Travel + Inspirational Link Round-Up, February 2019

by gigigriffis
schnorkie in Switzerland

Wait, is it the end of February already? This was one of those months that passed me by almost before I noticed. I suppose it’s because we did a lot. We spent three and a half days in Bologna, Italy, eating. We wrapped up our time in Switzerland with visits to two castles and long, laughter-filled dinners with friends. Then we crossed three time zones and landed in the Republic of Georgia, decided it wasn’t for us and as you’re reading this, we’re on our way back to Europe.

It all went so fast.

How was your month?

Oh yes, and here are this month’s links:

:: One digital nomad’s budget for 2018.

:: How much does a trip to Finland and Estonia cost?

:: Speaking of costs, here’s a fascinating post where my BFF outlines a year’s worth of spending for a family of four in a high-cost-of-living town in Arizona.

:: How I Quit My Job, Moved To Africa and Reclaimed My Roots, Time and Purpose

:: Readers ask me fairly often if I have tips for traveling with kids. I’m (clearly) not a parent, myself, but for those who are, here are a couple places to go for tips and inspiration:

  ::  Best places to travel in Italy with kids

  ::  Flying the family-friendly skies: British Airways with kids

  ::  Clusterfuss Travel

:: Remember when I spent a month in Zagreb this winter? My friend Ali came to visit while I was there and you can read about her take on the city here.

:: Finally, is sunscreen really necessary all the time? (Psst, surprises ahead.)

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DaleR February 24, 2019 - 8:37 am

Hi Gigi: I appreciate your input on travel to Europe. I have a question about travel between Stuttgard and Toledo, Spain where some friends of ours live. My husband and I are thinking about taking a train down to Spain and after that a train up to Austria or Germany for Christkindlmarkt. Is it better to do a train or a plane, or a train one way and a plane back? We have usually rented cars and travelled, but that is a long haul.


gigigriffis February 24, 2019 - 10:42 pm


Personally, Chad and I almost always take trains because it’s a lower-stress form of travel for us. Between airline security, all the waiting around for flights, tram/car/train rides to and from the airport, etc., we find we usually lose a whole day even if we have a relatively short flight. Plus I get plane sick and neither of us loves being crunched up in those tiny seats for a couple hours.

So for us, train is almost always the way we go. There’s generally more space. We can get up and move around. Sometimes we work on the train. Sometimes we watch movies. Sometimes we just watch the world go by. It feels like a much mellower way to travel.

Of course, there is no one right answer. But we prefer trains even if they take a lot longer.

It looks like Stuttgart to Toledo is a good 15+ hours. So if I were doing that trip, I’d probably break it up into 2 – 3 legs and stay a night or two in a couple places along the way (assuming I had time). Recently I had a similar route (Zagreb, Croatia, to Interlaken, Switzerland). I zoomed in on a map around the mid-point and went looking for places that were on my to-visit list. Turned out that Innsbruck was right in the middle of the route and I’d been wanting to visit for years. Because I had lots of time on my hands, I booked a week there and broke the trip up that way.

Ali February 24, 2019 - 2:07 pm

Thanks for linking to my site!

That sunscreen article is super interesting. I don’t wear sunscreen anymore when I’m just outside for a little while because I know I need the vitamin D.

gigigriffis February 24, 2019 - 10:42 pm


Anna February 24, 2019 - 11:30 pm

I’m honored to be on the link roundup!

gigigriffis February 26, 2019 - 7:38 am


Maria August 11, 2019 - 11:14 pm

Such a cute pooch, have great voyages ahead, would love to explore the world with my loved one just like you


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