I’m going to start this off by saying that in no way am I an expert hiker. In fact, I think it would be a bit of a stretch to call myself an athletic hiker. Having been born and raised at sea level, the second I start hitting an incline all bets are off and … More Top Five Hikes at Capitol Reef National Park
Amongst Americans, Heidelberg is probably one of the most well known cities in this region due to its beautiful architecture and famous university. Heidelberg Castle is, of course, difficult to miss and boasts the most incredible views over the town and the river Neckar. The castle was partially ruined by several fires, but it remains … More The Rhine-Neckar Shuffle- Heidelberg
Known as the “town with two castles”, Weinheim was my second stop in the Rhine-Neckar triangle. I’m a big fan of castles, so of course I had to check both of them out while I had the chance. Windeck Castle was mostly a ruin, but does have a brewery operating on its premises and seemed … More The Rhine-Neckar Shuffle- Weinheim
Listen, I get it- you’ve just spent all this money on a perfect vacation. You’re not going to cancel, so why should you pay extra for travel insurance? The reason, of course, is because you’ve just spent all this money on a perfect vacation. These days, its a little easier to talk yourself into travel … More Should I Bother with Travel Insurance?
Having previously decided that I was not good with heights and comfortable with that decision, I was surprised to find myself walking into an adventure tourism agency in Queenstown, New Zealand with the express intentions of booking a skydiving experience over the city. Here’s the thing- I’m pretty easily peer pressured- especially while on vacation. … More Skydiving Over Queenstown New Zealand
Iceland’s main airport is only about a six hours’ flight away from New York which makes it a nice easy escape from the hustle and of the city. On the flip side, once landed in Iceland, it’s still about an hour’s drive from the capital city of Reykjavik. Since the famous Blue Lagoon is located … More Exploring Iceland from Reykjavik
The bright blue sky and deep reds and oranges of this park were so inspiring to the National Geographic Society that they petitioned Kodak Film Corp to name this Utah park after the popular Kodachrome film of the time. Kodachrome Basin State Park is a small park located just past Bryce Canyon National Park, so … More The Photo-Friendly Kodachrome Basin State Park
The Badlands National Park is what I affectionately like to call a “flyover park”. It’s actually one of my favorite Midwestern parks but it gets constantly overlooked due to its location in relation to the more popular Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks! While it’s technically possible to do all three of these parks as … More What’s So Bad About Badlands National Park?
Anyone who has been on a roadtrip of the American Midwest has surely seen the billboards advertising free iced water at Wall Drug and after a few dozen signs, one can’t help but wonder- what’s that all about? Originally purchased in 1931, the Wall Drug Store made its claim to fame when the owner’s wife … More What the Heck is Wall Drug?
New Zealand tourism in no small part has been dramatically affected by the hugely popular Lord of the Rings films. Although the films were shot all over the country, one of the most popular sites for Tolkien Tourism remains the still-standing set of Hobbiton. Located in Matamata, New Zealand, the set is situated on the … More Visiting Hobbiton