Recent Posts

July, 2018

  • 15 July

    A Day of Adventures with Nevis Range in Fort William, Scotland

    Selfie at Nevis Range with Ben Nevis

    The West Highland Way in Scotland ends in the coastal village of Fort William. While there’s not a ton to do in town, the Nevis Range Mountain Experience a couple miles outside of town offers some activities such as skiing in the winter, mountain biking in the summer and a treetop rope course. I went there to spend the day …

    Read More »
  • 3 July

    How to Visit Kinderdijk, My Favorite Dutch UNESCO Site

    Selfie at Kinderdijk

    I didn’t even know about UNESCO World Heritage Sites before I started traveling. Now I want to see them all. Out of the 10 in the Netherlands, I was told to visit Kinderdijk first as it was the most beautiful. They were right. I’ve since been back a dozen times, and I’ll never get tired of how beautiful it is. …

    Read More »

June, 2018

  • 27 June

    Getting Back to My Family Roots in Rotterdam, Netherlands

    Erasmus Bridge Rotterdam

    My grandfather’s autobiography starts off with the lines: “Rotterdam, Friday, May 10 1940. Suddenly I was awake. It sounded like a series of explosions not far away. Or it could be defense exercises of the Dutch Army, I thought.” I’m a first-generation American on my dad’s side and second on my mother’s side. Her parents were both born in the …

    Read More »
  • 22 June

    Is Dutch Chocolate Better Than Belgian Chocolate?

    Chocolate Belgian Waffle at Chocolate Company

    I love chocolate, but I didn’t really experience truly amazing chocolate until I came to Europe. I try not to indulge too much. On the other hand, when I get invited to a Dutch chocolate tasting, I indulge away! Belgian vs Dutch Chocolate I’ll never forget the day I gave myself a self-guided tour of the chocolatiers in Brussels and …

    Read More »
  • 10 June

    Bringing Out My Inner Child At the Efteling Amusement Park

    Selfie with Character in Efteling

    I love amusement parks. I first went to Disneyland when I was a year old, and I’ve been hooked ever since. Before planning my trip to the Netherlands this summer, I’d never heard of the Efteling Amusement Park. Of course, I had to go when I learned about it. Now I can’t wait to go again! What is Efteling? Efteling …

    Read More »
  • 4 June

    I Ate Too Much Good Food on the Food Tour in Krakow

    Pierogi at At Dorota

    Have you ever tried Polish food? Pierogi, kielbasa, żurek…there are so many great dishes to learn about on a food tour in Krakow. But what are those dishes? I knew a few of them from my earlier visit to Poland, and others were new. One thing was for sure, everything we tried on the tour was fantastic. Obwarzanek Krakowski and Oscypek …

    Read More »

May, 2018

  • 31 May

    What It’s Like to Take the Hogwarts Express in Scotland

    Selfie with Hogwarts Express

    Are you a Harry Potter fan? I certainly am, even though I have only read the books once. I’m also that guy who loves seeing filming locations in real life. Of all the Harry Potter places I’ve been to, the Hogwarts Express was the best. Learning About the Hogwarts Express The first time I heard about the Hogwarts Express was …

    Read More »
  • 26 May

    Krakow Revisited: Returning to One of my Favorite Cities in Europe

    Krakow Revisited

    When I first arrived in Krakow on August 14, 2015 at the end of my whirlwind trip through 13 countries in 31 days, I immediately fell in love with the city. I dreamed of getting to revisit someday. Then I heard that the second-annual Trablin conference was going to be in Krakow. I jumped at the opportunity. After spending the …

    Read More »
  • 19 May

    Exploring Krakow by Bike with the Cruising Krakow Bike Tour

    Cruising Krakow Bike Tour

    I love bike riding, and I love Krakow. That’s why I was more than happy to take the Krakow Bike Tour with the Cruising Krakow. Sure, you can rent bikes all over town. But only Cruising Krakow has Brian, the Canadian tour guide who’s been giving bike tours for 13 years and knows Krakow like the back of his hand. …

    Read More »
  • 8 May

    10 Cool Things I Learned About the Wieliczka Salt Mine in Krakow

    Salt Mine in Krakow

    The first time I visited Poland, I was on a fairly tight budget. I decided to pick just one of the tours available and went with Auschwitz. This year I revisited the city and finally got to see the salt mine in Krakow. I was seriously impressed and can say I’d no idea what I missed on my first visit. After …

    Read More »
  • 5 May

    Taking a Homemade Pierogi Class with Krakow Urban Adventures

    Homemade Pierogi Class

    On my first day in Krakow back in 2015, I lucked into the annual pierogi festival. Loosely defined as Polish dumplings, pierogi is a national dish of Poland, and one of my favorite. Thus, when I had the opportunity to take a homemade pierogi class during my Trablin conference, I leapt at the chance! Urban Adventures Krakow Urban Adventures Krakow …

    Read More »

April, 2018

  • 26 April

    Finding My Favorite Romanian Dishes on the Bucharest Food Tour

    Selfie with Bucharest Food Tour at Vatra

    As a food lover, sometimes it’s hard to choose my favorite cuisine, but Romanian food definitely stands out. When I had a chance to take the Delish Experiences Bucharest Food Tour, I was excited and definitely not disappointed. Here are the restaurants we ate at and the delicious meals we were served. Vatra Restaurant The first stop our guide Georgiana took us …

    Read More »
  • 23 April

    Learning About Rennie Mackintosh at the Willow and the Kelvingrove

    Glasgow Art Club Rennie Mackintosh Gallery

    As part of the Visit Scotland Expo 2018, I was invited to learn about Charles Rennie Mackintosh, an avant-garde artist and architect behind Glasgow’s Art Deco revival at the turn of the 20th century. We visited the current exhibition at the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, the uber-exclusive Glasgow Art Club and the soon to be completed Mackintosh at the …

    Read More »
  • 19 April

    Is a Day Tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness Worth It?

    Selfie with Gray Line Tour Edinburgh to Loch Ness

    I’ve had a lot of guests in Edinburgh asking me if a day tour from Edinburgh to Loch Ness was worth it. Usually I would say that Loch Ness is too far to comfortably travel to in a day, but I’d never done it myself…until now. Thanks to a great trip with Gray Line Tours, I was able to find …

    Read More »
  • 16 April

    Why I Love Taking Photos With My Samsung S8 Phone

    Selfie with Samsung S8 on Cannon in Karlskrona

    I take all my photos with my Samsung S8 phone when I travel, and I can’t recommend it enough for other travelers and bloggers. I can’t compare it to other phones since I only use the Samsung line, but I can say why I think it’s the best phone on the market (except maybe the new S9). PS: this is …

    Read More »