Perks of Traveling Solo

There is something invigorating, liberating and empowering about traveling solo, especially as a female traveler. I wouldn't say I prefer to travel alone, but when the locations, activities, and my goals align, traveling solo can be an incredible experience. Of course there are downsides to traveling solo as well—in some places it might be unsafe, …

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Travel Tips from Rick Steves

Back in February I stumbled upon these awesome travel classes hosted by Rick Steves and his tour guides. Rick Steves focuses on European travel and the talks follow suit. Each talk is different and covers an array of travel tips, from the best places to visit in each country, to tips for traveling with a mobile device, …

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Travel Tip: Global Entry and TSA Pre-Check

Ever begin your vacation stuck standing in airport security behind an exceptionally long line of people who still don't realize they need to take off their shoes and belts prior to walking through the scanner? Or return from an incredible vacation only to spend several hours waiting to formally return to the U.S. at Customs and Border …

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Worldy Fare: Try the World Brazil

One continent I have yet to explore is South America. Brian and I have talked about it numerous times. We'd both love to: climb Machu Picchu experience the Amazon rainforest see Christ the Redeemer explore Moray and the other Inca ruins and much more! It's also the jumping off point for guided journeys to Antarctica; another adventure that's relatively high …

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Coffee Roastery and Museum in Hamburg

One of my favorite finds in Hamburg, Germany was the Kaffee Museum in the Warehouse District, known as Speicherstadt. Brian and I discovered it one of our first days while wandering around but it was after hours and already closed for the day. I decided to check it out after returning from a day trip one …

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Germany: Day Trip to Luneburg

We had an incredible week in the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany and our final day trip to Luneburg was the perfect ending to our travels. Given we had an early flight the next morning, I didn't want to travel too far from Hamburg or return exceptionally late on our last day trip. Luneburg was perfect-- a half-hour …

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Germany: Day Trip to Lubeck

As I researched things to do in the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany in preparation for our trip, the city of Lubeck seemingly always topped the lists of 'top places to see' and 'the best day trips from Hamburg.' Only a 45-minute train ride from Hamburg, this city became a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987-- the first time …

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Germany: Castles and Cathedrals of Schwerin

We spent our initial days in Hamburg exploring the harbor area, visiting museums and enjoying the outdoors, but on Tuesday reality set in and Brian had to go to work, e.g. attend his work conference. While he headed toward the convention center, I headed toward the train station for my first day-trip to Schwerin, Germany. I've …

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Germany: Boat Rides and Blooms in Hamburg

I had big plans for our second day in Hamburg. After powering through our first full day on no sleep, I thought we would get a good night's rest, kiss the jetlag goodbye and hit the town early on Monday, followed by an afternoon in nearby Ahrensburg to see the castle and what that little …

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