Sightseeing Central Europe, Part III: Hungary and Austria.

The next capital city we would meet on our tour of Central Europe was Budapest, Hungary. One of the first things we learned about the city was its proper Hungarian pronunciation, “Boo-da-PESHT.”  Regarded as the “Queen of the Danube,” for the formidable waterway that divides it, Budapest has two distinctly unique sides to explore. On […]

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Sightseeing Central Europe, Part II: Auschwitz-Birkenau

The most heartbreaking and painful sight was the room containing two tons of decaying human hair piled floor-to-ceiling behind a glass wall. The majority of these tattered braids and ponytails came from women and children who were sent to the gas chamber. Their lives were rendered useless and their only redeeming quality was the hair on their heads, which the Nazis harvested to make socks, rope, and textiles. Your heart sinks, your stomach turns, you look away in disbelief. There are no words.

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Sightseeing Central Europe: Part I, Poland

Over ten days we visited five amazing countries: Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, and Czech Republic (technically renamed Czechia in 2006). Over my next few posts I’ll be covering our Central European excursion and first up is Poland!

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Hitched Up: Southern Utah and Northern Arizona

I just returned from a wonderful tour of Central Europe with my mom and have already started writing about our experience. But, before I share all about that adventure I figure I should catch up on an older one- the quick trip to southern Utah and northern Arizona Mitchell, Gaius, and I made in March. […]

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Volunteering: Best Friends Animal Sanctuary

Out in southern Utah, nestled in a serene desert canyon exists a vast and magical safe haven for animals big, small, healthy, or unwell. Literally described by some as “heaven on earth,” Best Friends Animal Sanctuary provides care to over 1,600 abandoned and rescued animals with the help of their animal-loving staff and eager volunteers. […]

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China Explored, Part II: Great Wall, Gorgeous Garden, and Grand Buddha

I was pretty excited about day 4 of our itinerary when we would visit the Great Wall of China. Unlike the optional excursion we booked on our free day in Beijing that took us to the Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City, the activities on day 4 were included as part of the […]

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China Explored, Part I: Travel By Groupon

I’ve always dreamed about visiting China and seeing the Great Wall someday but it seemed like a bucket list destination that was just too far out of reach. That all changed when I saw an amazing travel deal on Groupon offering a 10-day guided tour of China for $649. If you’re not familiar with Groupon, […]

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Off the Beaten Path: Glamping and Offbeat Destinations

Before we started living and traveling in our little 150-square-foot roaming home, my favorite way to travel was to stay in offbeat and unique places. I’m talking yurts, treehouses, cabins, and anything off the beaten path or different than a conventional hotel. I wasn’t able to narrow it down to my top three, so in […]

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An Icelandic Adventure: Part II

Our third full day in Iceland would be a long one. We woke up early to head out for a tour of the Golden Circle, a route that travels approximately 190 miles in southern Iceland, covering some of the country’s most scenic natural landmarks and attractions. But first, breakfast! Our hotel offered complimentary breakfast every […]

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