Zagreb, CROATIA - we knew we'd be back in Croatia after our first trip Dubrovnik. This capital city was always on the radar, but we struggled to fit it in due it's northern position and PTO days. The solution: rent a car and add a stop in Plitvice Lakes National Park in route to the Dalmatian Coast (+ unused PTO from quarantine).
Nice, FRANCE - My curser was hovering over the flight to Nice on the same day France opened its borders to Americans. Armed with my double vaccination card, flexible cancellation Airbnbs, and BinaxNOW Covid tests for our flight back to the US, we packed up and said "Au revoir." Finally...back to Europe after 18 months... I cried a little..
San Juan, PUERTO RICO - How am I just now sharing my love for the Island of Enchantment? I'm a huge "reggaetonera" and have been listening to music out of this small island for over 15 years now, before it hit mainstream. As a US territory, American tourists don't need passports to travel here, but once you land you'll definitely feel like you left the country.
Tulum, MEXICO - we were first drawn to the "City of Dawn" for the Mayan ruins back in 2012. Fast forward 8 years and the city has transformed dramatically given it's fairly recent boom in tourism. Unfortunately, our travel plans were disrupted due to the pandemic. Ironically enough, this lush jungle and remote beach was [...]
Paris, FRANCE - the city of macaroons..I mean love (which is the same thing, right?) I've visited this iconic city a few times and to be honest the first one, I wasn't head over heels like most. However, this last trip with my four best friends quickly shifted Paris towards the top. In college, we [...]
Barcelona, SPAIN - we just can't stay away! Dmitriy and I find any excuse to travel, so when flights to Barcelona dropped to $400 we immediately booked a birthday celebration in our favorite city. This trip marked my 5th time in Catalonia so we decided to do Barcelona more "off the beaten path" while revising [...]
Cartagena, COLOMBIA - this port city on the country's northern coast differs vastly from Colombia's interior cities as it served an important role in the expansion of the Spanish empire. This is where Spanish, Caribbean, and Colombian worlds meet. We finished our adventure here for a little R&R and unexpectedly found world class cuisine. Our [...]
Medellin - COLOMBIA - has always been on our list, despite the success around Netflix hit, Narcos. When Los Cafeteros won against Senegal in the World Cup, we decided it was finally time to book tickets....thanks to a large intake of aguardiente and our friend's endorsement for the "City of Eternal Spring".
Berlin, GERMANY - serving as the capital of Germany and second most populous city in the European Union. Just 28 years ago, the city was divided into West and East Berlin (crazy to think I was born just 4 days before the fall of the Berlin Wall), so we decided that the city deserved more time for us to explore given it's recent history...and rebirth.