Exploring Iceland’s Ring Road: The Best 2-Week Itinerary!

As we were planning our two week trip to Iceland, we were completely overwhelmed. We couldn’t figure out which sites were just off the road and which required some hiking. And it wasn’t clear whether the roads were paved or gravel. So we marked a bunch of sites on our downloaded map and hoped for…

Complete Guide to Iceland’s Golden Circle

Depending on the amount of time that you have to spend in Iceland, there are two popular routes that allow you to see the highlights of the island. The “Ring Road” route would ideally take 10-14 days and would take you around the circumference of the island. And the “Golden Circle” route ideally takes a…

Highlights of Southern Iceland: The 19 Best Places to Visit!

Iceland has done a fantastic job of positioning itself as an ideal layover destination for flights between the US and Europe. So many travelers spend just a few days on the island. And while we would highly recommend spending a few weeks in Iceland to see all of the amazing sites, the most impressive highlights…

Complete Guide to the Blue Lagoon in Iceland

The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa located about 13 miles from the international airport and about 30 miles from the city of Reykjavik. You’ve undoubtedly seen photos of the milky blue water that is supplied by the nearby Svartsengi Geothermal Power Station. The high silica content is what gives the water its blue color…

Don’t Miss these 11 Highlights of Latvia

Latvia is a gorgeous country with an intriguing history. They originally declared independence in 1918, only to be occupied by the Russians, then the Germans, and then the Russians again. After living under Soviet rule for decades, the Eastern Baltic countries had enough. On August 23, 1989 approximately two million people joined hands to form…

Riga, Latvia: 18 Amazing Things to See and Do in the City

Latvia is a small country located on the eastern side of the Baltic Sea. What it lacks in size, it makes up with a fascinating history. Over the past century Latvia has been occupied by Russia, then Germany, and then Russia again, before finally gaining independence in 1990. Today the country is made up of…

Is Uzbekistan Safe for Tourists? A Female Traveler’s Perspective

This is a common question that we’ve gotten during our 3 week trip to Uzbekistan. Many people see the shared border with Afghanistan, which is generally considered to be unsafe for Americans, and assume that Uzbekistan experiences similar unrest. It is rather difficult to find safety information about Uzbekistan as the government does not release…

Best Places to Visit in Uzbekistan: Top Sights on the Silk Road

Uzbekistan is a country in Central Asia that was under Soviet rule until the early 1990’s. In just two years the government has made great strides in making it easier for tourists to get here and to get around the country. The money is unpegged, ATMs are now widely available, the e-visa process is simple,…

Muynak, Uzbekistan: A Visit to the Aral Sea Ship Cemetery

A popular trip from Khiva is north, to the city of Muynak where you can visit the “ship cemetery”. The residents of Muynak once made their living by fishing on the Aral Sea. But for decades the sea has been decreasing in size and volume. Fishing boats were abandoned in the sand that was once…

32 Things to Know Before Visiting Uzbekistan

Prior to visiting Uzbekistan we read several blogs that actually made us really nervous. We read about the currency being pegged so people had to exchange their US dollars on the black market. We read about foreign officials being quite paranoid about foreigners taking photos. We had a hard time finding accommodations that looked decent….