Iceland in January? Absolutely!

Sun Voyager in Reykjavik, IcelandWe’ve all heard the story: Greenland is really covered in ice, while Iceland is really green, named such by Vikings to ward off potential settlers. Well, that’s a myth—in more ways than one. Iceland truly is icy, at least if you visit in winter. But that’s no reason to avoid this country in colder months, as Nicole and I learned during our stay last year during the dead of January.

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A Sidetrip to Watkins Glen, NY

To tide ourselves over while waiting for our SW roadtrip to commence (4 more days!!!), both Jess and I have spent the summer taking a bunch of smaller weekend and days trips – Vegas, Vermont, Rhode Island, Cape Cod, Hammond Castle, Calf Island… the list goes on and on. Our last “big” trip goes back almost 10 months – our 5-day weekend in Iceland – so we’ve needed to sate our wanderlust in smaller, more manageable ways. Enter my trip to the Finger Lakes in upstate New York last weekend. Continue reading

Classic New England: Vermont’s Covered Bridges

Vermont covered bridgeWhat’s this? Oh, yes. A blog post! Our apologies for being a little light on the posts lately—we’re both crazy busy with work, getting ready for our big Southwest road trip in just 12 days!

But as any travel lover knows, even the prospect of an upcoming trip doesn’t quell the urge for adventure NOW. So last weekend, Devin and I headed north. Autumn is in the air here in New England, and what better way to celebrate the season than with a classic day trip aimed at soaking up the fall foliage? In other words, leaf peeping! Continue reading

Boston’s Calf Island: Buggy But Beautiful

Calf Island in Boston HarborIf you know me, you know that I have an extreme dislike of mosquitoes. Okay, no one really enjoys these insects, but I’d go so far as to say that I live in fear. As I’ve gotten older I seem to have developed an allergy to the whiny little suckers: What once were merely annoying bites now balloon into unbearably itchy purple spots the size of silver dollars. As a result, I freak out every time I hear the signature buzz—especially if it’s in my bedroom in the middle of the night.

So you can imagine my distress when Devin and I landed on Calf Island last weekend as part of a private trip with Friends of the Boston Harbor Islands. We’ve visited several other Harbor islands and never had the need for bug spray. Then again, most of those trips took place during sunny summer weather, not right after a fairly large rainstorm. In other words: mosquito heaven. Ready the Benadryl! Continue reading

What to Do in St. Lucia: 3 Ways to Explore This Romantic Island

Pitons in St. LuciaWhat do you want in a tropical island? Sun, sand, surf, and pristine turquoise water? A dense rainforest filled with exotic creatures? The freshest seafood and strongest piña coladas? For me, the answer is “all of the above!” And I found my tropical paradise when Devin and I took a five-day trip to the island of St. Lucia several years ago.

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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