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Day Trips from Amsterdam

A beautiful canal at sunset - Amsterdam, Netherlands

The city of Amsterdam is a vibrant, thriving culture. Most people who travel to the Netherlands flock to Amsterdam. But unfortunately, many tourists never dare to venture beyond the canals of the nation’s biggest tourist attraction. So much attention is focused on Amsterdam that it’s easy to forget that there is the rest of the country to explore. If you’re looking for information on what to do in Amsterdam, check out my earlier blog post here. For those of you looking to explore more of the Netherlands, keep reading. HAARLEM Haarlem (yes, where the New York Harlem got its name).. Read More

Getting Stamped by the Soviets at Checkpoint Charlie

Getting Stamped by the Soviets at Checkpoint Charlie - The Traveling Storygirl

For almost 30 years, the Berlin wall separated the oppressed Soviet Union from the free West Germany. Even though the wall fell in 1989, reminders of Berlin’s historical past can still be found throughout the city. Some people have commercialized upon Berlin’s history but there are a plethora of important sites throughout the city that are excellent for tourists to visit. One such place is Checkpoint Charlie, the most notorious gateway through the Berlin Wall. Today, it sits in the middle of a bustling section of the city and is a must-see for visitors in Berlin. WHAT IS IT? Checkpoint.. Read More

Visiting Heidelberg – Germany’s Most Romantic City

Heidelberg, Germany - The Traveling Storygirl

“The town lay, stretched along the river, its intricate cobweb of streets jeweled with twinkling lights. Behind the castle swells a dome-shaped hill, forest-clad, and beyond that a nobler and loftier one. The Castle looks down upon the compact brown-roofed town; and from the town two picturesque old bridges span the river. I have never enjoyed a view which had such a satisfying charm about it as this one gives.”- Mark Twain Heidelberg, Germany, is a small medieval town nestled between the mountains on the Neckar River. Mark Twain visited this quaint city in the 1870s and wrote extensively about its.. Read More

The Top 15 Biggest Travel Mistakes in Europe

The Top 15 Biggest Travel Mistakes in Europe

I began writing this list with the intent of giving my readers a list of the top 10 biggest mistakes. Then I realized that I had way too much to say (are you surprised?) and changed it to the top 15 mistakes because we can always use a little bit more help. I couldn’t just stop at 10! But what are some of the biggest mistakes? Europe is made up of a multitude of cultures but so much of it is similar. How do they do it? Why is Europe still so incredible? I don’t have the answer to those.. Read More

The Sky is the Limit with Skyscanner

Skyscanner Elite

Travel is becoming more and more affordable and accessible for everyone these days. There are so many websites and companies that offer trip planning services but the multitude of options can sometimes be overwhelming. Thankfully, a few years ago my dad introduced a new and innovative website to me – Skyscanner. He told me about the site to help me with my travels while I lived in Europe but he didn’t account for the fact that I now spend too much time on Skyscanner. What is Skyscanner? Skyscanner is essentially a search engine that makes it easy for travelers to.. Read More

A First-Timer’s Guide to Oktoberfest

When you see this sign, you know you've made it to the greatest party in the world - Munich, Germany

Despite what its name clearly tells you, the grand party of Oktoberfest takes place in September, not October. Go figure. Oktoberfest certainly does live up to its hype and whether you’re going with family, friends, or the intent to get blackout drunk, Oktoberfest has something for you. The Oktoberfest celebration first began in 1810 to honor the marriage of King Ludwig I and Therese of Saxony-Hildburghause. From there, the celebrations have become wilder and crazier until it turned into the Oktoberfest we know today. Traditionally, Oktoberfest begins the third weekend in September and ends on the first Sunday of October… Read More

A Perfect Weekend in Amsterdam

A Perfect Weekend in Amsterdam - The Traveling Storygirl

If I had to choose one city to move to, it would be Amsterdam. Ever since I visited for the first time when I was 18, I fell in love with the city. The crooked canal homes, fresh flowers in window boxes, friendly people, laid back atmosphere, and delicious food are just some of the things that make Amsterdam so spectacular. Most people hear the name “Amsterdam” and immediately think of marijuana, prostitution, and drugs. That side of Amsterdam definitely exists but it is easy to have a wonderful time in the city without having to worry about any of.. Read More

A Guide to Couchsurfing

A Guide to Couchsurfing - The Traveling Storygirl

Travel is expensive; there is no getting around that fact. Even budget traveling can add up if you are on the road for a long time. The expense of traveling is one of the reasons that sites such as Couchsurfing, WWOOF, Houseshare, and others have become so popular. The specifics of these sites differ but they essentially provide a cheaper place to stay while traveling. I was first introduced to Couchsurfing in 2013 when my mom signed herself up for it before traveling to the Netherlands. I was a bit skeptical of it. Who invites strangers into their house for.. Read More

A Day Trip to Lovely Little Liechtenstein

A Day Trip to Liechtenstein - The Traveling Storygirl

Nestled into a valley between the Swiss and Austrian Alps lies the sixth smallest country in the world – Liechtenstein. Few people have heard of this German-speaking nation but its natural beauty leaves you speechless. This tiny nation is roughly the size of Manhattan and has a population of 35,000. It is the only German-speaking nation that does not share a border with Germany and its importance has only been recognized in recent years. Centuries ago, the Liechtenstein family was close with the Austrian Hapsburgs and this little portion of land was insignificant to the powerful families. In 1938, the.. Read More

My 4 Favorite Cities in the World

My 4 Favorite Cities in the World - www.thetravelingstorygirl.com

Favorites. They’re a motif that everybody wants to know. Favorites are a crucial component when meeting someone for the first time and can make or break a friendship. If you’re like me, it can be very difficult to establish a certain “favorite” of anything. Favorite movie? I have seven. Favorite song? Let me write a book of how many I have. Favorite cities? I’ve managed to narrow it down to my top four. Berlin, Germany  Ah, Berlin. Berlin was the first of these cities that I traveled to. My first trip there was in the summer of 2014 and I.. Read More