Tips & Tricks

Tips & tricks for traveling, from choosing the right gear to the best ways to save money on vacations, and more.

Top 10 Things to Do in Kyoto, Japan

As Japan’s “cultural capital,” Kyoto has no shortage of things to do and places to see. Its temples and shrines alone number over 1,600, with a dozen of those being UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Its allure goes far beyond the spiritual, with Kyoto offering so much that you could spend months here without experiencing all […]

Bergen, Norway: Top 10 Travel City?

As the second-largest city in Norway, Bergen has tons of great things to do, beautiful architecture, great food, and even a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located amidst the fjords of Norway’s western coast and surrounded by the Seven Mountains, Bergen is naturally beautiful. It also has a defiant small-town intimacy despite its size, and plenty […]

Winter Hiking Packing List

Planning a winter trip to a place with cold weather? Wondering what to pack to stay warm for your hike or photography expedition? This post has you covered! Growing up in the snow belt of Michigan where the “Lake Effect Snow Machine,” as our local weatherman typically called it and attending college just south of […]

Grindelwald & Lauterbrunnen: Majestic Swiss Villages

Grindelwald and Lauterbrunnen–and really, all of the villages scattered around the alpine valleys of Switzerland’s Bernese Oberland in the Interlaken district–are some of the most picturesque places I’ve ever visited. From the Swiss alps towering above the villages, to the rolling green hills, to the cascading waterfalls, and even the chalet architecture, everywhere you look […]

Top 10 Things to Do in Paris

In this post, we cover the top 10 things to do in Paris, France. The City of Light is like the “Most Interesting Man in the World” of places to visit. Sophisticated yet fun, approachable yet outrageous–you’ll never run out of things to do in Paris, and narrowing down a list about its “best” points […]

Paris Museum Pass: Is It Worth It?

The Paris Museum Pass provides unlimited admission to over 50 museums and monuments in and around Paris, France for “free” without waiting in line. In this review, we’ll take a look at whether the Paris Museum Pass is worth purchasing (in other words, it’s not actually free admission to those museums–it’s an all-inclusive paid pass) […]

Best Castles in France’s Loire Valley

Following our recent trip to France, we’ve visited Loire Valley twice, and have spent all of our time there touring the beautiful castles, manors, and country houses that comprise the châteaux of the region. (Well, touring the châteaux and eating!) Based on our experiences, I thought I’d rank the château we’ve visited. Note that this is […]

Our Oktoberfest Experience in Munich, Germany

Last year, we took a trip to Europe that was capped off with Oktoberfest in Munich. Germany’s renowned beer festival was not our main impetus for traveling to Europe, but we did extend and configure our visit around Oktoberfest once we learned that it’d be possible to attend the celebration. In this post, I thought […]

Review: Is the Go Los Angeles Card Worth It?

The Go L.A. Card is an unlimited, all-inclusive pass offering admission to 31 Southern California attractions, museums, and tours, including Universal Studios Hollywood, Knott’s Berry Farm, Legoland, Six Flags Magic Mountain, Warner Bros. Studio Tour, Sony Studio Tour, Discovery Science Center, The Hollywood Museum, Dolby Theatre Guided Tour, Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood, Aquarium of the Pacific, […]

Things To Do in Sequoia National Park

If you only have 1-day in Sequoia National Park (and Kings Canyon!), here’s what I recommend seeing. Everything on this list can be accomplished in a day or under as part of a relatively quick stop on a California road trip. In fact, that’s the only way I’ve ever visited Sequoia National Park–driving up from Bakersfield, […]