Pros and Cons of Taking a Cruise

Admittedly, I am a bit of a travel snob. I don’t take pride in the price tag of my adventures, but rather whether they veer off the beaten path and away from the artificial comforts of resorts  and overly cushy bus tours. Therefore, no one was more surprised than myself when I agreed to go…

The Blue Ridge Mountains 3 Day Itinerary Ideas

When it came to planning out our trip through the Blue Ridge Mountains, the challenge was how to balance the desire for diverse views with the want to limit driving. After much research and experimenting with different options,  my three day itinerary achieved this goal. The one barrier which I did not anticipate was our…

Asheville, NC: 2 Day Itinerary

When I choose a travel destination, one thing I value is diversity of sites and activities. In my experience, nowhere blends artistic flair, history, and mountainous splendor quite like Asheville, North Carolina. This tiny city is nestled amongst the Blue Ridge Mountains, and attracts liberal-thinking artists of a world-class caliber. What’s more, those seeking refinement…

Dr. King’s Farm in Asheville, NC: Review

For a city that could arguably be described as “tiny,” Asheville is wildly diverse. Case in point, Dr. King’s Farm and Carolina Bison. This is a place in which visitors can interact with bison, camels, watusi, and more. I’ll admit, when I first did my research for the farm, I was discouraged by the lack…

Moog Factory Free Tour Review – Asheville, NC

When I plan my trips, I make sure to include attractions that will speak directly to my boyfriend’s many interests. In the case of Asheville, this was the Moog Factory. Upon first visiting the store, I found the small space fun, but I wanted to leave after five minutes. However, the free tour we took…

Sintra, Portugal: Prepare to be Wowed

It’s no exaggeration to say that Sintra feels straight out of a fairy tale. The lush nature and whimsically-tinged historic structures dance together for a truly perfect experience. What’s more, located along the train-line between Lisbon and Sintra is the gorgeous Quelez Palace, an attraction that deserves two to three hours of your time. While…

Evora, Portugal Review – There are Better Destinations to Visit

When planning my Portuguese adventure, there were some destinations that I bucketed under “must-see” while others were more optional. Towards the top of my list for places I simply could not skip was Evora. However, my day trip there left me disappointed. What is Evora Evora is a small city located in the south-eastern part…

Lagos, Portugal: What to Do in this Algarve Gem

Everyone that visited Portugal recommended I visit the southern coastal region of the country called the Algarve. Not a major beach-goer myself, I was hesitant to act upon this piece of advice. However, the consistent stream of recommendations became too much to ignore, and I decided to make the trip. If you look at my…

Quelez Palace, Portugal – A Hidden Gem Outside Lisbon

When I think about to my favorite parts of Portugal, I reminisce about the Alfama neighborhood of Lisbon, the beauty of Sintra, the gorgeous rock formations of Lagos, and the royal refinement of Quelez Palace. This last destination was the greatest surprise of them all, especially considering that I almost considered not seeing it at…

Guimarães Portugal – Both Enchanting & Relaxing

In my book, if traveling is done right, it should be exhausting. While you don’t want to push yourself to the brink of hallucinating, chasing the unknown should always take priority over laying in the sun while leafing through a magazine. After all, from now, sleeping on the beach isn’t the kind of memory you…