Austria’s Wachau Valley, a UNESCO Site

The gorgeous Wachau Valley of Austria is nestled along the Danube River between the towns of Melk and Krems. It welcomes visitors with hilltop vineyards, scenic Austrian villages and storied castles. Quaint towns offer an idyllic setting for a relaxing and romantic getaway. Highlights include Melk Abbey, a striking example of Baroque architecture, run by…

Great Ways to Save Money on Hotels

Travel is wonderful, and everyone loves getting more value for their money. There are a lot of ways to save money on hotels, from traveling in off-season to travel hacking. Bonuses and perks from travel rewards credit cards can save you and your family and friends big money. We save thousands each year thanks to…

Grecian fresco at the Palmer House Hotel in Chicago

How to Spend One Week in Paris, London & Amsterdam

A week’s vacation in Paris, London and Amsterdam is a fantastic idea, especially for English-speaking beginners to European travel. London is the world’s grandest English-speaking city, making it easy to get around. Paris is one of Europe’s most beautiful and romantic cities, with so many highlights to dazzle your eyes and palate. Amsterdam is equally…

White church, a top a green hill and dusk sky in Paris

Tips for Planning a Great Trip to Australia

For many, Australia is a far off destination filled with exotic animals and friendly locals. Recent surveys have shown that Australia ranks first on many Americans’ travel bucket lists. Bell is Australian and we return to the island continent every few years to visit family and check out new destinations. Most recently, we visited over…

Koala sleeping in a tree

Best Places to Go in Silver Spring, MD

The diverse community of Silver Spring, Maryland sits nestled along the boundary of Northwest Washington, DC. The Silver Spring Metro stop, on the red line, conveniently connects residents to DC and northern Virginia suburbs like Arlington, Alexandria and National Airport. It only takes 15 minutes on the metro to travel between Silver Spring and Union…

Photo of Alex & Bell at the bar with a platter of selected meats and cocktails