Winter-y Things to do in Titlis, Switzerland

A Winter Weekend in Engleberg Titlis, Switzerland

I love winter! I love finding that perfect ski lodge, complete with steaming hot drinks and a cozy place to eat dinner after a full day on the slopes. I’m not as much of a skier as I used to be, but I still love the atmosphere. I could hang around ski areas all winter long. One of the best places to do all kinds of winter activities is Engelberg-Titlis in Switzerland. From the Top of the Mountain Our day started out amidst the bundled up skiers and snowboarders all jockeying to get on the cable car to the top of the mountain. The cable car is a great ride all on its own. As it climbs or descends, it also …

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Snow Monkeys in Hot Tubs – Bucket List Japan

Snow Monkeys in Hot Tubs - Bucket List Japan

I don’t know about you, but I’m fascinated with any type of animal, especially monkeys! So, anytime that I have a chance to see them in the wild, I take it. On our last road trip through Japan, we rented a car and drove over a good portion of the island of Honshu taking in some quirky sights, eating kobe beef, and even making Cup O’ Noodle noodles.  It certainly wasn’t out of the question to visit the bathing snow monkeys and we added to the itinerary. Seriously, snow monkeys in hot tubs! That’s a sight everyone needs to see. Where Are the Snow Monkeys in Japan? The best place to see snow monkeys in hot springs is at the Jugokudani …

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When is the Best Time to Visit Japan? Comparing All 4 Seasons in Japan

Autumn in Japan sees the fields of red buckwheat bloom in Minowa.

Japan. Exotic, futuristic, traditional. It’s on everyone’s bucket list, because it has so much to offer. The main question is, when is the best time to go to Japan? We outline each season for you, and what you can do to make the most of your trip during that time! When is the Best Time to Visit Japan? Which season has the best weather? What festivals are the most interesting? What kinds of food are eaten each season? These are all great queries. And the answers? Anytime is the best time. All four seasons in Japan have their pros and cons. Spring is green and warming up, so it’s not uncomfortable and there’s lots to do. Summer is hot and …

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How to Get Your Henna On at a Turkish Henna Party!

Living in Turkey gave us the unique opportunity to make lots of friends, mostly from work. That, in turn, afforded us a view into the daily life, personal milestones, and how they are celebrated. My friend Çakal was getting married, and of course she was going to have a bridal party. In Turkey, brides are wished good luck at her henna night. We had so much fun at our first Turkish henna party. At A Turkish Wedding – Henna Tattoos for All! In Turkey, the typical “bridal” shower is a “Kına Gecesi,” which literally means “henna evening.” Only women attend henna parties, although these days, some men sneak in towards the end of the evening when the party is in …

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Chimpanzee Trekking in Uganda

Tracking Chimps Uganda

Ever dreamed of crashing and slashing through the jungles of Africa to see the most amazing animals? Then tracking chimpanzees in Uganda should be on your list. It’s unforgettable.

Top 10 Things to do in Egypt

Giza pyramid and other Egyptian ruins.

In the U.S., we grew up learning about ancient Egypt, the pharaohs, Cleopatra, the Egyptian pyramids, the flooding cycle of the Nile, all of it. All my life I looked forward to visiting the land of the pharaohs. It was with rabid excitement that I stepped off the plane to walk through a chaotic customs. I reveled in the queue, the stamps, the smell, and the run-down look of everything. I could not wait to get out into the frenetic city of Cairo and start exploring. The country was definitely full of my bucket list items, and I couldn’t wait to get started checking out all the historical places in  and all the best places to go, finding the ultimate …

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