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2 Weeks in Ireland- My Road Trip Itinerary

I’ve never met anyone who’s done a road trip in Ireland and not loved it. After spending 2 weeks in Ireland, I am now one of those people. My 2 week road trip in Ireland had it all: postcard-worthy landscapes, fascinating ancient sites, evocative ruins, gratifying outdoor adventures, colourful small towns, delicious food, lively music, fun…

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  • Anja - Hi Rhonda!

    I just found your post via LP pathfinders monthly roundup. :) Oh my, you did quite a nice round around the island!To me everything looks travelworthy, just to soak in that Irish atmosphere. I’ve been thinking of visiting either Ireland or Scotland next year, and like you said more for the nature and small villages, than for the big cities. Have you ever been to Scotland?

    AnjaNovember 23, 2017 – 3:04 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - No I haven’t been to Scotland, but it is very tempting from the photos I’ve seen!November 24, 2017 – 1:12 pmReplyCancel

  • Alexi Laishley - Hi Rhonda,

    I am planning on going to Ireland this summer, but am hesitant to rent a car due to the cost. I wanted to know how much it cost you to rent your car for 2 weeks? Also were there any restrictions on it? ie being 25 or a specific type of license?

    Thanks, I loved this post so much. I am using much of it as inspiration!December 3, 2017 – 11:23 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Alexi!

      The car rental was just over $700 CAD for an automatic. It’s way cheaper to rent a standard. I hadn’t driven stick shift in many years so I didn’t want that stress on top of driving on the opposite side of the road that I’m used to.

      As a Canadian, I didn’t need an International Driver’s license but had to have my Canadian driver’s license for a minimum of 2 years. Not sure about the requirements for other countries and if there are any age restrictions. You should be able to find all that info on the car rental company’s website.

      I would definitely rent a car if you can afford it. It’s by far the most convenient and flexible way to see Ireland!December 3, 2017 – 2:08 pmReplyCancel

  • Tracey - Wow! Ireland looks amazing. It is on my trip to-do list. Thank you for these gorgeous pictures and helpful post. Love that pic of Hore Abbey – I have to go there now!December 8, 2017 – 6:59 pmReplyCancel

  • mark & lyndon - Great trip info, you have given us a great deal to consider and your photo’s were excellent! Thanks!!January 11, 2018 – 8:34 amReplyCancel

  • Jennie Mauger - Hi there! This has been EXTREMELY helpful. I am wondering what type of camera you used during your trip? Your photos are excellent! My boyfriend and I will be travelling to Ireland to visit my cousin for 2 weeks in July. We are also not big on the touristy part and are looking for some amazing hikes. I’m really looking forward to the Cliffs of Moher coastal walk. I’m afraid because we will be going in July, there will no doubt be lots and lots of people! We are definitely thinking of doing this exact itinerary but we will have to stay and visit Dublin for an extra two days. Is it possible to still do this itinerary but in 14 days? Anything you would fast track? We will be renting a car, manual, did you know how much cheaper it was? Gas efficiency? Thank you for this blog post!! Jennie :) February 15, 2018 – 10:21 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Jennie. Glad you like my photos! I use a Canon 6D with L-series lenses. July will definitely be busier than Sept/Oct when I was there, but I’d suspect the majority of people still don’t do the full coastal walk. I would have liked to do more (and longer) hikes but the weather was not on my side during this trip!

      I did this itinerary in 13 full days. It sounds like a lot but was manageable. Getting an early start meant that I could linger at sites longer and make more photo stops. Perhaps I could have done more of the Ring of Kerry and Skellig Ring in one day had I not needed to spend the night in Portmagee for the Skellig Michael trip that never happened. I’d skip Inch Beach if I was short on time. I also really took my time doing the Slea Head Drive. But if I needed to cut something out, it would be Northern Ireland because I wasn’t a fan of how “touristy” it felt.

      I don’t remember exactly how much cheaper it was to rent a manual, but I seem to recall it was around half the price of an automatic. I was shocked at how much gas I went through! Maybe a diesel would get better mileage?

      Hope you have an awesome trip to Ireland!February 16, 2018 – 2:08 pmReplyCancel

A Week in the Yukon- Unforgettable Experiences in Canada’s Northwest

The Call of the North. It’s not some cute marketing slogan but rather a true, deep-rooted feeling that’s impossible to shake after visiting the Yukon. The Yukon’s had a hold on me since my first visit in the 1990’s. It was one of my favourite family summer road trips and even now, in my mid-thirties, I vividly remember how…

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2 Days in Québec City- Enjoying European Charm in Canada

It’s not hard to fall in love with Québec City. Only two blocks into the Old Town and I was already head over heels. I still vividly remember the moment Québec City stole my heart. It was my first night in town and I was walking down Saint-Louis toward Château Frontenac. Lantern-shaped streetlights warmly shone…

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  • Mick - Thanks! This helped inspire me for where to go on my week off!July 31, 2017 – 2:37 amReplyCancel

How to Spend 3 Days in La Paz, Bolivia- Our Itinerary

There was only one place during our 3 week trip to South America that I was nervous about visiting- La Paz, Bolivia. A lot of what I’d heard about the city was not positive. On blogs I read stories about encounters with fake police, and heeded my guidebook’s warnings about taxicab “express kidnappings”. Then toss…

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  • Frank - Isn’t it funny how in South America the poor often have the most scenic views in the city? I remember in Rio the favelas stretching up the hills…

    Some beautiful scenery and that photo with Mount Illimani stunning.

    I don’t know if we’ll ever get there, Spanky has always been nervous about South America and even though we’ve been twice (Colombia – Great experience, Brazil – shitty experience) it’s not high on our list mostly because of the crime factor.

    Nice post,
    Frank (bbqboy)May 29, 2017 – 4:33 pmReplyCancel

How to Spend 4 Days in Tokyo- Our Itinerary

Ah, Tokyo. Just hearing the name conjures up images of densely packed skyscrapers, streets lined with larger-than-life advertisements and crowded public spaces. Yes, that vision is correct, but there is much more to Tokyo than first meets the eye. Tokyo is a city where the past, present and innovations for the future co-exist in perfect…

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4 Days in Easter Island- A Self-Guided Tour of Rapa Nui

“We’re most looking forward to spending 4 days in Easter Island,” I’d say when friends asked about our upcoming trip to South America. “What’s Easter Island?” some would ask, a quizzical look on their face. “You know, the place with all the stone heads,” I replied, trying to hide my shock that they didn’t know…

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3 Weeks in South America- Our Itinerary’s Hits and Misses

South America has been a place I’ve wanted to visit for 10 years, but for some reason it has always taken a back seat to other destinations. I am happy to say, that is no longer the case! We finally made it to the southern hemisphere, spending 3 weeks in South America (well, 24 days…

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  • Tamara - Sorry to hear you had a poor experience in Huacachina- we loved it, and I don’t remember seeing any garbage at all (we went 2 years ago). I also didn’t notice pollution in Lima like you described, but it’s also one of the only places I’ve ever been where I was terrified about getting robbed anytime we had to get into a taxi. I’m hankering to get back down to South America to explore Argentina!November 4, 2016 – 9:58 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yeah, it was a big disappointment. Our hotel had a nice pool area that looked out onto a dune, but the sand was covered in garbage. We noticed garbage is a problem in a lot of areas in Peru and Bolivia. It looks like people drive out onto the rural roads and dump their household waste. Then the dogs and other animals come and rip open the bags and before you know it- garbage everywhere!

      I felt safe in the cabs in Lima. Well, from getting robbed that is, not so much when it came to the driving!

