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    Reykjavik — The Chill Capital of Iceland (Part 1)

    Reykjavik will have you at “Halló”! The city is a pure blend of poetry, quirkiness and friendliness. Some say that the capital city of Iceland is so compact, that one can explore Reykjavik in just half a day. Not true! There is much more to Reykjavik than one might think. This seaside city is a wonderful destination for solo travelers, couples and families alike. The site of the original settlement is believed to be founded by Vikings around A.D. 874 and named Reykjavik, meaning “Smokey Bay”, because of the thermal springs abundant in the area. The actual town and trading post was established only in the 18th century. Today, approximately…

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    How to Be a Bad Tourist: A Practical Guide

    This very useful article will cover several key areas, providing novice Bad Tourists ample opportunities to bring bad tourist behavior to the next level of mastery. Full Disclosure: Some might find the following information to be slightly offensive. Sorry!? 😊 Appearance Language Cellphone Time Management Places to Visit Local Cuisine Local Traditions Air Travel Attitude 1. Appearance Traveling to another country generally means a long flight. Grab that pair of dirty old sweat pants from the hamper, and wear those. They are much more comfortable, and you won’t wrinkle up your good clothes during flight. Bare feet are also welcome on the plane. You can even put them on the…

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    Paso Robles, CA — Small Town, Big Heart

    Somewhere between Los Angeles and San Francisco, there lies an enchanted land of wine and honey, lavender fields and olive groves. Every time we visit, we admire the views of the beautiful rolling hills covered with almond orchards and centuries old oak trees, and enjoy conversations with super friendly residents. Nestled along interstate Highway 101, it’s hard to believe that Paso Robles is only 2.5 hours from the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley and just 3 hours from Hollywood glamour. Wine, Beer and Spirits Now boasting almost 300 wineries with a wide variety of excellent wines produced in the area (the region is known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel…

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    100 Things We Want to Do in 2019 — Fun Templates to Share

    In one of our recent Twitter chats about Holiday Traditions, we’ve mentioned our New Year’s tradition of making a list of 100 things to do for the next year to the #traveltribe, and received multiple questions on how it works. Here is our answer, and the templates for you to use! A few years ago, on a New Year Day, we created our first list of “100 Things We Want to Do this Year” and really enjoyed it. So now, on December 31st of every year we review our accomplishments of the past year, and on January 1st create a new goal list for the year ahead. It’s fun to…

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    Tulum: Hidden Gem of the Riviera Maya, Mexico

    Mexico’s Yucatan peninsula is one of our favorite beach getaway destinations! On our very first visit in Tulum, while bobbing around in the 80-degree waters of the Caribbean, we were already discussing a return trip. If you haven’t discovered Tulum yet, this post will encourage you to start packing NOW! 😊 Sometimes your body and soul demand a little pampering in the form of a tropical paradise. And this is where the state of Quintana Roo in Mexico comes to play. With a variety of all-inclusive resorts, high-end hotels, environmentally-friendly bungalows and reasonably-priced condos to rent, you’re sure to find the perfect accommodations. You fly into Cancun International airport (CUN),…

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    Hawaii: Perfect Getaway Destination for Your Career Break

    Rolling blue waves of the Pacific Ocean licking your sandy toes. Warm gentle breeze on your face. A tropical cocktail in your hand. And no work emails or texts to keep you buried in your phone all day. Wouldn’t that be a perfect beginning to your professional sabbatical? Aloha, Hawaii! Easy destination to get to (especially from the West Coast) and no passport required. Somebody once told us: “There are two types of people in the world: The ones who’ve been to Hawaii once and always come back. And the other ones who’ve never visited Hawaii, and never will.” We don’t know if it’s true or not, but we are…

  • Local Discoveries

    The Winchester Mystery House – San Jose, California

    One of our local treasures in the San Francisco Bay Area is the gorgeous and bizarre Winchester House in San Jose, CA. The Winchester Mystery House is at the top of multiple lists as one of the most Haunted Houses in the world. It has been featured in Ghost Adventures, Ghost Brothers, MythBusters, short films and now in a movie “Winchester”, starring wonderful Helen Mirren. It is a MUST place to visit in San Jose whether you believe in ghosts or not. This Victorian mansion with its immaculate gardens is located at 252 S. Winchester Blvd, straight across from the hustle and bustle of one of San Jose’s popular hangout…

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    Tomato Appetizer with Barcelonian Twist Recipe

    Have you ever tried to recreate the food you ate during your travels once you get home? We do it all the time! Sometimes successfully, sometimes not so much. 😊 As we’ve mentioned in the previous post “Our Top 10 Places to Visit in Barcelona”, we had finally found our “perfect” tomato at La Boqueria market. However, once back in our hotel room, we realized that we didn’t have any salt, or even a knife. We figured our bartender might have both and made a B-line to the rooftop lounge. Luckily for us, the place was pretty empty — just the bartender cleaning glasses, and one other couple sipping their…

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    Our Top 10 places to visit in Barcelona

    Barcelona is a perfect travel destination while on a career break. The vivaciousness of the city in all its bright colors, rich food, and awesome laid-back attitude is exactly what one needs to get re-charged and re-energized. Gaudi’s architectural genius will make you giddy with awe and delight. It is a wonderful place for rediscovering your inner child. If your inner child is a little bit of an oddball, Barcelona has that covered too! Here are our Top 10 places to visit in Barcelona: La Rambla and La Boqueria Barri Gòtic (The Gothic Quarter) Barcelona Cathedral (Cathedral of the Holy Cross and Saint Eulalia) Poblenou cemetery Museum of Funeral Carriages…

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    4 Fears Preventing You from Taking a Career Break

    I’ve been playing with the idea of a career break — sabbatical style — for quite a while. Being a successful mid-career professional, it is not an easy decision to quit your job and take a pause from a steady paycheck. This post is for those of you who have been dreaming about taking this leap, but are a little afraid to try. Let’s have a look at the most common fears of taking a career break. I’ve personally encountered each of these categories but somehow survived. And you will too! 1. Financial Fears: “I can’t afford to take a sabbatical.” (Spoiler alert: Yes, you can. Maybe not right this…