Italy Travel Tips

Italy Travel Tips

A trip to Italy for many us is a trip of a lifetime. For us this dream came true a few weeks ago. We spent a lot of time planning this trip to make sure that we got the most out of our time. It was an amazing journey and we learned a lot along the way. Italy has its own specific culture and a way of doing things, so make sure to do the research before going especially if…

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Complete Guide for Visiting Cinque Terre

Complete Guide for Visiting Cinque Terre

From its rugged coastline to the charming historic villages, Cinque Terre (pronounced “Cheen-Kway Tare-ray”) is an Italian gem not to be missed. Over the years, people have built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. There is still wild nature intertwined with old vineyards, houses built into the rocky cliffs, and olive groves, all overlooking gorgeous blue sea waters. Cinque Terre Villages The first records of Cinque Terre date back to the…

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8 Tips for Creating an Epic Roadtrip Itinerary

8 Tips for Creating an Epic Roadtrip Itinerary

Over the years we have taken hundreds of roadtrips. We’ve had many fun times trying to figure out and plan our adventures. Being prepared has helped us enjoy our trips and get the most out of our time in each place. We also had many epic fails and lessons learned executing some of our plans :-). But probably the most important thing we’ve learned is that if you want a fun and relaxing roadtrip, do your homework ahead of time. Here…

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Top 5 Things to do in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

Top 5 Things to do in Portsmouth, New Hampshire

A couple weeks ago we took a weekend trip from Boston to Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It was a beautiful early fall weekend and a perfect time of year to explore our eastern seaboard. We landed in Boston on Friday night and then drove out to Portsmouth staying two nights in town. It was a fun weekend and we got to enjoy great seafood, learn some history, and have fun exploring this culture-rich region. Portsmouth is a coastal city of about…

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Tips for Taking Amazing Sunset Photos

Tips for Taking Amazing Sunset Photos

As a photography lover sunrises and sunsets are my favorite times of the day. To see the sky come alive with such amazing colors always brings a smile to my face. I’m not a professional photographer, for me photography is a hobby that brings me great joy. Everything I know I’ve learned through practice and tips and tricks shared from other photographers. Here are our tips for taking amazing sunset photos. We hope these help you capture the essence of the…

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Fun Weekend in San Francisco!

Fun Weekend in San Francisco!

San Francisco is one of my favorite cities to visit – and I generally don’t like cities, so that should tell you a lot. What I love about it is that it’s a walking city with a vibrant history and great culture. You can find almost everything here  – beaches and ocean views, beautiful parks, cultural landmarks, and great food scene. Here are things you need to know before you visit San Francisco. Weather San Francisco has a pretty mild…

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Our Favorite Travel Gear

Our Favorite Travel Gear

Anyone who travels a lot knows that the right gear can make all the difference on a trip. It can help with staying organized, fitting more stuff in your suitcase, and making travel more comfortable. Over the years we have used lots of travel gear. It’s interesting to me that we have similar travel styles, yet we like different gear for various reasons.  So, here are a few of our favorites. Teri’s Pick – CHESTER Carry-On Luggage/22″ Love love love this…

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Mount Rainier National Park – Washington’s Crown Jewel

Mount Rainier National Park – Washington’s Crown Jewel

Washington State has a special place in my heart and is by far one of my favorite places to visit in the U.S. The colors are so vivid, air is fresh and the temperature is cool even in the summer. Mount Rainier is Washington’s crown jewel. On a clear day you can see the mountain all the way from Seattle. Standing at 14,410 feet above sea level, this active volcano is the most recognized landmark of the Washington landscape. The…

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New York City for Foodies

New York City for Foodies

New York City is a dream for food lovers. Any type of food you can imagine can be found here from all around the world. If you want to try a lot of different things I recommended going on a food tour. I have been on food tours in many cities but New York City is my favorite so far.  I recommend the Greenwich Village Food Tour and the Chelsea Market and the Highline Food Tour. Here is a list…

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6 Tips to Create a Starburst Effect in Your Photos

6 Tips to Create a Starburst Effect in Your Photos

A few years back when shooting a sunset I got a really cool starburst effect, I admit it, by accident :-). But then it became my obsession to recreate it and learn more about it. So, after doing a ton of research and testing, I narrowed tips down to six key things. In case you’re wondering, you cannot get starburst effect on your phone, at least not as good as an a camera. I’ve tried and looked into it, but…

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