      I’d love to explore Argentina too and maybe even go back to see more of Chile.November 11, 2016 – 3:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Victor - Beautiful photographs. It’s so pity there is no Pinterest share button.November 14, 2016 – 10:08 amReplyCancel

  • Michael - Rhonda. Thank you so much for your blog post on 3 weeks in South America. My wife and I are planning 4 weeks starting in Santiago, Atacama, Bolivia, Lake T., Cusco, M.P., Lima and ending with a cruise on the Amazon. I was wondering if it is too much but after reading your blog, I got energized and decided to go for it. Thanks again.

    MichaelNovember 3, 2017 – 10:06 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - That sounds like a fantastic trip, especially the Amazon cruise!November 4, 2017 – 4:06 pmReplyCancel

How to Spend 3 Days in Tottori, Japan- My Itinerary

Stretching along the Sea of Japan, in the San’in region of Western Honshu, is a coastal prefecture that’s largely untouched by foreign visitors, at least for now. But once the secret gets out, I’d expect that to change. Tottori prefecture is an ideal area of Japan to visit for people, like myself, who prefer smaller…

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How to Spend 3 Days in Savannah- Our Itinerary

I’m trying to think of a way to describe Savannah without gushing superlatives, but it just can’t be done. Savannah is one of the most interesting, easy-going and attractive cities we’ve had the pleasure to visit. With 3 days in Savannah we had enough time to not only see the sights, but more importantly soak…

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  • Vacation Coffee - Rhonda, I’m so glad I asked for Savannah recommendations! This post is a great one to get started – really looking forward to trying a ghost tour and checking out Bonaventure and Wormsloe . . . and pretty much everything you wrote about. Your photos are absolutely stunning!! Thank you so much! I read all your other Savannah posts too. Can’t wait for the trip.May 11, 2016 – 9:16 pmReplyCancel

  • Richard Birecki - Wow Rhonda, great photos! had no idea Savannah was so pretty! check out my awesome travel blog @ http://www.RichTrek.com … cheers!May 14, 2016 – 7:39 amReplyCancel

  • Ken Lau - Going this September. We will have three and a half day and we intend to visit EVERY square…including what’s left of Liberty and Elbert Squares. Savannah is as your said, very photogenic and also atmospheric. Going to be in Charleston before Savannah that same week. Charleston just cannot compare.July 24, 2016 – 8:45 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I hope you have a great trip and make it to every square. I wanted to do the same, but it didn’t happen. I guess I’ll just have to go back! ;)July 24, 2016 – 9:18 pmReplyCancel

  • Katie - Which ghost tour did you go on?September 18, 2016 – 7:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Will - Great pictures! Where did you go to see the bridge from that low of an angle?May 25, 2017 – 8:29 amReplyCancel

  • kaly otero - What ghost tour did you take?November 8, 2017 – 10:12 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - It was Savannah Ghosts Paranormal Investigation Tour with Patrick Burns.November 14, 2017 – 10:47 amReplyCancel

How to Spend 3 Days in Kyoto- Our Itinerary

A trip to Japan would not be complete without visiting Kyoto. It’s a city full of enchanting sites- geisha hurrying down dark streets, ancient temples rich with spiritual tradition, a natural beauty that is both appreciated and celebrated, especially during cherry blossom season. We spent 3 days in Kyoto and it was just enough time…

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  • Anne Sutherland-Smith - Rhonda, thank you for sharing your lovely photos and itinerary for Kyoto. We also visited Kyoto back in September last year and would definitely agree that it is a ‘must visit’ part of Japan.

    We were there in autumn so did not see the cherry blossoms, but we did see quite a few of the temples etc that you visited. you certainly criss-crossed the city with the places you visited! We tried to group together key sites and as a result we were able to use the bus system to get around relatively easily – but perhaps there were less people at that time of year…April 1, 2016 – 1:28 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Ooh, I would love to go back in the fall! Yes, we did bounce around the city a bit, but it wasn’t too bad. We spent a lot of time walking through the Higashiyama district and once we got to Arashiyama, that was really walkable as well. The only places that were out on their own, too far to walk were Fushimi Inari, the Golden Pavilion, Nijo Castle and To-ji Temple.April 1, 2016 – 8:43 amReplyCancel

  • Vivienne Litherland - Rhonda, your photos and descriptions are amazing so ‘thankyou’. My appetite is whetted to return and see so many of these place we missed through lack of time. I love Kyoto and Japan. Your blog is brilliant and I will return to read in depth at another time. Thanks .. VivienneMay 24, 2016 – 8:57 pmReplyCancel

  • Frank - Gorgeous. We’ll be there a month starting next week. You’ve got me looking forward to it.
    Frank (bbqboy)October 31, 2016 – 2:58 amReplyCancel

  • Frank - Gorgeous. We’ll be there a month starting next week. You’ve got me looking forward to it.
    Frank (bbqboy)October 31, 2016 – 2:58 amReplyCancel

  • MJ - Dear Rhonda, thanks for your useful blog. We are heading to Kyoto in a few weeks (early April 2017), hoping to catch the cherry blossoms too. I am just wondering how did you manage to get all these beautiful photos without the crowds that everyone is warning us to expect everywhere? for example your photos of Fushimi Inari, Ninnen zaka streets and Nazenji temple.

    If you see this comment please give me some tips because although we are planning to go to certain sites very early in the morning (8 am start) but throughout the day I am sure we can’t keep avoiding the crowds so any tips on taking such beautiful photos would be appreciated.March 7, 2017 – 11:19 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi MJ,

      Getting photos without people in them takes A LOT of patience. Usually I’m standing there with the camera up to my face waiting for the perfect moment with no people in the frame (that’s what I had to do at Fushimi Inari- it took forever!). Another tip for Fushimi Inari is to walk further up the path/mountain, as the crowds do eventually thin out. Ninnen Zaka streets actually weren’t that busy, so I didn’t have to wait too long for those shots. I also try and visit the most popular places early in the morning, right when they open, and on a weekday if possible.

      If all else fails, I angle my camera up above the people!

      Hope this helps. Enjoy your trip to Kyoto!March 7, 2017 – 5:35 pmReplyCancel

  • Mick - Hello Rhonda!

    Very detailed! Enjoyed reading it as it took me back to my trip to Kyoto last year. Absolutely my top 5 favorite destinations I’ve ever been to – something about the vibe of this city that is so magical. I wanna go back!

    Great pics too!
    MickNovember 26, 2017 – 8:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Ross Robinson - Hi Rhonda,
    I just read your 3 day itinerary for visiting Kyoto. I am looking for ideas as my 2 adult sons and myself are spending 3 days in Kyoto this January (2018). You have lots of great ideas that we can use during our stay even though it’s a different time of year. We’re hoping to see some of the archery festival that happens each year in January. Love your pictures and thanks for making your blog available to help others. I don’t have a website but post pictures on flickr so when I subscribed I put that address.
    I haven’t booked our 3 nights in Kyoto yet but will look at the links here for ideas. Any suggestions for personal favourites? We’re thinking of renting a Ryokan for one night to get the authentic Japanese experience.
    Thanks again, Rhonda
    RossDecember 7, 2017 – 3:18 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Ross! Thank you for your comment and I’m glad you found this post helpful. I can’t remember what hotel we stayed at, but it was pretty ordinary (which I guess is why I can’t remember it!) I do recommend staying at a Ryokan at some point during your trip to Japan as it’s a great way to experience some of the culture and traditions of Japan. We stayed at one in Miyajima and Koyasan and loved it. I hope you enjoy your trip to Kyoto- the archery festival sounds interesting!December 14, 2017 – 5:26 pmReplyCancel

