Reasons Not to Visit Amsterdam

We lived in Amsterdam from 2008 to 2011. It’s a beautiful city with an easily walkable UNESCO World Heritage historic center. Unfortunately, these days it’s frequently overrun with tourists. During our previous visit in 2015, we were shocked at how packed the city was over a September weekend. While Amsterdam is picturesque, there are many…

Amsterdam Singel canal and 17th century guild houses

Bratislava, Worth a Day Trip?

Thinking about a day trip to Bratislava? Slovakia’s capital is probably most famous in the US for the fictitious movie Hostel, a ridiculously graphic film about a secret organization that kidnaps tourists and murders them for fun. Certainly the Slovakian tourism board was thrilled to be featured! While Bratislava’s rough communist past contributes to mixed…

Most Common Scams Around the World

We’ve lived in the US, Europe, Australia and have traveled to over 50 countries. We know that people worldwide are generally good, but we’ve had some interesting encounters with shady characters who have tried to rip us off. We’ve also seen unsuspecting tourists get conned. Here are common scams around the world that we’ve personally experienced and…