As I sat atop a rocky outcrop overlooking the vast Kenyan Serengeti, I looked down to realize there were black tiny spots all over my jeans. A closer look revealed…pepper ticks. EEEEKK! Thank goodness for the duct-tape I had around my water bottle for emergencies. A little duct-tape over the jeans and good-bye pepper ticks! In addition to clothes, shoes and toiletries there’s a lot more that goes into packing for a developing country. Being…

I’ve always considered myself a very independent person, but sometimes my stress gets the best of me. From time to time, we all need to be pushed to our limits. Here’s the thing: sometimes stressful situations arise that we aren’t quite prepared for, especially when you are traveling.  So how do you handle that? Here’s a hint – I didn’t do so well… A couple of months ago, I had a flight from DC to Barcelona with…

Let’s be honest, I survive international flights. I definitely don’t thrive in any sense of the word. Travel days can be hard. A curated carry-on list will make your trip exponentially more comfortable. This is my complete list of carry-on MUST-HAVES for international trips. You are welcome! In my Wallet Passport and Drivers license (if you are driving internationally) 1-2 travel credit cards (Chase Sapphire Reserve and Chase Ink) and 1 debit card (Charles Schwab)…

Like many visitors to Sintra, we came for the photographs and other-worldly castles that sit atop a mountain overlooking the sea. Despite three days of relentless fog and rain threatening to drown us, we fell head over heels with this adorable Portuguese village. As the moorish and pastel colored castles rose out of the fog before us, we were HOOKED. Most people hope to cram Sintra into a day trip. Even with three days to…

If you are traveling overseas from the United States and are looking to exchange dollars for Euros or Pounds (a stronger currency), the last thing you want to do is incur additional fees on top of your investment in your trip.  We have a few tips to keep you from collecting ANY additional fees on your purchases while abroad. You’ll need cash on hand for tips, restaurants that don’t accept credit cards and street vendors. Bank…

I certainly don’t need much encouragement in my habits of Wanderlust and addiction to adventure. But once in awhile, when I’m not traveling, I like to let my mind do the wandering. We’ve curated a list of our favorite movies that will take you to the streets of Paris after midnight, a wedding in India, a volcano in Iceland, the shores of Italy and beyond. Enjoy! The Secret Life of Walter Mitty  Seven Years in…

The purest way I can define life is that it is a beautiful, long and daring struggle. A constant series of problems to be solved with some pretty amazing bits sprinkled in. 2016 was the best and quite possibly the worst year of my entire life. I can recall sitting in my hotel room in Florence, on my honeymoon, trying so desperately to figure out how I could possibly be sad in that moment. And…

The hardest aspect of planning and executing a relatively short trip (5-7 days) abroad is making sure you have enough time to see everything. While that’s a whole other topic, jet lag can certainly put a damper on your plans during the first 2-3 days and even longer depending on the time difference.  So how do you avoid the 3-4 pm drag that sets in while you’re shuffling your way from the Louvre to Notre Dame? There…

If you’ve ever wanted to hit the gas on adventure and splurge on a dream trip to Europe, Asia, South Africa, wherever, now is the time to do it! Currency rates have never been better and the low cost carriers like Norwegian Air are driving down flight prices on all the major carriers. On top of that, there’s a bunch of great credit card promos going on and amazing award travel to be had from…