Two weeks ago, Matt and I headed south to Florida for a weekend getaway in St. Augustine. One of our friends was getting married there, so we figured it would be a good mini babymoon. I’ve been coming to St. Augustine for school trips or with my family since I was a kid, but hadn’t been back in three or four years. The beaches are beautiful, the downtown is cute and there are lots of things to do. We decided to stay at the adorable and cozy At Journey’s End Bed & Breakfast. If you’ve never tried out a bed and breakfast, I highly recommend giving one a try. There’s something about staying in a cute old home and having an incredible breakfast prepared for you in the morning. I’m a big fan! Also, my favorite part of this weekend getaway was that we got to see my parents and brother for the afternoon on one of the days we were in St. Augustine. Living away from family is hard sometimes, so these times we get to see each other are all the more special.
If you missed our Iceland video and big family announcement, it’s posted here! This post is all about Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital and only actual city. It’s quaint, charming and wonderfully friendly. When we were there, it was freezing (as you can see from photos), but so worth the visit and we’d happily go back again. Here are a few of my recommendations on places to stay, things to do and restaurants. Continue reading
Over spring break, Matt and I had our first WOW Air experience and ventured back to Europe! We went to Dublin, Ireland and Reykjavik, Iceland. We absolutely adored both. I thought I’d start by sharing photos from our time in Dublin and we’ll definitely be posting a video in a few weeks, as well. Here are a few tips about where we stayed, places to eat and other recommendations. Hope enjoy our tips and our first batch of photos! Stay tuned for more photos about our time in Galway City and visiting the Cliffs of Moher.
Where we stayed: We stayed at the Brooks Hotel, Dublin for three days. I would highly recommend this one, because it’s an amazing location and close to everything you want to do in Dublin. The staff were all super helpful, rooms were big especially by European standards and they even let us borrow an umbrella. (For reals, bring rain gear to Ireland haha). I’ve mentioned this before, but we are huge believers in travel as one of the best ways to spend our money and we also love the Chase credit card points system. We fund a lot of trips this way!
For the second half of our Northwest anniversary/birthday trip, Matt and I took a train to Vancouver, BC (check out the first half of our trip here). Oh, man. This place was incredible. I’ve heard Vancouver is just amazing, but sometimes, places don’t live up to all the hype. Well, I’d say Vancouver is the exception. It was every bit as beautiful and breathtaking as people say.
Enjoy a few notes on our favorite things to do while in Vancouver and recommendations for places to stay or eat. Also, we made a little video and included a few photos of our time exploring Vancouver and the island of Victoria. Hope you enjoy!
Here’s our video, press play
Because our anniversary and birthdays are so close together, we decided a while back that our gifts to each other would be in the form of trips. I’m a huge proponent of traveling, especially with your significant other for so many reasons. Besides the way it bonds you through experiencing new things together, traveling also provides a way for you to continue shaping your world view and view of yourself. Check out my past blog posts about our favorite way to pack (in backpacks) and how we plan trips.
For this trip, we decide we wanted to go somewhere completely different than where we’ve previously been. And I think we picked the perfect place. We settled on a trip to Seattle and then taking the train to Vancouver for a few days. April is just one of the best times to travel because it’s part of the shoulder season (cheaper and less busy), plus this part of North America was just bursting with spring. To say we loved our time in the Northwest would be an understatement. We may or may not have come home from our trip dreaming about moving there one day. 😉
Here’s our video, press play
Okay, so I know “the suburbs” can get a really bad rep, mainly because a lot of college kids or young twenties get really freaked out by the idea of everything that suburbia entails. But, let me say, the suburbs of Atlanta are the place to be (or at least in my humble opinion). Honestly, as much as I’m a city girl, I love the suburbs of Atlanta more than the downtown city part of Atlanta. There are still tons of growing companies, awesome restaurants, things to do, shows to see, outdoor space and maybe a little less traffic (but, lets be real, Atlanta will stop having traffic problems when pigs fly). So, if you’re coming to the Atlanta area, maybe consider a visit to the suburbs! For this post, I’ll be talking about my favorite places in the Alpharetta, Roswell, Johns Creek areas, as well as day trips further north. I hope you enjoy!
Big Creek Greenway: This is a big green-way with walking trails and bike trails that spans over Roswell, Alpharetta and Forsyth County, GA. It’s an incredible space to go and just enjoy the great outdoors with family or friends.
I’m becoming more and more proud to call the Atlanta area my new home. Okay, so the city gets a bad rep at times (traffic…), but it’s such a great place for young professionals and growing families. So much is being done to help the city grow and improve. There are incredible restaurants, unique museums, cool shows, a city feel, a quiet suburban feel, a variety of housing options, outdoor space, shopping and more. I love the city part of Atlanta, the suburbs of Atlanta and the easy day trips to the mountains. Since we’re still learning all about our new city, I thought I’d take some time to compile a list of our favorite activities for anyone traveling to the Atlanta area and wanting to do some touristy Atlanta things. There’s a lot to do, so I narrowed down the ones I thought were really worth it. My list quickly became way too large to put in one post (thanks to the massiveness of this area), so I’ll be sharing my Atlanta City Guide today. I’ll be posting my Suburban Atlanta Guide soon. Enjoy!
I am so super excited to finally be sharing the last of the Italy City Guides from our honeymoon earlier this year. If you missed my first few guides, check them out now! Positano was probably our favorite of all the Italian places we visited. Everything about this place was magical. They have history, rich colors, delicious food and just about everything you need to enjoy your vacation. Take a look for yourself…
This was our first view of Positano as we rounded a corner. I think we both thought we were in a dream for a second. And then we realized this would be our home away from home for a few days. Continue reading
I’d say Rome is just about everything I imagined it to be. It’s magical, whimsical and colorful. To say it has history would be an understatement. It easily made its way to my favorite city list and I’d happily make a return trip anytime. My biggest piece of advice when visiting this city would just be to follow that old saying, “when in Rome!” and do everything you can do. Here are a few helpful tips, recommendations and things we especially loved about Rome! If you’d like to check out our other Italian City Guides, here’s one about Venice and one about Florence & Tuscany. Also, see how we packed for our Italy adventure in backpacks! Happy travels, friends.