2018 Travel Destinations

A new year is here which means we have been busy planning where we would like to go and what we would like to see! We are excited to continue to travel and push some new limits this year. Our aim is to get outside of our comfort zone a little as well as mix it up a bit. We'll learn to ski, we're heading to Africa for the first time, and we are making sure to check off some more of our UK bucket list. When we look back on last year's travels along with all the trips from 2016 and 2015, we are in awe of all that we have been lucky enough to see. We do not take this life for granted. All our hard work, determination, and heart brought us here. Moving abroad to fulfill this dream of ours has been nothing short of amazing. We've accomplished what we have set out to do and are continuing to enjoy it longer than we ever thought possible. So here's a look at to what's to come...

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2017 Sea of Atlas Travel Recap

As the year closes, one thing we love reflecting back on is our adventures throughout the year. In 2015, when we hopped across the pond for this kind of life— a life where travel was at the core—I never could have imagined that we would check off as many places as we have from our list. After getting our first taste of a European travel season, we aimed and succeeded at jampacking 2016 with as much as we could. This year was no different. We've fallen completely in love with this wild and crazy world of ours. Travel is what has helped us stay positive through the negativity of the current political climates and tension. It has opened our eyes, hearts, and souls to so much outside of ourselves. Travel makes you feel large and small at the same time. In all the best ways possible. It helps you discover who you are but also humbles you into realizing there's so much beyond what is just in front of you. It shows you the complications of the world, of cultures, of conflict, of love, of life. Without a doubt, our move to London to travel was the best decision we've made so far. I am looking forward to the many years ahead of continuing just that. But until we begin our next travel season in 2018, let's look back...

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Two Days In Bath, England

Bath had been on our list pretty much since we moved to London, but a visit had alluded us until we decided enough had been enough! The train ride from Paddington Station couldn’t have been easier and we were immediately greeted with an explosion of Georgian architecture in the golden color of the local Bath stone. Unfortunately, we were also greeted with some pretty heavy rain and we couldn’t yet check into our room at the Abbey Hotel. No fear! We rode out the worst of it at the cozy Foodie Bugle Shop where we indulged in hot chocolate and carrot cake (the shop section also had plenty of stuff to keep us busy browsing).

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A Day Trip To The Seven Sisters

After such a busy period of travel, we've been staying put in London the past few months and enjoying a slower pace lifestyle. While we still have some writing to catch up on for trips we took from July on (Bosnia/Croatia, Ireland, Portugal,...), we thought here would be a good point to pause on those to share what we have been up to more recently. Autumn has been a great time to catch up with friends and refocus on seeing more of what's right nearby us here in England. So, thanks to the help of a couple of those friends, we made it a mission back in October to make our way to The Seven Sisters— the most gorgeous white cliffs—in East Sussex, on the southern coast of England.

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Bergen & Fjord Country, Norway: Video Moments

Recapping our Norway trip has made me miss the peacefulness of the country. While we only had four days to soak it in (and we got soaked...), it made a lasting impact on us. Our souls always feel refreshed when we are removed from the hustle and bustle of city life and pushed into nature. Bergen offered us some charming streets to wander and get our first taste of Norwegian culture and adventuring into fjord country gave us that bit of nature I'm going on about here. It was the highlight of the trip—being able to take a boat right around such beautiful scenery and then again get to see even more up close with a kayaking trip. The weather wasn't the best we could have asked for (even the locals were complaining) but we made the most of our time and hope to return back sometime soon (with some sun!).

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Four Days In Norway: Fjord Country

When one thinks of Norway, one thinks of fjords, and the area just north of Bergen is one of most accessible places to experience these natural wonders. Part of the allure is the convenience of the popular Norway in a Nutshell (NiaN) self-guided tour, a package of rail, bus, and ferry trips that sweeps visitors from Bergen or Oslo through fjord country. Some people do the loop from Bergen in one day, but that seemed rushed, so we completed the loop over two days.

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Four Days In Norway: Bergen

What better way to spend the long summer days of late June than on the rocky and fjord-dotted west coast of Norway? We were lucky enough, in this case, to spend the four-day weekend with Britt’s sister, who joined us after attending a wedding in Sweden. We were not lucky, however, with the weather. Bergen is often cited as the rainiest city in Europe, and while we were mentally prepared for that, the weekend was even rainier than expected, as noted by the apologetic border patrol officer that stamped our passports on our way out. Oh well! We stayed in Bergen at Ole Bull Hotel & Apartments (mediocre, but relatively affordable rooms in the center of the city) on nights 1 and 3 and took the famous Norway in a Nutshell trip over the middle two days, staying overnight on night 2 in Flåm.

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Murano & Burano, Italy: Video Moments

Last up on our Venice trip is our Murano and Burano Video Moments. These two islands were an absolute highlight of our trip. Their colorful homes, small canals, unique bridges, and artistry truly pulls you in. Murano and Burano are an easy trip from Venice making it no brainer to visit (a mistake we made on our first trip to Italy in 2013). We loved getting lost wandering around and discovering new nooks and crannies. I'm a bit at a loss of words to how to describe how beautiful these little islands were so you will just have to take my word for it and watch the video yourself!

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Venice, Italy (feat. The 57th Biennale di Venezia): Video Moments

Back in June we took a four-day weekend to head back to Venice, Italy. On our first trip to Venice in 2013, we were unsure of the city and a bit run down from our whirlwind of a trip. Since then, we always knew we needed to return to give it a second chance and this summer we finally went for it. I think it's safe to say we full in love quickly and didn't want to leave this time around. From wandering along the side canals to checking out the Peggy Guggenheim Collectio and enjoying the 57th Biennale di Venezi, we enjoyed ourselves immensely. We can't stop scheming up ways to return to the wonderfully unique city. I can only hope a visit happens again soon!

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Four Days In Venice, Italy

We visited Venice at the end of our whirlwind first trip to Europe together in 2013 (read here). We were exhausted by that point in our trip and we were coming off the high from visiting Cinque Terre, which still today ranks as one of our favorite places on Earth. Suffice it to say, we weren’t in the best mindset to enjoy the city. We’ve always thought back to that and wondered how we’d feel if we gave it a second, more proper chance. When we were trying to think of what to do with a four-day weekend we had left over after planning all of our other trips for the year, Venice floated to the top of our list of choices and we knew we couldn’t give up the chance! This time around we stayed in an Airbnb on Rio di San Boldo in the Santa Croce district.

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The Lauterbrunnen Valley, Switzerland: Video Moments

As we have said during our recaps of our trip to the Swiss Alps, we spent the first few days of our trip in Lucerne. After that, it was time to head up and into the mountains! We based ourselves in Murren, a quaint town sitting high above the valley. From there we were able to hike in all directions taking in the spring meadows of wildflowers and the snowcapped mountains overlooking us.

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