Prospective visitors to Rome always want to see the same things: The Vatican. The Colosseum. The Forum. The problem is, everyone has the same ideas, and everyone is there. But there are alternatives to the typical Roman visit, offering visitors a chance to take in every bit of the beauty and antiquity of this storied empire without being caught up in jostling swarms of noisy tourists.Read More
We’ve had our share of embarrassing encounters when we travel, often rooted in language miscommunications… Here are two of our favorite "His and Her" anecdotes, that just (sadly) happen to be male genital-related.Read More
On our recent (November 2017) trip to Switzerland, we spent a day visiting the town of Gruyères, in the western mountains close to France. Gruyères is a town almost too beautiful to be believed - as we walked into the pedestrian-only town center, the views took our breath awayRead More
The central Italian province of Tuscany is perhaps the country's most famous, both for its incredible history and its iconic, panoramic landscapes. Here are a few of our favorite out-of-the-way places that we've found over the years, full of art, history, architecture, food, and beautiful landscapes... but not full of tourists.Read More
Traveling can be a fun adventure, or it can be a friendship-ending nightmare. Or a combination of both. After taking dozens of European trips together, we have developed some good techniques for how to be a good travel partner.Read More
While exploring small-town Italy over the years, we've found amazing restaurants that feel like you're eating at Grandma's house! They’re not fancy, not expensive, and they will offer some of the best meals you’ll have in Italy.Read More
When travelers to Italy hear the word "museum", we typically think of walking along velvet rope-lines through hallways on old tile floors, admiring paintings, sculpture, and other artwork and artifacts from throughout history. But a stuffed alligator? Lakota moccasins? Salami? A 150-year-old shovel? Here is a list of some of our favorite museums in Italy - you probably didn't learn about most of this stuff in Art History 101.Read More
We travel to Europe 5-6 times a year, and we are not rich people, so budgeting is extremely important to us. We create custom itineraries for clients that want to travel to Europe, and in our consultations with them, the issue of money almost always plays a big role. Here's a breakdown of a typical budget.
Here's a typical budget breakdown, along with a few tips on what you can expect to spend. This is how to have a trip that is immersive, authentic, and affordable - and you won't even notice the 'budget' aspect of it.