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Earth Day & National Park Week

Earth Day & National Park Week

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd Happy Earth Day! This week the National Park Service is celebrating our National Parks, and Earth Day, by offering free admission to all of the parks, nationwide. While Brian and I wish we could get out […]

Idyllwild & Winter Hiking in the San Jacinto Wilderness | California

Idyllwild & Winter Hiking in the San Jacinto Wilderness | California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd It’s a rare occasion for Julie and I to have a weekday off together, so we always try to make the most of them when we do. With the school Julie teaches at on Spring Break […]

Going for a Walk with Samantha Brown

Going for a Walk with Samantha Brown

Words by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd

I first stumbled across Samantha Brown years ago while channel surfing on a lazy, Sunday afternoon. Her Passport to Europe show was airing an episode on Interlaken, Switzerland, and I was immediately drawn in by her lively personality, and ability to connect with the people she encountered. She seemed like a real person, and I could easily relate with that aspect of the show. So, I was excited to learn that she would be speaking at the Travel and Adventure show in Los Angeles this year, especially since Brian and I had already planned on attending.

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The Best of Big Sur | California

The Best of Big Sur | California

Written by Julie Boyd | Photography by Julie Boyd On the Central Coast of California, Highway 1 winds through a section of rocky coastline known as Big Sur. Flanked by the Santa Lucia Mountains to the east, and the turbulent waters of the Pacific Ocean […]

A Day Trip to Julian | California

A Day Trip to Julian | California

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd Back in 2012, when Julie and I first started dating, I surprised her with a day trip down to Julian and we had a blast! Four years later, we decided to return to Julian and explore […]

A Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher | Ireland

A Day Trip to the Cliffs of Moher | Ireland

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender and Julie Boyd

While planning our time in Ireland, we had given ourselves a very open schedule so that we could relax and enjoy the last days of our trip. After spending the rest of the trip constantly on the move, our pace slowed down when we reached Dublin, and it was a welcome change. Aside from exploring the city, the only other item on our must visit list was the Cliffs of Moher. It’s nearly impossible to think about Ireland and not envision the striking views from the cliffs. Arguably the most popular tourist destination in the country, the cliffs are a tremendous draw for tourists looking to soak in the Emerald Isle.

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Exciting Changes to the Blog!

Exciting Changes to the Blog!

Written by Brian Callender Some exciting thing are changing on the blog, so I thought a post about it would be a good idea! 🙂 I originally created this site to share the travels of Julie and I, with some travel hacking mixed in. I […]

Three Days in Dublin | Ireland

Three Days in Dublin | Ireland

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender & Julie Boyd We touched down in Dublin close to 10:00 p.m. on Monday night after a short flight from Brussels. I had pre-booked our transportation taking the 700 Route with AirCoach which came out to about $25 roundtrip […]

A Day Trip to Bruges | Belgium

A Day Trip to Bruges | Belgium

Writted by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender & Julie Boyd

One of my favorite things about Europe is the ease and efficiency of travel within countries, particularly public transportation. When I was studying abroad in Oxford, I knew there were three busses that consistently went into the City Center and that if I missed one, the next bus would not be far behind. Train travel in Europe is also something that I really enjoy as there are so many different places you can visit. Though at times the trains can be pricey, especially if you normally have access to a car (like we do at home), it’s always nice to be able to relax and and enjoy the scenery outside your window. So, when I decided to add Belgium to our agenda, it was with the idea in mind that we would take a day trip to either Bruges or Ghent. Both cities are easily accessible by train, so it was simply a matter of picking which one we wanted to visit. After careful consideration, we settled on Bruges.

Bruges is popularly known as being a well preserved, medieval town. Similar to Amsterdam, the city lies on a series of canals making it incredibly scenic and a popular destination. In 2000, the historic city center became a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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A Day in Brussels | Belgium

A Day in Brussels | Belgium

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Julie Boyd & Brian Callender Belgium was, admittedly, a late addition to our itinerary. We had planned to visit the British Isles, but not the continent of Europe on this particular trip. However, having already been to the three […]

Last Days in London | England

Last Days in London | England

After a very late night in Oxford, we slept in a bit on Friday morning before heading out to soak up the rest of our time in London. To say that we were ecstatic to have the Tube back up and running would be a […]

Day Trip to Oxford | England

Day Trip to Oxford | England

Six years ago, I studied abroad for ten weeks in Oxford and it was one of the best experiences of my life. During that time, I fell in love with the city, the country, and travel. I learned a lot about myself on that trip and couldn’t wait for the opportunity to return and to visit the family who hosted me.

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Day Trip to Windsor Castle  | England

Day Trip to Windsor Castle | England

On our return from the Harry Potter Studio Tour on Tuesday night, we learned that there was likely going to be a Tube strike taking place beginning Wednesday evening and lasting through Friday morning. While we had always intended to take at least two day […]

The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Bros. Studio Tour | London, England

The Making of Harry Potter – Warner Bros. Studio Tour | London, England

On Tuesday afternoon, we boarded our train and were on our way out to the Harry Potter Studio Tour. After walking around for much of the day, our feet were tired and in need of a seat. The train however, was full of passengers either […]

London, Days One & Two| England

London, Days One & Two| England

Thanks to Friends, I’ll always think of “London Baby” whenever the city crosses my mind. And that’s not a bad thing because I love London and I love Friends :). If you have no idea what I’m talking about, watch the clip below.

