If you are constantly browsing the travel websites and dreaming of booking a trip to Europe, than get moving already because it’s time. With the Euro and the British pound at a pretty low rate so far this year, there is really no excuse. We are taking Miss Sarah to Germany this summer because of the 500th anniversary of the Luther Reformation. It is a heavily covered topic in her fall course: European History, Medieval to Renaissance and the bargains just made for the perfect timing. Check out some of the best places to visit!
You may not think of the capital of France as an affordable vacation spot, but with the lower airfares to Paris this year, it is now doable on a budget. Keep an eye on the exchange rate because with the abundance of cafes and restaurants, so once you land in the city of lights, you will find that the hotel rates are as well.
If history and medieval markets interest you, Krakow is a beautiful to explore. Flights here are down about 5% this year and hotels will cost you less than $100 a night. There are plenty of free admission renaissance halls and museums to visit, so pack your bags and leave some rooms for some traditional Polish wooden crafts.
It’s gelato time, so book your affordable flight to Rome as soon as possible. Flights are the lowest they have been in years and are averaging about $850 round-trip. Stay in the central district of the city so that you are close to all of the main attractions. With proper planning you can also find a super deal for around $70 a night on a stellar bed and breakfast. Oh, and don’t forget to visit the Gelateria dei Gracchi. It is gelato shop offering dozens of delectable flavors for only around $3 a cone.
Now here is city to see and for about $850 round-trip you can. And now that Berlin has kicked it up a notch, it has become a more popular place for the “sexy” crowd to party and enjoy a night out. So, if the club scene and new music is your thing, then Berlin is the place to be. Hotels are affordable as well averaging $125 a night.
Here in Porto, which is located in Northern Portugal, you will find an ultra clean and lovely city filled with two and three star hotels in the Old Town district. Not only are the hotels low-cost, but with the euro down you can also afford to dine in some of their finest restaurants. Known for harvesting and preparing locally grown products, you will have an amazing experience.
Now this will get you packing! Airfare has dropped over 10% in just the last year for tickets to Barcelona. So you can get to this tourist loved city for under $800 round trip and go around town eating and drinking for mere pennies.
Prague, Czech Republic.
One of the best kept secrets in Europe used to be the city of Prague, but it seems that now folks are starting to catch on. Prices to travel here are starting to increase just a little, but you can still stay here in a hotel for around $50 a night, but an Airbnb is your best bet at around $40 a night. Make sure you make it back to your room after indulging in some of the best draft beers in all of Europe right here in Prague. They only cost about $1-$2 a pint!
You don’t have to go to Paris to find romance and chocolate. Head to Brussels and Chocolate Town here and for less than $500 from all over the United States. If you are already touring Europe, take an affordable train trip from London and then stay in one of the many hotels or Airbnb’s here for less than $100.
If ever there was a time to visit the wonders of Athens, now is the time. With their economy in the tank right now, it’s your time to take a trip. Not only are flights a great deal, but hotels, restaurants, and everything else is not only affordable, but travel agents are building packages daily for the travelers.
Did you know that for only around $500 you can fly from the East Coast to Glasgow? That is just the kind of deal you should take advantage of to start your trip through this beautiful country. From here you can also take the train or Virgin Rail to Edinburgh and all the way to London, too. Many of the major hotel chains are here, such as Marriott, and they can go for as little as $90 a night. There is more to Glasgow than the whiskey too!
We love to play in New York City with Miss Sarah — it is so full of culture, history and amazing food! One thing we have learned from our travels is the simple fact that if you want something great to eat you just ask the locals. We were just wrapping up a tour of the Hudson and had a craving for some pizza. Three different people suggested we hit the local chain Artichoke and they were right!
The place itself, was kind of small and was jam packed with people waiting to take food out or grab one of the few seats and dine in. There were several slices ready to go but we opted for a sausage and mushroom pie. (Miss Sarah isn’t all that adventurous yet).
Just look at the size of the pie that came to our table!
We were blown away with the size of it and had half of it to take back to our hotel room. On a scale of 1 to 5, we would give it a 4. It was a little too soft in the crust so it was easiest to fold in half and eat like a New Yorker. The sauce was flavorful and it had the right amount of toppings and cheese for our tastes.
We learned that this pizza place opened in 2008 and the owners hail from three generations of Italian food preparation history. We didn’t try the Artichoke pizza that has made it famous, but will make an effort to try it next time we visit.
If you are heading to NYC, add a stop to one of the three different Artichoke locations and treat yourself.
