Favorite Photos: The Shop Signs of Austria

This week’s #FriFotos theme is “for sale” and while that seemed challenging at first, a quick review of my photographs revealed the perfect solution. Nicole and I loved all the little shops that line the long, narrow streets of Innsbruck and Salzburg, Austria. And we loved the artistic wrought iron signs used to mark each shop. Somehow, the big box stores down the street at my local shopping center just don’t have the same appeal. In Salzburg, even McDonald’s gets classy signage.

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Don’t Miss: Iceland’s Golden Circle

When you visit Iceland in January, your options are somewhat limited. Don’t get me wrong: There’s still plenty to do (and everything looks so pretty with a dusting—or more—of snow). But it’s highly recommended that, because of the unpredictability of the weather and the possibility of road closings, visitors don’t rent a car in winter. Fortunately, if you’ve got to take a tour, Iceland is a great place to do it. The tours run frequently, are well organized, and, perhaps best of all, will pick you up and drop you off right at your hotel. Continue reading

Guest Post: Why We’re Lousy at Packing Light

After Nicole’s post yesterday about her shoe obsession, it’s clear that maybe we’re not always the best judges of what to pack and what to leave at home. Enter this perfectly timed guest post, courtesy of our friend Terri. A writer, speaker, and coach, Terri has some great insight into the pre-trip packing process. We’re looking forward to some more guest posts about her upcoming adventures in the Middle East!

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Favorite Photos: On Display

It’s Friday again, and that means it’s time for #FriFotos on Twitter. This week’s theme is “museums”, and I think by now we all know how I like my museums: small and quirky. Of course, I’m always willing to make an exception if a particular exhibit catches my fancy. So, without further ado, here are photos of some of my favorite museums (okay, and an aquarium) from my travels. Continue reading

Coming Soon: Our Southwest Roadtrip Adventure!

It’s time for an announcement: We’ve almost finalized our trip for fall! With the exception of Iceland, we’re sticking with a North American theme this year… and now we’re heading West. We both love a good road trip—in fact, most of our travels together have involved a rental car. Put those two things together, and you’ve got Jess and Nicole’s Southwest Adventure. In October, we’ll be spending ten days tooling around the American Southwest, hitting up some of this country’s most amazing national parks. Continue reading

Literary Travels: Boston Harbor’s Long Island

I’ve lived in Boston more than 2 decades, and almost every summer I’ve had the same plan: explore the harbor islands. With some 34 islands, there are a lot of opportunities for adventure. Yet it was only about two years ago that Devin and I finally got around to paying a visit (and it was in winter—but that’s a different post for another time!). Continue reading