Switzerland's Best Kept Secret

Travel can take you to places that relax you, places that inspire you, places that provide adventure and wanderlust, places that challenge and stretch you, and places that transport you to another time in history. It is rare, though we search endlessly, to find places where all of these come together. Where you can simply sit down and marvel at your surroundings, for hours, or days, on end, never tiring of where you are, and the majesty all around you. Gimmelwald is one of those places.

Read More
Perfect Day in the Perfect Alpine Town: Gimmelwald

Gimmelwald is Switzerland’s best-kept secret, one that has been wonderfully hidden and faithfully maintained by its forward-thinking people. Beautifully stuck in tradition, and the simple, pure pleasures of life, Gimmelwald is the perfect place to experience the Alps. In all of our travels, it’s the closest we’ve found to everything being exactly as it should be. What follows is our recommendation for how to spend the perfect day in this most perfect alpine hideaway.

Read More
Zermatt: Nonstop Alpine Adventure

It looms over the land, like a great king surveying his kingdom from the top of his keep, casting a great shadow so all will know who rules these lands. The Matterhorn, the icon of the Alps, and the most photographed mountain in the world, is even more imposing in person. It will stagger you with its dramatic, awe-inspiring face, and is worth a trip to Zermatt on its own. But there is so much more to this quintessential ski town sitting at the base of the Matterhorn, with near endless alpine adventures to be had in all directions. And all can be enjoyed in clear view of the ancient mountain peering down at you.

Read More
Portugal: A Vacation from Your European Vacation

Portugal is like a secret club, only admitting those who have traveled across Europe, still enjoy the continent, but want to get away from the hordes of new travelers flocking to its more famous sights. It seems to realize this role, embraces it, and is better for it. From its natural beauty to its cuisine, and rich history to its people spilling over with genuine kindness, it is firmly established in our minds as a destination we will return to, and recommend, for years to come.

Read More
Guide to Sintra: Fairy-Tale Day Trip from Lisbon

Located in the hills just 25 km to the northwest of Lisbon, Sintra has been a forested retreat for generations, complete with beautiful villas, hilltop castles, and over-the-top palaces to gawk at. Even if you only have a short time in Lisbon, visiting Sintra is the perfect destination for a quick day trip. Highlights include the historic National Palace, the hilltop Moorish Castle, with expansive views over all of Sintra, and Pena Palace, occupying the hilltop across from the Moorish Castle, with eye-catching architecture and colors.

Read More
Best Beaches in the Algarve

The western Algarve is one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in the world. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be picky about which beach you choose to stretch out your beach towel upon. We’ll provide the pictures, first hand experience, and the logistical details for the best of the best beaches, so you can focus on what matters: relaxing. 

Read More
Tips for Driving in Portugal

Driving in Portugal is one of the best ways to explore its beautiful scenery, particularly its majestic beaches. Cruising through the Algarve, marveling at tiny white-washed villages and cliff-side beaches, is the only true way to experience this part of the world, but it’s important to be prepared. Here are some important differences that you should prepare for when driving in Portugal.

Read More
Top Day Trips from Lagos

The English language doesn’t have enough beautiful adjectives to describe the beaches along Lagos’ coastline. But if you get the need to venture further afield from your secluded beach and glass of port, spectacular day trips await: The end of the known world at Sagres is a 30 minute drive west, the caves of Benagil are a 30 minute drive east, and the always beautiful Seville is just across the border in Spain. 

Read More
Where to Stay in Lisbon

Choosing a place to stay in Lisbon can be difficult as each of its neighborhoods have their own unique advantages, which means the disadvantage of each is that you have to choose only one. Let us help you decide by outlining the unique aspects of each, so you can make sure you pick the right neighborhood for your style.

Read More
Where to Still Find Magic in Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre was one of the first places we visited away from home, and is primarily responsible for our love of travel. It is that good. So as painful as it is to say this, we’ve already strongly argued that it may be best that you not visit these 5 majestic lands at all, as the massive crowds often spoil them beyond hope of redemption. However, we understand the allure of this place, and its power to pull you in. So if you must, here are our tips for how to visit Cinque Terre like a pro.

Read More
Read This Before Driving in Italy

Driving in Italy can be a delight. Cruising down narrow country roads through the vineyards and hills of Tuscany is a wonderful way to experience the Italian countryside, and the only real way to see this part of Italy. Driving through the center of ancient cities and small, narrow hill towns, however, is not an enjoyable, or advisable, experience. If your itinerary calls for reaching some out of the way places, go ahead and rent a car, but do your homework before you go. There are some important differences that you should prepare for when driving in Italy.

Read More
Best Italy Itinerary for First-Time Visitors

With everything on offer in Italy, how do you best spend your time exploring all of the wonders of this magnificent country? Fear not, because thankfully you can take in all of the highlights and still have some time to relax, wander the quiet alleyways, and sip sciacchetra from your harbor-side table next to the Mediterranean. Here is a suggested itinerary for trips ranging from a few days to a couple weeks that allow you to take it all in.

Read More
How to Visit the Colosseum Like a Pro

This is it, the place that calls you to Rome. It’s the one thing you came to see, and if you see nothing else, it will all be worth it. The problem is, this is the same thought running through the minds of 4 million other tourists (at last count), jostling for that perfect selfie at the Colosseum. So how can you visit this wonder of the world and leave with expectations met and that wonder still intact? Here are a few tips that you would be wise to heed when planning your visit to his incredible place.

Read More
Two Tips to Save You Hours at the Vatican

Millions of tourists visit the Vatican every year, and for good reason. It is the center of one of the world's largest religions, contains some of the world's greatest historical treasures, and is located in the center of Rome, one of the greatest cities in the history of the world. All of these reasons put it at the top of most bucket lists, but also make it a headache to navigate through the hordes that flood its churches and museums each year. Long lines for entry to the Vatican Museums and St. Peter's Basilica can each take hours to wait through. Thankfully, you don't have to waste half of a day waiting. Follow these two tips and you will navigate the Vatican sites like a professional tour guide.

Read More
Cinque Terre Towns: Ranked

Thinking about visiting Cinque Terre? Do yourself, and all other visitors, a favor and stay a few days in one of the 5 towns. With so many tourists flooding the towns by boat and train each day, the best times to experience the magic of Cinque Terre is before they arrive, or after they leave. Here is our ranking of the best towns to stay at in Cinque Terre. 

Read More