If you’re looking for any last-minute ideas for a magical and wonderful vacation spot, look no further because I’m sure I have the answer that you’re looking for: Vienna, Austria!
I know you’re probably thinking that you’d rather go somewhere warm. Somewhere with a beach where you can laze around in your red and white bathing suit with a fancy, frilly egg-noggy drink. Personally, I hate egg nogg and much prefer mulled wine (or anything else, for that matter), but if that’s your jam, that’s cool! Vienna might not be warm or beachy, but it has a lot of Christmas spirit, which makes it a really nice winter destination, if I do say so myself.
So, here’s how I think you could make the most of your trip to Vienna should it fall in the month of December!
This year it seems like my Facebook feed is full of Scrooges, and it’s really ruining my buzz, you know? I don’t know if people literally can’t embrace their Christmas spirit or it’s now the cool thing to hate on the holiday (did I miss that memo?) but I’ve decided to combat it the only way I know how: by cranking up my own holiday intensity to a 20 out of 10! That means singing Christmas carols to Ryan while he works, drinking hot beverages out of my festive mugs and begging to watch a different holiday-themed movie every night. It also means embracing my newest and most favorite holiday tradition: the Christmas market.
I remember when people were a bit shocked that we were travelling around Europe in the winter. This right here is reason #1 out of, well, a lot.
In all seriousness, we went to our first Christmas market a few weeks ago while we were in Budapest. To say I was magically overwhelmed was an understatement. The lights! The smells! The sights and sounds! I had to make Ryan just sit with my for thirty minutes until the sensory overload ebbed and I could continue on. And the best part is that every city we’ve been to has had their own version of a Christmas market(s). I’ve been to a few and every single time they get better.
It’s easy to fall in love with new cities upon your first (or second, tenth or 147th) visit. I should know, I do it all the time! Some might even call me a professional. Every once in a while you find a city that really resonates with you. The kind of place that sticks with you long after you’ve gone.
Zagreb is the capital of Croatia and the largest city in the country. With that said, the population is just over 790,000 so the city feels more like a large town where everyone knows each other. We were always walking by people running into their friends and neighbors on the street. The city is full of really amazing architectural details, secret passageways and streets, and some of the best food and drink you’ll find in Europe (in my opinion, anyway).
It’s easy to fall in love with Zagreb. Don’t believe me? Well, I’ll reserve my “I told you so” until the end of this post. Here are my surefire ways to fall in love!
Split is one of those cities that you can easily spend a week or more visiting and not see everything. I mean you can see all of the major points of interest, but I think you need a lifetime to really see every unique part of the city. Early last month we had the opportunity to spend 10 days in the city, and it was wonderful! Today I’m sharing all of my (and Ryan’s) favorite things to do in Split!
You might be looking for a post on Dubrovnik. Don’t fear, I wrote it. It’s ready to go. I plan on still sending it out there, because I think it’s important to acknowledge that not every Pinterest-worthy place fits your travel style. But there’s been an awful lot of negativity in my life over the last week, and I want to go to a happy place. So come with me to a happy place!
So you’ve made it to Dubrovnik, congratulations! I’m sure you’re excited to see all the city has to offer and take some time to make sure you complete my list of must-have moments. But there’s one thing I want you to keep in your back pocket. You ready to hear a secret? It’s two words: Lokrum Island.
Crazy, right? Once you’ve been in Dubrovnik a day or two (or maybe mere hours, depending on how fast you need a break), you’re probably going to want to get away from the crowds of people. If you don’t need a break to recharge, good for you, please tell me how you do it. However if you’re like me and need some space every once in a while, this one is for you.
If you’re following me on Instagram or Facebook (or you love me and read my blog posts all the way to the very end) you know that we have been in Croatia for the last month. Can I just say how much I love this country? It’s gorgeous and charming and all of the people we’ve met have been so welcoming. But I have to be honest with you: before we landed in Dubrovnik the only things I knew about Croatia came from Cersei Lannister.
I kid, I kid. I actually didn’t know anything about Croatia before we landed. For real, we were only up to season three of Game of Thrones!
We spent a week in Dubrovnik, which realistically was far too long, which is another story. A short recap: we both got sick, blew our budget, and were really feeling burnt out. At and at one point were ready to just leave the city early. But looking back on it now, our time in Dubrovnik was really special.
The City of Love and the most romantic place on earth. We were lucky enough to spent our third wedding anniversary here early in September, and it was everything I thought it would be and more. For five lovely, enchanting, thrilling days we walked the city streets and soaked up as much Parisian spirit as we possibly could. Paris is the perfect place to spend a holiday, whether you’re in a relationship or traveling solo.
It’s easy to get overwhelmed when planning your first trip to Paris. The city is huge and has a lot of hidden gems to discover. To help combat that I’ve put together a list of moments that made our trip absolutely perfect. You might not be able to do all of them, but I think they’re a good starting place. I’d love to hear your favorite memories from Paris if you’ve already been. I’m already collecting ideas for our next trip!
It doesn’t happen too often, but every once in a while I find myself with a free morning in Edinburgh. On mornings like these I like to get out of the city and explore somewhere new. Trains and buses take you pretty much anywhere you want to go that isn’t within easy walking distance, which is something I’m definitely going to miss a lot when we leave. Our trip to Linlithgow Palace occurred on one of these rare mornings when we didn’t have anything else planned.
The ruins of Linlithgow Palace sit in the town of Linlithgow, a short train ride away from Edinburgh. With a great history and free access to almost every corner of the palace, it makes for a great morning away from Edinburgh.
You’ll have to excuse the quality of photos presented in this blog post. I forgot my camera and had to use my phone to capture these moments.
Over the weekend we returned from our latest tour, this one took us up into the Scottish Highlands. We took the three day tour through Timberbush through glens and past lochs until we got to the Isle of Skye, where we spent two nights. I can’t possibly put our entire trip into one blog post; it would be way too long and probably take a week to write. Baby steps! I want to start with our adventures to two gorgeous, yet very different, Scottish Highland castles, Eilean Donan Castle and Dunvegan Castle.
Because if there’s one thing I know about myself, it’s that I love castles.
These two experiences couldn’t be more different, but they were both highlights of the trip for their own reasons. But to be honest there were a lot of highlights for me. So many that I felt like I was constantly walking around with a grin on my face. Although now that I think about it, my grin could have been caused by the insane amounts of caffeine coursing through my veins. One of the best parts of staying in hostels is when all of your bunk mates snore. There’s nothing like the dulcet tones of snores surrounding you to lull you to sleep! I kid, I kid. It’s actually the worst. But I think these two castles are a great place to start our Highland journey together!
There are plenty of neighborhoods to look at when you’re booking accommodations for your trip to Edinburgh. You could stick close to city center and find a hotel in Old Town. There’s a chance you might find a great place near the University or in New Town. Maybe you’ll decide to stay in Bruntsfield or Stockbridge, both close enough to city center that you can walk easily. Don’t do any of those. When you’re looking for a place to stay, I think you should check out Leith first. You’ll probably fall in love with it and not need to look elsewhere.
Our neighborhood is my favorite place in the entire city of Edinburgh! There is so much to do here, and it’s a short bus ride away from both Old and New Town. You could stay in other areas of the city, but I think for everything that Leith offers, as well as how inexpensive it is, you’d be silly to stay elsewhere. It’s such a cool neighborhood, a prime location and home to some of the best food in the city! But those aren’t the only reasons why you should base yourself here. Keep on reading for more information about staying in Leith.