Back-to-back: From Bavaria to Romania

We are back from a four-day trip to Bavaria.  It was a very special trip for me as I got another item checked off from my bucket list: to see Cinderella’s castle a.k.a. Neuschwanstein Castle.  And somewhere in the Bavarian Alps , my husband and I fell in love with the Linderhof Palace.  With our pinkies …

Travel planning in full gear

Wow, time has flown!  We have done five of the nine trips that we planned for the first half of 2013 and now I’m in planning mode again for where to go the rest of the year.  There are no more long weekends in Amsterdam from July to December so we have to be very …

What to wear in the desert

Earlier this year I posted about planning our travel wardrobe better and make it a point to travel in style.  I’ve been very good and have stayed true to the 5 rules that I listed out: 1.  Leave the gym gear at home. 2.  Wear colour. 3.  Get inspiration from your destination. 4.  Take a break …

Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea

It took all of 8 seconds for Kempinski Hotel Ishtar Dead Sea to line up a welcome team for my husband and I.  The personal and warm welcome—the best I’ve had from a hotel—was but a start to an overall exceptional stay.   I almost had tears of joy at the gate of Kempinski Hotel Ishtar. …

Off to Tuscany

I’m taking a quick break from the Jordan series for a few days because KD and I are heading over to Florence. I am leaving my laptop at home to keep my backpack light. Heaven knows that by the time we come back, I would have eaten enough pasta equivalent to the weight of my …

Mövenpick Resort Petra

After driving for 4 hours from Madaba—almost half of which was through extremely dark, winding, cliff-edge mountain roads—arriving at the Mövenpick Resort in Petra was a very welcome site.  We picked the Mövenpick primarily for two reasons: Location: It’s right across the entrance to the ancient city of Petra.  Getting your tickets to the site …

Jordan Day 3: Dead Sea Relaxation

In my books, floating in the Dead Sea is currently right up there with the experience of seeing the aurora borealis—if not tied for first place, then it sits at a very close second.  Floating effortlessly is so magical—I did not want it to end.  And now, I’m already planning to go back. ROAD TO SAUDI ARABIA …

Jordan Day 2: Treasures of Petra

I wanted to go to Jordan because of Petra.  Full stop.  Everything else we saw and did were listed under ‘non-mandatories’ during my initial planning.  Looking back, of course, I feel very foolish for even entertaining the thought of missing the Baptism Site or the Dead Sea.  In my mind, Petra was our holy grail. …

Jordan Day 1: The road to Petra

Our first day in Jordan featured 350km of driving through Jordan’s desert and mountain roads.  Along the way we stopped to see a number of special sites, had the best falafel in the world, and pulled over to catch a beautiful sunset. WHAT’S THE PLAN, YOUR MAJESTY? guf·faw /gəˈfô/ a loud and boisterous laugh.   A …

Cost of chasing the aurora borealis

Checking off the line item “see the northern lights” from our bucket list cost quite a bit but is absolutely worth every penny. Below is a rough breakdown of our budget so you can estimate how much yours can potentially cost, so you can start planning for it: ITEM COST A few things to note: …

Chasing the Northern Lights

UPDATE: On December 2013, we went back to Tromso and for a second time, saw the northern lights.  I took much better photographs that will be posted to the blog soon together with photography tips.  Until then, this post should still get you started.  Happy planning! The plan involved one night, one chance, and one …

Budapest Cheat Sheet

Ending the Budapest series with a functional cheat sheet that I’m hoping you can use as a quick printed reference in your trip, or to help you in your overall planning.  Download the printable guide here. WHERE TO STAY: Stay in the Pest side especially if it’s your first time in Budapest. Save: Opera Garden Hotel …