Tag: Travel

The Best Places to Visit in Big Sur | California

The Best Places to Visit in 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 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 

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 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

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

Day Trip to Oxford | England

Day Trip to Oxford | England

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

Day Trip to Windsor Castle  | England

Day Trip to Windsor Castle | England

Written by Brian Calender | Photography by Julie Boyd 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 

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

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

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

London, Days One & Two| England

London, Days One & Two| England

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

24 Hours in York | England

24 Hours in York | England

Written By Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender & Julie Boyd 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 

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 

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 

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 

Once in a Lifetime: Why You Need to Study Abroad

Once in a Lifetime: Why You Need to Study Abroad

Written by Brian Callender | Photography by Brian Callender 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 

Airline Shopping Portals – What They Are and Why You Should Be Using Them

I have certainly made no secret of my love to travel. From small weekend getaways, to multi-country adventures, my thirst for travel really got a fire lit in 2009 when I spent ten weeks in Oxford. In the five years since that trip, I have traveled 

Mini Vacation Part One – Big Sur

Mini Vacation Part One – Big Sur

I love vacations. The longer the vacation, the more I forget about my regular work life and the cubicle walls I sit behind. But smaller trips have their perks as well. Sometimes, we just don’t have the time or flexibility in our schedules to really 

A Brief Introduction to “Travel Hacking”

A Brief Introduction to “Travel Hacking”

“Travel Hacking…that sounds sketchy, what is it?” While the word “hack” certainly gets a bad rap, especially in light of the recent issues at Sony, “travel hacking” is best viewed simply as a way to save money on travel. A brief internet search will net you