Travels

Where to go for Craft Beer in Jerusalem and Bethlehem

People travel from across the world to witness and explore the numerous religious and historical sites of both Jerusalem and Bethlehem, of which there are enough to fill several days. Since Carrie and I had both previously visited Jerusalem (Bethlehem would be new for us both) we were free to explore beyond the standard tourist trail. Since we’re fans of craft beer and live with a limited offering in Amman, Jordan we explored the area in a way that was less traditional from your typical visit.

Rustic Weekend Getaway to Virginia

A major perk to living in Washington, DC is its proximity to beautiful countryside in surrounding Maryland and Virginia. This always makes for perfect weekend getaways! At the tail-end of summer, we were in search of a getaway to round off the season and what better way to do that than with a couples trip into the Virginia countryside.

A Guide to Flying Overseas with Cats

One of the biggest tasks for our move to Amman, Jordan was preparing our two cats Penny and Lulu for the long trip. In the lead up to our departure many people asked us “Are we going to bring our cats?” which when we said “Yes” was almost always followed-up with “How long would they need to be quarantined?” First, not bringing our beloved kitties was a non-starter for us. If we couldn’t bring them with us we wouldn’t move. End of story. Second, through these conversations and our own research we realized how little most people knew about the process for bringing cats or pets in general overseas.

Best Places to Drink Craft Beer in Nashville

When you think of Nashville you immediately think of music, bachelorette parties, and hot chicken, but it’s also known for something else that you might not be aware of, craft beer. As supporters of local businesses, especially those connected to travel and tourism (we saw bachelorette parties stream through some of Nashville’s most popular breweries) we often check out the local craft beer scene when we travel. It’s a great way to meet locals, take a break from walking around, and support local businesses.

WOW Air vs Icelandair

There's been an explosion in travel to Iceland over the past five years, due largely in part to the launch of WOW Air and the expansion of Icelandair, the two main carriers servicing Keflavik International Airport. It seems like everyone has traveled to Iceland over the past couple of years, or is at least planning to. With this increase in options travelers in select markets now have two choices of which airline to take to Iceland or on to Europe.

Why you need to go diving in Grand Cayman

Carrie and I had the mid-winter blues and, not having been diving since completing our Open Water Certification in August, were itching for some great dives.  Anyone who’s done a Google search for scuba diving in the Caribbean knows that there are several destinations all claiming or reported to have the best diving for one reason or another.  We looked at several countries before we remembered that the dive school where we started our Open Water Certification, SPE Dive School, offers regular dive trips to the Cayman Islands for their students to get certified.

Quick Weekend Trip to Stavanger and Preikestolen - Pulpit Rock

Mid last year, a friend and I (Carrie) hiked the iconic Preikestolen (popularly known as Pulpit Rock) in southwestern Norway.  I travel to Oslo at least once a year for work and am determined to use these trips to see as much of Norway as I can.

What to do on a Quick Day Trip to Berkeley

As I wrote in our guide to San Francisco, I went to undergrad in the Bay Area, so we couldn’t take a trip to San Francisco without visiting my alma mater-UC Berkeley.  After nearly ten years of talking about Berkeley to Albert, I finally got the chance to show him the campus and some, unfortunately not all, of my favorite parts of the city.

How to Spend a Quick Day Trip to Montreal

We traveled north from Burlington, Vermont to our friends’ lake house on Lake Memphremagog in the province of Quebec, Canada.  On our way there we decided to go a little out of our way to visit Montreal. Neither of us had been and we simply couldn't miss an opportunity to catch a glimpse of what the city had to offer. In short, Montreal is awesome and we will have to go back. We didn’t even scratch the surface of this vibrant city.

Our First Airbnb Experience

 Surprisingly, Carrie and I only recently stayed in our first Airbnb. Our first stay happened to be in the home of Airbnb, San Francisco. On a recent work/leisure trip to San Francisco I had the chance to experience both accommodation options in the city-a hotel in Union Square, which I won’t name and an Airbnb in the Mission, which I will happily promote. 

Jordan Road Trip Part III: The Dead Sea to Madaba

Mid-morning on day five of our road trip we began our drive up the windy route through the hills toward the historical city of Madaba, where I (Albert) served as a Peace Corps Volunteer. With the Dead Sea receding in the distance behind us, my excitement grew.  I had been looking forward to returning to Madaba since I left nearly 8 years ago. 

Jordan Road Trip Part II: Aqaba to the Dead Sea

After a few days of lounging around in balmy Aqaba we packed our car yet again and drove north to the Dead Sea.  Even though Albert and I both lived in Jordan for two years, neither of us had taken the Jordan Valley Highway.  This highway spans the length of the country from Aqaba in the south to just near the border with Syria in the north running along the Dead Sea and Jordan River.