Go to Lucerne, Switzerland

Lucerne, Switzerland What I didn’t really realize existed my first time in Switzerland was the gem of a city, Lucerne, Switzerland. When I think of Switzerland, I think of the Swiss Alps and mountain culture with snowy caps and breathtaking scenery. And yes, this does exist as I witnessed in my travels stopping by at a tiny mountain cabin at the top of a long and treacherous winding road up the mountain run by a charming Swiss couple specializing in hot chocolate and amazing views. But that was just part of the journey. Taking my first few steps in Lucerne,…

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