Posted on September 17, 2017

Post-Vacation Blues? Tips on Getting Back into the ‘Real World’


Disclaimer: This is a completely first world problems sort of issue, but… I get it — it’s rough. You’ve just come back from a fantastic trip to another area of your state, your country, or another entirely new country and now… sadness. It hit me big time after coming back from Europe in July. It’s hard to return from our annual trips to the Wizarding World in January. Heck — it’s even a challenge sometimes to return from a road trip! Regardless of where you were, the excitement of visiting a new place, experiencing something you’ve longed to experience, or finally getting the chance to relax can mean that going back to the everyday hustle and bustle isn’t easy.

I’ll be the first to admit, I do give myself some time to wallow in that feeling. It’s there for a reason, after all, but I also know that I don’t want to live in that feeling forever! That’s not good for anyone. Here are my favorite tips and ideas for how to shake those post-vacay blues. Read more..

Posted on September 17, 2017

Eight* Harry Potter Things to Do in London


One of the main reasons my family decided to go to London for the bulk of our European trip was, of course, Harry Potter! There is so much to do and see there that you definitely need as much time as possible to do it all. If you’re in the planning process and wondering about the possibilities, here are my eight favorite Harry Potter experiences we had.

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Posted on August 29, 2017

Iceland: The Blue Lagoon


Our trip to Europe this past June/July began with a very brief stopover in Iceland. We were only going to be in the country for 8-9 hours so our options for what we could do were fairly limited. Luckily, we were able to take advantage of an “airport excursion” to the Blue Lagoon. The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa that is located in southwestern Iceland on the Reykjanes Peninsula. It’s one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country and I can certainly understand why. It. Is. Gorgeous. Read more..

Posted on August 23, 2017

Two Days in Edinburgh


This summer, my family and I took a long-awaited vacation to Europe. Our main reason for going, of course, was to see and do as many Harry Potter sites/activities as we could. We spent most of our time in London soaking up a ton of wizarding magic but had decided early on in the planning stages to make an overnight jaunt to Edinburgh, Scotland. Edinburgh is home to a free Harry Potter walking tour called “The Potter Trail” (and tons of fantastic general sightseeing as well).

If I had the vacation planning to do again, I would certainly have given us more time in Edinburgh (well, Scotland in general). We absolutely fell IN LOVE with the city. The vibe and the architecture of Edinburgh is amazing. It was one of the few locations where we felt completely comfortable just walking around without a specific plan or destination. Read more..

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