Lapland Souvenirs: 12 Thoughtful & Unique Gifts from Finnish Lapland

Finnish Lapland is a region of untamed beauty, one that’s a bucket list wish for many people.  The magic of life above the Arctic Circle is hard to express, especially its pristine landscapes and dazzling Northern lights displays. Getting here is a trek, but it’s worth the effort, and many travelers don’t want to end … Read more

Renting a Car in Portugal: 13 Tips From Someone Who Lived There! [2024]

road with two little tuktuks on it while driving in portugal

Exploring Portugal on a road trip is one of the best ways to discover the country and reach remote places you wouldn’t otherwise visit. Despite its small size, Portugal overdelivers everywhere: stunning coastal and mountainous landscapes, cities out of a storybook, and picturesque villages tucked away and seemingly untouched by time. Since I lived in … Read more

23 Most Beautiful Places in Slovenia for Your Bucket List

view of the small island with a church on it on the center of lake bled, a beautiful turquoise lake in Slovenia

Slovenia is a small European country tucked away in the Balkans, bordering Italy, Croatia, Hungary, and Austria. Despite its small size (it’s actually smaller than New Jersey!), the country has remarkable variety and exceptional beauty – from alpine peaks to rolling plains, from peaceful coasts to deep caves and roaring rivers.  We spent two weeks … Read more

3 Best Amarone Wine Tours from Verona [Curated By a Wine Nerd]

drying grapes for the first step of the amarone process

One of the best things about a trip to Verona is just how amazingly close to the Valpolicella wine region it is! This is where you’ll find some of Italy’s most classic wines, including the delicious, prized Amarone — a collector’s favorite for its ability to age the distance. Alongside Prosecco wine (which grows in … Read more

The 21 Best Warm European Destinations in January [for 2024!]

lighthouse on the island of madeira in portugal

New Year, new you, new holiday destinations, anyone? If you’re looking to escape the more frigid clutches of other parts of Europe, don’t worry! Lovely warm European destinations in January are usually never more than a few hours’ plane ride away. Plus, prices for these Europe vacation spots in January are usually lower than they … Read more

7 Best Douro Valley Winery Hotels & Quintas to Stay In

view of a quinta in the douro valley region with vineyards in the background

Immersing yourself in the beauty of the Douro Valley is best experienced through a stay at one of the quintas, the famed Douro Valley winery hotels. These traditional Portuguese wine estates offer more than just accommodation; you get to live and breathe the wine culture of the Douro Valley as these properties are also working … Read more