Yea we all know camping is a huge thing in the summer, everyone loves it and it is a way to connect with nature. Have you ever thought of why you shouldn’t go camping, though? Probably not, well here are 5 reasons not to go camping this summer. Now some of you may agree and others may disagree and that is up to you. Camping isn’t for everyone and that is OK.
Hygiene is important and if you are really camping and not enjoying your RV then you don’t have the luxury of showering. Some may make the argument that you can bathe in the lake or river. No, just no, who in their right mind thinks it is sanitary to bathe in a body of water that most likely has tons of unspeakable litter and pollution in it and not only that but it isn’t good for the life in the water to be exposed to chemicals in your soap, you want to add to the pollution?
Everyone is Camping
Isn’t the point of camping to get away from everyone and everything? Yet all the campgrounds are going to be stuffed with people because it is summer. Not to mention because they will be stuffed with people there will most likely be no room left so you’ll spend several hours trying to find an open spot at a campground. You could go and rough it in a random part of the woods but then you are stuck with the possible dangers of wild animals. Doesn’t sound like fun to me.
This is by far the biggest reason you shouldn’t go camping this summer. Some campgrounds have bathrooms but if you didn’t pay a $40 entry fee then they are most likely HOLES IN THE GROUND in rooms that are covered with bugs and have no lights, so when you need to use the restroom at night you have to carry a flashlight with you and search the entire room just to be sure there are no bugs or snakes crawling around.
Bugs, they are everywhere, you can’t even escape them at home but going camping makes you a LOT more vulnerable to them. Think about it, you’re going to be out in the wilderness, basically THEIR home. The mosquitoes are going to be abundant and we all know mosquito spray doesn’t work as well as we’d like it to. Let’s not forget about spiders and wasps in which will invade your tents if you accidently forget to close it for two minutes.
(bonus reason!) Money and Time
It takes time to plan out a camping trip (if you want to do it right) and that in itself can be draining, then comes the time it takes to pack for the camping trip and that is completely stressful because you have to make sure several times you didn’t forget anything, especially the important things you can’t survive without. Then comes the money part, you’re going to need to spend money on food, supplies, extra gear you might not have and need, etc. by the end of it all you’ll be broke, it just isn’t worth it.
There are plenty of other things you can enjoy during the summer, camping is overrated and while it can be fun it can also be a nightmare and sometimes you shouldn’t take the chance to figure out which one it’s going to be for you. These are 5 reasons not to go camping this summer, stay at home, enjoy the AC and television. Do you know of any reasons you shouldn’t go camping this summer? Share in the comments!
Italy charms and delights its visitors. Each region has its own character and cuisine making deciding where to go on a visit very difficult. From the canals of Venice to the bustling streets of historical Rome, choosing an itinerary for Italy is very challenging.
Luckily, Italy has a great network of trains that help you get from one city center to the next in only a few hours. The trains are cost effective and comfortable and make exploring many regions in Italy in a limited time very easy to do.
Choosing where to go and how long to stay in each place for is difficult for the first time visitor. Use this itinerary for your first visit to Italy to get the most out of your time.
Fly into Rome.
With the largest airport in Italy, Rome is typically the cheapest place to fly into from countries in Europe and around the world. If flights are expensive, try flying into a neighboring European country and booking a cheap budget flight to get you to Italy.
You can easily spend a few days exploring the historical capital of Italy. Wander around the bustling city streets and explore sights like the Colosseum, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, and the Spanish Steps. Don’t forget to toss a coin and make a wish to channel Lizzie McGuire at the Trevi fountain.
While in Rome, spend a day exploring Vatican City, the world’s smallest country. Within the city you can take tours of the Vatican museum and St Peter’s Basilica which will save you hours in line. Explore the city’s intricate architecture and infamous art including Michelangelo’s famous, Sistine Chapel.
Between Rome and Florence lies Assisi. This UNESCO world heritage city is known for its medieval architecture and for being the birthplace of Saint Francis. Spend a day exploring the sights and wandering the streets.
Approximately 2.5 hours from Assisi, Florence is a great place to stop for a few days. This Renaissance city is located in the heart of Tuscany, one of the most beautiful regions in the world. Spend your days exploring the Duomo, Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, and vast art museums.
This is well known for its traffic so make sure to pencil in extra time to get anywhere. Don’t miss a day trip or two or three to the Tuscany wine region while you’re in Florence.
La Spezia is the perfect town to explore Cinque Terre by foot from. It also happens to be a quick 2.5 hour train ride from Florence, so get an early start and you can be exploring Cinque Terre by the afternoon. Cinque Terre or the Five Lands is comprised of the five villages of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso.
You can tackle the five coastal villages by train or by one of four walking paths. A train pass costs 12 euros and is the time friendly option. You can also do a combo of both if you’re up to exploring by foot for some of it but not all.
