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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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: A Day in Kiel and Lubeck

While I had an incredible week exploring different towns in Schleswig-Holstein during my solo day-trips around the region, I was excited for Friday. Brian's work conference was over, and instead of using the day to travel home, we used it as one of two days to explore the region together. I had mapped out the different …

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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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Hamburg’s Miniatur Wunderland

When we started planning our trip to the Schleswig-Holstein region of Germany, and specifically Hamburg, one of the first 'things to do' that popped up on the list was the Miniatur Wunderland museum. Although I can't remember where, I had heard about the museum before and so had Brian! That wasn't completely surprising to me-- my …

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