5 Great European Weekend Escapes for Fall

October 6, 2017Articles, Europe, U.S. News

U.S. News Travel, October 6, 2017 ||These days, many popular European hot spots are getting overcrowded, with cities such as Venice, Italy, and Barcelona, Spain, looking to limit tourism. Summer is when these visitor numbers often hit their peak, resulting in higher prices, especially on weekends. But if you travel to Europe in the fall … Read More

What to Do with 5 Days in Dubrovnik

September 4, 2017Blog, Croatia, My Trips, Travel Guides

I traveled to Dubrovnik for 5 days in July 2017. We used it as a base to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site walled city, track down Game of Thrones filming locations (it’s Kings Landing!), and take a handful of day trips, including to Montenegro and the island of Mljet. How to Get to Dubrovnik … Read More

How to Eat Your Way Through Barcelona in 3 Days

April 20, 2016Articles, Marriott, Spain

  April 20, 2016 on Marriott Traveler || It might take a little caffeine, but with a long weekend in Spain’s Catalonian capital, you can check off many of the city’s top sights. You can also eat. A lot. Here’s a fabulous foodie trip through Barcelona. Don’t worry; you can sleep off your food coma on … Read More

What to do on a 12-hour Paris Layover

April 1, 2015Blog, Europe, France

What to do on a long layover in Paris? It can be tricky to leave the airport, even if you have 5 hours. But if you have a really long layover — like my 12-hour gap between flights this August — you can actually squeeze in a lot. In 12 hours I was able to hop … Read More

How to Visit Iceland’s Blue Lagoon

March 31, 2015Blog, Iceland, Travel Guides

  You can’t go to Iceland without seeing the Blue Lagoon. Partially because it’s one of the country’s biggest must-dos, and partially because it’s so close to the airport that it’s just silly how easy it is to squeeze in before or after your flight. I spent the morning at the Blue Lagoon before flying … Read More

Photos: Iceland is Amazing

October 17, 2014Iceland, Photos

Going to Iceland? Do not forget your camera. This is one of the most photogenic countries out there, with stunning volcanic landscapes, epic waterfalls, colorful houses, geysers, wildlife and more. Here are some photos from my trips to Iceland that capture why this is one of my favorite places to travel.         … Read More

8 Days in Portugal

August 7, 2014Blog, My Trips, Portugal, Travel Guides

  In late April/early May I took a family vacation to Portugal—a multigenerational trip for my grandma’s 80th birthday. Here are my (rough, unedited) notes on what I did: How I Got There United flight from Newark: it was a small plane for an overseas flight; just 3 and 3 seats. Where I Stayed Lisbon Portuguese … Read More