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1HBGJVXSzas

Julie and I seriously considered “going into the map” in order to figure out our way around. But since we didn’t have one of those pop-up maps that Joey used (sadly), we settled for Google.

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24 Hours in York | England

24 Hours in York | England

Six years ago, I visited York for the first time with my study abroad class. The trip was an optional add-on, but everyone went. There was so much that I loved about the city, that I made it a point to have Julie and I […]

Saying Goodbye to Scotland | Edinburgh

Saying Goodbye to Scotland | Edinburgh

With two long days of driving and exploring the Highlands firmly behind us, we had a lazy start to our Saturday morning. In doing so, we nearly missed making it back in time to drop off our rental car. We returned the car with just minutes […]

Exploring the Highlands by Car: Part Two | Scotland

Exploring the Highlands by Car: Part Two | Scotland

Friday morning we were treated to this beautiful loch view from our Airbnb.  A view which made the prospect of departing for the long upcoming day an even more challenging prospect. Our host had been fantastic and we wished we had opted to stay for more than one night. But after a nice breakfast, we packed up our little car and headed back down the single track road and made our way towards the Isle of Skye.

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Exploring the Highlands by Car: Part One | Scotland

Exploring the Highlands by Car: Part One | Scotland

Early Mornings & False Starts After a long and exhausting first day in Scotland, we awoke refreshed and ready to tackle our second day. Our original plan had been to take a tour of the Scottish Highlands and I spent a fair amount of time […]

Our Adventure Begins | Edinburgh, Scotland

Our Adventure Begins | Edinburgh, Scotland

Edinburgh, Here We Come Our adventure began bright and early on Tuesday morning. We were fortunate that Julie’s dad was willing to give us a ride down to San Diego to catch our outbound flight to New Jersey where we would catch our connecting flight […]

10 Months of Planning and it’s Finally Here + I Drank a 9 Year Old Bottle of Beer to Celebrate!

By the time you read this, we’ll be in route to San Diego International Airport for our big day of travel. Heading East, means we’ll lose our entire day to being in the air and on the ground waiting to be in the air again. No complaints here though. This has been 10 months in the making and the time it’s going to take us to get there will have been well worth it. After all, our entire roundtrip flight from California to Scotland and then back from Dublin cost us $88.80. And sure, flying non-stop, direct, would be a perfect scenario, but the logistics didn’t work out at the time we booked the trip. We leave Tuesday morning and arrive Wednesday morning.

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How We Booked Our Flight to Europe for $88.80.

How We Booked Our Flight to Europe for $88.80.

By now, you’ve heard that Julie and I are going to Europe. A fact that has been discussed at great length thanks to some serious enthusiasm on both our parts. In just fifteen fourteen days, we’ll be on a plane embarking on a big and incredibly […]

Europe 2015: 34 Days Out, and Closing in Fast

The past couple weeks have been quite busy and as such, my writing has definitely slacked. I also turned another year older and some of the festivities included a small getaway to Marina del Rey for the weekend, highlighted by the US Women’s National Soccer Team […]

An Insatiable Wanderlust

Wanderlust (noun): a strong, innate desire to rove or travel about.

We inch ever closer to our European adventure. Months that seemed like years, have been whittled down to just under two. Knowing that the day is fast approaching, finally, has aimed to cure some of my growing wanderlust. But instead of it minimizing with an impending trip, my desire to travel has only increased.

Where to next?
Where to next?

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Making Every Cent Count

Booking our trip to Europe was an easy decision. With points and miles factored in, the decision was even easier. While points can cover some of the larger aspects of the trip, namely the flight and hotel rooms, much of the rest of the trip will […]

Oh, the Travel Stories You’ll Tell

“You’re off to great places, today is your day!” ~ Dr. Seuss Stories to Last a Lifetime Beyond the destination itself, one of my favorite aspects of travel is the stories each new adventure brings. In a world where photos and to a greater extent, social […]

Weekend Getaway – San Diego

Weekend Getaway – San Diego

I’ve said this before, but it’s worth repeating…mini vacations are what keep those of us who don’t get to take many trips, throughly sane. Or at least partially sane with those busy work weeks!

A little over a month ago, Julie and I planned a short weekend getaway to San Diego with another couple we are friends with. While the trip was centered around a baseball game at Petco Park, we were equally excited for the opportunity just to do a little travel.

And of course to stay classy...
And of course, to stay classy…

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90 Days Out – Europe 2015

90 Days Out – Europe 2015

Last September, Julie and I booked our first trip to Europe together. As I talked about before, this is Julie’s first trip abroad (brief visits to Canada and Mexico of course, are excluded). The trip also marks the culmination of our foray into the points and […]

No Matter Your Age, YOU Should Study Abroad

6 Years As I sit here writing this post, it has been six years to the day (we even departed on a Thursday) since I left for my ten week study abroad adventure in Oxford, England (thanks Chris for reminding me!). I was twenty-five years old and in my […]

Review – TravelCon OC 2015

I first heard about TravelCon OC a few months back through one of the blogs I follow, Travel Codex. Several of the main contributors from that site were putting together a one day points and miles convention in Anaheim. While many of these events are often in cities across the country, I saw this as a good opportunity to expand my knowledge with something close to home.

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