Big Life Changes – What the Heck Are We Thinking?!

With only a few more weeks left of our time in Taiwan, everyone keeps asking us the same question: What are you going to do now?   Our answer? Why travel, of course.     This in turn leads to quizzical expressions accompanied by a variety of the following statements:   “How long will you be on vacation then?” “Wow, you’re so lucky you don’t have to work!” “So you’ll be gone for like, two weeks?” “Don’t you miss America by now?” “You guys must be loaded!”   If you are a fellow traveler, then you already know what we mean. It can be truly difficult to explain what ‘travel’ means to those who don’t travel long-term and have no desire to do so. And while Dan can just brush away comments like the ones listed above, I let them get under my skin, nagging and pushing at me. I feel the need to justify our plans to others; when they still don’t quite understand our definition of traveling, the self-doubt creeps in. Are our plans completely unrealistic? Is it time we return back home, find ‘real’ jobs and plan for the day we want to start a family? I know we have nothing to doubt and that traveling is the best next chapter of our lives. But that doesn’t change the fact that I’ll need a few hundred reassurances from Dan and ultimately my own inner voice to regain confidence in our plans. And if we are being completely honest here, maybe a few glasses of wine too.   So if you want to understand a little bit...

A week in Sicily

Due to its versatile landscapes and rich history, it is no wonder that Sicily captivates so many that travel there. Full of cultural treasures, sparkling seas and vast mountains there is so much to see and do. However, what if you only had a week to explore this region? Sicily has an area of 25,711 km², so it may be hard to explore the whole island in just a few days. We suggest it might be better to focus on one particular area, for example, you can choose to visit the west coast of Sicily, or devote yourselves exclusively to the Etna area or the Temples in Agrigento. Those wishing to choose the west coast will be able to see a lovely handful of things to fill up your time. The ideal starting point is the beautiful town of Marsala, then heading towards Trapani, while taking mandatory stops in Erice and Sav Vito Lo Capo, and then continuing northeast towards Palermo. Before arriving in the capital of Sicily, which can be visited rather summarily in a single day, you should spend some time in the ancient Segesta, in Scopello and Castellammare del Golfo. If you have some time after the whirlwind tour in the centre of Palermo, you can use it for a quick trip in Monreale. Alternatively, Marsala, which is just 13 km from the Trapani international airport, can be the base of a memorable journey to the south-east in the direction of Agrigento. Among the approximately 135 km separating the two cities, lie the beautiful Mazara del Vallo, the Archaeological Park of Selinunte, Castelvetrano, Sciacca and Porto...
4 Unique Shopping Experiences In New York

4 Unique Shopping Experiences In New York

4 Unique Shopping Experiences In New York The big apple is packed with opportunities for romance, adventure, and fun. New York is one of the most exciting vacation destinations in the US, if not the entire world. If there is one thing New York is famous for it’s the incredible shopping. Buckle-up and get ready for the ride of your life: these 4 unique shopping experiences in New York are the perfect way to get ready for the holiday season in the most memorable ways.   1. Hit Up The Brooklyn Flea Market The Brooklyn Flea features hundreds of top vendors, all selling tons of antiques, unique collectables, out-of-this-world furniture, and random gizmos that will make your head spin with excitement. This is the perfect place to get lost for hours. In fact, this famous flea market has so much to offer it has been called one of the greatest urban experiences to be had in New York.   2. Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market This incredible flea market is the perfect place to find that one-of-a-kind item you know you wouldn’t find anywhere else. If you’re thinking you’re only going to find dusty old knick-knacks like the ones sitting on your grandma’s dusty shelves, you can think again. This flea market is known to have celebs and fashion designers wandering around its streets looking for the next best grab. Located near the Port Authority Bus Station, and open all year long (even in the winter,) you’re sure to find some unique, exciting buys here.   3. Green Flea In Manhattan Green Flea is a top-of-the-line flea market located in...

The hidden gems of Zurich – small, cosy and delicious

  When traveling to Switzerland, the city of Zurich should be on top of any “to-see-list”. This stunningly beautiful city seems to be bursting with culture, flair and easy living. But there is a downside to this fantastic holiday destination: Staying in Zurich is quite expensive. So let’s have a look at some small and cosy hotels which will not leave you penniless after one night. We’ll introduce two nice restaurants, where you’ll enjoy delicious food for reasonable prices and, last but not least, give you some ideas on what not to miss during your visit to Zurich. Design, style and comfort in the heart of the city If you have not heard of the very unique hotel chain called 25hours-hotels, you now have the chance to change that! The German hotel chain consist of 11 individually designed houses in Berlin, Hamburg, Frankfurt, Vienna and … Zurich! Each hotel reflects the ambience of the city and you’ll never stop finding small lovingly placed details, which will make you smile. On top, the four-star design hotel in Zurich is actually cheaper than a lot of three-star hotels in the area, so you should definitely check it out! Of course, you will also find many youth hostels and random low budget hotels, but a holiday should be a treat after all and nothing beats a good night’s sleep. One more option we would like to present is Glamping! Luxury camping just outside the city right by Lake Zurich is something amazing. There is a Glamping Website in German, which gives you all the needed information about this cool and quite affordable...

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...
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...