Holiday Gift Guide & Giveaway

It’s so hard to believe that the holidays are right around the corner – where has the year gone?! This year, I wanted share with you some of my favorite things that would make awesome gifts (for yourself, or others!) &, as an added bonus, am giving away everything you see in this post to one […]

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50 Things I Love About Barbados – In Photos

Today marks the 50th anniversary of Barbados’ independence from the UK & I’m sure that Bajans have cooked up one heck of a lime (that’s their word for party). This dot in the Caribbean holds a soft spot in my heart from the years my Dad lived there as an ex-pat. The friendly locals, delicious […]

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My Favorite Evening in Iceland

Our third night in Iceland was spent in a tiny town (population: 120) whose name I cannot pronounce (Kirkjubæjarklaustur), watching the Iceland men’s national soccer team lose in the quarter finals of the Euro Cup & eating dinner surrounded by loud Americans in our hotel’s dining room. And yet this was my favorite evening of our […]

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48 Hours in Reykjavik

I think it’s safe to say that Iceland is the hottest travel destination on the planet right now & the majority of visitors spend the bulk of their time in Reykjavik. This capital city feels part Scandinavian, part European, part eclectic town. 48 hours is the average length of time that visitors (especially stopover visitors) […]

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Why We Went to Iceland and Didn’t Visit the Blue Lagoon

When planning our summer trip to Iceland, everyone said the same thing: “Oh! You must go to the Blue Lagoon!” But our five days in Iceland came & went & a trip to the Blue Lagoon just wasn’t on the agenda. What is this famous Blue Lagoon, anyway? The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal lagoon […]

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Hotel Review: Iris Inn

We normally head to the Finger Lakes region of New York for Labor Day weekend, but unfortunately this year our schedules didn’t allow us to take that much time off of work. B & I wanted to continue our tradition of doing a combo hiking-relaxing weekend, so we headed two hours south of D.C. to Shenandoah […]

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Visiting Iceland’s Jökulsárlón Glacier Iceberg Lagoon

The name Iceland is a bit of a misnomer: in the summer, the country is as green as Ireland & while snow covers the top of mountains, there’s very little ice (Greenland, on the other hand…). Perhaps because of this, visitors flock to Iceland’s iceist summer-time ice attraction: the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Located along the south coast between […]

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Exploring Vik & Dyrhólaey: Black Sand Beaches, Cliffs & Puffins

Two of my favorite stops on our 5-day south coast road trip in Iceland were also the most picturesque: Vik for its famous black sand beach guarded by towering basalt columns & Dyrhólaey for its stunning views & an up-close look at some of its most famous residents – puffins. Vik Located about two hours from […]

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The Time I Cried on a Glacier

We were about 45 minutes into our glacier hike on the Falljökull glacier tongue in Iceland’s Skaftafell National Park, when I felt the panic rise up in my throat & my eyes filled with tears. I’m not really sure what happened, all I know is that after we stopped to put on our crampons, I looked back […]

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How to Find Iceland’s Famous Plane Crash

If you’re researching a trip to Iceland, you’ve undoubtedly come across photos of this abandoned U.S. Navy DC-3, which crashed along a black sand beach outside of Vik in the 1970s. Everyone survived, but instead of hauling the aircraft away, the military decided to strip it of its critical components & leave the aircraft to the elements. […]

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