Tales of Wanderlust

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Albania, Budget travel, Europe, Expat life, The Balkans, Travel

10 Reasons you should add Albania to your bucket list 

It’s absolutely beautiful. Think Swiss Alps in the north and warm turquoise beaches in the south. The best part, though? It’s not overrun with tourists, or the price tag that comes with them. The food is delicious, and healthy. Grilled meats and veggies. Yogurt dishes, rich pepper sauces, and warm flat bread. It’s simple, real food in delicious combinations. I love it.  The people are truly kind. Honest and straightforward… but ...
Albania, Budget travel, Europe, Expat life, The Balkans

10 fascinating facts about Albania

The fact that is is still so unknown. Where is it you ask? Albania is a small country in Southeastern Europe that many have still never heard of. It’s nestled between Montenegro and Greece, and sits directly across the Adriatic Sea from Italy.  They once had a King named Zog, and no, he was not a robot. He was, however the first and only king of Albania ruling from 1922-1939.  No means, yes, and yes, means, no. Shaking your head ...
Budget travel, Europe, Ireland

The Ultimate 12 Day Irish Road Trip (with kids)

It has been a dream of mine to visit Ireland for as long as I can remember. As a child, I always thought it sounded purely magical. The fairy stories and ancient legends, the green rolling hills, the whimsical music emanating from a local pub, people clapping and dancing. Well, it turns out, it’s all true. Ireland is every bit as enchanting as you’d imagine. We spent 12 amazing days road tripping there last spring. We spent time ...
Belgium, Budget travel, Europe, Luxembourg, Travel

Anniversary trip to Europe for (less than) $1800

My husband and I had never left our kids and gone on a trip together in our 7 years of marriage, so last year for our anniversary, we decided it was about time to take a trip together without the kids. We absolutely love traveling with our kids and I did have pangs of guilt leaving them, but it was so good for us. Like SO good for us. We had already spent a fair amount on our family trip to Europe in the spring, so we decided to make this a ...
Europe, Family Travel, The Balkans, Travel

Best of Slovenia (with kids)

1. Ljubljana Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia. It is completely car free, which I love, so you can let your kids roam freely. It’s best known for its impressive cafes and restaurants that line the Ljubljanica River. Ljubljana is quickly becoming a foodie destination, the locals are obsessed with fresh, local ingredients, and the quality of the food is undeniable. The traditional food at the Christmas Market was some of the ...
Albania, Europe, Expat life, Family Travel, Personal, The Balkans, Travel

Random Musings on Life in Albania- Month 3

It’s been a little over three months since we packed our lives into four shiny, oversized suitcases, and flew across the world from Utah to start a new chapter of our lives in Albania. A place we’d never been. A place completely foreign. It seems so long ago now that we arrived at the Tirana Airport after a miserable journey of flight delays, night buses, airline drama, and sleep deprivation, to see the smiling faces of my ...