Baden bei Wien: Austria’s Great Spa Town of Europe

Vienna consistently ranks as one of the world’s most livable cities. Just 15 miles (24km) southwest from Austria’s capital is the charming spa town of Baden bei Wien, which translates to “Bathing Near Vienna.” Its lovely historic center includes pedestrian-only laneways and is dotted with 19th-century Biedermeier architecture. Baden’s friendly residents create a welcoming ambiance…

Historic Thermal Towns: A Cultural Route of the Council of Europe

There is nothing like stepping into a bath to soak away the stresses of the week. Thermal baths are no exception, with added benefits to our health and well-being. The European Historic Thermal Towns Association (EHTTA) plays an important role in growing this tradition thanks to fantastic thermal spa members around Europe. I recently explored…

Photo overlooking people swimming in the Gellert Spa indoor thermal pool in Budapest, Hungary.

Andros: An Authentic Greek Cyclades Island

The closest Cyclades island to Athens’ port of Rafina, Andros is the first stop on a ferry route that also connects Tinos and Mykonos. It is the second largest Cyclades island after Naxos, another Greek island especially popular with local tourists. Andros is a wonderful island to visit for breathtaking scenery and outdoor activities like…

The Venetian Fortress and Bridge in Andros Chora, with a clear blue sky

Vacationing in the Caribbean

Year round sunshine, magnificent beaches and tropical vibes make the Caribbean a popular tourist destination. The Caribbean Sea encompasses 28 island nations and includes around 7,000 islands. Nestled between North America and South America, the Caribbean spans 2.7 million square kilometers. Why the Caribbean?  If you want to spend a dreamy vacation with your loved…

Caribbean island and beach bungalows

20 Years of Couples Travel and Life Abroad

20 years ago we met in a hostel in Brugge, Belgium. We were both backpacking solo after college and our paths randomly crossed. I was traveling from the USA and Bell was touring the continent from Australia. We were both heading to Amsterdam with a single overlapping day. Little did we know that several years…