The Best VPNs for Travel 2020: What to Look for and Why you Need a VPN

Before I started running this website and writing about travel for a living, I worked full time as a software developer, and I’ve always maintained a passion for technology.

So from time to time, it’s nice to write both travel and tech.

In today’s post, I’m going to tell you everything you need to know about Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs for short. You have probably heard the term before, and wondered what they are. Or you might have an idea of what they are, and wondered which ones are the best for your specific needs.

Whatever your reason for landing here, I’m going to share with you everything you need to know. I’ll tell you the basics of what a VPN is, and why you need a VPN for travel...


Solo Travel Destinations Vienna | Solo Trekker 4 U

Vienna is easy to get around and has an efficient subway system. English is widely spoken. However, having been an exchange student in Germany, I was keen on polishing up my German.  Vienna’s ornate architecture resembles a wedding cake with all the flourishes. The Opera  House and Musikverein are just two examples.

Vienna is filled with museums and tourist sights. Leading among them are the Hapsburg and Belvedere Palaces and the Parliament. You will also want to visit the famous Spanish Riding School. It dates to the 16th century and is known worldwide for its Lipizzaner horses. I was especially excited about trying out the fabled Sachertorte at the luxurious Sacher Hotel cafe. It is conveniently located right across from the Opera House. where it was originally created...


Where To Stay In Amsterdam – The Best Areas & Neighbourhoods

Getting There

Amsterdam Central Station is the city’s main public transportation hub.

Virtually all GVB trams and buses start their route in front of the station, which faces the historic center.

Most also stop at Dam Square in the center of town.

2. The Jordaan

where to stay in amsterdam neighborhoods Jordaan

Once renowned for radical politics and rowdy sing-a-longs, the Jordaan has evolved over decades of gentrification from a working-class area into an upscale neighborhood for arty professionals.

With its cobbled streets, gabled homes and tree-lined canals, the picturesque district is a living picture postcard with an eclectic mix of art galleries, sidewalk bistros, and trendy boutiques.

Beginning at Brouwersgracht just west of Central Station, the Jordaan arches around the western Canal Ring between Prinsengracht and Lijnba...


Turn Your Home Into a Travel-Inspired Sanctuary

We are all spending a lot of time in our homes with self-isolation and social distancing these days and I know many people are starting to get a bit of cabin fever.

If you are like us, you are already dreaming of the next place you’ve always wanted to go to.

Rwanda to see the gorillas, anyone? That’s our bucket list item.

It looks like it is going to be a bit longer in self-isolation, so we thought we’d share some steps to help you make your home your own personal sanctuary.

Since we work from home, Dave and I spend a lot of time in our place.

In the past, we always had the knowledge that we’d be back on a plane in a couple of weeks.

But now, we aren’t sure when that time will be.

With warnings coming in that the crisis could go on for months, we all want to make our time at home as comfo...


My Favorite Comfies to Lounge in At Home

my favorite comfies to lounge at home

It’s been a lot of days in sweatpants and Uggs around here…but they have been filled with tons of puppy kisses! While my team and I are working from home on big projects, loungewear has definitely become my go-to.

To be perfectly honest, I’ve had to do laundry solely for the fact that I went through all of my sweat pants! Does this sound like you?

In an effort to stay comfy and cozy at home, while still feeling cute and *slightly* put together, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite pieces to lounge in!


Isn’t this “Good as Gold” sweatshirt so darling? Talk about cozy, too!

Joggers + Sweat Pants

For when you’re wanting to feel put together but also super cozy… I love this Culver City set from Free People — and it comes in SO many different colors!

How cute is...


Selena Gomez Announces Donation to Cedars-Sinai Hospital for COVID-19 Relief

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds weren’t the only friends of Taylor Swift who announced hospital coronavirus relief donations last night. Selena Gomez also announced on Twitter that she gave to Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai. She chose not to share the exact dollar amount, but explained just why donating to Cedars-Sinai was so personal to her. They’ve treated her in the past.

“So thankful for every single medical professional who is putting their health on the line to take care of others,” she wrote. “I’m donating to @CedarsSinai as they are low on masks and ventilators. They’ve taken such good care of me so it’s my turn to show my gratitude.”

The hospital’s Twitter account responded to Gomez, writing, “Thank you for supporting our #HealthcareHeroes! ??If anyone wants to join @selenagomez ...


What part of the Drakensberg, South Africa, should you visit?

Deciding on what part of the Drakensberg to visit can be difficult.

I lived in the Drakensberg for over 15 years and of course I have my favourite areas to visit, but here, I’ll discuss the regions and their attractions briefly so that, when you decide to visit, you’ll have an idea on where to go…

The Northern Drakensberg is located about 300km from Johannesburg and would take about 3-3½ hours by road to travel there. The Royal Natal National Park is located in this region and the most photographed mountain peaks known as the amphitheatre, can be seen from most accommodation options. It is an area well known for its scenic beauty and hikes. There is an adventure centre open to the public, horse rising activities, a golf course and numerous walks...


I’m Obsessed With Cardigans—These Are My Favorites Right Now

It’s true—I’m honestly obsessed with cardigans right now. I don’t know why, but something about them has been really speaking to me these days, and I’m pretty sure I’m onto something.

Think about it: It’s a staple, meaning you’ll always use it since it will never go out of style, but also, when worn as a top, it can be a statement piece. I’ve come to notice as well that when you want to be comfortable, a cardigan has more of that “I still tried” factor than a basic sweater. I mean, look at the above photo. How cool does that girl look? I’d like to be her. (In fact, I already ordered that exact cardigan so that I can be her, and you can too.) Simply continue on to shop it, plus 26 others that I’m also loving right now.


Zoë Kravitz Is Our Loungewear Icon

Ever since we had the pleasure of seeing Zoë Kravitz and her very tall husband Karl Glusman out walking their dog Scout last month in NYC, we haven’t quite been able to shake the image. Surprisingly enough, though, it wasn’t the couple’s good looks and effortless demeanors that made the image so memorable, nor was it Scout’s cuteness level (which, I might add, is unprecedented). Instead, it was the High Fidelity star’s nothing-to-it loungewear set that differentiated this particular paparazzi shot from all the others. It’s also this one that, given our orders to stay home for the foreseeable future, inspired us to make matching loungewear sets a staple of our spring wardrobes. 


Burberry is Funding Research for a COVID-19 Vaccine

Photograph courtesy of Burberry

“Though we are apart, we stand together.”

As the world navigates through the COVID-19 pandemic, brands are increasingly stepping up to provide support in these uncertain times. From holding medical supplies drives (Pyer Moss) to producing hand sanitizer (L’Oréal, LVMH and more) and using fashion facilities to produce and source much-needed masks and personal protective equipment (Knix, Canada Goose, Hilary MacMillan among them), designers and brands are doing what they can to help right now. For British luxury brand Burberry, that means funding research into a COVID-19 vaccine.

Over the weekend, the brand shared a release listing all of the ways it was contributing to aid during...