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How to say Merry Christmas in 12 languages

Santa-shaped chocolates

While we typically stay stateside for family festivities for Christmas, we have opted to travel over a few yuletide celebrations before! Years ago, my family and I went to Italy for Christmas and back in 2020, Rick and I went to Jamaica for a tropical take on Christmas. Hopefully one of these years we can

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2022 travel holiday gift guide

Red Christmas present

Give the gift of travel, or at least something travel-related, this holiday season! The last few years have been challenging for adventurers and with the world opening back up more and more, it’s time to make up for lost time and get on out there. If you’re looking for ideas to add to your holiday

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24 hours in Sintra

Sintra, Portugal

When we went to Portugal last spring, we made our home base in Lisbon and booked a day trip out to Sintra. I’ll be honest and say that Rick and I did not do much planning for this trip and kind of just went along for the ride with what my family wanted to do,

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5 fun facts about France

Eiffel Tower in Paris

I’ll never turn down the opportunity to explore France and expand my knowledge of the country, its customs, and of course indulge in its amazing food and wine scene. And I’m not the only one who thinks this way. France is consistently one of the top-rated travel destinations in Europe – and for good reason!

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6 things you probably didn’t know about the Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower in Paris

It’s Bastille Day, the commemorative holiday of the storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789, and the launch of the French Revolution. In honor of the historic event, we’re doing a deep dive on a famous Paris landmark that was built to commemorate the centennial of Bastille Day: The Eiffel Tower! The Eiffel Tower

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5 things you probably didn’t know about Belem Tower


Belém Tower: it’s an iconic part of Lisbon and the most famous landmark of Portugal. This UNESCO World Heritage Site symbolizes the Age of Discoveries and achieved this designation in 1983.  It’s also one of the Seven Wonders of Portugal! I know, I’m wasting all my fun facts about the Belém Tower right in my


Travel Portuguese: Useful phrases

Lisbon's Mosteiro dos Jeronimos

We’re getting ever closer to our trip to Portugal and though we’ve got out travel itinerary pretty much nailed down, we still have to perfect a few phrases we’ll be using as we travel around Lisbon! I love learning new languages and while I have no hopes of being fluent in Portuguese by the time

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5 fun facts about Portugal

Lisbon, Portugal

We’re at the final countdown! One month to go until we’re exploring Portugal! We cannot wait to get back to Europe and cross another amazing country off our travel bucket list! We’ have our eyes on Portugal for awhile now but it’s crazy to think that it’s actually becoming a reality and soon enough we’ll

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10 tips for planning travel with friends

Two women laughing

Spring is coming upon us and many of us reminisce about the days when this fresh new season meant spring break! You can still enjoy spring break but instead of leaving homework and school behind, you can travel with your friends and leave emails and project management tools behind. Traveling with friends is lots of

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21 travel apps for 2022

Smartphone on a map

It still doesn’t feel real that our first lockdown was about two years ago. Rick and I are still trying to get our 2020 trip to England, Scotland, and Ireland back on our calendar. We’ve been able to plan getaways here and there but our style of travel has definitely changed these last two years.