Cloud Forest, Gardens By The Bay, Singapore

The Garden City, Singapore

What we loved about Singapore are the gardens, the super affordable and tasty hawker fare and the wonderful mix of Chinese, Indian, and Malaysians cultures that reminded us a bit of home. Unfortunately for us, during our trip AirBnB was not as common and priced as high as hotels for a private room within an apartment. Given the high prices, we decided to go with a hotel and use our rewards points to cover the cost.

Sakura (Cherry blossoms), Meguro River, Tokyo, Japan

Tokyo in April

Plan Your Own Adventure photo gallery logistics & budget where we stayed details   As any girl growing up on Sailor Moon and Japanese animation (anime) would tell you, visiting Japan was a dream come true. Tokyo especially seemed like some mystical city that could delve into your dreams and birth them into reality and […]

Hazelnut espresso, Naples, Rome

Things to know before visiting Italy

We spent a couple weeks visiting Rome and Naples in February and despite prior research online, still had to learn much from experience. Granted our short time only provided a limited experience, but here is our list of things to know before going to Italy so you might feel prepared and not taken advantage of. […]

EAV bus shuttle from Pompeii to Vesuvius

Visiting Herculaneum, Pompeii & Mount Vesuvius

We had 6 days in Naples this February and one of the most popular things to do in Naples is to visit the Herculaneum or Pompeii ruins and go up Mount Vesuvius. Prior to going, we did some online research and found that plenty said you could fit two activities into one trip, with Pompeii and Vesuvius being the most common combo.

Sibelius Park (Sibeliuksen puisto), Helsinki

Helsinki & Tampere: the realest winter

Plan Your Own Adventure photo gallery logistics & budget where we stayed details Finland. There is nothing like snow laden forests of bare trees: the stark brilliant white against the almost night black trees. The snow outlines forms you never noticed before. A simplification of the world, everything becomes dark or light, lines and shapes, […]

Nyhavn (København K)

Copenhagen, Denmark

We left the comparably mild winter weather of Netherlands and arrived at the Copenhagen Airport late afternoon the second week of January: the sky already beginning to darken, old snow on the ground. The airport was quiet, sterile lighting led the way while a oddly comforting smell of artificial fruits wafted through the cold air, reminding me of Vita gummies.

Windmills at Kinderdijk, Netherlands

A Week in Netherlands: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht

Netherlands made its way off and on our list as we debated our route around the world, weather conditions, and my general disinterest in Amsterdam’s famed offerings, however we’ve agreed that we’ll have to make it back during warmer weather. Netherlands in winter, specifically around early January was very cold and wet, it rained half the week that we were there. We didn’t catch any snow, which surprised us a little since we’d just come from Prague for the New Year (post coming soon) and it was snowing there, however the cold weather and the shorter daylight hours definitely played a role in our experience or lack thereof for the Netherlands.

New Years Day Fireworks, Mánes Bridge (Mánesův most), Prague

New Year in Prague

Prague is a city with old charm magic; a place where you can wander endlessly, live on beer, and walk around laughing in delight under a gentle snowfall that quickly whips up into a full on snow storm. We spent the perfect New Year’s week at Christmas markets and celebrating with 2 back to back nights of fireworks because New Year’s Day is their Independence day.

Victory Column, Tiergarten, Berlin, Germany

Christmas in Berlin & a day in Dresden

Our train reached Berlin by 8:00 am, which was a too early even for our earlier check in, so we hung out at Rubens Coffee Lounge, a nearby cafe, and got a couple pastries and large coffees for breakfast. We were drained, but that didn’t stop me from celebrating the much more affordable food prices here when compared to Switzerland.

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich, Switzerland

We spent the first half of our week in Switzerland in Geneva and the latter short half in Zurich; meeting a friend and visiting Christmas Markets. Zurich felt significantly colder than Geneva, especially with all the frozen snow on the ground