Great off the Radar European Towns

By Alex Kallimanis: Experiential travel has become a buzzword in the industry, even though travelers have immersed themselves in foreign cultures for centuries. While cities like London, Paris and Amsterdam are wonderful to visit, they’re also extremely touristy capitals. You’ll generally get more value for your money (especially in the offseason) in smaller towns and cities…

Couples Share Travel Advice: Clémentine and Nicolas

This is a guest contribution from Clementine and Nicolas, a lovely French couple who recently married. They first met abroad at an Irish summer camp to learn English when they were teenagers. We thank them for sharing their great story with us. If you’re interested in being featured in our Couples Share Travel Advice series or…

Couples Share Travel Advice

South of France: Great Vacation Ideas

By Emma Grant: Which French cities do you know? Paris? Cannes? Lyon? Nice? The last three are in the South of France, the area sometimes called Occitania, the French Riviera, or Cote d’Azur (blue coast). It’s a beachside region shoring the Mediterranean, and it’s a popular spot for vacations. Even the French themselves ‘fly south…

First Time in Paris: 20 Year Reflection and Tips

By Alex Kallimanis: I grew up wanting to travel the world. And living at home during my university years helped me achieve that dream during semester breaks in college. When I was 19 I scored a great deal on a roundtrip ticket from Orlando to Paris in the spring of 1998. Like many Americans, I…

First Time in Paris 20 Years Ago, Eiffel Tower

London, Brussels, Amsterdam: One Week Itinerary

By Alex Kallimanis: A week’s vacation in London, Brussels, and Amsterdam is a great idea, especially for beginners to European travel. I combined these cities during Christmas break of my senior year in college in 2000. Since then I’ve made many return trips to London and Brussels and even lived in Amsterdam for 3 and 1/2…

guild houses of the Groke Market, Brussels