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Our Journey Home During a Global Pandemic

As some already know, we’ve officially moved back to the States now. We decided months ago that with all the uncertainty in the world, it was the best thing for us.  You can obviously imagine that returning home required some travel during a global pandemic, which was quite the experience. There were some aspects that […]

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A Day Spent in Toledo with a Local

One of the best opportunities to have while traveling is to see new places with someone who is a local. You can be the most knowledgable travel expert, but you will never be able to have the same experience as you could if you were being shown around a city by someone who actually lives […]

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Traveling During COVID-19: Our Current Situation

Since worldwide travel is still on hold, I obviously don’t have many interesting current experiences to talk about. If you’re looking for some things you can do now at home check out one of my posts about staying inspired from home or tips to prepare for future travel. I thought this would be a good […]

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Life-Saving Camping Tips for Summer

As we all know, our typical travel plans and activities are going to be much different than usual this summer. The current state of the world is causing us to be more creative and try new things all the time. While it seems like things are finally letting up, it still may be several more […]

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16 Brilliant Tips for the Ultimate Summer Road Trip

Summer is almost here and after months of lockdown, we’re all ready to get out and go again. While travel might not be completely back to normal this summer, that doesn’t mean you must continue to stay at home. Maybe you’ve read my post on how to stay inspired about travel from home or things […]

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13 Things You Should Do Now to Prepare for Future Travel

The current situation in the world has definitely made planning for and thinking about travel less than exciting. Most people have either had to postpone or completely cancel a highly anticipated trip due to the coronavirus pandemic. While I feel for all of those people who have had to miss out on a special time […]

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9 Tips to Jump Start Your Travel Fund

One of the most common excuses people use for why they aren’t taking vacations or traveling is because they can’t afford it. While I do understand that sometimes financial hardships fall on people and can make things tough, I also firmly believe that everyone can save for vacation if they have some discipline and know […]

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My Top 12 Travel Photos of All Time

A picture is worth a thousand words, right? Everyone who knows me knows that for most of my life I’ve loved writing. It’s been one of my biggest passions and hobbies since I was in middle school. I’ve always found things that I care about and used writing as an outlet to express that. When […]

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9 Activities to Conquer Lisbon in a Weekend

Lisbon is often overlooked by travelers and very underrated, in my opinion. Lisbon is a beautiful city known for its ornate architecture, very rich history and having some of the best and freshest seafood.  The city itself is absolutely stunning and has a very quaint and historic feel, even though it is the capital of […]

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The Father’s Day Gift Your Dad Really Wants This Year

Father’s Day is coming up and if you’re anything like me, you feel the pressure every year to find that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift to give to your one-of-a-kind dad. It’s so hard to shop for dads because they seem to already have everything and let’s be honest, if they don’t have all the power tools […]

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11 Foods You Absolutely Need to Try in Spain

I know I talk about Spain a lot on my blog, but that should tell you something about how awesome it is! I even have a whole post about why everyone should love Spain! Plus, after living here for almost a year, I have so much knowledge that I want to share!  Spanish food is […]

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8 Simple Tips to Save Money While Traveling

Who doesn’t love saving money? It’s probably true for most people that they’d rather spend as little as possible when traveling, while still having an enjoyable experience. Luckily, there are very easy ways to accomplish this. So many of the things we naturally do while traveling are costing us a little more here or there […]

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The Easiest Way to Move Abroad as an American

If you’ve ever looked into the idea of moving abroad, you probably know how truly difficult it can be. Just getting a visa to live and work in a different country can seem almost impossible.  Unless you have authorization to live in that country or you marry someone from there, you must have an employment […]

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10 Reasons to Love Spain

It’s probably no secret to anyone who knows me that I love Spain. It is currently the place I call home and has given me so many amazing opportunities to travel and learn. I believe this country has an abundance of things to offer to any adventurer. Spain’s culture and history are so different from […]

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My Post-COVID Travel Bucket List (Top Five)

As we are in the midst of some unprecedented times, prohibited from traveling and living our normal lives, so many of us have had to make sacrifices and miss out on important milestones. I truly feel for those who have had weddings, pregnancies, family trips or special moments altered or canceled due to this pandemic. […]

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Video: Our Lockdown Lives in Spain

We’ve been getting so many questions about our daily lives since Spain has been on lockdown for COVID-19. Most of our friends and family are back in the United States and wondering how things are different across the pond. We thought it would be fun to take you along with us to show you exactly […]