How to Spend 3 Days in Key West- Our Itinerary

At the furthest point of the Florida Keys sits Key West, a sub-tropical town full of life, colour and celebration, yet still laid back enough to sense the history and tradition that make it one of the most unique destinations in the United States. Key West is a place where your days can be spent…

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  • Jimmy Baloukas - WOW! Thank you so much for these beautiful pictures. They brought back some very happy memories.December 21, 2015 – 10:33 amReplyCancel

  • Annika - Thanks for this tips Rhonda. I hope to visit Key West before the year ends.October 7, 2016 – 12:27 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - You’re welcome! I hope you get to visit- it’s such a fun, beautiful place!October 12, 2016 – 8:59 pmReplyCancel

Two Weeks in Japan- Our Itinerary’s Hits and Misses

Japan is a country I have wanted to visit ever since I was in the seventh grade. Learning about it in social studies class, I was fascinated by the history and culture, enamoured by its beauty. As intriguing as Japan was in textbooks, it was infinitely better in real life. Just one day into our…

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  • Frank - Interesting post on a place we’ve never been (Spanky really wants to go). You mention throughout the post ‘a lot of people’ and it’s one of my pre-conceived issues with Japan. On the other hand its nice to know that you liked the people.
    We’ll go there on day I’m sure!
    Frank (bbqboy)April 26, 2015 – 9:53 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yes, the amount of people was something I’m not used to, that’s for sure! It was mainly an issue in Tokyo and Kyoto. We knew to expect this though, especially during cherry blossom season. Luckily, there wasn’t huge crowds everywhere we visited!April 26, 2015 – 10:25 amReplyCancel

  • Tine - I have also heard great things about the Japanese people! And I believe that the people have a major influence on the experience of a country! :)April 26, 2015 – 11:17 amReplyCancel

  • Anna - Japan is on my wishlist for sure! Mainly Tokyo and Kyoto! So needless to say I’m bookmarking your post for future reference!
    My concern about travelling in Japan is not getting mugged or such, but how you get around, since I guess all signs are in Japanese!April 26, 2015 – 8:42 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I was worried about getting around as well, but we didn’t have hardly any trouble. All of the important signs (at train stations, major street names etc.) were in English, as well as Japanese. If they hadn’t been, getting around would have been much more of a challenge!April 27, 2015 – 4:14 pmReplyCancel

  • Anne Sutherland-Smith - Rhonda, thank you for sharing your Japan itinerary and how it went. We are heading to Japan in September, and I have just finished our itinerary. Ours is quite different as we are only staying in 4 places – Tokyo, Kyoto, Shinano Onsen and Shibu Onsen which are both in the Nagano prefecture. As we ate travelling with our 3 children I have tried to minimize the number of places and transfers and also plan some rest days, and have a couple of theme park days in Tokyo. We are looking forward to our trip and thanks for your advice.April 27, 2015 – 2:14 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - It sounds like you have a good itinerary as well! I am really ambitious in my travels and it can definitely be hard on the body (especially the feet!) I would have liked to visit the Nagano area- those onsen look great! Hope you have a wonderful trip!April 27, 2015 – 4:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Angela Roy Smith - Love all of your adventures.April 27, 2015 – 3:13 amReplyCancel

  • Will Castillo - Thanks for sharing your experience Rhonda. Very informative. Japan is a destination I hope to visit in a few years.April 27, 2015 – 8:42 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks, Will. I hope you get to visit one day- Japan was incredible!April 27, 2015 – 4:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Shayne - Two weeks in Japan! Sweet! Been there last year for only 6 days and I must say that it should be longer! Nara park is something I want to visit next time. The deers look lovely!April 27, 2015 – 6:55 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yes, six days in not enough, but it’s better than nothing! The deer were so cute and I loved how they would bow their heads down when waiting for us to give them a cookie. Hopefully one day you’ll make it back to Japan for another visit!April 29, 2015 – 7:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Esme - Looks like you had a wonderful time. I am thinking of taking my nephew as a graduation present. Thank you for sharing. I will be back when I start planning my trip.I was recently in Paris and lucked in with the trees blooming. Sometimes your are fortunate with the weather and sometimes it just does not cooperate.May 3, 2015 – 10:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Steph of Big World Small Pockets - Hi there, great review of your 2 week trip and super to hear what worked and what didn’t. I was interested to read, at the start of the article, that accommodation etc is more expensive during Springtime in Japan – presumably this is because its high tourist season for them then? What sort of price difference are we talking roughly? Are you still glad you went at this time? Thanks :)May 5, 2015 – 7:22 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - We went for cherry blossom season, so yes, it was high time for tourists. We paid between $100- $150 Canadian/night, which is what we’re used to paying here at home. However, we were in Kyoto for full bloom and paid $400/night! We searched and searched for cheaper prices, but this was the best we could find in a convenient location. I am glad we went during cherry season because everywhere was so beautiful!May 11, 2015 – 5:03 pmReplyCancel

  • watanabe michie - おはようございます!

    若いのに、世界中を旅されているのですね。
    雪見酒したことありますか?
    ぜひ、1度日本の温泉宿で冬されてみて下さいね!

    私は、日本語教員の新人です。自分の勉強に交流できれば嬉しいです。
    貴方は、日本語を話せますか?日本語で読み書きできたら、1度書いて下さいますか?June 12, 2015 – 3:37 pmReplyCancel

  • David Geddes - Hi Rhonda. I got 2/3 through your blog before I realised we are from the same “small town” of Edmonton. I’m researching a trip for 2 weeks in April for my wife and myself. It sounds like you rented a car for a bit but took trains mostly. Would you recommend renting a car in Japan? What was your experience (besides the flat tire)? I’ve rented cars in Turkey, France and Mexico but I really hadn’t considered car rental in Japan.December 4, 2015 – 7:39 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi David. Nice to “meet” a fellow Edmontonian! I would definitely recommend taking trains as much as possible. They are so fast and efficient. We wouldn’t have been able to cover as much ground in two weeks if we were driving. Plus, there’s always the issue of parking, especially in big cities. I had read it’s very expensive. But, the up-side of a car is complete freedom. You can go where ever you want, when ever you want.

      The only place we rented a car was in Kawaguchiko (Mt. Fuji area). We did this because we wanted more freedom than the bus system there allowed. You can rent a car from Nippon for as little as 6 hrs. The only issue when renting a car was the language barrier and the flat tire. The guy at the rental company was very helpful though and took us to a place where we could get a fixed for a reasonable price. To rent a car you will need an International Driver’s Permit and your passport.

      Hope this helps!December 5, 2015 – 10:32 amReplyCancel

  • ayu - Hi Rhonda,

    Can’t agree more. Japanese people are indeed so helpful and kind. I’m amazed with their politeness. That’s why i always want to go back to japan :D.