On to Milan
A slightly longer train ride pushing 4 hours, the trip to Milan is scenic. Milan is often skipped over for the more historic cities in Italy, but I urge you not to skip it. The Renaissance architecture and unique culture are worth a stop. The fashion capital of the world is home to cathedrals, art museums and plenty of surrounding places for day trips. Head out to visit the Italian Lakes or the Southern Alps after exploring Milan for an afternoon.
Another quick 2-2.5 hour train ride will take you to Venice. The sinking city is what you imagine when you think of Italy. The maze of buildings and canals make walking around the city enchanting. Spend your days exploring the museums, fresh markets and city piazzas. Break for aperol spritz’ and the freshest Adriatic seafood.
Ireland has so much to offer that we often forget that there is more to this beautiful country than Guinness beer and the band U2. Here are just a few of the areas that are a must see when driving Ireland from Coast to Coast.
The Giant Causeway. This ancient, yet dramatic attraction is visited by so many and it’s wonder because it is a natural wonder created by Mother Nature. It is just a one day trip straight from Belfast and it has over 30,000 rock formations to walk, hike, and explore.
Aran Islands. These beautiful islands offer a true Irish experience where most of the locals still speak the Gaelic language. There are many beaches and the amazing coast is gorgeous and lined with cliffs that make a great backdrop for photos. But, here you will leave your car behind because the roads are for walking and hiking. Pick up an original Aran sweater here too.
Cooley Peninsula. Here you will find the Mourne Mountains and and stunning view from the most northeastern tip of Ireland. This is a mainly a tourist-free locale where you walk the coastline and find some of the most beautiful scenery that Ireland has to offer.
Dublin. Of course you can not miss the bustling city of Dublin. Hit Grafton Street for some shopping and then Guinness Storehouse for a few pints. The music and pubs throughout the downtown will give you a true “taste” of an authentic Irish experience.
Dublin. A trip to Ireland is not complete until you spend some time in this vibrant city. The Temple street district is where you will find the most action.
Galway. On the western side of the country you will find a more cultural side of Ireland.
Who knew that this little city is known to be one of the sexiest in the world. Visit the medieval Cathedral that is adorned with beautiful archways, and if you take a short drive you will find yourself in Connemara National Park. Here there are incredible mountains to hike, vast marshes, and amazing picturesque views.
Clifden. Stay in the western part of Ireland and drive to this small town that is proud to have under 2000 residents. The astonishing Clifden Castle is a must see, but the natural scenery of Connemara National Park here as well will take your breath away.
Cork. Here you will discover a super rich history in the 2nd largest city. Cork is also a main shipping port and has one of the biggest international airports in Ireland. Such a wonderful culture here even though the population is over 100,000.
Kilkenny. This medieval city is the site of a gorgeous castle that is the center view on the River Noir. After visiting Dublin and Cork, you have to drive to this city that is so full of history dating back to the 13th century. Great restaurants and pubs too!
There are more reasons than we can count to visit Paris, France. Between the elaborate cuisine, astonishing architecture, and extensive history of this City of Lights, Paris is filled with beautiful places to see.
The Eiffel Tower. Let’s start with the obvious and recognize this monumental structure that stands over 900 feet high and gets visits from millions each year.
The Catacombs of Paris. Dating back to the eighteenth, these haunting catacombs are beautiful in their own way because of their mystery of their time. If it’s a little bit of the dark side of this city, then put this on your list.
Notre Dame Cathedral. So many sculptures and stained glass windows decorate this infamous cathedral that is a must visit and one of the most beautiful places in Paris. It is known as one of the French Gothic structures in the world.
Sacre Coeur. Or “Sacred Heart” which sits high above Paris and is a sight to see with it’s white domes that decorate the outside of this amazing church. Inside you will find glittering red and gold mosaics depicting Jesus and other beautiful works that feature St. Michael the Archangel.
Luxembourg Gardens. Here you will find over 50 acres of landscaped gardens to explore and relax in when you just need a break from the busy city. The kids will love it too, so pack a picnic and enjoy the serene atmosphere right in the heart of Paris.
Arc de Triumph. This ornate 164-foot at the Champs des Elysees is every sight seer’s dream place to visit. When in Paris, put this on your list just to see it’s gorgeous sculptures that are set inside the archways. If you visit in the evening, you can also see the Unknown Soldier’s flame lit and capture some beautiful photos.
Chateau de Versailles. You can venture about 30 minutes outside the city and walk the grounds of the Chateau and see where the Treaty of Versailles was signed that put an end to WWI. It’s a tourist hotspot, so try to arrive early and dress comfortably so that you can spend the day and see everything from the inside out. The Versailles is truly a one of the most beautiful places in all of Paris.
