2018 Travel Bucket List

With 2017 coming to an end, I am in the midst of planning 2018 travels and it's got me daydreaming like crazy.  When we first moved to Germany, I was mostly focused on traveling within Europe. I figured, who knows how long we will live here -- let's take advantage of the places we can get to! For 2018, I am still wanting to check off a few places in Europe, but would love to see other parts of the world.

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7 Things I Love About Living in Germany

Living in Germany definitely has it perks.  After being here for almost 16 months, I've learned to love some of the German ways of living. I'm still getting used to following rules, turning my bicycle light on at night and not recycling on Sunday. Overall this country has some pretty great things about it and I feel lucky to experience them. As the time goes on, I'm learning to appreciate what I once thought was a "weird German thing" and even becoming more German like myself.

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10 Travel Tips to Know Before Visiting Marrakech

There are 10 travel tips I believe every person needs to know before visiting Marrakech, Morocco. To avoid being disappointed, getting sick, or being taking advantage of follow these top recommendations and tips.  Although I went to Marrakech without knowing all of this; our trip would have gone a bit smoother if we had done the research.  So from one traveler to another, here is my best advice if you plan to visit this beautifully chaotic city.

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An Amazing Day Trip from Marrakech: Atlas Mountains & Agafay Desert

Marrakech is an amazing city to visit.  However, after a few days of the busy Moroccan souks, it's really nice to escape the chaos.  There are many options when it comes to booking day trips from Marrakech.  From the Atlas Mountains and desert to the beautiful town of Essauoira there is so much to see. Even if you're short on time during your travels to Marrakech, taking a day to see something different and learn more about the Moroccan history and culture is worth it.

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An Oasis Amidst the Chaos: Bliss Riad

Bliss Riad truly embraces the culture of Morocco.  Filled with Moroccan rugs, leather goods, beautiful mosaic tiles, and greenery in every corner.  It was truly an oasis amidst the chaos of the souks of Marrakech.  Not only where we amazed by the beauty of Bliss Riad, but it also smelled divine.  The smell was like warmth and savory mixed with the cleanest, purest herbs. 

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How to Spend 48 Hours in the Romantic Brugge, Belgium

Known as the "Venice of the North", Bruges is a city that takes you back to the 14th century with its beautiful canals, horse drawn carriages, and medieval architecture.  Bruges has long been on my list of weekend trips since our move to Germany.  With it being only a short, 4 hour drive away, I knew we had to spend some time in this romantic city.

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1800s Heidelberg Hotel with Charm & Class

When searching for a hotel in Heidelberg, Germany I knew I wanted to stay in a place that shared the magic and charm of the city.  Which, to be honest, is setting the bar pretty high, because Heidelberg is one the most charming cities I have visited yet.  Europäischer Hof Hotel was not only gorgeous, but also provided the historical charm I was looking for in a hotel.

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Covering Acne & Scars Makeup Tutorial

Until I find a magic potion or solution, make-up is my go-to way to feel more confident in my acne-prone and scarred skin. I am super passionate about the power of make-up and how it can make a person feel (especially someone with bad acne and unruly skin). I know there are so many strong opinions on make-up out there. I totally understand both sides, but for me, this is what works! 

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How to Find Cheap Flights to Europe

Since living in Germany, flying to America and back has been a priority for me so I can still see family and friends.  However, if I had to pay $1,500/ticket each time, it would not be feasible to travel as often. Thankfully, I've found a way to get to America and back to Germany (and other parts of Europe), for just $350 round-trip. Too good to be true? 

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The Most Relaxing Weekend Away: Mother Goose Hotel

Mother Goose Hotel located in Utrecht, the Netherlands is one of the dreamiest and coziest places I've stayed in to date.  Upon arriving to this small, boutique hotel in the heart of Utrecht, I knew I was going to fall in love.  This chic space feels like a super trendy B&B with modern amenities, lots of privacy, and such a unique flare.

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French Elegance & Decadence at its Best: Hotel De Jobo

Like with many hotels, my stay at Hotel De Jobo was far too short, but one of the most memorable.  If you're looking for a unique and ravishing experience while in Paris, I cannot recommend staying at Hotel De Jobo enough.  You will not be disappointed and it'll provide the Parisian experience one should have while in this wildly romantic European city.

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A Day at the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland

The Cliffs of Moher of Ireland were absolutely incredible to see in person. They were one of the many highlights and my favorite place we visited while in Ireland. It was an unforgettable experience and one that I will forever cherish. If you're in Ireland, I cannot stress enough how worth it is to drive to the west coast and see these beautiful cliffs!

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Mykonos Photo Diary

Mykonos Island was one of the most charming islands we visited during our seven days of island hopping in Greece.  From beautiful alleys to restaurants over looking the ocean and the iconic mills, this island was absolutely stunning. 

Although spending a few more days would have been ideal, one day was a perfect amount of time to see the main sites on the island and enjoy everything.

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What to Expect When Sailing the Greek Islands

The Greek Islands were everything I dreamed they would be and more.  The atmosphere and landscape was picturesque, the people were extremely kind, and the food was to die for. I went in hoping it would be a trip of a lifetime and it really was. Sailing allowed us to see so much more of the islands than we would have otherwise and gave us a whole new perspective.  

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Life in Germany 001

Welcome to my first series of "Life in Germany", this will be a monthly update of any and all things Germany. It's an idea I have had for a while and is long overdue, better late than never?

One of my favorite things about living in Germany is by far the Autobahn. Before I moved to Germany, I thought the Autobahn was just one road somewhere in the middle of Germany. Kind of like a touristy spot where people rented BMWs and drove fast.

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