All Archive

Our 2014 Top 10 Travel Destinations

We’ve heard it said that the joy of travel is in retrospect. Now that our year of world travel has come to an end, we do have a lot of fond memories to reminisce about. We enjoy an annual tradition on New Years Day of individually preparing and sharing our top 10 experiences together during

Smoky Finish

Location: Fort William, Bowmore, Oban and Glasgow, Scotland Introduction: We explored the west coast of Scotland spending the majority of our time on the island of Islay. Aside from its abundant natural beauty, Islay is home to 8 whisky distilleries that are known for their distinct smoky flavors. It was a great place to chill

Scottish Warmth

Introduction: Scotland quickly impressed us, reminding us in many ways of New Zealand, another country that we love. It’s sparsely populated with more sheep than people; the landscapes are beautiful; the single carriageways lack shoulders and there’s the occasional one-lane bridge that must be shared with oncoming traffic. The people we met were warm and

English Lessons

Location: England Introduction: We found ourselves with an unscheduled return to England following our deportation from Finland. Without a plan, we decided to put our remaining hotel and credit card reward points to good use and mapped out a course that would eventually lead us to Scotland where we intended to conclude our trip. It

White Nights

Location: St. Petersburg, Russia Introduction: We’ve read a number of novels involving St. Petersburg (e.g., Anna Karenina) that left us longing to see this famous city. However, obtaining a Russian visa is a challenging and expensive process. In addition, relations between the US and Russia have been somewhat strained of late. Thus, we planned on

French Connection Video

Introduction: We felt a real connection with France and couldn’t get enough of their delicious food as you can see in our latest video.  

Swiss Bliss

Location: Switzerland Introduction: We planned to skip Switzerland on this trip. However, her natural beauty wowed us so much on our first visit that when we discovered a cheap flight to Geneva, we rationalized that we’d never been there before. So, we started out in the French-speaking south and finished up in the German-speaking north.

Sunk in Helsinki…Detained and DEPORTED

Location: Helsinki, Finland Introduction: Yes, it’s true. We overstayed our welcome in mainland Europe and we’ve been deported. We made some incorrect assumptions about travel around the European countries. We won’t bore you with all of the details but there’s a thing called the Schengen Agreement covering 26 countries in mainland Europe that limits foreigners

Royal Treat

Location: London, England Introduction: Our original travel menu did not include England as we had the privilege of traveling there a few times before. However, several budget airlines use London as a hub making it inexpensive to visit from just about anywhere within Europe. We did a little research and found that we could sandwich

Cool Vibes

Location: Vienna, Austria Introduction: We left the heat behind in Hungary to find much more comfortable temperatures in Austria. More than that, there was something chill about Vienna. It just had a very cool vibe to it. The city does a great job of blending the old with the new. The historic buildings are magnificent