We quickly learned that the “Superhost” distinction awarded by AirBnB, indicated by a bright pink and yellow medal superimposed onto the host’s profile photo, is awarded based on metrics alone, and that staying with a superhost doesn’t guarantee a good stay any more than a solid 5-star overall rating would. Continue reading “How to be a super AirBnB host – with or without the badge”
As many of you know, we’ve been back and settled for quite a while now, and I’ve taken a long hiatus from blogging as I’ve been trying to think about where to take this blog next – on top of all of the other thoughts that have been constantly flying through my mind. I’m currently studying for the LSAT (ugh) and we’re starting to plan our wedding. Continue reading “Readjusting to American life – A reflection on long term travel and the future”
Annnd we’re back.
Not just back to blogging. We’re back in the USA! Continue reading “The End is not the End”
Hey guys! I’ve been bugging Chris for a while to write something for the blog, and was able to entice him by proposing he write about his favorite topic – food! See below for his take on European cuisine. 🙂 Continue reading “Best Eats in Europe”
Toward the end of our European journey, I was bored on a long train ride, and thought, since we’d soon be in the Arab world, I could make myself useful by learning a bit of the language. Chris had always told me that the Arabic alphabet was SUPER difficult to learn, but I wanted to see for myself. Continue reading “How I Taught Myself to Read and Write Arabic!”
When we originally planned our travels to the Middle Eastern region, we had intended to base ourselves in Egypt, but also make trips across the border to Israel and Jordan. To my disappointment, we ended up not going due to safety concerns.
Egypt and Israel, within their own borders, are generally safe to visit. However, after consulting with various locals we met throughout our stay in Egypt, it became clear that very few people cross the Egyptian-Israeli border, so nobody could give us a first-hand account of the current border conditions. Continue reading “Why we didn’t go to Israel”
Egypt was an adventure, mainly because it was a learning experience. It was my first time in a third-world country, and the differences were more striking than I had expected. Continue reading “Why an entire month in Egypt was overkill”
We were both excited for our extended stay in Germany, so we made sure to spend time in three major cities: Hanover, Berlin, and Frankfurt.
We noticed here that the military presence in Germany was much lower than other locations in Europe. It was the first time in months we’d stepped off a train without being greeted by fully armed, uniformed guards. Continue reading “A Sampling of Germany”
Order a Guinness in Dublin, or anywhere else in Ireland, and it will blow your mind – it tastes nothing like what you might be served in the USA. Continue reading “The Guinness Storehouse”
From what I’ve gathered according to the many other lovely travel blogs I follow, there’s so much more to Amsterdam than the red light district. Continue reading “A Night Out in Amsterdam”