Visiting Crete brings pretty seaside towns and beautiful beaches

Is Crete Worth Visiting? 11 Reasons to Go Now

Some Greek islands are known for their beauty—the blue domes of Santorini and the white-washed buildings of Mykonos are the things dream are made of. But we had no immediate associations with Crete. Would visiting Crete be worth it?

TSegovia Cathedral is one of the sites to see on a Madrid to Segovia day trip

Finding the Soul of Segovia, Spain

Segovia, Spain, is a small city with big sites. A quick ride from the capital on the high-speed train, it’s a perfect day trip from Madrid.

Houses along one of the Norway fjords seen on a Norway in a Nutshell tour

How to do Norway in a Nutshell on Your Own

There are raging waterfalls, colorful fishing cabins, and millennia-old gorges known as fjords carved when the Earth was a much younger place. This route lets you see them all relatively quickly and easily.

One of the Akumal turtles coming up for air during our Akumal snorkeling adventure

How to Snorkel with Sea Turtles in Akumal, Mexico

The highlight of our entire trip to Mexico was a visit to Akumal bay for a snorkeling adventure to swim with green sea turtles in the wild. Akumal is a wonderful day in the sun and the sea, where the turtles are the stars of the show.

Visiting outdoor cafes is one of the fun things to do in Bologna Italy

18 Great Ways to Experience the Best of Bologna

The energetic, historic capital of Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region, Bologna is our favorite type of city. It is large enough to have lots of things to see and do but is easy to navigate and lacks the crowds that can flood some of the bigger cities.

Boats and houses along a canal near sunset in Haarlem, Netherlands

14 Things to Do on a Haarlem Day Trip

Haarlem is a dream. It has grand architecture, outdoor cafes, canals, and great museums all without the crowds of some of the larger cities in the Netherlands.

Street in Palermo, Sicily

Palermo, Italy: Beyond Our Highest Expectations

We expected Palermo to be gritty, rough-around-the-edges, largely without charm or intrigue. What we found was a city with blemishes, but also with a mix of fascinating influences, amazing food, friendly people, and a cultural and religious history stretching back for millennia.