    Nice blog and awesome pictures :)December 28, 2015 – 6:48 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks so much, Ayu. I also want to keep going back to Japan again and again!December 30, 2015 – 9:41 amReplyCancel

  • K - HI, we are planning to go this april 2nd week for 2 weeks. When did you go to japan exactly? Hopefully we can catch the full bloom as well and less / no rain.December 29, 2015 – 10:37 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - We arrived in Japan on March 26 and departed April 11. The cherry blossom season varies from year to year (and place to place) depending on the weather. Hopefully you catch full bloom somewhere- it’s beautiful!December 30, 2015 – 9:43 amReplyCancel

  • Helen Lee-wyss - Is there any specific green pass(JR) that I should buy so I can take the early morning train to Hiroshima?February 17, 2016 – 3:45 pmReplyCancel

  • Marco - Thank you very much for your Japan-blog! A lovely, well written and insightful read! Best wishes from Zurich, MarcoFebruary 23, 2016 – 4:32 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi, Marco. Thank you so much for the kind compliment! Glad you enjoyed my article!February 24, 2016 – 8:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Catherine Cann - Hi there, thanks the run down of your itinerary…it was very helfpul! I myself am planning to go during Cherry Blossom season next year, so I am trying to educate myself as much as possible.
    Your photos are fantastic by the way – do you mind me asking what camera you use?August 6, 2016 – 10:56 amReplyCancel

  • Tiia - We are planning a trip with very similar timeframes and locations and found your blog really helpful. What kind of luggage did you travel with? Did you check into hotels when arriving to destinations or travel throughout the day with bags? I wanted to find out how much time does this eat of your day of exploring and how did you find travelling around with bags. Thank you in advance!January 24, 2018 – 2:14 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Tia. We travelled with suitcases and would drop it off at our hotels as soon as we arrived. They would store it for us if it was too early to check in to our room. It didn’t take much time at all because I always book hotels that are close to the train station or central to the main sights. It wouldn’t be fun to have to drag around luggage all day!January 28, 2018 – 10:06 amReplyCancel

How to Spend 3 Days in Budapest- Our Itinerary

As our train pulled away from Prague, I was excited to arrive in Budapest, yet also feeling a little uneasy. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from Hungary’s largest city. Would we feel any Soviet influence, lingering from when Hungary was behind the Iron Curtain? Or would Budapest feel similar to the western European…

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  • travelFREAK - Impressive architecture! Your photos are fantastic! Are three days enough to explore every corner of this beautiful city or only for the main attractions?March 18, 2015 – 6:35 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! Three days was good for just the main attractions. I think 4-5 days would be perfect to really see all that Budapest has to offer.March 18, 2015 – 8:30 amReplyCancel

  • Lowest Room Rates - Truly amazing photos. Should be at least a week to discover the impressive Budapest.March 18, 2015 – 7:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Becky | adventure awaits us - I love your photos, they’re amazing! We went to Budapest last year and did most of the same things as you (The fisherman’s bastion was my favourite building and the cat cafe was so fun!), we didn’t get to see Margaret Island though – that fountain looks beautiful, maybe next time.March 19, 2015 – 9:40 amReplyCancel

  • Elaine J. Masters - So appreciate the work it took to get these images and that you mentioned the truth that the city is under construction and not always easy to navigate. I’d still visit in a heartbeat.March 20, 2015 – 2:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Tangerine Reyes Trubiano - I loved our stay in Budapest. Awesome shots! :)
    http://www.brockandtanj.comMarch 21, 2015 – 11:12 amReplyCancel

  • Mike Orobona - I have a mostly Hungarian heritage, so Budapest is at the very top of places I want to visit. I want to see the crown of St. Stephen and sut szalonna. Thanks for boiling down a nice itinerary.March 21, 2015 – 12:59 pmReplyCancel

  • Nita - Budapest looks beautiful! Haven’t been there but visited Czech a few years back. The architecture in that region is stunning, isn’t it? Lovely pictures :)March 23, 2015 – 10:20 amReplyCancel

  • Monica - Thank you for sharing! I am traveling to Budapest myself in a few weeks and am so excited to see everything you shared. I did have a question about how you arranged for a car to pick you up at Keleti Station. Did you order a cab or was it with a separate driving company?June 5, 2015 – 1:59 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - We hired a private driver. The guy we used was highly recommended in a blog post my husband came across when doing research for our trip. Unfortunately, I lost his card during our travels, so I can’t pass along his name. Sorry :(June 10, 2015 – 11:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Maaike - Travellous World - Thanks for all the tips! I’m about to head to Budapest for two days, and I love to be inspired!July 6, 2015 – 11:54 amReplyCancel

  • Beng Hong - hi, great photos! May I ask where is the location of the spot you took for the 1st photo in this article? thanks!November 23, 2015 – 4:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Helen Hendricksen - We’ve had trouble with ATMs here too, but the ones that are inside of the bank buildings seem to work ok. Great post! Thanks for all the helpful info!December 8, 2015 – 6:37 amReplyCancel

  • The Traveloid - Great post, wish I had actually gone inside the parliament building when I was there! I’d also recommend visiting some of the ruin pubs, especially Fogashaz and Szimpla Kert, which are unlike any other pubs elsewhere! They’re great during the day to chill or for a few drinks at night.March 30, 2016 – 5:56 amReplyCancel

  • Elisabeth Craver - Insightful article indeed. I’m coming to Budapest on business soon and will have only one a couple of days to explore the city. My question would be, what is the best way to get into the city from the airport? My colleague suggested http://budtransfer.com/, but I’d love to know your opinion as well! Thank you in advance.April 5, 2016 – 7:59 amReplyCancel

  • Ankita Miharia - Beautiful pictures. Love your post. I am planning to visit Budapest in September. Is the weather good during that time? Are 2 days enough or do I need 3 days?

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  • Victoria - Wow, great photos! And, yeah, Budapest never seems to have any of that old communist feel… it’s just a beautiful place. Glad you made it to the other side of the river… you’d be surprised how many people never do. :)May 14, 2017 – 3:45 amReplyCancel

How to Spend 4 Days in Paris- Our Itinerary

Paris is one of my favourite cities, the one that made me fall in love with travelling. Paris is romantic, cultured and sophisticated, with so much to see and do. It’s hard to do Paris justice in just four days. I’ve visited twice now and there are still entire sections of the city I’ve yet…

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  • Phoebe @ Lou Messugo - What a fabulous itinerary and what lovely photos. You sure did get lucky with the weather in this visit. Having lived in Paris for 10 years I think one area I’d add that you didn’t mention is the Marais and Place des Vosges, but like you said, everyone’s interests are different and there’s so much to see that in 4 days you’ll never see it all! I think your advice of seeing things AND taking time just to watch the world go by from a café terrace is good advice. It’s a very Parisian thing to do after all. Thank you for joining in with #AllAboutFrance Rhonda.March 5, 2015 – 10:54 amReplyCancel

  • Valerie McDonald - I’m going to France in April. My friend and I are taking a Viking river cruise down the Rhone. We’ll then take the train back up to Paris for 5 days. We are staying in the Latin Quarter. Your post is a big help. We are “art people” and are planning to go to Giverny as well. Thank you.March 5, 2015 – 2:05 pmReplyCancel

  • Cathy Sweeney - Ah, Paris! I’ve been three times, each for just a few days and in December, and I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface. So much more (including some of the things you mention) that I need to see and do and I’d love to see Paris is season other than winter. :) Your photos are fantastic.March 5, 2015 – 5:32 pmReplyCancel

  • Esme - Ahh-so you were in Europe in the summer-that explains the colour and light in your photos. I have never seen a rat in Paris-thank goodness. It is a city I never tire off-that said it has been over a year since I was last there. Your honeymoon sounds delightful.

