Let’s Talk Prague! A #TravelShare Chat You Won’t Want To Miss

Let’s Talk Prague! A #TravelShare Chat You Won’t Want To Miss

This post is in partnership with Kanetix.  Prague is one of those magical destinations that will always hold a special place in my heart. Not only is it one of the most beautiful capital cities we’ve ever visited, it’s also where I took my very first solo international trip! The wanderlust that fuels my travels today was very much ignited years ago on that first adventure in the Czech Republic. Besides the nostalgia, one of the things we love the most about Prague is the city’s fascinating history. The largest ancient castle in the world (Prague Castle), the stunning views from iconic Charles Bridge, the 15th century Astronomical Clock that marks each hour…and those are just a few of the most popular tourist attractions! Add to that delicious cuisine, great beer, a laid-back vibe and plenty of free things to do, and how can you not fall in love with Prague? And while Prague might not get as much press as classic destinations like London or Paris, we think it’s one of the best places to base any European adventure. Not only will you have tons to do within the city itself, you’re also always an easy day trip from gorgeous Czech countryside, fairytale-like castles, and even top destinations in Germany! Photo by Chandon via Picasa   So, with that introduction, we’re super excited to host an upcoming #TravelShare twitter chat about—you guessed it—all things Prague! We’re teaming up with Kanetix.ca, Canada’s top travel insurance provider, for what’s going to be an awesome discussion on Twitter about epic experiences in Prague. (After having all our gear stolen on the road a...
The Ultimate Him And Her Paris Packing List

The Ultimate Him And Her Paris Packing List

Paris is easily one of our favorite cities in the world. Our most recent visit to the magical City of Lights was when we were completely nomadic—and living entirely out of our backpacks. Paris was still just as magical as could be, but since we were pretty much coming from the Arctic, that meant we didn’t quite have all the right clothes and accessories we normally would have packed… That said, due to the popularity of our 50 Cool Things To Do In Paris article, we regularly receive quite a few Paris packing questions. So, here you have it: our ultimate Paris packing list for couples. If you’re wondering what to pack for a trip to Paris, then this post should do the trick. The Ultimate Him And Her Paris Packing List     Seasons   Plan according to the season you’ll be traveling in! You’ll be thankful you brought the right clothes. 🙂 Check out this awesome guide to Paris’ weather for more information! – End of March – June: Spring – 4 C to 20 C / 40 F to 68 F – End of June – September: Summer – 13 C to 24 C / 55 F to 75 F – End of September – December: Autumn – 5 C through 21 C / 70 F through 68 F – End of December – March: Winter – 1 C through 7 C / 34 F through 45 F     Clothes   Remember, simplicity is your friend! If you want to blend in, at least a little bit, avoid major tourist fashion mishaps and dress like a Parisian! We could...
Exploring the Amazing Petrified Waterfalls of Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca

Exploring the Amazing Petrified Waterfalls of Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca

  One of our favorite things about traveling with locals is the opportunity it provides to go deep under the surface of a new destination. To not only experience off-the-beaten-track attractions but also to learn about the unique culture, history and importance of the area from the viewpoint of someone who knows it intimately. Without fail, these moments with locals—however brief—always create our most meaningful, lasting memories. While recently exploring Oaxaca with Mexican photographers and tour guides Sam and Bernie, we were once again swept away. Sam and Bernie founded their new travel company Cantimplora Travel based on their passion for taking travelers on meaningful, off the beaten track adventures—all while photographing the once-in-a-lifetime memories so that you can step away from your screens and devices.   Photo by Cantimplora Travel  Photo by Cantimplora Travel  Photo by Cantimplora Travel  Traveling with Cantimplora Travel is precisely like being hosted by local friends; Sam and Bernie are eager to share the best-hidden gems and attractions of their country, without using forced scripts or rigid schedules. From meeting a local mezcal farmer to indulging in the best cuisine in Oaxaca City, Sam and Bernie were a wealth of insider tips from start to finish. But perhaps one of our favorite attractions on our road trip through Oaxaca was exploring the mesmerizing petrified waterfalls of Hierve el Agua.   Hierve el Agua: A Natural Wonder in Oaxaca, Mexico   Photo by Cantimplora Travel  Hierve el Agua is one of only a handful of petrified waterfalls in the world. Though it looks more like a frozen waterfall dramatically etched into the side of a...
14 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Around the World

