Marseille: another side of France

DSCF3263When we were planning our first trip to France in 2013, our first thought was to go to Paris. We heard about its beauty and, with me being a Francophile, it seemed like the obvious place to go for our first trip.

However, after doing some research, we chose another famous city in France to start our journey: Marseille. Continue reading

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Don’t do that, do this in Barcelona

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A quiet corner of Barcelona

Some news organizations recently stated that tourism numbers in Barcelona are skyrocketing. With that, the city’s mayor said he didn’t want Barcelona to become like Venice and The Guardian recently wrote that some locals don’t want tourists anymore.

Seasoned travelers may be turned off by the idea of visiting Barcelona because the city may seem like a tourist trap and all the streets could be packed with people donning selfie sticks.

While that may be true is some areas of every major tourist destination, there are places where you can enjoy the real Barcelona, like the locals do.

Here are some tips to see the area with A Local’s Look: Continue reading

Top 10 tips on saving money for travel

Money. You can’t live with it and you can’t live without it. It is sometimes hard to come by and it is often hard to save.Money-clip-art

In order for you to be able to travel, you have to make some sacrifices in your day-to-day life, but, in the end, they are all worth it for the experience of seeing a new place.

Here are some tips of what you can do in order to save for travel: Continue reading

Hotel vs. AirBnb

Exploring Marseille, France

View from our apartment in Marseille

When we were planning out first trip to Europe, I scoured the internet to find the perfect place for us to stay. I looked at hotels, hostels, apartments, hotel suites, long-stay places and any other room you can imagine. However, none of them seemed just right.

Our goal while in Marseille, France and then Barcelona, Spain was to live like the locals do. Continue reading

Picking the best travel bag

Which carry-on bag is the best for travel around Europe without being too heavy?

Learning to travel light with a carry-on is key. On a recent trip to Dublin, we were left for three days without our checked bag. It was tough, especially when the person with our bag called us while we were on a tour of the Wicklow Mountains and there was nothing we could do. Continue reading