Centre Pompidou. In the center of the city you will find a mecca of modern and contemporary art. Tons of museums with gorgeous artwork abound this area, so if you are not really a fan then this may not be the locale for you. Check out the unusual restaurants and shops while you are here as well.
Museum of Modern Art. When you think of French culture, think about this fabulous place. The collections here will astound even the amatuer art lover.
Le Promenade Plante. This long, lush, and floral covered walkway that was once a railroad track offers gorgeous views above the city. You can still get a glimpse of the hustle and bustle of it all, but keep a peaceful state of mind.
Sainte Chapelle. Noted as one of Paris’s top ten must places to visit, this 13th century church has a beautiful stained glass windows and an elaborately decorated ceiling that is worthy seeing if you can.
Pont Neuf. A bridge is not usually known as a beautiful spot to visit, however, Pont Neuf is the oldest bridge in the city of Paris so you must. And it’s not the bridge itself that is so easy on the eye, it’s all the amazing photos you will be able to take from this super spot.
Traveling with your pet may seem like a challenge, but it doesn’t need to be! There are a number of things you can do to prepare for a smooth trip.
Here are 3 tips for traveling with your pets:
- Make sure your pet’s vaccinations are all up to date. It’s ideal to visit the veterinarian prior to your trip to get any vaccines and/or records to prove that your pet is fully vaccinated. While it might not be an issue, some states do require you to have proof of rabies vaccines.
- Prepare a travel kit for your pet. You’ll want to bring pet food, bottled water, pet food and water bowls, a leash, treats, a waste scoop and plastic bag or a litter box and kitty litter, and any medications that your pet needs.
- Book ahead of time if you’re staying at a hotel. Pet-friendly hotels can be difficult to find and, as a result, they may book earlier than regular hotels. You’ll want to book a hotel that will allow you to bring your pet ASAP. Petswelcome.com is just one of the many search engines that can help you find a place to stay.
These are just 3 tips for traveling with your pets! Although traveling with a dog or cat in tow can seem like a challenge, your trip can be a lot easier with the right preparations in place.
This is our Ultimate Guide To Disney World Tips perfect for you to start planning your next family vacation! This list includes not just tips for Walt Disney World, but Disneyland and even some fun Disney themed party tips! Truly the ultimate guide to all things Disney for you to celebrate your Disney Side!
The Ultimate Guide To Disney World Tips
Whether you are planning a vacation, weekend getaway, or live near a park and want some tips for your regular visits, this is a great place to begin. We’ve gathered together all of our favorite tips, and the best recipes to share with you. These will help you save money, time, and ultimately enjoy your Disneyland or Walt Disney World experience even more!
Disney Vacation Hacks
Why You Should Invest In Disney’s Memory Maker: Not sure if the added expense is worth it? This will show you just what you get when you buy the Disney Memory Maker package! Definitely an up sale on your annual pass or ticket prices, but we explain why it is worth your money.
10 Disney Hacks Everyone Needs To Know: Looking for a few tips on how to make your next Disney trip even better? This list of our favorite 10 hacks that are ideal for making your budget and your vacation even better than you could have ever imagined!
Your Guide To Star Wars At Hollywood Studios: Star Wars has truly invaded all of the Disney parks. If you’ve visited Disneyland, you know the changes are expanding, but this is a guide for those headed to Florida and Hollywood Studios. Just a nice little addition to your upcoming Disney World visit.
Reasons To Get A Disney MagicBand: MagicBands are only available at Walt Disney World, but they are an amazing addition to your visit that will help make things easier. Don’t miss our top reasons for grabbing this when you book!
5 Things Every Guest Must Do At Epcot: Epcot is a once in a lifetime experience, and this list is the perfect place to begin when you start planning your visit.
5 Things Every Disney First Timer Needs To Know: Whether you are heading to Disneyland or Walt Disney World, this list is a great place to begin for your first visit. The Magic Kingdom and the Happiest Place On Earth are amazing and magical places you will enjoy like no other vacation destination!
5 Must Try Disney Foods: This list for Disney World is a perfect way to enjoy the culinary part of the parks. You don’t want to miss testing out these great Disney foods. In fact, this is one of my favorite posts that share Disney World Tips you need!
5 Apps You Need When You Visit Disney World: Navigating the park is one thing, but these apps also help you with tons of other things in the park. Definitely, check out these apps to make your Walt Disney World experience even better!
What To Pack In Your Disney Park Bag: You don’t want to miss these Disney World tips for what to pack in your park bag. This is the ultimate list to keep you on track when visiting either park!
