How Much Does Iceland Really Cost? Plus a Few Tips for Saving Money

If you are planning a trip to Iceland, you’ve probably already heard about how expensive it is. Prior to our 2-week Iceland trip, I talked to people who survived off of gas station hot dogs and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches during their stay. We heard that gas was expensive and even basic accommodations would…

What to Pack for a Trip to Iceland: A Complete Packing List

Iceland is one of the most beautiful and remote islands in the world. It is also one of the most expensive. So if you are planning a trip, you’ll want to make sure that you pack everything you need to avoid having to make some pricey purchases during your visit. Check out our list of…

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…

The Best Beaches and Beach Towns in the Balkans

The Balkan coastline is home to several culturally vibrant countries that have immense natural beauty. Their breathtaking beaches have turquoise waters, rocky coves, and rugged mountain backdrops. A rich history and nearby ancient ruins add a dose of adventure once you’ve had your fill of rest and relaxation on the pebble and sand beaches. From Croatia to Greece, here is a collection of my favorite beaches in the Balkans! 

Golden Circle, Iceland: The Complete Guide

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 (we spent 2 weeks driving Iceland’s Ring Road)….

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…