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

This post was last updated on August 6th, 2014With 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...
5 Reasons To Consider A Cruise For Your Next Vacation

5 Reasons To Consider A Cruise For Your Next Vacation

Despite our name, A Cruising Couple, you won’t typically find us on cruises. Call it bad branding, but we initially decided to name our blog A Cruising Couple because of the idea that we were cruisin’ around the U.S. on our honeymoon road trip… But though we don’t frequently go on cruises, we do enjoy them when we do—especially when they are luxurious cruises with world-class cuisine and amenities. And as it turns out, we’re not alone! Expedia.com asked us to share our top reason to take a cruise as your next vacation, and for good reason. In a recent travel survey by Exedia.com, the vast majority of Americans polled revealed they would like to book a cruise as their next vacation. If you’ve thought about a cruise but you’re still not sure if it’s for you or not, here are a few reasons you might want to consider one for your next vacation:   1. The Ultimate In Relaxation One of the best reasons to take a cruise is the opportunity to truly relax and recharge. When you’re planning a trip or traveling solo, it can be exhausting to figure out where you need to go, how you’re going to get there, etc. A cruise is great because all you do is board the ship and then let the crew take care of you from port to port! If you’re looking more for a way to relax than to take a deep-dive into a new destination or culture, then a cruise could be right for you.   2. Great For Families and Groups of Friends Most of the...
8 Things You Need To Know Before You Plan A Europe Road Trip

8 Things You Need To Know Before You Plan A Europe Road Trip

This post was last updated on June 1st, 2017   We’re gearing up for our next adventure – a road trip through Portugal! We’ll be heading from Lisbon through the Douro Valley up to Ponte de Lima, and we couldn’t be more excited. This will be the start of our six weeks in Europe, so be sure you’re following us on Facebook and Instagram for live updates along the way. ;) Road trips are one of our favorite ways to explore a destination. While it’s undeniably easy to get around much of Europe with public transportation, having four wheels offers another level of freedom and flexibility, while also making off-the-beaten-track gems much more accessible. Portugal marks our fourth Europe road trip. While of course we’re not experts on what it’s like to drive through every country on the continent, we have picked up some essential tips and tricks from our various (mis)adventures on the road.     Don’t be like us and end up with an expensive ticket in Italy or a potential fine in Finland. Before you jump behind the wheel, here are a few handy tips you’ll want to keep in mind for your Europe road trip:   8 Tips For An Epic Europe Road Trip   1. Find The Right Car     Obviously, the first step to a Europe road trip is finding the right vehicle! When renting a car, keep in mind that most Europeans drive manual. If you’re not comfortable with a manual, be prepared to pay a bit more for an automatic. For our last two road trips, we partnered with Economy...

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...
The 4 Best Street Art Tours In Berlin

The 4 Best Street Art Tours In Berlin

This post was last updated on May 4th, 2017Wall-to-wall and corner-to-corner, Berlin’s residents love few things more than expressing themselves through the art of Graffiti. Berlin’s famous street art draws flocks of tourists each year eager to partake in the city’s unique art forms, coloring the city with their exuberant self-expressions. If you want to let go and embrace the beauty of free-form art on your next trip to Berlin, here are our picks for the top 4 Street Art Tours in Berlin.   Photo via duncan c   1. Alternative Berlin Tours Shake the graffiti cans gurus as they give you an in-depth exposé of the history behind Berlin’s greatest masterpieces. Then, get the chance to leave your print behind in one of the city’s abandoned factories. Alternative Berlin offers this Street Art Workshop, as well as several free art tours, Pub Crawls, private tours and more.   2. Berlin Street Art Don’t waste a second getting lost in the maze of Berlin’s metropolitan pace. Berlin Street Art takes you right into the heart of the city’s most worthwhile artscapes, and gives you a rare glimpse into the story behind the art. These tour guides are well connected with some of the most prominent street artists in the area and provide a perspective you’ll want to hear.   Photo via Caroline Vincelet   3. Berlin On Bike There’s nothing quite like biking your cares away down the sidewalks of a foreign country. Now, mix that with exploring some of the world’s most unique displays of art. We think few things could top that. Glide down famous streets-turned-canvases with...
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...