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A Taste of the Heidelberg Castle

Where have you found some awesome ruins?

In case you didn’t know already, I am a real sucker for ruins! I love the decay of what once was and imagining what it might have looked like in its prime. I love exploring the crumbling walls and admiring how nature is slowly reclaiming what is hers.

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A Taste of German Villages

Where do you find simple beauty in your travels?

One of our favorite parts about visiting historic towns in Germany is these adorable tiny streets! Obviously better for pedestrians, we were also surprised to see commuting buses thunder between these tight buildings. It was really quite a sight! We prefer the car-free walkways. Much quieter and just as charming!

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A Taste of German Pretzels

What type of pretzel do you like best?

What’s Germany without a few pretzels! Ranging in size and flavor, we tried a variety of these quintessential snacks. We had them large and doughy like a bagel, stuffed with meats and cheeses. We had them thin and crunchy, caramelized and rolled in sliced almonds. And of course we had the classic soft and salty.

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A Taste of Frankfurt’s Main Tower

Where is your favorite high-rise viewpoint?

The Main Tower is a really cool way to take in the sights of the city of Frankfurt, Germany (and it was discounted with the Frankfurt Card). This 200m skyscraper is the fourth tallest in Germany (the other top three tallest buildings are also in Frankfurt), and it’s the only one with a public viewing deck.

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Our Year in Review | 2019

This has been an incredible year! After 6 months of travel, we are ready to begin the new year by switching continents. That’s right; we are finally leaving Europe in February! It is exciting and a bit nerve-wracking as we have a lot of planning to do. How did we get to this point? Let us review our year of 2019 in photos and a video.

Namibia Sand Dunes - Sossusvlei
Sand Dunes Namibia

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Happy 2020!

What awesome travel plans do you have in the works for the new year?

Welcome to 2020!!  We wanted to start something a little new this year: daily snippets!  These will be super short posts that give you more of a taste of our day-to-day travels.  Really, it’s just an excuse for us to share more cool photos with you all 😀

And don’t worry!  You can still expect full-length posts chock full of awesome travel tips, eye-candy destinations, and fun stories every Thursday.  We also promise more videos!  We’ve been working hard to make sure 2020 is the best year ever, and we’re excited to have you with us!

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Taking a Holiday Break

We are taking a two-week break for the holidays while we work on new content for 2020. You can look forward to more of our travel stories and tips in the coming year. Here are photos of the Christmas markets in Croatia and Switzerland. They really know how to do Christmas in Europe!

Thank you for following along with our journey. Happy holidays and have a wonderful new year! – Aaron & Brianna

Christmas Market Basel Switzerland with hot wine
Merry Christmas from Basel, Switzerland

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8 Reasons to Love Traveling the Off-Season

When longterm traveling, you’ll find yourself in places all around the world during all seasons of the year.  Sure, summertime is popular because the kids are on vacation and the weather is warm.. but over the years, we have grown a real affinity for traveling in the off-season.

Let us tell you why.

Bryce Canyon National Park in winter | BIG tiny World Travel

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Visiting Boulders Beach Penguin Colony | Cape Town

Cape Town has many things to offer in the city and surrounding areas. Simon’s Town is an easy day trip, and it is home to Boulders Beach. There are only a couple places to see the endangered African penguin, and Boulders Beach is the most well known. Having never seen these beautiful birds in the wild, the trip down was a must for us. Here we will provide tips for visiting and everything you need to know to enjoy your visit. So let’s get started!

Penguins on Boulders Beach in South Africa

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