European Travel

Favorite Italy Blogs and Resources

Favorite Italy Blogs and Resources

I loved reading about Melissa’s favorite France blogs and podcasts even though we have no trips to France on the horizon. I thought I’d share a few blogs and specific articles that I’ve found helpful in planning our upcoming trip to Italy.   I blame (in […]

International Trip Checklist: What You Need To Do

International Trip Checklist: What You Need To Do

So you’ve got your tickets booked for an exciting international trip! Now what? This international trip checklist is the fancy way of saying “here’s what runs through my head in the run-up to a trip”. Most of the bullet points listed below are truly 5 […]

Favorite France Blogs and Podcasts

Favorite France Blogs and Podcasts

Perhaps you’ve read enough posts around here to figure out that I (Melissa) love France. And France blogs and books. What’s not to love? The language is poetic, the French approach to food is almost reverent (creating meals that make you swoon), and the topography […]

Armchair Travel: Kids’ Italy Books

Armchair Travel: Kids’ Italy Books

Well, with Michelle and her crew gearing up to travel to Italy this fall, all things Italy are dancing through her head! So we decided to round up some of our favorite books for kids that are set in Italy. We own a couple of […]

Travel Tradeoff: Time or Money?

Travel Tradeoff: Time or Money?

It’s not original to me by any means, but I have a working life theory that most daily decisions you make come down to what you’re willing to spend more of: your time or your money? It comes into play in a big way when […]

Planning a Family Trip to France: Booking Rooms

Planning a Family Trip to France: Booking Rooms

Whew, am I breathing a sigh of relief– all of our rooms for our trip to France are booked! As I mentioned in my post about tickets, to me booking rooms is hands-down the most stressful part of planning. I’m not entirely sure why; I […]

Planning a Family Trip to France: Real Time Travel!

Planning a Family Trip to France: Real Time Travel!

Oh boy, you guys, stuff has gotten real and a lot has happened! We’ve booked a trip to France for our whole family! (I still can’t believe it’s happening!) A few months ago I was daydreaming about a European trip, and I promised to bring […]

Driving in France: Overview and Tips

Driving in France: Overview and Tips

A year-and-a-half ago, my husband and I took a two week road trip in France. (Spoiler alert: we LOVED it!! Breakdown of our itinerary coming in a future post. . .) But I have to admit, I was initially a little nervous about driving in […]

Handling Money in France: How-to and Tips

Handling Money in France: How-to and Tips

Ah, money. We gotta have it while traveling, but it can be stressful to figure out the best way to handle it while in a foreign country (like, say, France. Did someone say France? Mais oui! Did someone say money? Here’s how I budget for […]

Planning a Trip to Europe: Part 5, Packing Tips & Strategies

Planning a Trip to Europe: Part 5, Packing Tips & Strategies

I feel that there has been much (metaphorical) ink spilled on the interweb on the subject of packing and packing for Europe. I have no desire to rehash ad naseum what everyone else has said, but here’s an outline of how we pack and what […]