    PS I am originally from Canada. My mum was a teacher-I really should have considered it.

    thank you for stopping by.March 5, 2015 – 9:46 pmReplyCancel

  • Sara @ Simply Sara Travel - Great itinerary! It is so hard to narrow down what to do in 4 days in Paris. There is so much to do, and I think you hit it right – you have to accept that you can’t do everything and allow time too to just wander around and enjoy the city without running from one thing to the next. I love that you included Saint-Étienne-du-Mont! That’s one of my favorite churches in Paris – I just love the interior!March 6, 2015 – 2:31 amReplyCancel

  • thebeesleybuzz - there are some great tips there – would totally agree about steps on eiffel tower – we got so fed up of the queues and it was a cold and windy night when we went. x #allaboutfranceMarch 9, 2015 – 4:13 pmReplyCancel

  • Uptourist - I heard that there’s a bar that you can visit that has a beautiful view of the Eiffel tower. They said that it’s even better than visiting the tower itself.March 25, 2015 – 11:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Marc - Great info and love the pictures. I think its easily can be done. Lived in Paris over 35 years and done all those places but I didn’t know if I could do in 4 days obviously it can be done. great!June 12, 2015 – 3:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Elsa Myburgh - VERY HELPFUL THANKSOctober 27, 2015 – 8:42 amReplyCancel

  • Jeevan Gaikwad - I checked a few sites before bumping into this one and this has been the most helpful thus far! Thank you.October 29, 2015 – 9:49 amReplyCancel

  • Pauline Macapagal - Thanks for this! Out of all 4 day itinerary suggestions I’ve read, this is the most realistic for me and 2 of my friends so far! However, I do see the Orsay Museum is missing in here – where do you suggest we insert this (I am also not much of a museum person)? And we also plan on inserting in a french wine tasting.May 13, 2016 – 2:06 amReplyCancel

  • Leanne - Great info and pictures. I have visited Paris twice for 4 days each time and there is so much to see. I’ve tried doing The Louvre twice and seem to just see the same two galleries before I leave exhausted.
    I did enjoy the Military Museum and Napoleon’s Tomb at Les Invalides. The Musee d’Orsay is much more manageable than the Louvre if you must fit in a museum, but my favourite was the Rodin Museum which is quite close to the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides – it includes a garden of his sculptures including “The Thinker” and a wonderful collection of his early drawings.
    Climb to the top of Sacre Coeur Bascilica – the view is amazing.May 13, 2016 – 6:41 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - You are absolutely right- there is so much to experience in Paris! My two visits weren’t near enough either. I wanted to see “The Thinker”, but didn’t have a chance. Maybe next time!May 18, 2016 – 5:45 pmReplyCancel

  • Catte Lopez - I’m going in October for the first time for 5 days. I’ve been overwhelmed with the options of what to see, and do, and eat! Your itinerary helped me narrow down some ideas! Thanks!!June 28, 2016 – 3:34 amReplyCancel

How to Spend 3 days in Havana- Our Itinerary

Havana is a lively capital city, full of charisma and, often times, crumbling charm. Friendly, colourful, and exuberant, Havana is worth a visit on any trip to Cuba. Days in Havana can be spent riding around in a 1950’s classic American car, admiring colonial architecture, visiting museums and wandering through the many historic plazas. Nights…

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  • Francesca One Girl: One World - Note to self: start planning trip to Cuba NOW! :DDecember 15, 2014 – 5:39 pmReplyCancel

  • Sand In My Suitcase - It would be a pity to visit Cuba and not take in the cultural attractions of Havana – looks like you had a good time ☺. We hope to visit Cuba soon…December 16, 2014 – 9:06 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I agree! Havana is a great city, overwhelming at times, but still very friendly and a lot of fun! I’m glad we decided to go to Havana instead of spend our entire week long vacation on the beach.December 16, 2014 – 5:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Polly - Hi Rhonda,

    Love the itinerary but I agree that you should see the Hotel Nacional and the Museo de la Revolucion if you get the chance to go back! I stayed at the Hotel Nacional and, though it was a little worse for wear, it was brilliant to stay in such a historical place. They also did a really interesting hotel tour covering the guests that had stayed there (the Mafia, Sinatra, etc.).

    The Museo de la Revolucion was fascinating because of the political climate – it was basically a giant propaganda exercise! Definitely worth a visit, though you had to take what you saw with a pinch of salt.

    I also enjoyed your post about the street hassles and harassment in Havana – I had a bit of that, but my main issue was getting robbed on the Malecon in broad daylight (police were useless). I was relieved to see you guys didn’t have a similar experience to mine, and that the Malecon was a safe place!February 22, 2015 – 3:40 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Polly,

      I’m glad you had a chance to experience Hotel Nacional and the Museo de la Revolucion. They sound very interesting and I for sure will make a visit if I am ever back in Havana.

      That’s crazy that you were robbed like that, in broad daylight nonetheless! I hope you were okay though and nothing more serious happened. I was actually worried that we were going to get robbed on the Malecon, our first night there. It was dark out, but we wanted to take a very quick walk before bed. As we were looking out towards the ocean a car came out of nowhere and out jumped 3 or 4 guys. I thought for sure we were going to get held up. Instead, they played us some music and told us stories about what life was like in Cuba! It turned out to be pretty harmless, but it sure got my heart racing!February 24, 2015 – 8:48 pmReplyCancel

Our Alaska Cruise Itinerary- An Introduction to Each Port of Call

An Alaska cruise is a trip that everyone should take at least once in their lifetime. And I say that as someone who isn’t always the biggest fan of ocean cruising. We were only a few days into our trip and Mike and I were already saying that we wanted to do this again! The…

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  • Carmen Edelson - We just returned last week from cruising through Alaska on the same itinerary. You were lucky to have good weather. It rained everyday, and we had low bearing fog along the way. August 21, 2014 – 11:35 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Oh no! That’s really too bad about the weather. I hope it didn’t affect your ability to see the sights too much. We did get really lucky with the weather. The locals were saying the sunshine we were experiencing was unheard of!August 22, 2014 – 1:00 pmReplyCancel

  • Toccara - We also just got back from an Alaskan Cruise with this exact itinerary! I’m working on my blog posts now! I took so many pictures! Some highlights from our week included: whale watching in Juneau (saw bubble-net feeding and 2 whales breach), seeing a momma bear and her cub at Mendenhall Glacier, driving through the Yukon, and hearing and seeing the glacier calving in Glacier Bay, to name just a few! We were so fortunate to have incredible weather the entire week aboard the Island Princess (July 30-August 6). It sprinkled a little bit during our day in College Fjord, but the gloomy weather added a magical element to the scenery. I absolutely agree… everyone should so go an Alaskan cruise at some point in their lifetime. The landscape is simply amazing!August 23, 2014 – 9:49 amReplyCancel

  • Shobha - This is handy! My husband and I were planning on going to Alaska next August for 2 weeks while the kids were at sleep away camp. It’s good to know that the weather will be mixed.October 17, 2014 – 11:31 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Glad you found this helpful! I hope you decide to go because Alaska is a wonderful place! I’d like to go back a third time. And yes, make sure you come prepared for all types of weather!October 17, 2014 – 4:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Katie - I will be doing a similar trip this summer but by ferry. Alaska has an incredible ferry service that links so many of the coastal communities. I was going to skip Ketchikan but it looks beautiful so you may have changed my mindApril 30, 2015 – 7:20 pmReplyCancel

  • Linda Bibb - Wallet notwithstanding, the advantage to booking a tour on your own is that your group will be a whole lot smaller. Sometimes that matters.May 5, 2016 – 12:45 amReplyCancel

Five Weeks in Europe- Our Itinerary’s Hits and Misses

For our honeymoon, Mike and I decided to spend five weeks in Europe. We travelled to six different countries experiencing everything from small lakeside villages in the mountains, to one of the world’s most popular festivals. I’ll admit it, I planned a very ambitious (and detailed) itinerary for our five weeks in Europe. I left…

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  • Ellen Christian - Your photos are truly stunning. I’d love to visit Europe some day. You’ve shown me tons of things I’d like to visit but I think a walking tour would be the most fun.October 24, 2013 – 3:45 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! Europe is a really amazing place and I hope you get to go one day. Walking tours are a really great way to learn about a city. A lot of them are “free” you just pay by tips what you think the tour was worth.October 24, 2013 – 7:53 amReplyCancel

