Europe


Known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic”, Dubrovnik is the most popular tourist destination in all of Croatia, and the city is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Even visiting during peak season, it was still an affordable city. It’s also easy to get around, whether by walking or public transportation. The most popular area is Dubrovnik’s Old Town, Stari Grad, defined by its city...

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Just off the coast of Dubrovnik, Croatia lies a small island named Lokrum, measuring less than one mile wide. The beautiful Island of Lokrum is a serene place to spend the day with plenty to see across the island, including peacocks, nude beaches, and a chance to sit on the Iron Throne for those Game of Throne fans, and it even has a well-known legend that...

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Sweden does a lot of things right. From work-life balance to recycling to slowing down and enjoying life, they have a lot of traditions we can learn from. Remember when my friend from Sweden came to Chicago? This time, it was my turn to visit her! I had the pleasure of visiting Sweden last summer and fell in love with everything about the way they live life...

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There was no way I was visiting Croatia’s Dalmatian coast without visiting at least a few of their islands. So while I was in Dubrovnik, I took advantage of a few of Croatia’s 1100+ islands and went on the Dubrovnik Island-Hopping Cruise in the Elaphites. The Elaphiti Islands are an archipelago made up of a small collection of islands, but only three of them are inhabited – Koločep,...

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I was teased by too short of a stay in Montenegro and now I’m dying to return to this incredible country. I didn’t expect much before visiting. I figured it would make for an easy trip from Dubrovnik and I was looking forward to learning more about the rich history enhanced with some beautiful views here and there. What I found caught me off guard. Bay of...

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“Some of my ancestors had to live in the mountains,” I told Brandon as we drove along the open stretch of road through central Colorado. He gave me that look I get at least once a day that asks, what crazy ideas are getting into your head this time? “I’m serious,” I said, in reply to his look. “I love the mountains way too much. Somewhere...

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No matter where you travel to, food is always an important part of the culture. Learning about the types of food, how it’s made, and the meals eaten throughout the day adds an even deeper appreciation of the culinary customs in the country. From chatting with locals to learning from experience to taking an actual Croatian cooking class, I discovered a lot about Croatian culinary traditions. Bookmark...

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Although it is the capital of Croatia and the largest city in the country, Zagreb tends to get overlooked by visitors who are seeking out the picturesque Croatian beaches and warm waters of the Adriatic Sea. However, it is starting to increase in popularity, and for good reason. Zagreb is home to all kinds of restaurants, cafes, architecture, bars, and museums. It is an easily walkable...

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As the largest city in Switzerland, Zurich is the financial center of the country and happens to sit right on the beautiful Lake Zurich where it flows into the River Limmat. This culturally rich hot spot with a contemporary flare continues to be recognized as one of the world’s most livable cities. It may not be the cheapest destination, but it’s worth a visit even...

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