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Packing for Dummies: 3 Simple Steps

If you have no idea how people travel with only a carry-on, then Packing for Dummies was written for you. Now, don’t get me wrong, I don’t think you’re dumb. You’re good at lots of things! Just not packing light. First of all, you have too much stuff. Ask yourself […]

JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort

Flanked by enormous golden Ridgeback dogs, the entrance of the JW Marriott Phu Quoc Emerald Bay Resort & Spa will make you feel as though you’ve entered a magical place… and you have. This 5-star resort is truly spectacular. Built upon the concept of a mythical university, the “campus” is […]

DoubleTree Hilton Sighişoara – Cavaler

If you keep your expectations of the DoubleTree by Hilton Sighişoara low, you won’t be disappointed. No wine glasses, no bottle opener, a tub that didn’t drain, a morning with no hot water, no seating in the room aside from one desk chair – if you’ve read our Sarajevo post, […]

Credit Card Points: Your Ticket to Free Travel

We travel… a lot. We’re on the road approximately 4-5 months per year. How can we afford it – especially on two teachers’ salaries? We have lots of tips and strategies, but one is airline and hotel points earned with credit card spending. To give you an example of how […]

Imperial Hilton room 250

Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik Hotel Review

The Hilton Imperial Dubrovnik property in Croatia is stunning. Although the front desk area gets easily crowded and noisy, the moment you climb a few steps and see the spacious, open, beautifully decorated bar area with an incredible view of the fort running all along the front side of the […]

Mount Tâmpa, Braşov: Hike to Breathtaking Views

After three days spent mostly indoors, we were anxious to get a feel for Braşov, Romania. I’d been gazing longingly at Mount Tâmpa from our balcony. Our train for Sighișoara was scheduled to leave at 3:08. With the sun shining and only a 40% chance of rain, we decided to […]

Sarajevo Coppersmith Kenan Hidić

Sarajevo Coppersmith Transforms Objects of Pain and Suffering into Art We take war objects and transform them into something positive: a pen, a vase for a flower… ~ Kenan Hidić Two Minimalists Walk into a Coppersmith Shop… I’d like to say we happened upon Kenan’s shop in Baščaršija, Sarajevo’s Old […]

View of Pigeon Square, Sarajevo and beyond

Voices of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Sarajevo to Srebrenica Our journey begins and ends in Sarajevo. The voices I share are those of Sarajevans. You must come here to see. It is not something you can imagine. You must see it for yourself. You are welcome here. ~ Almir Ahmetagic, Sarajevo Funky Tours Bosnia is a […]

Stari Most night view from Legaro

Mostar: Eating and Drinking in the Old Town

Mostar, located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has no shortage of places to eat in the Old Town. There’s also no shortage of travel blogs and TripAdvisor reviews giving their two cents on restaurants. We’ve all been led astray by glowing reviews and left the table feeling disappointed. If there is […]

Kotor, Montenegro: Old Town with Natural Beauty

What?! Why haven’t I heard more about Kotor? I think of myself as fairly informed about jaw-dropping destinations. Travel is something I’ve been obsessed with for more than 20 years, and not only do we travel about five months per year, but I spend hours every day reading about amazing […]