How to Save Money on European Train Travel

Vladivostok, Russia

If you have ever been to Europe, chances are you have probably taken a train at some point. They are generally a quick and easy way to move between cities (or countries!). But when you are planning your train travel, how do you know you’re getting the best deal? It seems a lot of first-time travelers to Europe automatically assume that getting a rail pass or otherwise booking your train tickets through Rail Europe is the way to go. Sure, it’s easy – the web site is in English, the currency is in dollars and you can feel secure that you are all set ahead of time.

My Ultimate To-Do List for Summer in Chicago

Millennium Park

This week marks exactly 10 years since I loaded up a moving van in Minneapolis and drove seven hours south to make a new home in Chicago.  In the decade that I’ve lived here, a […]

Five Favorite Things in Oslo

Stave church

Being of Norwegian descent, visiting the land of my roots was a real treat for me.  After learning about my ancestors in Selbu, Norway and experiencing the midnight sun in Tromso, my final stop was […]

Five Favorite Things in Trier, Germany

Constantine's Basilica, Trier

Never heard of Trier? You probably are not alone. I have to admit, I wasn’t too familiar with it myself (if at all) before I started researching a trip to Germany. Despite that, it ended […]

Five Favorite Things in Rome

I am in between travels right now, so I thought I would start a new feature looking back on past trips and sharing my favorite things about some of the cities or regions I have […]

A Beginner’s Guide to Tracing Your Roots Overseas

Christ Aune and Martha Ness Hankey Aune

This is Part 2 in a two-part series on combining travel with genealogy – specifically Norwegian genealogy. Check out Part 1, Finding My Roots in Norway. Combining a love of travel with a curiosity about […]

Lessons I’ve Learned From My Passport

I sent my beloved passport off last week, stuffing it into a nice bubble envelope together with my passport renewal application and a check for $110.  Not only was it set to expire this June […]

A Guide to Completing Your Career Grand Slam (as a spectator)

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne Park, Australia

I am a huge tennis fan.  HUGE.  I wrote a poem in the 9th grade about my dream of seeing Andre Agassi play at Wimbledon.  And I’m happy to report that I did manage to […]