The fairytale South Coast of Iceland

Most people stay around Reykjavik, the Blue Lagoon and the Golden Circle area while visiting Iceland during wintertime. However Iceland's fairytale South Coast is definitely worth a visit all year round and offers many stunning sightseeing opportunities. Besides Ice hiking and Ice climbing on the Sólheimajökull glacier close to Vik, we also visited the natural wonders along Iceland's South Coast and took a day trip to the

Prague: Back to Where it Began

My life as a backpacker began in Prague. I arrived there two months into my trip. But those two months were spent staying with friends and driving across the US. It wasn’t spent in hostels or meeting travelers. Up until that time, my trip always felt like an extended vacation. But all that would change in Prague. Prague was the first place I stayed in a hostel and had to make friends with strangers in dorms, navigate on my own (no one was there to meet me at the airport), figure out signs in a different language, and …

The Hidden Beaches Book – Win A Copy

“That first summer the sun beat down every day. The scent of gorse and heather filled the air, the whiteness of the sand was almost blinding and the ocean shimmered like a pool.” So begins the beautiful book that invites you to look at Britain’s coastline in a completely different way. While many of us dabble our toes into the…

Pictures and Video of Villa Carlotta

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Three Must See Attractions When You Vacation In Ireland

Ireland is a top tourist attraction for people all over the world and for good reason. It has a rich and deep cultural heritage spanning back centuries while also being a modern, successful nation. Ireland sees millions of tourists every year for these reasons so if you’re planning a vacation to Ireland you will be among good company.119.5 Seconds to Pour the Perfect Pint of GuinnessIreland has a lot to offer any visitor but if you’ve got a tight schedule and don’t have much time to spare then here are the …

France off the Beaten Track

“In France, we have a saying’ Joie de vivre,’ which actually doesn’t exist in the English language. It means looking at your life as something that is be taken with great pleasure and enjoyed.” ~ Mireille Guiliano There are some who would say that the pinnacle of human expression can be found in France, and it would be hard to argue the point. In almost any creative endeavor, from art to fashion to gastronomy to architecture to wine, France is always at the forefront. France is also perhaps the country with the most positive cultural influence upon…

Is flying with Ryanair worth the savings?

1 Dad, 1 Kid, 1 Crazy Adventure If you’ve traveled around Europe, you’ve no doubt heard about Ryanair. Their very low fares are often a great temptation. They made a reputation for themselves for not only offering low fares but for charging fees for practically everything. At one point, I think there was even discussion of charging a fee to use the lavatory. With all of the recent bad press, Ryanair has decided to make some changes to their policies. Rules for things like allowable baggage are now clearly indicated during the reservation process and are easily found…

My hOtel: The Magdalen Chapter in Exeter, Devon, UK

Exeter, the capital of Devon, in the South West of England, is a bit of a hidden gem. A city I got to know well as Senior Mrs. O lives in nearby Topsham, aka the port of Exeter – a postcard pretty town. The more I visit Exeter, the more I like it – and great changes in its retail offering and hotel scene make it a destination on its own. I have recently spent a long weekend in town, and adored The Magdalen Chapter. The Magdalen Chapter hotel in Exeter, Devon …

Rick Steves’ Europe Through the Back Door 2014

You can count on Rick Steves to tell you what you really need to know when traveling through Europe, including how to:Plan your itinerary and maximize your timePack light?and rightFind good-value hotels and restaurantsTravel smoothly by train, bus, car, and planeAvoid crowds and tourist scamsHurdle the language barrierUnderstand cultural differences and connect with localsSave money […]

Expedition 1000 Update: Dave Completes 10th Leg of the Project

Over the past few years, one of the more consistent adventures that we have followed has been Dave Cornthwaite’s Expedition 1000 project. The British adventurer came up with the idea of completing 25 independent expeditions, each covering 1000 miles (1609 km) or more, without the use of motorized transport, and he has been pursuing that goal ever since. The individual legs of this journey have seen Dave has skateboarded across…

Three Greek Island Day Trips from Rhodes: Symi, Kastelorizo, Chalki

During our trip to Rhodes in May 2013, we knew that our Davids Been Here Rhodes guide wouldn’t be complete without including some awesome day trips from the island. Rhodes is the largest of the Dodecanese Islands. The center of Dodecanese tourism and culture, it enjoys close proximity to a number of smaller, nearby islands. Each boasts its own unique character…

What to do with kids in Barcelona

Once you have figured out which hotels in Barcelona have caught your eye and found some cheap flights to Barcelona, it is time to start planning some things to do with your family. The good news is, Barcelona is a very diverse city so there is something for everyone. Today, we are covering things that kids would love …