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August 28, 2020

In search of the perfect long weekend destination in the US? Look no further than the City by the Bay. San Francisco may be tiny, measuring a mere seven miles by seven miles, but it packs a mean punch when it comes to cultural sights, historic landmarks, iconic viewpoints, fabulous bars and restaurants and charming neighborhoods. It's the perfect for a long weekend escape, and I've created an Instagram photo guide that will take you some of the most scenic spots in the city including bridge viewpoints, botanical gardens, scenic beaches and mosaic staircases, as well as sights that look like other countries entirely including Morocco, The Netherlands and Italy.

August 3, 2020

What do you know about Montenegro? Honestly, I knew very little when I picked it as a holiday destination a few years back. Prior to planning our trip, I couldn't even name the country's capital city (Podgorica). Our decision to visit was solely based on our love for Croatia. We wanted more of the medieval beauty that had us smitten in Dubrovnik, Hvar, Korcula and Split, and thought we could find more of the same a little further south. Montenegro was a completely separate trip from Croatia, but looking back I wish we'd done them together as one long holiday. We spent 10 days road-tripping down the country's piercing Adriatic coast with stops in Herceg Novi, Perast, Kotor, Ro...

July 26, 2020

Tucked away in central Turkey is the country's most stunning destination - Cappadocia. Dreamy moonscapes make up this iconic region, an otherworldly panorama filled with fairy chimneys, rock castles and cave dwellings. It's a place where visitors sleep in cave hotels, chase balloons at sunrise and frolic the conical valleys throughout the day. I've been to this part of Turkey twice now, and I'm certain there isn't anywhere else quite like it in the world. Below is a guide to all-things Cappadocia. I've included my favorite cave hotels, sightseeing tips, photo locations, balloon flights & viewpoints, cave pools, transportation suggestions and more.

July 20, 2020

Dubrovnik truly is a medieval wonderland. Most visitors spend a mere day in King's Landing, but I could easily spend an entire week on this stretch of Croatia's Adriatic coast. The region is absolutely stunning, and I'd be hard-pressed to find a more perfect summer destination in Europe. The country has become increasingly popular in recent years, thanks in part to HBO's Game of Thrones. On a summer day when cruise ships are in port, shoulder-to-shoulder crowds in Old Town are quite common. As you plan your visit, consider spending three or four days in Dubrovnik. The main tourists sites can be covered in a day, but with careful planning a longer stay affords you the time to...

June 25, 2020

Uganda is a place I think about often. I was last there in 2013, and I can't think of a country I am more fond of. For two epic weeks, I explored the southwest region of the country, traveling to Lake Mburo, Kabale, Nkuringo, Buhoma, the Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale, Fort Portal and Entebbe. The trip was wildly adventurous, wonderfully remote and completely off-the-beaten-path. And it took almost a year to plan. These were the days before Instagram and Pinterest, when Uganda blog posts were far and few between. A time when this part of East Africa seemed more far reaching than it does today. It's quietly flown under the radar - you'll find...

June 18, 2020

Typically, I'm a very structured traveler. I love planning, and I'm all about being prepared for the day's adventure. But years ago I found that the best way to experience Tuscany's Siena is to toss the itinerary aside and leave Lonely Planet behind. Instead, step out into the medieval city and let the labyrinth of alleyways, steep pathways and winding streets serve as a guide. Yes, the Duomo and Piazza del Campo should be a part of your Siena plans, but it'll be way more fun trying to find them without a map (it isn't difficult, I promise!). And for the more structured travelers I've included all of my favorite Siena spots below, as well as sightseeing tips, hote...

June 15, 2020

If Greece is my favorite country in the world, then Italy is a close second. It's a place I've traveled to six times now, and it never gets old. Italy checks all the boxes with its charming towns, beautiful Mediterranean islands, historic wonders, vibrant culture, stunning beaches, countless gelato shops and some of the best food in Europe. Heck, we were robbed in the Italian Riviera on our first trip to Italy, and it's still a place I absolutely adore. In a perfect world, I would spend an entire month exploring every village and coastal cove that stretch from Genoa to La Spezia, but like most travelers, I only had a week to spend here. Below is my seven day itinerary that covers...

June 1, 2020

Havasupai has been a dream of mine for as long as I can remember, and this summer I finally crossed the bucket list destination off my list. Located just a few hours driving from Las Vegas and Phoenix, it's hard to believe that one of the world's prettiest waterfalls sits tucked away so close to Sin City. For years, I've traveled to remote parts of the globe chasing waterfalls, when all this time Havasupai's oasis has been just one state away. And for those of you that have not heard of Havasupai, there's good reason. The hike is strictly permitted, making access extremely difficult, and the destination itself a bit of a mystery for so many people. I did a ton of research...

May 30, 2020

It's been awhile since I visited somewhere really high on my bucket list. For so long, my top three had remained intact: Tanzania, Puglia and Oman. And Puglia was a place I could have traveled to a number of times, but I kept passing it up for more popular destinations in Italy - Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre and Venice. I was beyond excited to finally experience the heel of the Italian boot, the places I'd been dreaming about for so long - Alberobello, Poerto Miggiano, Cisternino, Matera, etc. And you know what? Puglia is now by far my favorite part of Italy. I wish I'd visited sooner! The region was beyond picturesque with such a variety of charming towns, beautiful beaches and...

May 23, 2020

Traveling to The Philippines for the first time? It can be overwhelming piecing together an itinerary. After all, there are (technically) more than 7,000 islands in this part of Southeast Asia, and the list of Pinterest-worthy beaches, sandbars, dive sites, waterfalls, lagoons and rice terraces is never-ending. I've been through it twice now - the pain of having to narrow 15 islands down to just five. It's tough. To help, I've pieced together a guide to five of my favorite islands that offer a nice variety of everything iconic to The Philippines - Bohol, Panglao, Siquijor, Banaue and El Nido. This little list took me everywhere from the sweeping Cordillera Mountains to the hidden...

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