Does Solo Travel in Marriage Make You a Bad Spouse?

Bell and I met as solo travelers, in a hostel in Brugge, Belgium in 2002. We had both just finished college and I was traveling from the USA and she was visiting from Australia. Fast forward to 2005, and we got married in a small ceremony in Melbourne, Australia. We’ll be celebrating our 16 year…

selfie of Alex at the Asakusa Temple, with Tokyo Tower in the background

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

New Orleans Food You Have to Eat

New Orleans is an iconic American city, with a culinary scene to rival any competitor. Founded in 1718 by French colonists, New Orleans was previously the capital of French Louisiana before the United States acquired it through the Louisiana Purchase in 1803. New Orleans is famous for its Creole cuisine, unique dialect, distinct music and…

Green street car in the streets on New Orleans with tall buildings

Hotel de la Bretonnerie in Paris Marais

A treasure trove of elegant highlights make Paris one the world’s most romantic cities. The City of Light earns its nickname for its role in the enlightenment as well as being one of the world’s first cities to adorn its grand boulevards with street lamps. The Marais district of Paris is one of the best…

cozy lounge with books and couches at Hotel de la Bretonnerie in the Marais district of Paris

Capsule and Cabin Hotels: Unique Stays in Japan

By Alex Kallimanis: A comfortable stay in Japan will not cost a fortune if you stay at quality capsule and cabin hotels. Capsule hotels are a little like hostel dorms except the small pod-like rooms offer complete privacy instead of a room filled with bunk beds. That makes them much better than typical western style…

spacious capsule room at Hotel Cargo Shinsaibashi