Disneyland Attraction Bucket List: If you are headed to Disneyland, this list is a great place to begin when planning what you want to see! This list has all of our favorite things to see in the Anaheim park!
7 Frugal Things To Do Near Disneyland: If you have extra time outside the park, check out these fun things to do near Disneyland in the Anaheim region. You’ll love having something outside the park to do to save your budget!
Ways To Save Money On Disneyland Accommodations: Looking for a great place to stay near Disneyland? This is the post to give you all the best tips!
Disneyland Food Bucket List: Disneyland has amazing foodie destinations, and you’ll need this food bucket list on hand to make sure you get a chance to eat all of the best things on your visit!
5 Ways To Save Money At Disney and Disneyland Hacks That Save You Money: We always want to share the best budget tips with you guys, and this is definitely a place to begin. Don’t miss out on our 5 Ways To Save Money At Disney as a means to keep your vacation budget low!
5 Underrated Disney Experiences: Think you may be missing out on that best experience that only locals know about? This is the place to find it!
Disney Themed Recipes
Since we love Disney, we thought we’d also share some great Disney themed recipes with you. These are ideal for your next Disney party, or just because you want to enjoy a little bit of Disney in an otherwise dreary week!
These printables are just what you need to keep your kids occupied! Whether you grab the travel journal for your upcoming trip, or you print out the activity sheets to enjoy when they watch the movies, these are tons of fun to have on hand and totally free!
Disney Movie Reviews
We are starting to add reviews of the latest Disney movies to our site, so check back for more in the future!
These Disney World tips are just what you need to get started when you are heading to a vacation at Walt Disney World, or even Disneyland. Check back often as we add to our list of ultimate Disney tips you need for your next vacation!
I don’t mean to be cheesy, but when it comes to having a blast with the younger generation, the Dairy State definitely has it covered! Entertaining your kids can be difficult and expensive, so check out these free or cheap activities for kids in Wisconsin!
Ride the Sweet Train
Visit the factory of America’s favorite jelly beans, Jelly Belly! Take a 25-30 minute tour on the Jelly Belly Express train. You’ll see large screen video monitors that showcase the candy making process for candy corn, gummies, and, of course, jelly beans. After the tour, enjoy the sample bar where you can try some of your all-time favorites (hello buttered popcorn!) or some new recipes on the Jelly Belly menu. Feeling brave? Try the Bamboozled flavors. They look like ordinary delicious Jelly Belly beans, but you may sample a flavor like “baby wipes”, “moldy cheese”, or “stinky socks”! If you’re feeling less adventurous, delicious fudge samples are also available. The tour is free for all ages, but you might want to bring a little bit of pocket money to take home a bag or box of jelly beans or other sweets from the store. Your kids will love this sweet, free tour!
Explore Life Under the Big Top
See a live circus with entertainers like jugglers and aerialists and animals like gargantuan elephants! Circus World is the place for affordable fun throughout the year. Different events take place in different seasons, so check the website for opening dates and activities. Summer brings Bengal-Siberian tigers, and the Kids’ World Circus gives the little ones a chance to perform for themselves. There’s something to do for every youngster or young-at-heart visitor. At a fraction of the cost of a touring circus, prices are very affordable for children and adults and vary depending on the season. Children under 5 are free. Season passes are just $30.00 for adults and $15.00 for children. Check out the adventure under the big top with your little ones!
Discover Some Dinos
Time travel to 65 million years ago and check out the fossils of dinosaurs while you learn about our friends from the Mesozoic era at the Dinosaur Discovery Museum. Dinosaur skeletons are casts of actual fossil bones, so your kids can see what an Allosaurus looked like while it roamed the earth! The best part is admission is absolutely free and part of Kenosha’s public museum system, which also includes the Civil War Museum, and Kenosha’s Public Museum (of natural sciences and fine arts). There’s so much to see in all these great museums, you may want to make a two (or even three) day trip out of it!
Stop and Smell the Flowers
Visit the Mitchell Park Domes, a horticultural conservatory inside the world’s only conoidal glass houses. The Desert Dome, Tropical Dome, and Show Dome (with floral displays) all showcase elaborate displays of thousands of plant species. Milwaukee County residents get free admission on Mondays from 9 a.m.-noon. The price is affordable for visitors, just $7 for adults and $5 for children and students. (Children 5 and under are free). Experience beautiful plant life and other rotating exhibits including train shows and Farmer’s Markets at the Domes.
When you’re looking for something fun and affordable to do with kids in Wisconsin, look no further. The state has so much for kids of all ages. Even the adults will have fun with these free or cheap activities for kids in Wisconsin!