14 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Around the World

  Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.   We don’t particularly enjoy all the commercialism that surrounds the holiday, but we do love any excuse to celebrate. So if it means getting dolled up, eating scrumptious food and sipping on good wine… well, we can handle that.   Last year we celebrated Valentine’s Day in Taiwan. Taiwanese celebrate February 14th with fanfare—teddy bears, glittery flowers, and decorations. Stores often have Valentine’s Day discounts. Taipei 101 even lights up with cute hearts. But in addition to the Western date, Taiwanese also celebrate traditional Chinese Valentines Day on the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar. Honestly we never knew much about this other Valentine’s Day, and from a foreigner’s eye, it certainly didn’t receive as much attention as its Western counterpart.     But it got us thinking. How do other countries celebrate Valentine’s Day around the world?   We set out to the handy dandy Internet to see what we could find. Perhaps not surprisingly, we discovered that many countries celebrate Valentine’s Day with roses and chocolates and perhaps a dinner date; many cultures have embraced the Western influence. Other cultures protest the holiday, some even going so far as to set fire to Valentine’s Day merchandise. And finally, some cultures have looked for a way to make the holiday more their own, finding a bit of balance.   Before we set off, we want to be clear that we haven’t experienced any of these celebrations firsthand; the information was sourced from around the web (you can find the original...
Exciting Travel Plans Are On The Horizon! An Update On A Cruising Couple

Exciting Travel Plans Are On The Horizon! An Update On A Cruising Couple

Hello, all! It’s been a while since we took a moment on the blog to share what we’re up to and where we’re headed. But since we’re hopping on a plane this weekend, we decided now would be the perfect time to update you on what you can expect from A Cruising Couple in the upcoming months! If this doesn’t interest you, then come back next week when we’ll be featuring a fantastic guest post on Leon, Nicaragua. 🙂 If you’re following along on Facebook or Instagram, then you know that we’re currently housesitting outside San Jose, Costa Rica. We’re here taking care of eleven dogs and one cat, so it’s been a bit of a zoo…in a good way.     This will likely be our last house sitting gig for a while, though. After talking about it for the past many, many months, we’ve decided to commit to having one single home base for at least a year. We’ll likely be writing a whole post that dives into the why of it, but we are trying to find a better balance in our life. While we love traveling, it turns out we miss having time and stability to grow our business, invest in hobbies and build relationships. Costa Rica seems to have a way with us. We already have the pup, and now we’ve purchased a jeep to better explore the country, so for the time being, it looks like San Isidro is where we’ll be calling “home” come September. More on this to come 🙂     In the meantime, we promised exciting travel plans, and exciting...
Awesome Alternative Accommodation Options In NYC

Awesome Alternative Accommodation Options In NYC

  New York City is hands-down one of our favorite destinations in the world. We love the melting pot of cultures, the Broadway shows, the long walks through Central Park. We love the energy and the noise and the diversity. We love lots of things about NYC—but one thing we certainly dislike is the steep price at hotels. We’re all for paying a bit more for stylish and unique accommodation, but unfortunately, extra dollars don’t always equate to extra quality. In 2013 the average room rate was $230 a night. That’ll put quite the dent in your travel fund if you want to visit for two weeks like we recently did over Christmas and New Years.     So how did we do it? By taking advantage of these awesome alternative accommodation options in New York City: Housesitting Housesitting is no longer the well-kept secret it once was. Long-term travelers and two-week vacationeers alike are now savvy on this way to score free accommodation around the world. It’s making some house sits more competitive, but luckily it means there are way more gigs available, too. We love housesitting, and if you’ve been following our blog, then you’ll probably remember our experiences from France and Costa Rica before. New York City was the same story, different scene. We secured a housesitting gig in Queens over the holidays, and we jumped at the opportunity to re-visit the Empire City over one of the most magical times of the year.     In exchange for about ten days of free accommodation, all we had to do was take care of a sweet...