Travel Recap of 2016, Packed with Tips

2016 was a crazy year. Americans selected a self serving celebrity businessman with no political experience to be in charge of the most powerful army in the world. And British people voted to leave the European Union, as many workers struggle with job losses and the effects of globalization and automation. Xenophobia is sadly becoming…

Palace of Knosos, Europe’s Oldest Civilization

Legendary myths and history collide at the oldest advanced civilization in the western world. The Palace of Knosos, just outside the largest city on Greece’s biggest island, Heraklion, Crete is unique and controversial. Originally discovered by the Cretan merchant Minos Kalokairinos in 1877, English aristocrat Sir. Arthur Evans’ team did the majority of excavations beginning in…

The Odyssey of a Korean War Veteran

This is a guest post written by Alexander Kallimanis Sr. In 1951, he served among 1,263 Greek soldiers and 21 nationalities, as part of the United Nations mission to protect South Korea from coming under North Korean rule. The Korean War was a bloody conflict as North Korea was backed by China and the Soviet…

What Are the Best Olympic Cities to Visit?

Amid controversies over viruses, pollution, and doping, the 2016 Rio Olympics are underway. But for all the criticism and second guessing that Brazil has faced, once the games begin, the spotlight is where it should be: on the athletes and the culture of the host nation. Many also questioned whether Athens could pull off a…

Guide to Maximizing Travels in Europe

  We spent six years of our lives divided between Amsterdam and Dublin and were afforded the opportunity to travel around Europe extensively. Bell calls me a “hopeless maximizer” because I have a hard time overpaying for things and strive for the optimum experience for our money. This means we usually don’t travel around major…