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His travels in Europe include Austria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Ukraine. Outside of Europe: Australia, Egypt, Japan.
Perfect travel day: A morning jaunt through Rynek Glowny, Kraków's main square, to grab a local obwarzanki bagel and wander through the area as kids chase pigeons and artists display their wares. Later, a delicious lunch at Restauracja Padre is followed by a walk through a new, undiscovered part of the city and an evening hike to Kościuszko Mound to take in a beautiful sunset. If energy remains, a trip to Pijalnia Wódki I Piwa for a few vodka shots with friends rounds out an eventful day.
Favorite travel product: Travel as a Political Act — Rick discusses the powerful impact travel has on one's perspective
Her travels in Europe include Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Liechtenstein, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Scotland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and Wales. She has also traveled to Belize, French Polynesia, Honduras, Israel, Mexico, Peru, and South Africa.
Perfect travel day: My perfect day begins in London with coffee and a scone at a local bakery, joining a walking tour to explore a new neighborhood, picking up take-away for lunch at Harrods or Marks & Spencer, checking out a market while sipping a Pimm's, enjoying an Indian-food dinner out, and ending my day at the theater in the West End.
Favorite travel product: Hide-Away Tote — It holds so much and keeps my purchases safe — I wouldn't travel without it.
Her travels include Austria, Belgium, Croatia, the Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Monaco, the Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, Vatican City, and Wales. Outside of Europe: China, Japan, Singapore, Thailand, New Zealand.
Perfect travel day: My perfect travel day starts — after breakfast at the hotel — with a walk or bike ride around Hyde Park. Next, I would wander through the bookshops of Covent Garden and explore some of London's secret bars searching for the best Pimm's Cup. For lunch, I would indulge in multiple cheese pairings at Pick and Cheese, a cheese-conveyor-belt restaurant, at Seven Dials Market. Once the cheese coma hits, I would jump on the tube to the Sky Garden for some free beautiful views of London. I would then visit a museum or take a walking tour before dinner at Dishoom. Afterwards, I would dash to a West End play and cap off the night at Brasserie Zedel with a glass of wine and some more live music!
Favorite travel product: Packable Hip Pack
Her travels in Europe include Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Monaco, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and Ukraine. Outside of Europe: Armenia, Costa Rica, Georgia, Ghana, India, Lebanon, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates.
Perfect travel day: My perfect day begins with a morning paseo (stroll) through Barcelona's Gràcia district to experience its annual festa major — a vibrant outdoor festival where neighbors compete to win the prize of the best-decorated street. After tasty Catalan street food for lunch, the remainder of the day is spent getting lost in back streets, local boutiques, and pretty squares before joining local friends for a late tapas-style dinner.
Favorite travel product: Spinner Carry-On. Four wheels make this bag a breeze to glide across airports and maneuver through crowds, leaving more energy for adventures ahead.
Her travels in Europe include Austria, Hungary, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovenia, and Turkey. Outside of Europe: Cambodia, Vietnam, Mexico, and India.
Perfect travel day: Waking in the Sultanahmet neighborhood of Istanbul while listening to the call to prayer, I sleep for another hour before wandering to the döner stall for breakfast. As the smell of roasted chestnuts fills the air, I stop to hang out with a few street cats before catching the tram down to the fisherman-lined Galata Bridge. The shores are filled with vendors cooking the day's catch and their boats rock back and forth so much that I almost think they will fall over. After seeing the latest exhibit at the Modern Art Museum, I hop on the Beyoğlu incline railway and finish the day with dinner on Cezayir Street surrounded by the sound of live music.
Favorite travel product: For the Love of Europe
Her travels in Europe include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and Turkey. Some of her other travels include Argentina, Australia, the Caribbean, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Egypt, Fiji, Guam, India, Israel, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, New Zealand, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Tahiti, Thailand, the United Arab Emirates, and Vietnam.
Perfect travel day: Exploring the caves, cafés, and bougainvillea-lined backstreets of Crete, followed by an al fresco feast of Greek salad, olives, fava beans, dolmades, and stuffed peppers at a cliffside restaurant overlooking Rethymno's Fortezza — with the sun setting over the Mediterranean Sea as dramatic backdrop.
Favorite travel product: Europe 101: History & Art for the Traveler book