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…

Ithaca, New York Top Things to Do

As a general rule, I never like to visit the same place twice. After all, how could I retrace my steps when there are so many exciting new destinations I have yet to explore? However, Ithaca is a place that captured my heart enough for me to visit twice in less than a two-year period….

How Travelers Can Prevent Mugging & Pickpocketing

Let me start off this blog post by saying that no one deserves to be robbed while traveling (or in general). It happened to me once; I was in Burlington Vermont and someone did a smash-and-grab by throwing a rock through the rental car window. As a result of the broken glass shattered across the…

Toronto Weekend Things to Do

Toronto has never been high on my list of must-see travel destinations, and my neutrality for it was a sentiment echoed by plenty. Christopher Hitchens said “Say ‘Toronto’ or ‘Ontario,’ and the immediate thought associations are with a somewhat blander version of North America.” Mike Myers said “Toronto’s a city that doesn’t even have a…

Niagara Falls Ontario Things to Do & Traps to Avoid

Niagara Falls is a sight to behold. When viewing the mountains of water plummeting downward, you won’t think to yourself “wow, this is overrated.” The falls live up to the hype. However, when visiting Niagara visitors will deal with a blue-collar town that is built solely around this natural wonder and, for no fault of…

Savannah Georgia Weekend Getaway Ideas

I’m someone who usually plans itineraries down to the hour.  However, I painted my plans in broad strokes when it came to Savannah, Georgia. I had been here once before, and I knew it to be an experience similar to tubing on the river; it was best just to relax, lay back, and let the…