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Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace

Schönbrunn Palace is strikingly beautiful. Although I’m sure some would argue with me, I believe its beauty far exceeds that of Versailles. What is inarguable is Schönbrunn’s remarkable accessibility and affordability in comparison to its European counterparts. This ease of access should rank Schönbrunn extremely high…

Eltz Castle, Germany

Eltz Castle, Germany

Eltz Castle (or Burg Eltz, in German) is buried in the forest near the town of Moselkern, Germany. There are a seemingly infinite number of castles in Germany, and if that’s your thing, there are dedicated castle tours of Germany that only stop at the…

The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle

The Golden Circle is made up of three primary places-  Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Although these areas tend to be over-toured and crazy crowded, they should be seen at least once. If you are spending time in Iceland and…

Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro

I kept seeing Bocas del Toro, Panama, pop up in “Places to See Before they Disappear” and “Endangered Regions”  lists.  I particularly love traveling to places that haven’t yet become inundated with tourism, and we had credit card points that were calling our names, so…

Water Taxis in Bocas del Toro

Water Taxis in Bocas del Toro

As I researched transport in Bocas, I read several stories of water taxi drivers falsely elevating prices whenever they saw a tourist headed their way. I can’t speak from personal experience as to whether or not this is true, because we always used the water…

Restaurants in Bocas del Toro; Isle Colon

Restaurants in Bocas del Toro; Isle Colon

These places were recommended on various sites – we were able to make it to most but not all of them, but they all had pretty rave reviews. Here’s some addresses and names to save you time. Keep in mind the hours for the restaurants…

Weather in Bocas del Toro

Weather in Bocas del Toro

Bocas del Toro has a tropical rainforest climate that HAS NO PREDICTABLE DRY SEASON. It literally rains all the time. Weirdly, the driest months are October, January, and March but even those ‘dry’ months aren’t really dry. The temperature stays in the mid-80’s regardless of…

Language & Currency in Panama City and Bocas del Toro

Language & Currency in Panama City and Bocas del Toro

Language Spanish is all you need to know, although the Native Panamanians have their own dialect. If you are in cities that are common tourist destinations like Panama City or the Bocas region, most people speak enough English for you to get by, but I…

Safety in Panama

Safety in Panama

One of the questions we were asked the most after we returned was why we chose Panama, and how we determined it was safe. When comparing various central American countries, you’ll find that Panama consistently ranks very high in safety (along with Costa Rica and…

The Tram Scam

The Tram Scam

Most common complaint of tourists visiting Budapest? It’s sure to be some variation of the following: “I was fined for not validating my ticket. I didn’t even know I had to validate.” “Someone with an official-looking wristband walked up to me and told me I…