  • Cora Sousa - Very nice Rhonda! Photos are beautiful!! October 26, 2013 – 1:39 amReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - You really saw a lot during your honeymoon! Your tour of Prague made me chuckle. I was on a tour last summer that was supposed to be 3.5 hours and turned into a 12 hour tour. I felt held hostage by the guide!October 27, 2013 – 2:35 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Feeling held hostage is a great way to describe it!October 28, 2013 – 2:47 pmReplyCancel

  • 2 wisemonkeys - What a great summary :) you have made us want to go back to Germany to see more of it! The photos are beautiful!!!October 27, 2013 – 8:59 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! Even though we managed to see quite a lot of Germany, I could see us making another trip back there one day. It’s such a beautiful country!October 28, 2013 – 2:48 pmReplyCancel

  • Cara Illerbrun - Thanks so much for this. We did a whirlwind 3-month European adventure a few years ago… 17 countries – wow! We are planning a trip back to Germany in the next year or two as our sister-in-law is originally from a little village outside of Bamberg. And we want to go see her family. I can’t wait to check out some of the other towns you listed! Also, I went to uni with Mike and just wanted to say a huge congratulations to the both of you. I’m so glad he found his soul-mate. xxx CaramiaNovember 10, 2013 – 3:37 amReplyCancel

  • Carolyn - Fantastic post and beautiful photos – you’ve really showcased the places you visited perfectly. I love all your comments on the German towns you visited. These are all on my next European itinerary so your comments are really useful. I look forward to reading more of your posts.November 11, 2013 – 3:00 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! Glad you found the post helpful!November 11, 2013 – 3:40 pmReplyCancel

  • Frank - Interesting post – you covered a lot of places on that trip! We did some of the same spots a few years ago. I was also very impressed by Regensburg, not a place many people go to. Enjoyed, like you, Munich and Fussen (but disappointed by the Neuschwanstein tour as well). Heidelberg we found pretty but overly touristy, kind of felt the same way about Salzberg. We actually ended up being big fans of Germany – and your German photos especially are fantastic. You almost expect Hansel and Gretel to show up…
    Great job,
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  • Derek Freal - I love your hit / miss approach. Definitely a different approach but that’s just makes it even better — and more insightful! For example although I’ve never been to Budapest (although I really want to) I have heard lots about their thermal baths. Everyone else that has written about them only speaks of the good — I’ve never heard anyone mention of the downsides, namely the rude staff that y’all experienced. Shame to hear but I appreciate your candor. Travel isn’t always a perfect experience but I feel all too often bloggers only write about the good and leave out the bad. For not doing so I just really want to say THANKS! Keep up the good work :)March 12, 2014 – 11:43 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks Derek. I always try to be honest about our experiences, even if they are not so great. Travel is still real life- many things are wonderful, but sometimes a few disappointments sneak in there. I think we would be doing readers a disservice if we didn’t write about our struggles, but I always try to convey that our experience, is nothing more than our experience. Someone else can have a completely different experience/opinion of a place and that’s okay. As for the baths in Budapest, I had read many reviews on Trip Advisor that were almost identical to our experience, but many blog posts that were opposite of what we experienced. I wrote a more in-depth review article about the baths, highlighting both the positives and the negatives, but I made sure to tell readers that our experience is just that- our experience. I think people should still go and try things out for themselves, but a little heads up about what they may encounter is nice!March 12, 2014 – 6:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Toccara Maytrott Best - We’re heading on a 6-week trip to Europe this summer, including several of the places you guys visited! (Munich, Fussen, Rothenburg, Cologne, Burges, Brussels, Hallstatt, and Salzburg!) Thanks for the inspiration! I will be trolling around your blog for more tips! :) (I’m very much a detailed planner, like you!) I look forward to all of the wonderful memories (and tips) I’ll be able to write about when we return! :)April 1, 2014 – 3:05 amReplyCancel

  • Erny To - I love your blog so much. My sister and I went to some of those places in 2013. We have same opinion that Salzburg is truly amazing old town.. We love Neuswantein dearly. We do have the same problem in Paris. Paris is beautiful city but it was slowly lost its charm due to the smell, vandalism… We plan to go to Hallstatt next year…June 9, 2014 – 1:05 amReplyCancel

  • Alicia Gruhl-Overton - Hi there planning a two week trip next year paris for 6 days then on to munich and area my question is should we spend a night in rothenburg and a night in salzburg or just stay in munich and do day trips? Should we skip ludwigs castles is it really worth 30min tour of each ?? Thanks so much love your blog!June 24, 2014 – 3:39 pmReplyCancel

  • PassingThru.com - Nice job on this recap! Like you, we spent five weeks in Europe earlier this year on our way to the Winter Olympics. It was fun to see your impressions of the places we have mutually visited. Your itinerary, like ours this time, was quite ambitious, as my husband had never been. At times it felt as though we were doing reconnaissance, anticipating return visits in more depth. Now we are embarking on a “deliberately homeless” two-year round the world trip so that we can slow down. I appreciated your impressions of the places in Germany and Belgium we have yet to see and will add them for the Europe leg. Safe travels and Aloha!July 11, 2014 – 7:02 pmReplyCancel

  • manish - hi i was online looking for tips to travel europe and as i have never been there i found your article very helpful thanks a lot for sharing it. i would really appreciate if there is a way i can get your itinerary where to traveled when and how. i would understand if you do not wish to share it. thanks again for this article.July 28, 2014 – 11:48 amReplyCancel

  • Mary - Thanks for your post. Very useful, well written with amazing pictures! I’ll definitely use your advices for my trip to Europe next year!July 28, 2014 – 7:31 pmReplyCancel

  • Elena@Elena's Travelgram - That’s a fantastic itinerary, though as a local I would definitely opt for more time in France!

    In case you’ve liked Strasbourg so much, you would definitely love Colmar even more! It’s even more colorful and fairy-tale like :) The small city in France is – the more allure it has, actually.

    Your photos are fantastic!

    P.s. yep, ice-cream in Petite France is an absolute yum!August 18, 2014 – 6:35 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I’ve seen pictures of Colmar and it looks absolutely delightful! On my next trip to France, I will definitely plan on visiting it.August 18, 2014 – 11:15 amReplyCancel

  • Wikki Amornsak - Hi! Wow that was great! Thank you for sharing your experience with us.
    I’m starting to plan my honeymoon trip for next year 5 weeks in April-May and I don’t even know where or how to begin it. Your hit and misses really have me a great platform to start on. Thank youSeptember 5, 2014 – 10:34 pmReplyCancel

  • Daniel Danco - Hi! This is a great guide, thank you for taking the time to make it. I am planning a similar trip and was wondering; did you know any other languages for this trip?October 5, 2014 – 11:07 pmReplyCancel

  • Arnie @ Romantic-Vacations-Guide.com - I just stumbled across your blog, Rhonda, and have spent far to much time reading it when I should be doing something more productive. I always get suckered in by good writing.

    My wife and I have been to quite a number of the places that you mentioned here and can never decided which to return to. With one exception.

    At the end of every trip to Europe, we spend the last four to five days in….. Paris. We have been there the last three years running, and, maybe it’s because I’m getting old, but I have never noticed the bad odor that you mentioned.

    If you want bad smells my wife would encourage you to visit Rouen in Normandy. She swears that the whole town smells of dog p..s.(Had to be delicate there.)

