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Chennai

Chennai

Chennai isn’t known as a tourist destination. Rather it’s a place people use as a launching pad to explore the south of India. However we think spending at least a day here is worth it as an introduction to Tamil-Nadu. The city is quite sprawling…

Pondicherry + Auroville

Pondicherry + Auroville

When we decided to expand our India trip, many who heard we were visiting Tamil Nadu recommended a stop in Pondy, as the locals like to call it.  Although it is officially named Puducherry, no one ever calls it that. Pondy is the perfect place…

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…

What’s in our Wallet?

What’s in our Wallet?

>PRO TIP< One thing we learned on the road is to definitely have more than one credit card! Our CSR Visa card was compromised (we think in India) and used to buy 500 pairs of Nikes in Philadelphia. Thankfully we still have one more Visa…

Awfully Cool Amsterdam

Awfully Cool Amsterdam

Amsterdam’s reputation precedes it.  It’s a beautiful city and incredibly vibrant, but because we visited during poor weather (scorching hot) and peak tourist season (a summer weekend), we didn’t enjoy it to its fullest. Amsterdam’s metro ticket machines are a bit antiquated, so try to be…

Nice is Nice (and so is Monaco)

Nice is Nice (and so is Monaco)

So Nice was very crowded in the summer, and quite touristy, but it was still a very fun city to walk around and explore.  If you want something a bit quieter, we suggest Antibes (see below).  We avoided towns like Cannes since we were trying…

Côte d’Azur sounds so much sexier than Southern France

Côte d’Azur sounds so much sexier than Southern France

Heck, even the French Riviera and South of France has a nice ring to it.  We should really learn from the French on how to name things.  Also, technically this region is “Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur”, of which we saw a lot of.  So below are the…

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…

Sintra Stole Our Hearts – The Day Trip You Must Take

Sintra Stole Our Hearts – The Day Trip You Must Take

View this post on Instagram "Do you ever see in your dreams, all the castles in the sky?" -@ianvandahldj A post shared by Y+L travelers (@ourthirdyear) on Aug 17, 2018 at 3:20am PDT A day trip to Sintra is a MUST do from Lisbon.  Admittedly,…

Perfectly Porto

Perfectly Porto

  After many weeks on the road stopping a few days in each location, we wanted to find a place to stay put for a bit, take it slow and recharge. Y had heard great things about Porto so we decided to go. Even though…