Europe

You Definitely Don’t Want to Use the @Icelandair Stopover Program

I hate to dwell on the negatives of such an incredible trip to Europe, but I thought I’d offer an update about my experiences with Icelandair. In short, it would be a mistake to choose Icelandair as your means of travel to Europe and a huge mistake to use their Stopover program unless you want to risk throwing away a lot of money on travel you won’t get to experience...

Photos from Venice, June 2018

Venice was hot, humid, and crowded, but absolutely worth a long day trip from Ljubljana to see and experience. I may have paid $8 for a Coke Zero in a decent Italian restaurant and nearly been trampled in the narrow streets of the city a time or two, but once you look past the huge tourist industry in the city, it’s still a beautiful, unique place to experience...

Never Risk Your Trip on @Icelandair

Never book a trip on Icelandair. And my apologies to all the people I’ve told they should use the carrier. Never book a trip on Icelandair. That’s the only advice I can give fellow travelers after my last two experiences with the airline. Those of you who follow this blog might remember the challenge of my last flight on the carrier this spring when without notice...

The Heartache of Travel and the Chest Pain of Home

There’s always a sense of heartache when you leave a place you’ve traveled to and loved. It comes with the knowledge that the odds are you’ll never return and the memories will slowly fade over time. Like most heartache, though, it’s more a feeling that is more beautiful than painful, because it comes with the knowledge that, though temporary, you’ve experienced...

Love at Second Sight in Sarajevo

When I got off of the bus after my six-hour trip from Dubrovnik to Sarajevo, I have to admit that my first thought was something like “I’ve made a terrible mistake.” The bus station was even worse than most, dirty and abandoned, other than the groups of young men lurking outside the station who didn’t exactly fill me with confidence as I wandered out with my...

Vacation on Vacation in Croatia

There’s probably no more obnoxious a phrase than “I need a vacation from my vacation,” but there are moments when I understand the sentiment. When I travel, I am usually close to consumed with the thought that I will likely not see a place again and sometimes find myself rushing to see as many things and have as many experiences as I can in a place that I will see...