    At any rate, have been enjoying your blog immensely.
    Bonne journéeOctober 19, 2014 – 5:01 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thanks for your kind compliments, Arnie. I’m glad you have been enjoying my blog! My husband and I could also keep returning to Paris again and again. I’ve been twice now, but still don’t feel like I’ve seen and experienced all that I want to. I think for any future travels to Europe, we will try and use Paris as our starting point. If only it weren’t so expensive! Happy travels!October 20, 2014 – 10:22 amReplyCancel

  • Jackie - Hi there! Thank you for this post! I am planning a trip to Europe for next year and I found this really helpful! I was curious about how you structured your itinerary. When you say you spent 1 day in a certain place, do you mean one full day without traveling, or is that with traveling to/from the city?October 25, 2014 – 5:23 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Jackie! I’m glad you found this post helpful. To answer your question, the amount of time I stated we were in a city is the actual time we had to explore (it doesn’t include travel time). So for Budapest, I said 3.5 days because that’s how much time we were actually in the city. We arrived early afternoon and then had another 3 full days to enjoy. Hope this helps. Have fun planning your trip!October 27, 2014 – 5:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Cityoftheweek - Very impressive itinerary! I’m sure you guys had a blast! Although I am not anywhere near my honeymoon, I always imagined something similar for myself as well (meaning three-five weeks of roaming around everywhere and anywhere in Europe). Enjoyed the post :)November 28, 2014 – 12:26 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Yes, we did have a great time! We had so much fun seeing all the sights that it didn’t feel like 5 weeks at all. Glad you enjoyed the post!November 28, 2014 – 12:42 pmReplyCancel

  • Tracy Green - Hi,

    Thanks for sharing your trip, it was a great read and very helpful.
    We are going to Europe for 4 weeks in ‘May 2015 and im struggling to work out how long everywhere. Some people say you have to stay a few days everywhere or you waste too much time travelling and get too tired .

    Ive noticed alot of organised tours only do 1-2 night stays. There is so many places I want to see . What are your thoughts on overnighters? Is it difficult with luggage and check in & out times?

    Originallly i had planned london-paris-venice-rome-munich-amsterdam-brussells-mannheim(our son is playing hockey representing australia here for our last 6 days). I was planning 4 nights/3 full days in each but now wonder if 2 full days is enough after reading your post?

    We are late 30’s and fit and have our 13 yr old daughter in toe as our son travels with his team.

    Cheers :)January 16, 2015 – 4:18 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I always struggle with deciding how long to stay in one place. On one hand, I like to see a city in depth, but I also like to see many different places in a country.

      When I’m planning a trip, I make a list of places I “must-see” in a city, and then another list of places that would be nice to visit if we have time. Then I look on a city map how far apart the attractions are, and use that to estimate how much time we need getting from place to place. In Europe, many of the cities are compact with the main sights close together, so you actually can see quite a lot in a day if you wanted to.

      For bigger cities, I like to spend at least 2-3 days, but for smaller towns, I have no issue with only spending one night. If possible, I try to arrange it so that we have a few over-nighters in a row, then take a travel break with a few days in one place. This way we didn’t get too tired or feel like we were travelling all the time. We also tried to do day trips if possible.

      I never unpack my suitcase, so the luggage wasn’t an issue. We always took an early morning train in order to maximize our days. Most places we arrived at late morning/early afternoon which still left us half the day to explore. We found train travel to be really relaxing, so that helped with not feeling too tired.

      I can’t really tell you if 3 days is too much because it depends on what you want to see. If you get bored, you can always do a day trip somewhere. Munich wasn’t my favourite city, but there are a lot of great places you can see on a day trip around there. For myself- 3 days in Brussels would have been way too much, but you could look into doing day trips to Bruges and Ghent from there. I wouldn’t take away time from Paris or Rome though- both incredible cities!

      Hope this helps. It’s hard to give advice for things like this because everyone’s travel style is so different. I personally don’t travel to relax- I want to see as much as possible, so I don’t mind getting up early, travelling around, and returning home tired. But, that’s not for everyone (my husband included lol!)January 17, 2015 – 10:40 amReplyCancel

  • Dylan Rose Geerlings - Hi there, I am a relatively new traveler and I will be spending a month or so this summer traveling Europe by myself after my abroad program ends. I am trying to lay out an itinerary for myself but I am also trying to figure out the best way to get from place to place. Your itinerary looks quite similar to what I had envisioned and I was hoping you could let me know how you got from place to place. Any information you can give me would be a big help. Thank you!March 11, 2015 – 11:31 amReplyCancel

  • Johnny Hentsch - I really, really, really liked this review. Thank you very much, you helped me a lot in my planning.May 21, 2015 – 10:29 pmReplyCancel

  • Tyrowe John Alarcon - Thanks a lot for this review this is such a big help… i am pretty excited with my plan to visit europe. Still collecting and searching possible itineraries…Will be there hopefully from October to November,,,Excited to experience autumn and see amazing sceneries…August 23, 2015 – 6:38 pmReplyCancel

  • Annie Sharp - Amazing review – hit miss approach is great idea. Just wondering if you booked ahead many of your trains with your eurail pass or did you have any issues with booked out trains?August 25, 2015 – 8:15 amReplyCancel

  • Mari - I feel the same way about planning a trip as you do! I also faced people saying it would not be convenient to book everything in advance and plan what to do. But for me it’s definitely the best way to travel because you don’t have to use your valuable time abroad doing that.

    I’m also a big fan of these hits and miss styled posts. I really like the way you approach travelling in your blog in general as well. It’s refreshing somehow. Thank you! :)October 4, 2015 – 3:46 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Mari. Thanks for reading my post- glad you enjoyed it! Sounds like we have some things in common about our travel style!October 4, 2015 – 5:49 pmReplyCancel

  • Deb Tew - Loved your trip review! I’m going on a Danube rivercruise next week that starts in Budapest and ends in Nuremburg. We had planned a couple of days in Salzburg afterward but now are thinking of staying in Nuremburg and taking day trips from there. Would you recommend Regensburg and Bamberg as the best daytrips from Nuremburg?October 8, 2015 – 3:33 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Great idea to spend some extra days in Nuremberg! I wish I had planned for more time there. We enjoyed both Regensburg and Bamberg, but would maybe give a slight edge to Regensburg, if I had to pick only one. But both towns were great! Another option would be Rothenburg ob der Tauber. This was my favourite place in Germany! Most people do it as a day trip, but I’m really glad we spent the night so we could enjoy it without all the crowds. Hope this helps! Enjoy your cruise!October 8, 2015 – 4:01 pmReplyCancel

  • Peita - Hi Rhonda,

    How did you go about budgeting for this trip? This is the hardest part for me, as I have planned an itinery myself, however just want to make sure we are not leaving ourselves short.
    Also how did you go with the trains and finding your way around to your accommodation everytime, is this time consuming? or did you just catch taxi’s etc?March 3, 2016 – 8:02 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Peita! When it comes to budgeting, we honestly don’t worry too much about that while we’re on the trip. We almost always use our airmiles/points for flights, so really only budget for mid-range hotels and train passes to get from city to city. Once we’re there, we do everything we’re interested in and not worry about the cost. We actually have a box that we throw all our spare change in and we use this as our spending money for our trips (it’s amazing how all that change can add up!)

      I always tried to book hotels that were sort of halfway between the train station we’d be arriving at and the main tourist areas, also not far from a subway stop. Sometimes we’d walk to our hotel, sometimes we’d take the subway or a cab. Since we were staying so close to the train station, cab rides weren’t very expensive.

