Wild Poppies at Kos Castle Greece

Tripping Over History: Kos Ruins in Ruins, a Greek Island in Photos

I didn't expect the ancient ruins in Kos, Greece to be so... well ... in ruins. Coming from Spain and Portugal, we were used to castles and monuments with manned entrance booths, charging plenty of Euros to let us in. Ropes and barriers to keep us off the attractions were everywhere, and guards often stood by just in case. This wasn't the case in Kos. Wildflowers grew among the ruins, and entrance booths were unmanned and sometimes covered in graffiti. Join us as we look through the lens at the Isle of Kos and a state of ruins.
EASYToll Dispenser

The Ultimate Guide to Toll Roads in Portugal. What Every Traveler Should Know.

After three weeks driving around Portugal, we thought we understood their toll system. Turns out we were wrong. Here's everything you need to know about Portugal's toll roads from the new, unmanned Electronic Tolls to the old Via Verde system. Make sure you read this if you're planning a trip to Portugal in the near future and plan on driving your own vehicle or renting a car while you're there.
View of Gibraltar across the golf course in Spanish town of Alcaidesa

Rocking Gibraltar and Wrestling Monkeys

Still feeling the effects of a crazy travel week riding camels in Morocco, sleeping in Bedouin tent villages in the Sahara Desert and hanging out in the chaotic sprawling urban jungle called the Medina of Marrakech, Micki and I were on the mend in Seville and looking for our next family adventure. When we pulled up a map of the area, it became clear that there was one last place we needed to check out before we left this area of Spain behind us. Only 2 hours south was an iconic landmark that I had heard about since childhood and never really thought I'd ever see it in person. Gibraltar was calling and that meant two things, road trip and monkees!
Sunset at the Vatican Rome

Rome for the Weekend

Ah Rome - the Eternal City. So much history, so much romance, so much culture. You could spend years exploring the Italian capital and still not uncover every nook and cranny, every hidden gem. But unfortunately, most of us will not have years to while away in one of Europe's most beautiful cities. However, all is not lost, because complex and layered as it may be, Rome 101 - the real must-see places of the city - can all be done within a weekend.