We have spent over 5 months in Bucharest during multiple visits in the past two years and love the city. Read on for our recommendations for the best hotels in Bucharest, Romania (plus apartments) in all price ranges. If you’re planning a trip, where to stay in Bucharest will depend on how long you’re planning […]

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Calling Elvis: Is Graceland worth visiting?

by Michael on August 1, 2017

Is Graceland worth visiting? August 15, 2017 marks the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, and “The King” is more popular than ever. Below is our review of visiting Graceland, which reflects updates to the facility unveiled earlier this year. The Elvis Presley Graceland home is a required pilgrimage for Elvis fans. Graceland Memphis TN […]

Lately we’ve noticed escape rooms popping up everywhere in our travels. We did our first one in Prague last year and really enjoyed it. I mentioned it to my brother Jerry, who started going to escape rooms himself.  He’s also a volunteer at the Lock Museum of America in Terryville, Connecticut and came up with a […]

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Book review: London’s Hidden Rivers

by Michael on June 17, 2017

London is one of our favorite destinations in the world to visit. One of the reasons is that there are so many hidden sights in London that we’ve never heard of before. But with each visit there’s less and less new, or in London’s case, old, to explore. That’s why I was so intrigued with […]

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Waking a sleeping lion in Africa

by Michael on June 5, 2017

Normally Michael doesn’t shriek like a tween girl who just found out One Direction was breaking up. But he was this day. Being up close to the open jaws of a lion will do that to you. We had arrived in Africa a few days earlier for a safari so Larissa could fulfill her long-time […]

It all started with the baguettes. As most of you know, Michael is a sucker for baked goods and from the moment we touched down in Vietnam he was itching to try the French-inspired bread used to make banh mi, the country’s famed sandwich. We had gone for a stroll our first night in Ho […]

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The Secret to Visiting the Petronas Towers

by Larissa on March 14, 2017

The Petronas Towers Visiting the Petronas Towers requires a bit of strategy. The dual skyscrapers, which were once the tallest buildings in the world, are one of the most popular Kuala Lumpur tourist attractions.  Tickets are limited, so if you want to go to the observation deck–at a time that works for your travel schedule–it’s […]

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The time we almost drove off a cliff in Ireland

by Michael on February 27, 2017

Driving on a fog-moistened slippery dirt road, perched precariously on the side of a mountain, is not everyone’s notion of the ideal vacation. Nor is it ours either. Yet for some reason here we were doing just that, while driving the Ring of Valentia on the far west coast of Ireland. A wizened old billy-goat with […]

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Handling language barriers while traveling

by Michael on February 26, 2017

One question that keeps cropping up in our global travels is, “How do you handle language barriers while traveling?” As full-time global nomads, we can’t become fluent in the language of every country we visit, that’s just impossible. We used to feel bad about this but the reality is that, as people whose native language […]

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The scent of home in Hong Kong

by Michael on February 21, 2017

We’d been in Hong Kong for a week and always noticed a particularly strong aroma of something faintly spicy, with vanilla overtones, on a walkway near our apartment.  We thought that whoever lived there must be an excellent cook. It smelled like whatever they were making was also tinged with a subtle amount of coriander or […]