Tips & Tricks

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

Guide to Grand Cayman

The Cayman Islands are one of the most picturesque locations in the Caribbean, popular with vacationers and cruise-goers alike. In this guide, we’ll offer tips for visiting Grand Cayman, including the best (and worst) things to do, where to eat, where to stay, and more. I’ll also share a bunch of photos I’ve taken in […]

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 […]

10 Best Beaches in Laguna Beach, California

Laguna Beach has the absolute best selection of beaches in Southern California. In fact, its miles of coast along Pacific Coast Highway might be some of the best in the world. While this quiet little beach town located an hour or two south of Los Angeles (depending upon traffic) can be quite busy during the […]

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, […]

Lava Viewing at Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Recently, we hiked out to see the “firehose flow” at Kīlauea Volcano’s Kamokuna ocean lava entry in Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park. This post is about our experience hiking out to the viewing area, along with some photos of the lava entering the ocean. I’ll also provide some lava viewing & photography tips, and recommendations for […]

Things To Do In Rocky Mountain National Park

This post covers our tips for visiting Rocky Mountain National Park, and our top 5 picks for things to do in the park. Located within driving distance of Denver, Colorado, Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best ‘getaway’ National Parks you can visit. Its main park loop is easy to navigate providing short […]

Should You Buy the Japan Rail Pass?

This post offers details about the Japan Rail Pass, including whether it’ll be worth buying for your trip, and answers to frequently asked questions about its use. For starters, the JR Pass for foreigner visitors is a cost-effective “all inclusive” pass on the JR rail lines available for purchase outside of Japan. It allows visitors […]