Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

My Favorite New Destinations of 2012

I’ve been doing several Top 12 of 2012 lists to round out the year, and initially had a Top 12 New Destinations of 2012 list in the making. But I decided to scrap it — 12 wasn’t a good number for this one.  I wanted to narrow it down to the destinations that REALLY floored [...]

The Travel Olympics: Who Gets the Gold?

Happy Olympics Opening Day!  I’m super-excited for the London 2012 Games, wondering what the iconic moments will be this time around.  I’ll never forget what it was like back in 2008, screaming my head off as Michael Phelps and his teammates beat the French in that one swim relay they weren’t expected to win. So [...]

Horseback Riding in Iceland

Do I look like the kind of girl who would strap on a pair of leather boots, muck out a stall, and hop on a stallion, riding around a ranch all day? Not really.  I would wear the boots.  That’s it. But after learning about Icelandic horses, I thought going horseback riding would be a [...]

Iceland’s Phallological Museum: For Peen Lovers Only

Wow.  You’re still here.  Thanks for sticking around. After arriving in Reykjavik, I had a few hours to kill before I could check into my room.  And while I had a Reykjavik city pass and access to the city’s most famous landmarks, there was one museum that I wanted to hit up right away: The [...]

A Bizarre Icelandic Tasting Menu

Iceland is well-known for having some of the strangest foods in the world.  I mean, this is a country where rotten shark buried in the ground is a specialty!  Gordon Ramsay couldn’t keep it down! While I didn’t go quite that far on my trip, I wanted to try an array of typical Icelandic foods. [...]

Snorkeling Silfra: The Coldest, Bluest Waters of Iceland

One of the absolute most extreme things you can do in Iceland?  Snorkeling (or even diving!) Silfra. Silfra, also known as “The Rift,” is home to astonishingly clear waters — some say the clearest in the world.  The water is fed by glaciers and keeps to a temperature of about 2 degrees C (34 F), [...]

Things No One Tells You About the Blue Lagoon

If there’s any one attraction you’re planning to visit in Iceland, it’s very likely the Blue Lagoon.  It’s the most popular destination in Iceland — nearly everyone who visits Iceland works a trip to the Blue Lagoon into their itinerary. And being the most popular destination, there are plenty of guides and how-tos for the [...]

Kex Hostel: Welcome to Hipster Heaven

I can now say that I’ve stayed in the world’s hippest hostel — Kex Hostel in Reykjavik.  I’ve spent hundreds of nights in hostels around the world, but none of them have looked as cool as this one. Kex has SERIOUS STYLE — far more than any other hostel I’ve ever seen.  Every square inch [...]

Glacier Hiking in Iceland

Of all the activities I wanted to experience in Iceland, one stood at the top of the list: glacier hiking.  I’ve wanted to do this for years, but I’ve never visited a destination with a glacier!  After researching tour companies in Iceland, I found Arctic Adventures‘ Blue Ice Tour, which included an ice-climbing session as well. [...]

Why Iceland is Perfect for First-Time Solo Female Travelers

Today I finished my first trip to Iceland: five fantastic days that I enjoyed immensely.  I can’t wait to tell you about all the amazing experiences I had and show you the unbelievable landscapes. Many women email me telling me that they’re thinking of traveling solo for the first time.  I always tell them to [...]