Europe


When in London…. do all the Harry Potter things! Don’t get me wrong, there are an abundance of things to do in London to really get to know the culture and history of this popular hub. For a Harry Potter fan like me, there is nothing better than escaping to the wizarding world to make the most of your time in London. Get started on...

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Legend has it that a giant named Finn McCool was fighting with a Scottish giant, Benandonner, across the North Channel who was threatening Ireland. Out of anger, Finn grabbed chunks of land from the coast and threw them. As a result, a rock path formed for Finn to cross the water and take on Benandonner. But there was a big problem with this… Benandonner was much larger than...

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Iceland’s Golden Circle is one of the most well-known drives in the country. There is good reason it’s so popular! Use this post as your step-by-step driving guide to Iceland’s Golden Circle road trip, and you can even use this Google Maps route. The majority of the tour busses leave around 9am, so if you leave by 8:15am that should give you enough time to...

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If you’re staying in Reykjavik, a day trip from Reykjavik to Vik along Iceland’s south coast is the perfect way to spend the day. Use this post as your step-by-step guide to the journey, and you can even use this Google Maps route. I recommend leaving Reykjavik by 8:15am since the majority of the tour busses leave around 9am. As for renting a car, I...

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You may have traveled your way around the world, but your journey will never be complete until you visit the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Enter: Warner Brothers Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter. Your gateway into much more beyond the muggle world. “There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.” – J.K. Rowling If you arrive by public transport,...

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It’s hard to resist the orange rooftops reflected in the crystal clear blue waters of the Adriatic Sea along the Croatian coast. Last summer, I had the pleasure of visiting Croatia after my trip to Sweden and I fell head over heels for the country. My sister and I flew into Croatia from Stockholm and met the rest of our family for the start of our multigenerational trip...

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There is no doubt that Croatia is a beautiful destination, packed with an interesting history and culture waiting to be explored. Luckily, it’s not too difficult to pack light for a trip to Croatia. I managed to pack for a month of backpacking through Croatia in my trusty 48L REI carry-on backpack. I made a lot of stops during the journey through Croatia but a...

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You may have heard of the popular Plitvice Lakes National Park in central Croatia, but if you are visiting the Dalmatia region along the coast it can be quite the lengthy day trip to get there. The alternative? Visit Krka National Park, Croatia’s lesser known but no less beautiful gem of a park. It’s an easy day trip from Split, only about an hour drive away...

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Along the coast in the Dalmatia region of Croatia sits a town called Šibenik (pronounced shi-beh-nick). With 42,000 inhabitants, it’s about the same size as Dubrovnik but much less popular. Being the big city that it is and the oldest native Croatian city on the Adriatic Sea, you would think it would be more well-known. It was even the first city in Croatia to have electricity! We stopped...

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