Giethoorn & Volendam

We participated in a few day tours in the Netherlands, and one of them was to Giethoorn and Volendam. They were two distinctively different towns but both offered unique views into Dutch life. Giethoorn Giethoorn, one of my favorite places to visit the whole trip, was absolutely stunning. Called “the Venice of the North” (although…

Zaanse Schans (windmills!!)

We spent half a day in Zaanse Schans, the most iconic town in the Netherlands…there were windmills everywhere!  There are tours that stop at Zaanse Schans as well as other towns, but we decided to take the bus, as we had already participated in a couple day tours. The bus fare was about €10 per…

Golden Circle Tour

The best of Iceland all in one day! Probably the most popular tour that begins in Reykjavik.

Arriving Iceland & the Blue Lagoon!

At about 2:00 pm on a Sunday afternoon, my family and I landed at Reykjavik International Airport in Iceland. We retrieved our baggage and headed for the bus that would take us straight to the Blue Lagoon, one of the world’s most famous geothermal pools, only a short 20 minutes away. The Reykjavik Excursions bus…

What about carry-ons??

In addition to checked baggage, each person is allowed to carry one small suitcase and a personal bag with them onto the airplane. This small suitcase may be all one needs for a short trip, but may also be used wisely for storing additional belongings. Here are a few of my essentials, other than my…

Castaway Key, Bahamas: Disney’s private island!

One guaranteed stop on every Caribbean Disney cruise is Castaway Key, Disney’s very own and very private island. It is basically the island version of Disneyland, an extension of the ship! There are kayak, paddle board, tubing, and other rentals available that can be charged right to your state room. My family tried paddle boarding…

New Orleans: FOOD!

Food is probably the highlight of New Orleans. From Cajun to Creole and sweets to seafood, every dish in New Orleans is pretty much mouth-watering. Here are just a few of my favorite must-try’s for anyone who travels to New Orleans! Café du Monde: This famous café was actually founded by an ex-owner of a creole plantation (that…

Perú Summer 2016!

I spent the first two weeks of my summer break in Perú, the fourth largest country in South America (following Brazil, Colombia, and Argentina). It was quite the adventure.   This is our general itinerary: DAY 1: Arrived in Lima, Peru. DAY 2: Flight to Puerto Maldonado from Lima. A motorboat ride along the Madre de Dios…