Europe, Traveling Together

The 18 Most Romantic Experiences in Europe

January 20, 2017

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, we can’t help but be thinking of all things romance. While Valentine’s Day is often associated with chocolates, champagne, and jewelry, we think more personal, romantic experiences are the proper way to celebrate it. Sure, we’ve already had our fair share of Valentine’s-worthy romantic experiences in Europe, but we don’t plan on stopping anytime soon! This year we’ll be heading to Zermatt, Switzerland, with another couple, to celebrate the weekend before. Long days of stunning mountain views followed by evenings in cozy après-ski bars sounds like the perfect way to make cupid proud.

Valentine’s Day is a great time for a romantic getaway, but we love romantic travel year round, and encourage all couples to travel together. To help you brainstorm your next (or first) romantic adventure, we’ve rounded up the most romantic experiences in Europe from some of our favorite traveling couples. Europe itself is incredibly romantic, so these experiences are the best of the best.

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Accommodation, London

The Best Option for Accommodation Near London

January 16, 2017
Choose Reading, England for quality & budget-friendly accommodation near London

As London residents, we often forget that visiting London is a luxury to many. Accommodation prices are extortionate, the pound is strong (relative to other currencies), and each and every thing you do as a tourist comes with a price. We sometimes joke that the area of affordable living is getting pushed out of London more and more over time, and the same can be said for affordable tourist accommodation. Even budget accommodation in London matches the prices of luxury accommodation in other cities of the world, and only as we start to broaden our search to accommodation near London do we start to find acceptable prices.

Although we do not always focus on budget travel personally, we want anyone and everyone to be able to visit London. Therefore, we’d like to provide some budget friendly recommendations for our city. This starts with accommodation – you cannot visit a city if you do not have a place to stay! While we have heard positive things about Couchsurfing, it’s not a concept that we completely trust. And while we absolutely love AirBnb, it’s not for everyone and it’s not always that much cheaper. So, instead, we bring you an option that will fit everyone.

Visit London, but don’t stay there!

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Destinations, Traveling Together

2017 Travel Plans: Our Most Epic Travel Year Yet

January 10, 2017

It seems wrong to post a 2016 recap without posting a look ahead to 2017, so here we are! Between work, our wedding, and (potential) home renovations, we have a busy year ahead of us. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t continue to travel. We are obsessed with traveling, after all!

While not all of our plans are set in stone, we do have a couple of UK trips booked, as well as our honeymoon (yay)! In fact, we just booked over the weekend and are SO excited to reveal the destination. We also have a general idea of the other places we want to visit throughout the year – if we manage to squeeze in just one or two, it will be a success. Here’s to another year of adventure!

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Destinations, Traveling Together

2016: Travel Summary & Our Biggest Adventure Yet

January 6, 2017
Our 2016 Recap - Travel, Love, and plenty of Adventure!

2016 has been a whirlwind of a year. In fact, it would be quite fitting to nickname 2016 “The Year of Kelly’s Visa” because we were tied up in sorting that out from January until the beautiful thing arrived in early November. However, as much as that silly piece of paper held us up for so long, we were able to accomplish so much throughout the year.

There was a ton of back and forth for the first half of the year, followed by a summer of big changes that went by in the blink of an eye. Then, the last four months have been jam packed with settling into our new life and trying to save money while still trying to travel. We also challenged ourselves to go Around the UK in 80 Weekends starting in October – three months in, we still have lots of planning and traveling to get to!

Because it feels like we are constantly going, it’s hard to keep track of where we have been and what we have done, so we’re taking a step back to recap it all. Here’s a summary of all that went on for us in 2016 – it’s long, and detailed, but it’s also pretty cool to see it all together like this!

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Belgium, Weekend Breaks

Winter in Bruges: Romance, Beer, and Christmas Cheer

December 27, 2016
Winter in Bruges: Ideas for making the most of your time (and of the season) when visiting Bruges, Belgium during the winter

My birthday falls on December 12 – the perfect time for a Christmas-themed getaway before the Christmas crowds get there. Since moving to Europe, I’ve tried to dedicate my birthday weekend to a Christmas Market themed trip. Last year, we visited Alsace for Christmas markets and wine tasting; this year, we chose to experience winter in Bruges – Christmas markets and beer!

Winter is a wonderful time to visit Bruges – it is definitely a winter tourist destination, but is not as crowded as some of the others, and definitely not as crowded as it gets in the summer! The winter sunrise/sunset schedule offers an incredible contrast allowing you to experience Bruges by day and by night.

Here are some of the things you can do to make the most of winter in Bruges:

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