      Hope this helps with your planning!March 4, 2016 – 9:08 amReplyCancel

  • the cape on the corner - i think i have like 10 tabs open here. what a great idea for a blog post, this is super helpful. we were going to do an overnight in munich, after 2 nights in salzburg, but i thought it was just getting a bit too fast paced, and since we’ll have a rental car, parking is expensive. i figure i will likely visit munich on its own than st. gilgan in austria, or the wachau valley. how i wanted to drive the romantic road! oh well, next time. from our week in the alps, we are driving down to lake bled and spending 2 nights in ljubiana, have you been?
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    • Rhonda Krause - No, I haven’t been to Slovenia yet, but it’s on my list. So many places to see, never enough time (and money) lol!March 22, 2016 – 4:51 pmReplyCancel

  • Michelle Tay - Hi, your trip sounded like a lot of fun!
    I would be traveling to Europe soon too and am wondering if I should drop by Strasbourg or Rothenburg. Any suggestions? Both looks amazing!March 20, 2016 – 6:37 pmReplyCancel

  • Rachel Melefalahola - Thank you heaps. This is awesome and will help us on our first trip to EuropeMarch 26, 2016 – 11:31 amReplyCancel

  • Farah Mohammed - i was wondering if you can help its my first time to go to
    Europe and i was wondering which shall i visit i have one monthApril 3, 2016 – 11:16 pmReplyCancel

  • Hailey - This post is exactly what I have been looking for! I am trying to plan an itinerary for my Europe trip and have had no luck looking online. Yours seems perfect the only thing I would have loved to know is travel time and the way you travelled between each place. I am super organised when I travel and I am really struggling with a Europe itinerary and where to find one with travel times and best way to travel :(April 24, 2016 – 4:01 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Hailey! I’m glad you’ve found this post helpful for planning your own trip. I’ve gone and added the travel time between destinations, which is something I’ve been meaning to do for a while, so thanks for the reminder! We took the train almost everywhere and rented a car once. Train is definitely our favourite way to travel in Europe. It’s easy, fast and efficient. Good luck with the rest of your planning!April 25, 2016 – 5:22 pmReplyCancel

  • Sam - Bookmarked! :)June 15, 2016 – 2:27 amReplyCancel

  • Beastie - I found your blog while searching for a 5 week itinerary for a trip to Europe. I really enjoyed reading about your trip but I couldn’t help but laugh about what happened on your walking tour in Prague. Something similar happened to us while my husband and I were in Cordoba, Spain. It was our first time taking a walking tour, we even paid for it because we wanted to skip the long lines to the Mesquita. The tour was so awful that we wanted to leave. Like you, we’re polite Canadians and we simply couldn’t bear the thought of being rude.July 25, 2017 – 7:36 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Oh no! It’s always unfortunate when a tour is not what you expected. I still regret doing that one in Prague because it made us miss out on other places we wanted to visit. I think a good guide is knowledgeable but a great guide knows how to read (and cater to) his/her audience.July 26, 2017 – 8:27 pmReplyCancel

  • Karen - Wow!  Thank you for sharing.  We are planning a trip to Europe for our honeymoon this year and it is so helpful!  February 13, 2018 – 8:00 pmReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - I’m happy to hear you found this helpful. Enjoy your honeymoon!February 16, 2018 – 1:37 pmReplyCancel

The Ultimate Vancouver Island Road Trip

One summer Mike and I set out on 15 day road trip from Edmonton to Vancouver Island and back.  We spent a lot of our time on “The Island” (as us Western Canadians call it) since it has a little bit of everything- great beaches, whimsical towns, gorgeous provincial parks, and romantic gardens. There’s no…

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  • Derek Christensen - How accessible – for Persons with Mobility Impairments – are these wonderful places you wrote about?? I’ve been to some of these places, but not all and am taking my wife to some of these in July 2013.
    I have had many frustrating days trying to inquire to many locations to find out how “accessible” these places are for Persons with Disabilities. I’m disabled.June 20, 2013 – 10:42 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Out of all the places we visited, Butchart Gardens is the most accessible. There is only one part in the Sunken Garden (a lookout point) that wouldn’t be accessible because of the stairs leading up. The Rose Carousel is even accessible. The Gardens also have wheelchairs available on a first come first served basis. They are free, you just need to make a $10 refundable deposit.

      Schooner Cove trail involves a lot of stairs and the boardwalk can be slippery.

      A website that may help you out regarding accessibility of beaches in the Tofino area is http://tofino-bc.com/blog/hiking-trails/wheelchair-accessibility-in-pacific-rim-national-park-reserve/

      Hope this helps!June 20, 2013 – 3:28 pmReplyCancel

  • Giles Gonnsen - Thank you for this entry. My girlfriend and I are going to be visiting Vancouver Island for the first time this June. We are coming all the way from Florida, so any insider looks always help!April 15, 2014 – 3:20 amReplyCancel

  • Sarah King Stern - Thank you so much for your post!!! we are leaving tomorrow for B.C. and will be visiting many of these spots thanks to you!!June 20, 2014 – 5:48 pmReplyCancel

  • E - Thanks for posting this – it was helpful on a recent trip.July 12, 2015 – 2:11 pmReplyCancel

  • Gina - Thanks for your insightful article..we are currently planning our first trip to Canada and will spend a week on Vancouver Island..it sounds like the perfect itinerary ;)
    Best wishes from Tasmania, Australia!February 20, 2016 – 6:08 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Hi Gina! Glad you found my article helpful. Vancouver Island is a great place to visit and with a week you’ll be able to experience a lot of it. How long will you be in Canada for? You should definitely try and make it to my home province of Alberta. We’ve got the beautiful Rocky Mountains!February 22, 2016 – 3:24 pmReplyCancel

  • Clare Alayne - This is a fantastic post! I love the island, and my partner and I are planning our wedding there. The best part – his Aussie family and friends getting to experience the island for the first time. Thanks for providing a great road trip template!April 4, 2016 – 1:13 amReplyCancel

  • Amanda - Thanks for your excellent article. We are planning a short trip on Vancouver Island, we only have 3 full days to explore as much as we can this June. Your article has given me plenty of ideas. We can’t wait!May 20, 2016 – 8:31 amReplyCancel

  • Chad Schill - This is a great read and very personal with the explanations you have given. Great job and more importantly so glad you both had a great time! I live on Saltspring Island, next time include our little island in your trip!June 14, 2016 – 11:56 pmReplyCancel

  • Kati - Hi Rhonda,

    I’ve been following your blog for some time, it was really helpful when we were planning our six weeks Canada road trip last year!

    But I didn’t quite listen to your advice on Vancouver Island and we stuffed up our road trip by packing way too much in (and we were heading north to catch the ferry from Port Hardy as well). I virtually didn’t see anything you saw and now looking your descriptions and pictures, I can only smack myself in the head and wonder why none of your advice had sunk in… Ah well, I guess I can say I learnt some lessons. ;)March 3, 2017 – 3:06 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Oh no! That’s too bad. I’ve been guilty of that a time or two myself. I guess you’ll have to come back one day. ;)March 5, 2017 – 2:19 pmReplyCancel

  • Seymour Balling - Thanks for posting such a wonderful trip experience.July 9, 2017 – 6:19 amReplyCancel

How to Spend 24 Hours in Istanbul

Istanbul is often referred to as where East meets West.  It’s the only city in the word built on two continents, the Bosphorus Strait splitting the city in two, dividing Europe from Asia. Most visitors to the city spend their time on the European side, since this is where the historical and commercial districts are….

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  • adnan - good Read! I loved my stay in Istanbul even though it was short like yours! planning to go back and check Topkapi Palace in March! and selling you to the guy in the grand bazaar was indeed a joke and a way to make fun! :) Happy travels!February 4, 2014 – 10:05 amReplyCancel

    • Rhonda Krause - Thank you! Yes, the guys at the bazaar were friendly and fun to joke with. My boyfriend at the time just didn’t have a sense of humour at all! I would love to go back to Istanbul one day. I’m sure I missed out on a lot of great places. Have fun on your return trip!February 4, 2014 – 10:13 amReplyCancel

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