Spain

It Was the Best of Times; it Was the Worst of Times

With people often asking me the best and worst places for certain types of travel I’m kicking off my list of the best and worst travel destinations in a few different categories…offering advice and of course my personal successes and, well, less successful dabbles in these arenas. These will be bias based on the places I’ve been – so check out the travel map   Western Europe on a Budget – The Best : If you’re looking for a taste of Europe, but want to spend a modest amount of money on your travels you should absolutely be kicking it…
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Best Day Trips from Madrid

El Escorial, Madrid

I love Madrid. Visiting Spain is something I always recommend, and I think nowhere in Spain is a more perfect introduction than Madrid.  Without question it trumps Barcelona, and the city itself hosts endless possibilities. But, this post isn’t about Madrid. Well, not exactly. I’ve rounded up my top 3 day trips from the city. I think these 3 trips also complement each other,  as they all offer something completely different. You can’t go wrong spending your entire time in Madrid city, but if you’ve got time and the itch to step out a bit, these are your best options:…
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European Road Trip…Part 6

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To catch up check out Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5! At this point the Piccanto was a filthy pit. Our exhaustion levels were at an all-time high, as many chilly nights in the car weren’t sufficient rest. We were quite weary travelers. Driving through Switzerland was beautiful, but marred by our first actual pull off by a policeman. To drive in Switzerland, you have to have a permit sticker on your windshield. We’d heard rumors of this, but were only planning to drive through the country and thought we’d be able to sneak through undetected. We…
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European Road Trip… Part 1

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Teaching English in Madrid isn’t great money. Really, it’s barely enough to be a person who eats and lives somewhere. But there are advantages, namely easy access to the rest of Europe. My friend and I went on some weekend trips to Paris and Morocco, but towards the end of my time in Spain we decided to cap things off with a road trip. Road tripping to other countries isn’t something that really happens in the US unless you live in the North and want to go to Canada. Even then it’s So. Damn. Far. The Goal: Drive around and…
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Packing Up & Moving On – Changing Travel Plans

Most people who travel will tell you that travel plans hardly ever go exactly as planned.   I usually set an itinerary, but know that I’m willing to make changes to bend to the situations that come up.   Being flexible and willing to address situations as they happen can maximize your fun while on a holiday.   Sometimes it’s as simple as meeting new people on a walking tour and deciding to ditch your beach plans to hang out with your new friends.   Sometimes, it’s slightly more complicated.   Before arriving in Madrid two weeks ago, we knew it was…
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What’s Coming: Ireland, Spain, & Portugal

I’m writing to you tonight on the eve of my departure for my next trip: 3 weeks in Europe. Tomorrow afternoon I fly from Dulles, Virginia to Dublin, Ireland and I am too excited to handle it! Needless to say, my work day tomorrow will see me in a flutter of insanity trying to tie up loose ends and assuring Laine that I will keep her posted if I meet Prince Harry (if he were your boyfriend), any current member of One Direction (how’s normal 22 going Zayn?), or that person she likes in the illustrious picture of 16 abs. So…
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