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Chiang Mai

Chiang Mai

I first visited Chiang Mai in 2008 and it quickly became my favorite city in Thailand. It’s just the right size – big enough that you’re never bored but small enough where you can get around quickly and the traffic never becomes insufferable. It’s a city 

Valencia

Valencia

Valencia We really enjoyed Valencia. It was the perfect blend of a big enough city where there’s a ton of things to see and do but not so big that it felt overrun with tourists. Our Airbnb was great – probably the most organized host 

Rome & a Trip to Tivoli

Rome & a Trip to Tivoli

Rome was our last stop in Italy. To be honest neither of us had very high expectations for Rome. We’d both been before. It’s hot. It’s crowded and you’re always on high alert for pickpockets, bad restaurants, and tourist traps. But we came to meet friends 

The Towns of Tuscany (and Umbria!)

The Towns of Tuscany (and Umbria!)

After several weeks of non-stop sightseeing we decided to slow down a bit and catch our breaths.  We’d heard a lot of great things about Tuscany so we decided to book an “agriturismo” stay and stay put for a couple of days.  To be fair, 

Relaxing in Altea

Relaxing in Altea

After being on the road so many days, we decided we needed a quick breather and booked a nice seaside apartment near Altea. It was the perfect spot to relax and not do anything for a while and we’ve got the step count to prove 

Pitstop in Tarragona

Pitstop in Tarragona

Tarragona Circ Roma Tarragona is a quick 1.5 hour drive from Barcelona and was a real surprise for us. The main attraction here is the Circ Roma which is a Roman Circus (horse racing track) ruin. Think the Colosseum but a bit smaller and way 

Barcelona

Barcelona

Barcelona was our first stop in Spain and we came looking for Gaudi, Jamon and Tapas. We’re happy to report that we found found all the things we’re looking for. Here are the highlights and tips from our 5 day stay in Barcelona. Things to 

Chillin’ in Cinque Terre

Chillin’ in Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre is hands-down the most picturesque stop for us in Northern Italy.  This little group of villages has it all – beautiful beaches, amazing cliffs, strenuous hikes, and incredibly colorful houses.  While it’s possible to do Cinque Terre as a day trip, we highly 

Money Saving Tips

Money Saving Tips

Whenever we tell people that we’re traveling for a year, the subject of how expensive it must be invariably comes up.  Yes, traveling is expensive but it’s not nearly as expensive as people think it is if you have a budget and plan accordingly.  Obviously