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First and formost, eat tapas. This may be the most fun activity I can offer you advice on. There are articles on top of articles on the best places to get tapas, there are tours, and everyone has an opinion. I will recommend a few of my favorites we have visited more than once below and give tips on finding and identifying authentic tapas bars, but for the most part, you can’t go wrong. Walking around areas of town and stoppin...

Currency Exchange

The easiest and cheapest way to get your euros or pounds is to use a bank ATM to withdraw using your chip debit card.  With some banks, you can only take out a max of 200 euros at a time at these ATMS so plan accordingly. You also usually get charged a service fee of $2-5 by your bank or by the bank that owns the ATM each time you withdraw. So rather than taking out several small amounts, go for the max of 200...

Bitterballen

This is a fried ball of dough that is typically made of meat. You are probably thinking.... doughly meat? I was a skeptic too. But I'm here to tell you this is THE BEST snack after a few beers. Online it says these are "meatballs" but it's really a crispy fried ball with creamy pate style meat inside, not the ground meat type of meatballs we are used too. It's hard to describe food in words so I'll just drop you a...

Amsterdam is amazing. There is a reason why people flock to this city. It's big but feels small. It's got personality but feels welcoming at the same time. If you have felt like a tourist in other cities, you won't get that feeling with Amsterdam. The locals are nice and there are no communication barriers. It's one of those places that you can just fit in, hang out, and not worry. Of course we wanted to spend longer here, but...

If you are like most of America, you get the standard 2 weeks paid vacation a year. If you are lucky or have tenure at a company, you may get three. If you want to go on more than 1 trip abroad a year, this amount of time can seem minuscule. But not to fret! Here are some tips for making those 2-3 weeks really count and how to get the most out of your work-life situation.

Ask your boss for more vacation time

This may seem diffic...

Points travel, Award Travel, Reward Travel - these are all euphemisms for the same thing - free flights. Who doesn't want a free flight?! The way people go about getting free flights is sometimes called "travelhacking," which is just a clever name someone came up with for the act of actively pursuing and intentionally earning free flights.

I'll cut to the chase right off the bat here: unless you fly 20+ times a year, you will n...

NYC is on everyone's list and for good reason! Didn't every sitcom in the 90s take place there? Well, it finally made it to the top of my list with a family weekend trip. We went with my brother and mom for a few days in October. I get why people like this city. It's got it all! Art, parks, food, architecture, history. Every travel show features NYC and everyone has their own opinion on what the best way to do NYC is. For us,...

Paris is filled with award winning art. So much of it in fact that most people don't know where to begin. Sure, the Louvre is amazing, but if you have limited to in Paris, you may want to sit in cafes and gardens rather than wandering around museums. Below is a summary of the most popular museums as well as days they are closed and days they stay open late - this is important for itinerary planning. If you want to soak up as m...

Do you see dollar signs when you think of vacation? Yeah, we all do. For most of us, travel isn't free. When someone says their dream vacation is “summering in the South of France” I see that emoji of the stack of bills with wings, flying far, far away from me. If travel is pricey though, why are all these people doing it, like, all the time? How are there people literally living years on vacation? How are your friends taking...

Copenhagen has it going on. Unique culinary experiences, innovative outdoor spaces, the second oldest operating amusement park. It leaves nothing to be desired. Still, there are several amazing spots just a train ride away. If you have the time, Copenhagen is a great home base for several of Scandinavia's hidden gems. 

1. Malmö

This one is a must. It's a 30 minute train ride from Copenhagen but feels worlds away. It is another c...

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