Surviving the Friendly Skies and Other Travel Adventures with Kids (Guest Post)

Traveling with kids doesn’t have to be a one-way trip to the dark side. If you’re worried about an upcoming family vacation, try some of these ideas to reduce stress and the likelihood you’ll vow never to leave the house again until the kids have left for college.


Planning to take to the skies for a vacation with your kids? These tips make flying with kids as easy as walking around the block. For starters, book early flights and check in online. Mornings are usually quieter and airports less crowded. Planning a trans- or intercontinental flight? Opt for an overnight flight so everyone can sleep. Most airlines allow online check-ins up to 24 hours before your scheduled departure — do that to avoid standing in long lines. Read More

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My Experience of a 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Course in Slovenia

Imagine having a very limited space for moving for 10 days. Now add several strict rules to the mix. Many believe meditation can be nothing but relaxing, but I have tested that theory recently during a 10-day meditation course in Slovenia and have to disagree. Although my meditation course was happening in a beautiful hotel, it felt nothing like joyous vacations. Instead, I returned home feeling exhausted and broken. But do I regret it? Absolutely not.

My Experience of a 10-Day Vipassana Meditation Course in Slovenia | The Cheerful Wanderer

I have first heard of Vipassana three years ago. Like many others, I have always dreamed of doing a meditation retreat somewhere in Asia. Eat, Pray, Love might have something to do with that… But every time I saw one being organized, the expenses were insane. Read More

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Madeira: One Week Road Trip Itinerary

Madeira’s known as an island of eternal spring. Thanks to the warm ocean currents around the island, there are no extremes here. The temperature is almost stable all year round (around 20 °C), which means you can escape there even when most of Europe is white. Most popular months, however, are from April to September, when it’s a bit drier. It was no coincidence we chose the end of April for our trip – I had known years in advance I wanted to see as many flowers as possible in bloom (Madeira’s flora is pretty spectacular).

When we were booking flights to Madeira Island, we were asking ourselves for how long to go. As it turns out, 7 days were the perfect amount of time to do everything a first-timer should have seen and more. I think we got to truly experience the island but I’m still looking forward to returning there someday.

TIP: Always check the weather web cams before heading anywhere and then decide what you’re going to do that day.

The itinerary below is similar to the one we did but it’s improved. Ours was a bit “all over the place” and this is how I’d do the trip if I was doing it again.
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Wandering Chefchaouen While the World Sleeps

Recently I was sharing a Moroccan mint tea with my lovely friend from Austria, when the taste of it suddenly took me back to Chefchaouen, Morocco. A gorgeous blue-washed mountain village, situated in the Rif mountain range.

To that early Monday morning, when we were woken up by the loud call for the prayer. Read More

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How Much We Spent During Two Weeks in Morocco

Morocco was a country we both have dreamed of visiting for some time now, so in 2017 we made it a priority. Our wish was to see and experience as much possible in 2 weeks and to do that we needed a car. Public transport is not so bad between the cities, however, it wouldn’t allow us to make as many stops as we wished to do and it would have been quite time-consuming too.

Before I share the prices we paid, I would also like to point out we were spoiling ourselves almost on daily basis. Anyway, below you can find information on how much the whole trip cost us. Please note that I first write down the price we paid together and then calculate how much it was per person. Read More

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