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 return of the UK seaside holiday

Photo by ReflectedSerendipity on Flickr Ever since the package holiday revolution of the 1960s and 70s heading off for two weeks in the sun has been as much part of the summer for many Britons as wasp invasions of picnics and the chimes of ice cream vans in the distance. From Torremolinos to Tuscany and from the Cote d’Azur to Cyprus we’ve travelled in our millions to enjoy the guarantee of good weather, delicious but still familiar food and a break from the 9 to 5. But following the referendum that defied the Brexit odds and which is set to see us leave the EU could this be all about to change? Already many commentators are predicting that freedom of movement around Europe may become more problematic and exchange rates also started to plummet as soon as the referendum result was announced. There have also been rumblings from the travel industry including the low cost airline EasyJet who have declared that this promises to be their most challenging summer ever. But for all this gloom it could certainly be a cloud with a silver lining for the UK’s many seaside holiday resorts as more and more people are persuaded to enjoy what, in recent times, has become known as a staycation. Because while, for many, the image of a UK seaside resort still includes donkey rides on the beach and “Kiss me quick” hats over the last few years a quiet revolution has been going on, transforming these once drab and frankly quite depressing resorts into holiday destinations fit to compete with almost anywhere in Europe. Take Hastings in...
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...
50 Cool Things To Do In New York City

50 Cool Things To Do In New York City

  Not all that long ago, we shared a compilation of our favorite 50 things to do in Paris.   It was basically the result of a ton of research that went into planning our three-year-anniversary to the City of Love. Everyone writes about Paris, so we never expected the post to become our most popular. Naturally, it did. Turns out that ‘pinners’ love Paris even more than we do; our guide to 50 Cool Things To Do In Paris now has over 28,000 shares on social media. We’re glad we aren’t the only ones who find Paris absolutely swoon-worthy. But we also got to thinking about some of the other iconic cities we’ve visited and accumulated a bit of research on. Do you all want more epic collections of cool things to do in some of our favorite cities around the world? Maybe not—but we thought we might as well see. So we’re carrying on with a place that holds a very special spot in our hearts: New York City. Over six years ago, we took our first trip as a couple to this iconic city. It was magical, and in many ways set the tone for our travel-infused relationship. Fast-forward to this past Christmas, and we saw ourselves once again in New York City, this time looking for off-the-beaten track activities to explore. We’re not experts on New York by any means, but we have picked up some insider knowledge on what to do – including both the touristy attractions and the ones local New Yorkers would recommend. So here you have it: 50 Cool Things To Do...
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...
Pickpocket-Proof Apparel: A Review of the Clever Travel Companion

Pickpocket-Proof Apparel: A Review of the Clever Travel Companion

I’d be lying if I said getting mugged late lat year didn’t have a lasting effect on us. Though we still like to think we’re pretty trusting, we can’t help but get a little rigid whenever someone is walking quickly behind us, or looking at us for what feels like a touch too long. When I’m out alone, just passing someone on an empty sidewalk is enough to make my nerves spike. It’s kind of ridiculous, but so was the fact that we were robbed at noon on a Sunday just 100 meters from a police officer. So when the Clever Travel Companion reached out to us and asked us to write a review about their pickpocket-proof clothing, we immediately said yes. Pickpocketing has never been a huge problem for us. It happened to me once nearly a decade ago in Prague, but thankfully we haven’t had any other incidents that I can recall. Still, the Clever Travel Companion’s website estimates that 400,000 travelers get pick-pocketed around the world each day. That’s an awful large number for a petty crime that seems like it should be much more manageable. The common solution to avoid pickpockets while traveling with money and a passport is to wear a money belt or fanny pack. While we don’t utilize these accessories often, it is nice to know that your most valuable possessions are attached to your body—especially if you’re taking a night train or stuck at the airport for a long layover. But it’s a total pain (and not all that comfortable) to reach under your shirt to take out money when you...