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Cultural Differences: Spain vs. USA

It can be said that there are cultural differences between any two countries in the world. Even places that are seemingly very similar (say, the United States and Canada) still have pretty significant differences that make each culture unique. I personally have experience living in two very contrasting cultures: the USA and Spain. There are […]

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My Honest Opinion About Cruises- My Experience

With the current stay-at-home orders in full swing in most places of the world, I’m sure many, like me, find themselves daydreaming of traveling to a beautiful and warm place to escape. While it’s true that most of us are stuck at home and forbidden from traveling, that doesn’t mean we can’t start planning (even […]

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Our Neighborhood in Madrid

12 May 2020 Our little corner of Madrid is the barrio called Puerta del Ángel. It’s located in southwestern Madrid, just west of the Manzanares River and on the edge of the city’s largest public park, Casa de Campo. We absolutely love hiking over the hills and strolling through the tall grass in the park, […]

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Jacob’s Top 5

29 March 2020 Hey! Its Jacob, and I wanted to check in and share my top five moments in Europe so far. I’m thankful that Kristen could convince me to come over here and enjoy what have been some truly unique experiences. These five moments were when I was at my happiest, and most appreciative […]

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Berlin, Germany

28 February- 2 March 2020 Our decision to go to Berlin was another fairly spontaneous one. Just weeks before an upcoming holiday in Spain, we began thinking of taking a trip somewhere. We had an extra day off so we looked around for cheap flights and landed on Berlin- and boy are we glad we […]

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Liverpool, UK

1-3 January 2020 One of my first thoughts when thinking of my personal “musts” while living in Europe was going to a Liverpool FC match. I’ve been a fan since I was a kid, following in my brother, Shane’s, footsteps. We used to sit together in the living room and watch Premier League games on […]

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London, UK

30 December 2019- 1 January 2020 As it turns out, the cheapest way to London from Paris is by bus.  Our trip took about 8 hours, including the many stops for customs before going under the English Channel. Our bus actually drove into a train car which then transported us through the tunnel. We did […]

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Paris, France

27-30 December 2019 Our trip to Paris taught me a very frustrating, yet valuable lesson.  When booking our flight from Madrid to Paris, I used a third party website to search for the best deal. After entering all of our details, I selected the cheapest flight. Madrid Barajas to Paris-Vatry. Knowing how large Paris is, […]

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Christmas in Madrid

December 2019 Christmas in Madrid is such a wonderful time. Every neighborhood celebrates the holidays with their own decorations and lights. Some of the best sights are in Puerta del Sol and Plaza Mayor.  The largest Christmas “tree” in the city is in Puerta del Sol. It is actually a gigantic metal cone adorned with […]

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Barcelona, Spain

23-25 November 2019 When we officially decided to come to Spain, I asked Jacob to tell me one place he really wanted to travel to. He responded with Barcelona, because he wanted so badly to see La Sagrada Família. So, that’s exactly what we did.  Right away, after landing in Barcelona, we grabbed some breakfast […]

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Lisbon, Portugal

31 October- 3 November 2019 On a last minute whim, we decided to spend hallo-weekend in Portugal for our first official trip as European residents.  We set out on Thursday, making the long 7 hour journey by bus to Lisbon. We traveled through some beautiful parts of Spain including Castilla-La Mancha and Extremadura. The trip […]

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Our First Two Months in Madrid

September- October 2019 It has officially been two months since we arrived in Madrid! Time certainly flies when you are settling into a foreign country and beginning a new life from scratch. Aside from the basics like setting up a new bank account, getting a new phone plan, navigating the public transportation system and the […]

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Segovia, Spain

12 October 2019 Today, we took a short hour trip to a small nearby town called Segovia. I have already heard from a few people since we’ve been here that Segovia is a beautiful place. We decided to waste no time and check it our for ourselves. The main attraction in Segovia is an ancient […]

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Québec, Canada

3-7 July 2019 Finally, in the summer of 2019, we made it up to Québec. I had been once before to Québec City for a french trip in high school and absolutely loved the charming cobblestone streets and trying to put my french to the test. We decided to first drive up to Québec City […]

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San Diego, California

13-18 August 2018 In August of 2018, Jacob and I were contemplating where we wanted to go for our annual summer trip. We eventually narrowed it down to two places: Montréal and San Diego. Jacob had been wanting to see Montréal for a long time and although we eventually decided on San Diego for that […]

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