Discover Figeac and the Midi-Pyrénées

Let me start by giving credit where credit is due. Figeac is a rather unheard of small town in the Midi-Pyrénées (recently renamed the Occitanie region). You probably won’t find it highlighted in popular travel guidebooks like Lonely Planet or Fodor’s Travel. Instead, my parents stumbled across the town by reading about it in a…

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A Cooking Class in Tuscany: Why it’s Sometimes Worth it to Splurge

As Dewey and I are currently living off a modest budget that we saved up for over two years, we’re quite versed in the art of picking and choosing what to spend our money on while making our way across Europe. In general, my philosophy is to value experience over material items. For example, if…

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7 Tips for Making the Most of Crowded Dubrovnik

Dubrovnik is one of the most visited cities in all of Croatia— and for good reason. The Old City is encircled by ancient city walls and when you walk through the gates, you’re instantly transported through time. Inside is a maze of narrow stone streets, medieval palaces and cathedrals, and restaurants around every corner. Not…

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8 Things to Do in Mostar That Make it More Than Just a Day Trip

Surrounded by massive mountains with the aqua-blue Neretva River running through it and a remarkable stone bridge, the old town in Mostar looks very much like a fairytale. It’s a city that doesn’t get as much attention as some of its Balkan neighbors; yet, its diverse ethnic makeup, complicated past, and lingering Ottoman influence make…

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13 Traditional Bulgarian Dishes to Try

I spent about a month in Bulgaria and in that time I fell in love with Bulgarian cuisine. In fact, it was probably my favorite cuisine of all the countries I’ve visited so far. Bulgarian history is complicated. The country has been a crossroads of many civilizations throughout time, and thus, its food is a…

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The Reality of Travel: A Disaster in Bulgaria

When traveling for a long time like I am, issues are bound to happen. Even if you’re only traveling for a week, problems can occur. Everything isn’t going to run as smoothly as you might hope. That’s just the reality of travel. You can do your best to research and plan so that you’re prepared,…

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Why Vienna is the Perfect City To Visit in the Off-Season

Traveling in the off-season has its perks; the low airfares and discounted accommodation enables you to travel abroad without spending a fortune and sights are often less crowded. Also, workers can sometimes be nicer and more helpful because they aren’t dealing with the craziness and large amounts of people that accompany the tourist season (okay,…

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Charming Sachseln

I sat in awe, staring out of a wide, clear window as our train weaved through massive snowcapped mountains past glacial-blue lakes. I knew that Switzerland is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe; it’s a popular destination favored by travel accounts and I’d seen it on my Instagram feed many times. But even…

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Day Trip to Peles Castle

Day Trip from Bucharest or Brasov, Romania Peles Castle’s stunning Neo-Renaissance architecture and location in the scenic Carpathian Mountains in Sinaia, Romania makes this castle a must-see if you are staying in Bucharest or Brasov. Its beauty is considered to rival that of Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria (I personally preferred Peles, but that’s just me). Built…

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Why Trier Should Be the Next City You Visit in Germany

When planning a trip to Germany, places like Berlin and Munich are among the typical cities people choose to visit. Travelers don’t usually have Trier on their radar, mostly because they haven’t heard much about it. I’ll admit, when planning the cities Dewey and I were going to visit in Germany, it took some research…

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