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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
Spending a weekend in Paris is definitely not enough time for this romantic and charming city, but I will take what I can get. Paris was one of those places I knew I just had to see while living in Europe. After a quick 48 hours in Paris, I can confidently say it surpassed my expectations and is just as lovely as all the 90s films portray it to be.
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.
Hotel Saint Marc was recently opened in the spring of 2016. The design is sleek, modern, and bold -- each room has it's own personal flair. The pastel colors were gorgeous and inviting, the champagne pink wardrobe doors in my room were one of my favorite touches.
I find it so important to find a hotel or accommodation in a city that truly reflects the place you are visiting. Ellington Hotel Berlin did just that.
As soon as you walk into this 1920s building, you feel welcomed and invited in this bright and trendy space. The space is big and open, but some how still cozy. One of my favorite features of the hotel is the brass detailing along the windows and walls -- so gorgeous.
My camera goes with me everywhere, I mean everywhere. So, when picking out the right camera, lens, and equipment I wanted to make sure I was absolutely certain before making such a big investment. Also, having lightweight gear was at the top of my list because of all the traveling I do (and who wants to have a sore neck?).
Paros Palace set the bar high (like really, really high) for the rest of our trip in Greece. Just a 15 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride from the Paros Port, Paros Palace sits on the side of a hill overlooking the ocean and the mountains nearby. The views are absolutely breathtaking as you can see in the photos above and that's just one of the many perks of this little oasis overlooking the Aegean Sea.
Just a little over an hour drive south of Munich you'll find the beautiful Eibsee Lake in Bavaria near Garmisch and Zugspitze Mountain. If you're visiting Munich for a few days or in the area this should really be at the top of your list on places to see.
Oh, Munich. The heart of Bavarian culture, delicious German bier, heavy food, and so close to the mountains. Really the perfect spot for anyone looking for a true German experience (the Northern Germans will not appreciate me saying that ;) ).
Scotland's beautiful & historical capital Edinburgh is a city well worth a visit. It's a city rich with culture, delicious fish & chips, authentic whiskey, ancient castles, and some of the friendliest people I have met to date. I can totally see why J.K. Rowling took much of her inspiration from this city sitting on the hills.
One of the top luxury hotel lines in Germany and around even the world, Kempinksi Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten is not just a hotel, but a luxurious escape in Munich. Located on the famous Maximilianstraße across from Cartier, it's the perfect location for someone looking for an extravagant weekend away in the heart of Munich.
Gothenburg, for me, was the perfect place to start in Sweden and to get a sense of the Swedish culture. It's a fairly good size city with a large university, so there is plenty to see, great restaurants and food, and lots of culture. I had the pleasure of exploring Gothenburg for 6 days, but you could definitely get a feel for the city, see the top sites, and grab a couple delicious Swedish meals in just a few days.
"The visionary brainchild of art patron Dakis Joannou and famed industrial designer Karim Rashid. Given free rein to create a total experience, Karim used his signature curvaceous forms and lollipop colours to offer a young, enthusiastic and seductive alternative to more traditional conceptions of hospitality."
Sharing a few photos from my time in Dublin, Ireland and the surrounding area. It was a short, three day trip, so there is still so much more to see, but most certainly worth it. Although I was expecting dreary weather, we were lucky enough to have sunshine each day and warm temperatures!
Malahide Castle & Gardens was such a sweet little escape and a lovely way to spend an afternoon in Ireland with my mom. A friend of mine kindly sent a list of top things to do in the Dublin area and along with the Howth Cliffs, Malahide Castle & Gardens topped the list. Which after spending an afternoon around the grounds and garden, I definitely see why.
On one of our days in Austria we drove just 25 minutes north to the beautiful Hintersteiner See, where we were blown away by it's gorgeous turquoise water. The area is perfect to spend enjoying the views, having a coffee overlooking the water, swimming the summer and plenty of trails to walk along that surround the entire body of water.
The Howth Cliffs are located northeast of Dublin and have over 10 miles of hiking and walking trails with views of Lambay's Island, Irelands Eye, the village of Howth, and the gorgeous, rocky coastline. While walking you can smell the ocean and overwhelming scent of coconut from the yellow gorse on the heath. In every direction you'll find breathtaking views and I think I took more pictures in one day than I have in a while, there was just so much to see.
Last weekend when we traveled to Austria and stayed with Sport Resort Hohe Salve it was the most relaxing experiencing I have had in a while. It was the first time I came home from a weekend trip and actually felt more relaxed and rejuvenated than when I had arrived. I think the infinity pool, perfect Austrian weather, and modern spa might have done the trick.
We visited the French Alps via Chamonix Valley during probably the worst and yet best time -- ski season was ending and hiking season hadn't even begun. I must admit, I was a bit worried that our time in the French Alps would be an epic fail, but to my surprise, visiting this beautiful area during a somewhat "iffy" time was such a blessing in disguise.
This historic building now turned luxury, stylish apartments was the perfect place to stay during our time in Geneva. Swiss Luxury Apartments offers all that an upscale hotel provides, while giving you the feeling that you're coming home to your own chic apartment in the heart of Geneva. What more could you ask for?
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.
Hotel Jan Brito has been of my favorite spaces in Europe that we've stayed in. The hotel embraced the history of Bruges while maintaining a modern, comfortable space for today's travelers. I cannot stress enough how wonderful it is staying in a space that reflects the city you are visiting.
As much as I love traveling and seeing new places, the thought of being on a plane for 7+ hours always gets me. Thankfully, now that we live in Europe our flights are typically much shorter than before, but we still have a few long hauls each year. In order to feel my best and recover the quickest, I always try to incorporate the below tips & tricks. Although I might still be a bit jet-lagged, I am feeling much more fresh and ready for my adventure ahead of me! Hope you enjoy.
Located in Borgarfjörður, West Iceland, Hotel Húsafell is a hidden escape where you can find your best chances of seeing the Northern Lights, exploring glaciers, hiking close by mountains, and only a 7 minute drive from the Hraunfossar waterfalls. During my stay there, I could not help but think I was in my own, dream adult playground -- it was pure bliss!
Visiting Southern Italy during the winter is an entirely different experience. So, today I am sharing with you why I would recommend traveling to Southern Italy, Positano specifically, during the winter a thousand times over. Hope you enjoy!
Iceland was one of those places that it was everything I dreamed it would be and yet so much more. Between the beautiful landscape of mountains, natural springs, and Icelandic horses, it was like my dream adult playground. Exploring the Western Coast of Iceland has been one of my all-time favorite trips to date.