Sometimes when planning a trip or curating our bucket list, we get caught up in the whirlwind of glamorous Instagram photos, guide books' "must-see" lists, and the multitude of recommendations we get from friends and colleagues. Well, what about when these things that are on our list end up being a disappointment? What about when you get there and realise...uh oh, I'm in a tourist trap??
Spring is in full swing in the Pacific Northwest and that means lots of birdsong, crazy weather changes, and oh yeah, flowers. About 2.5 hours south of Seattle and 30 minutes north of Portland, Oregon, this is a perfect stop on your way to or from Mount St. Helens.
While we live within an easy driving distance from Seattle, Washington, we really prefer to stay away. Whether you are a first time visitor to the Emerald City or are planning a return trip, we thought we would compile a list of places and activities off the beaten path for you to enjoy.
Can't make it to Keukenhof this spring but still want to see amazing colours? If you are in the Pacific Northwest, check out the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival! Located 90-minutes north of Seattle in Mount Vernon, WA, this festival lasts throughout the month of April while the tulips are in bloom.
It may come as no shock to you since we are big coffee snobs, we are also chocolate snobs! So when we get the opportunity to do anything related to chocolate, you bet we're going to jump at the chance.
It's no secret that we love small towns and villages, so we decided to get the opinions of several other travel bloggers about their favourite small towns around the world to get a feel of the vast cultural differences you can experience by sticking with small-town travel. We got submissions of villages from Central American, Europe, and Asia, which are all completely different yet similar in their intimate, authentic feel.
Despite experiencing multiple Nor’easters during our time there (what a novelty for us West Coasters!), we thoroughly enjoyed the things that Maine had to offer even though we barely scratched the surface.
This past winter we spent some time in Tuscany during our Italy road trip. Winter was a great time to visit because it wasn't as crowded as in the summer. It could be chilly at times, but the sun still shone brightly most days. Here are three Tuscan hill towns we thought deserved a mention.
As a conclusion to our three-part Provence series, we bring you four villages in the Luberon, each with their own charm and unique histories. Since we travelled there in the winter, we had some not-so-ideal weather on some days, but we made the best of the sunny days we did have.
Considered the Tuscany of France, this area of Provence is full of rolling hills, rocky outcrops, hilltop villages, lavender fields, vineyards, and the occasional windmill.
We recently had the pleasure of staying in the Provence-Alpes-Cote d’Azur region of France, and even though we saw a lot of villages during our stay, we barely scratched the surface! There are so many small towns and villages in Provence, especially in the Luberon.
A quick 2.5-hour train ride from Paris and sitting alongside the Rhone river, this is the perfect city to begin your journey through one of France's most sought-after regions.
Ah, Montmartre, whether you are checking it out because the guidebooks tell you to, because of the movie "Amélie", because you are into art history, or because of a certain movie starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor, you are in for a treat if you visit this part of the city properly.
For all the World War II buffs out there, here are two must-see attractions in Gdansk, Poland.
One of my “must-see” items in our latest trip to Italy was Museo del Violino in Cremona. Since I play the violin and also have an intense attraction towards string instruments in general, this was non-negotiable for me, and Marcin had no choice but to tag along.
As I mentioned in my previous article about the Scottish Highlands, yes we visited Edinburgh, but we very much appreciated the highlands more. Honesty is our most important policy at Destination: Overlooked, and we can’t pretend travelling is all sunshine and rainbows all the time. Although that would be cool.
In this post, we spotlight three villages in the Scottish Highlands that we feel are worth visiting that rarely make it into guidebooks and other “best of” blog posts.
This December we visited Lake Como, and while spring and summer are definitely more desirable seasons to go due to the weather, we still enjoyed our time and our beautiful view from our apartment balcony.
I think most of us have special places we’ve visited that will forever be etched in our hearts. Someplace that we compare all others to, yet nothing seems to come close enough. For us (so far), that place is Montepulciano, Italy.
Located about an hour west of Frankfurt, Traben-Trarbach, Germany is split into two - Traben on one side of the river and Trarbach on the other, with the ruins of Grevenburg Castle looming overhead.
Looking for the best packing tips for visiting Europe in winter? Even though Europe is one of the smallest continents, it is still a very diverse place, and climate can vary widely depending on where you are visiting. So first things first, before you start packing for your winter Europe trip, you need to assess your itinerary and check the weather reports.
Since we have had our fair share of experiences cooking a wide variety of meals in our Airbnb rentals, we thought we would help you be prepared and make the most out of your temporary kitchen.
Health. It's a controversial topic and one that gets a lot of coverage. Everyone has their own opinions on what is best for their health and what the word "healthy" actually means. Here are some ways that we stay healthy while travelling.
As avid users of Airbnb during our travels, we have come across some things we really liked that we wish all Airbnb hosts would do, and of course, we have come across some things that we didn’t appreciate so much.
We all want to save money, right? No matter what our budget is we always feel better when we don’t exceed it. Europe has a reputation for being an expensive travel destination, and of course, it can be, but it doesn’t have to be.
So you’re going to Italy for that big upcoming trip and you want to see more than the big cities right? You want to see some of those cool looking overlooked destinations your read about on a travel blog somewhere. Renting a car is the easy part, but what about driving in Italy? Sounds scary.
Airbnb has been increasing in popularity as an alternative to hotels and hostels. We have had quite a bit of experience using Airbnb in the US and Europe, and while we have had mostly positive experiences, there have been some mishaps as well.
While we love traveling, we are not fans of long flights (or any flights for that matter!).
At Destination: Overlooked, we are big proponents of traveling during the off-season. We will never forget our two drastically different experiences we had the last couple times we visited Rome.
This small New England city has a booming coffee scene, and it is one not worth missing. It is home to some really awesome coffee roasters that take their coffee very seriously! The coffee scene was one of our main reasons for visiting Portland, Maine and it did not disappoint.
While there are some similarities, coffee culture in France and Italy also have a lot of differences, and it can be confusing, especially if you are travelling to both countries in one trip like many people do.
Everyone loves their morning cup (or two) of coffee, there’s no better way to start the day. At home you have your favourite roaster, your grinder, and your preferred brewing method, but what about when you go on holiday? Read on for travel coffee tips.
Despite the funny name, these energy balls are a great addition to your homemade snack arsenal. Not only are they good for you, but they are nicely portable, so they are the perfect snack to bring with you on the plane or for a road trip.
When it comes to brownies, there are usually two schools of thought that bakers have been debating for years. Some are die-hard cocoa users, and some demand that real brownies are only made with melted chocolate. Well, since I love both and need things to be extra chocolaty, my recipe contains both. Because why not?
We’ve been indulging a little too much lately and my belly is yelling at me to stop. So tonight I made a vegetable stir-fry in our Airbnb apartment, which was super-simple, and my tummy thanked me for it as well!