• Romania

    8 Things to Know Before Visiting Romania

    Romania is an up-and-coming country for tourists, especially with Bucharest hitting many “must-visit” lists. Before heading there, here are 8 things to know before visiting Romania. 1. Romanian train travel is not like western Europe. If you consider yourself an “old pro” at train travel through Europe, but your experience has been mostly France/Italy/etc, manage your expectations. Trains through Romania are much older and slower than the trains in western Europe. The good news is that the trains are cheaper! In general, Romania is not as well-connected as western Europe with trains and train stations – they are further apart, and frequently a bit further from the city center. Consider…

  • Italy

    Books to Read While Visiting Venice

    Nothing is more fun for a bibliophile than reading a book that’s set in the location you’re currently visiting. Given that Venice is a magical place in its own right, it makes it even more magical to read books set there. If you’re preparing for a trip there, headed there, or just dreaming about it, here are perfect books to read while visiting Venice. Nonfiction Books to Read While Visiting Venice City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas Before Italy unified, it was a collection of city-states, with Venice as one of the most dominant. This is a great survey of history and how one, small, island city came…

  • Italy

    12 Things to Expect When Visiting Venice

    Venice is a dream trip – a collection of floating islands, all built with incredible architecture. Plus, it’s said that Venice is sinking, so many people have moved it up on their list of places to go. But what should you really expect when visiting Venice? 1. Expect Crowds on Crowds on Crowds It is hard to overstate how crowded Venice is. But Venice is filled with wall to wall people, all not quite sure where they’re going. Frequently, Venice is a day trip, so it can clear out quite a lot in the evenings. But during the day, expect there to be people everywhere. And in the areas like…

  • Italy

    Is the Venice Pass Worth It?

    The Venice Pass, or Venezia Unica card is marketed to tourists and visitors to Venice and includes museum and church admissions and, optionally, public transit. It’s a convenient way to budget for Venice, and it allows for easy entrance into the must-see attractions. It can look like a godsend when you’re on a budget trip to Italy. But is the Venice Pass worth it? Venice Pass Costs There are a number of different versions of the Venezia Unica card to purchase. In fact, on the Venezia Unica site you can buy everything from a Platinum Pass to WiFi access. It’s a myriad of options, and to simplify it, this post…

  • Jordan

    What to Know About Visiting the Dead Sea

    Floating in the Dead Sea is a bucket list item. The buoyancy of the water is unlike anything else on Earth, and the scenery surrounding it is just phenomenal. Before you head to the Dead Sea, make sure you’re prepared with these tips! 1. Remember the Dead Sea is the lowest point on land on the planet. Yes, this is a somewhat “duh” comment, but this can be incredibly relevant for anyone with sinus problems. I went to the Dead Sea straight after landing in Jordan (and had quite the sinus infection from India), and by the time we got there, I thought my sinuses were going to explode. If…

  • Egypt

    What to Wear on A Nile Cruise For Women

    When you’re going to Egypt for the first time, excitement takes hold – but deciding what to wear on a Nile Cruise can be incredibly difficult. A Nile Cruise is unlike a standard Caribbean, Mediterranean or Alaskan cruise. It has different standards, a different ship type, and generally different lengths. And they have a very different dress code. What to Wear in Egypt First and foremost, recognize that Egypt is a fairly conservative country. Uncovered women are generally very noticeable on the streets, no matter how conservative the dress. You are likely to be catcalled. One great aspect of a Nile Cruise is that you will spend most of your…

  • Egypt

    What to Expect On A Nile Cruise

    When you think of Egypt, it’s almost certain that right behind the Pyramids, you think of cruising down the Nile. There’s something incredible about cruising down the same waterway the Pharaohs once did, seeing the temples along the way. However, if you’re used to big-boat cruising (or not used to cruising at all), you may not know what to expect from a Nile Cruise. Nile Cruise Overview The vast majority of Nile Cruises go from Aswan to Luxor, or the reverse. Almost all of them are for 3 or 4 night itineraries (marketed as 4 or 5 days, respectively). The biggest thing to know is that the itinerary and sites…

  • Egypt

    Travel the Book: Death on the Nile by Agatha Christie

    Death on the Nile was one of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot detective books. As she’s a fabulous scene-setter and incredible author, it’s easy to want to visit the places described in the novel. Luckily, this is a book that’s easy to travel in the footsteps of the characters! Death on the Nile Overview Death on the Nile is set as two honeymooners decide to travel through Egypt. Linnet Ridgeway is newly married, gorgeous and appears to have everything. As a proper detective novel, there is in fact a death while on the Nile, and Hercule Poirot investigates the case. The book starts in Aswan, though it makes references to Cairo…

  • Italy

    Is the Naples Pass Worth It?

    The Campania Artecard – more commonly known as the “Naples Pass” allows for museum admissions and public transit in and around Naples, Italy. And of course, what everyone wants to know is – is the Campania Artecard worth it? (And as a side note: throughout this post, “Campania Artecard” and “Naples Pass” will be used interchangeably and refer to the same thing.) Naples has many attractions that are worth seeing, and there are numerous day trips from the city. You can easily spend a week exploring in and around Naples! The Campania Artecard Overview There are a variety of Campania Artecards available for purchase, but this post will focus on…

  • General Travel,  Tips and Tricks

    How To Plan A Round-the-World Trip

    There are no shortage of logistics when you’re planning any sort of trip, but when you’re thinking about how to plan a round-the-world trip, there are even more. So when it came to planning my four-month round-the-world trip, I knew I was in for some major planning. Here’s a recap of how I planned my round-the-world trip, with some lessons I learned from hindsight as well. Put The Big Rocks In First You know the story about putting the big rocks in first in life? It’s equally applicable when you’re planning a big trip. For me, the big rocks were the key things I wanted to do. Everything else could…