Destination Chicago Hotels for a Weekend Escape

The Windy City is a favorite weekend destination. So many people overlook Chicago as a city worthy of a visit, instead opting for coastal giants New York or Los Angeles. But this big city tucked in the middle of “fly over” country has great food, great culture, and great attractions. Did I also mention it has great places to stay? These unique hotels might have you choosing to stay inside rather than explore – which may be just what you need! I’m dubbing these destination hotels because they’re more than just a place to stay, they’re a destination in and…

Boats at Taghazout

Coastal Escape in Tagahzout, Morocco

Whenever I get the travel itch I automatically start to look for which destinations we can go with cheap airfare. Yes, this is one real benefit to living literally minutes from an airport that flies to a dozen or more destinations for incredibly cheap. But, we’ve been so busy with work lately that getting away for more than a few days is just impossible. Instead we have stayed closer to home, opting to visit places in Morocco we haven’t been. So last month, before the temperatures in Marrakech warmed up, we went south near Agadir and spent the weekend at Paradis…

Free and Low-Cost Things to do in Oslo, Norway

In 2014, we visited Scandinavia for the first time. Well, almost. Technically Finland isn’t considered Scandinavia but it has a similar climate and lifestyle. This is not a part of the world I ever expected to visit but was so surprised that I’m itching to go back again and again. We took a flight to Oslo, and I’ve since gone back again thanks to Norwegian Airlines which has direct flights from Marrakech a few times a week. This is the perfect excuse to go!

The Untold Taxi Tale of Marrakech

The Untold Taxi Tale of Marrakech

Today’s guest post is from Jessica a blogger at Young Rubbish, who contacted me after reading several of my posts and asked if I would be interested in her sharing her story about Marrakech. Of course I said yes! I had no idea what was coming, and part of me assumed it would be the flowery, romantic story that usually gets told about magical Marrakech. When this story landed in my inbox I was instantly touched. This story, could be my story. Jessica conveys so many of the most sentimental feelings I hold about Morocco. The moments are there, you…

Life in Marrakech Month 19

Life in Marrakech: Month 19

I am sitting on my open rooftop, soaking in the sun for the first time in months. I can barely remember the changing of the seasons last year – one thing ran into the next and time whizzed by. But not this year. Just four or five days ago the days suddenly turned warm. When I would certainly need a warm jacket and layers in the evening, I can now leave my windows open well past dark. Before long the oppressive heat of a Moroccan summer will be here. But right now, it’s my favorite time of year.

Fun Things to do in Rome with Kids

I’m starting to plan our Mediterranean cruise in May and know we won’t be purchasing shore excursions from the cruise line. But, that doesn’t mean we’ll be stuck on the ship or wandering aimlessly around the port. One of our first stops is in Rome and while we’ve spent one day here, visiting with kids will be completely different. The historic city of Rome is a favorite stop for tourists in Italy, and Europe in general. But, if you’re traveling with children you might wonder if this is a great destination. Having already had a taste of Rome here are…

What I Read: February

In December I shared one of my favorite books everyday and it turned out to be a big hit. Seems many people are as avid readers as I am! This year, I’ve promised myself to take more time to just read. February is the shortest month of the year but that didn’t slow me down. In the middle of the month we had to go to Rabat to get some paperwork sorted out for my carte sejour (residency card). This gave me nearly 10 hours on a train with no internet. Enough time to finish two books! I’ve noticed that…

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8 Things to Consider When Booking a Cruise

We’re so excited! In May we’ll be boarding the Norwegian Epic and sailing through the Mediterranean. You might remember our first cruising adventure to the Caribbean. Since then I’ve gone on a cruise with my mom, and now MarocBaba and I will be taking the kids again. It’s safe to say everyone is very excited. I’ll be speaking in Catalunya, Spain this May during TBEX (a conference for travel bloggers) and afterwards the family is joining me in Barcelona, our embarkation point. As we considered cruises we put together this list of pointers for any family thinking of cruising.