Two Days in Edinburgh, Scotland

I write this post as I sit in a coffee shop overlooking a bustling medieval city street shadowed by the Edinburgh Castle. In an environment like this, it’s hard not to fall in love with this city and it takes everything within me not to shamelessly convince you pick up your life and move here. While I understand that not everyone can come live in the “best wee city in the world” I do encourage you to carve out at least two days of your trip to the U.K. to take in it’s charms. In this post I’ve outlined how to make the most of that time and see all of the “not to miss” places in town.

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The Best Time of Year to Visit Edinburgh, Scotland

An informed traveler wants to make the most of their holiday. A big part of that includes timing the visit during the best time of year for optimal tourism. If you’re reading this, you are probably trying to figure out when to visit the beautiful medieval city of Edinburgh. I’m here to answer that question!

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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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