Transatlantic Cruising on the Cunard Queen Mary 2

Just the mere mention of the Queen Mary 2 conjures up images of voyages of old, transatlantic cruising on majestic ocean liners fit for royalty. The utter romance of sipping decadent cocktails on the veranda deck, strolling the promenade in the evening breeze, and dancing the night away to a string orchestra. You know, the fancy parts of the movie Titanic that made you dream of luxury cruising! For seven days in January those dreams became reality as I boarded the legendary Queen Mary 2 in the port of Brooklyn, New York and set sail for Southampton, England.

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The Most Beautiful Places to Visit in Wales

It’s surprising to me how underrated a travel destination Wales is. With its beautiful landscapes, magnificent castles, and colorful coastal towns, Wales is about as dreamy as it gets. Scotland and Ireland always seems to get all of the love while Wales gets overlooked. But truly, my favorite castle is in Wales - Conwy Castle, which is the first on this list. Some of the prettiest coastal towns in the UK are in Wales, like Aberaeron and Llandudno, and they sure give places like Brighton, England a run for their money. There’s so much to explore that makes it worth more than just a day trip from London to Cardiff (though that’s fun to do as well). I had the opportunity with Visit Wales to spend a week driving down the coast of Wales, starting in Manchester, England (where we flew in), and finishing in Cardiff. Our route took us through towns like Conwy, Tenby, Aberystwyth, Caernarfon, and more. It was truly hard to just pick the best of the best beautiful photo spots for this guide, but I feel like I’ve included some of the most Instagrammable spots that Wales has to offer.

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German Christmas Markets and Beyond: A Trip to Thuringia in December

Though I've traveled Europe pretty extensively over the last few years, one thing I've never managed to do is visit a Christmas market. I've mostly spent my time in Europe in summer (and sometimes the autumn), mostly to maximize daylight hours for sightseeing, so it just hadn't happened yet. When the opportunity came up to explore the Thuringia region in Germany with Jane of A Taste of Koko right before Christmas, I jumped at the chance. 

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5 Unique Things To Do In London (+5 Bonus Ideas!)

If you're as tired of the same old double-decker bus tours that every city has nowadays, then instead check out smallcarBIGCITY. They offer a private driver experience around the city inside their selection of classic Mini Cooper cars. During my time on the road with them, we took out the lovely red Poppy. Their basic 1 hour tour will run you £119, or you can take up to an 8 hour ride for £659. And if you're the really independent type, they do offer the cars for self-drive hire. But don't just take my word for it - they're ranked as #1 "Greatest Thing To Do In London" by Time Out Magazine!

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10 Instagram Photo Spots in Paris That You Have To Visit

Paris is one of my favorite cities to visit in the world, and that’s for good reason. It’s a photographer’s dream! Paris has amazing Instagrammable spots everywhere you look, but if you only have time to hit up the most Insta-Worthy locations, this list is for you. From Rue Crémieux to the Montparnasse Observation Deck at sunset, here are 10 Instagram photo spots that you must visit during your trip to Paris.

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