Gilão River aerial view of Tavira Portugal

Tavira, Portugal: Where To Stay In The Algarve

Looking for a less-touristy, off-the-beaten path addition to your Portugal itinerary?  I’ve got a contender: the hidden gem of Tavira, Portugal in the eastern Algarve region. Bypass the crowds of Faro and Lagos, and head straight to this charming city on the south coast of Portugal.  With beautiful beaches, a picturesque old town and accessible location,...

Things To Do In Evora Portugal

Things To Do in Evora, Portugal: Visiting Portugal’s Museum City

Seeing all the things to do in Evora, Portugal is like taking a trip back in time.  In fact, Évora is often called Portugal’s “Museum City” because of its preserved architecture.  Evora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, thanks to more than 2,000 years of history and an escape from damage in the 1755 earthquake that nearly leveled Lisbon. ...

Washington DC

Jefferson Memorial and Tidal Basin with cherry blossoms

Where To See Cherry Blossoms in DC: Maps & Tips From A Local

Every city is beautiful in spring, but I can’t help but think that spring in Washington, D.C. is something extra special. Besides the cherry blossoms that bloom in the Tidal Basin and National Mall, there are so many other lovely places to see flowers throughout the city. In this Washington DC Cherry Blossom Guide, I’ll share the best tips from a local on where...


Dry Tortugas National Park Fort Jefferson

Dry Tortugas National Park: Snorkeling, Day Trips & Camping

During a vacation to the Florida Keys, I took a day trip from Key West to Dry Tortugas National Park on Garden Key, about 70 miles from Key West, Florida. With its white sand beaches and a secluded location, Dry Tortugas feels like a hidden paradise. But by far the reason to visit Dry Tortugas and Fort Jefferson is that it's the best snorkeling...

The Inca Trail

Inca Trail Packing List: What to Pack for Hiking to Machu Picchu

Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. By hiking the trail, you'll get to see smaller ruin sites and follow the path Incans...

Inca Trail Part III: The Trek

In November, during Peru's rainy spring season, I hiked the Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu with my sister Holly.  We did the "classic" 4-day, 3-night version of...

Inca Trail Part IV: Machu Picchu

Located in the Andes Mountains, Machu Picchu is the ruins of a 15th-century Inca city.  The Incas built it around 1450, at the height of their empire, but abandoned it a century later during the...

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