Three of the Best Daytime Hiking Locations Outside London


Europe, the United Kingdom in particular, will forever have a hold on the hearts of travelers. The birthplace of Shakespeare and The Beatles is not only known for its famous personalities and tourist destinations, but also for its efficient transportation system. Take London as a prime example. In the capital, where two of the world’s busiest airports are located, going in, out, and around the city is easy. It bodes well for tourists, like us, as we can explore the hidden wonders of a city and tread the proverbial “road less traveled” with no trouble at all. Of course, traveling to London begins and ends inside its world-famous, massive aviation hubs.

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The Ultimate Packing Guide for Backpacking Europe

The best way to travel Europe is with only one carry-on sized bag. Budget flights that don’t include a checked bag, buses and trains without luggage racks, uneven cobblestone streets, fourth floor hotel rooms without a lift, and tiny taxis with no extra room all create an environment that is not very luggage friendly. If you’re thinking it can’t be done, think again! I’ll show you how to fit everything you need in one carry-on.

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8 Budget Travel Tips for Backpacking Europe

budget-backpacking-europeBeing on a budget doesn’t mean that you have to sacrifice doing the things you’ve dreamed of, it just means you have to be smart with your money. My husband and I decided to backpack Europe for four months in between graduate degrees. Needless to say we were on a super tight budget. That being said, we had the time of our lives on our trip and didn’t miss a thing on our wish lists.

The following are tips we lived by on our budget trip!

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10 Reasons You Must Visit the U.K.


I’m feeling nostalgic today. We’ve lived in Iowa for just over a week and are starting to feel settled. We still don’t have a couch, but we do have a table! We’re the kind of couple that always makes eating a priority.

As much as we’ve enjoyed the winter weather in Iowa and being reunited with our puppy child, we’ve both been feeling a little homesick for Scotland. These are my top 10 reasons why you should never miss an opportunity to travel to the U.K.

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Parisian Hot Chocolate Made My Dreams Come True

This is an “after the fact” post, but I feel like I’d be letting you all down if I didn’t share this absolutely phenomenal, totally delicious, delightful decadent experience with you. The truth is, it’s been five days since I last experienced the lusciousness that is Parisian hot chocolate and I still can’t stop thinking about it!

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Our Parents Came to Europe!

We were so pleased to have both of our sets of parents come to visit us in Europe over the past month! We went through a lot of countries and visited a lot of places. It turns out that writing blog posts while traveling is much easier said than done so I now have a lot to catch you guys up on! I’ve cataloged our trips in a photostory below.

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