Oktoberfest beer

A Rollicking Good Time At Oktoberfest

My entire year was planned around being in Munich for Oktoberfest - something I'd wanted to do for a long time. I'm not even that into drinking beer, but I love a good festival. And Oktoberfest did not...
Svalbard Snowmobile

Blogger Relay: My Top Three Travel Experiences

On your mark. Set. BOLT! We're off in the Low Cost Holidays Blogger Relay 2012! Travel bloggers from across the globe are competing to win some swag by throwing down their top three travel experiences and...
Me in Ballyporeen

Visiting My Ancestral Hometown in Ireland

So this is one of the coolest things I've done all year. In 1909, my great-grandfather Patrick Whelan left Ballyporeen, Ireland to seek his fortune in America. This past April, 103 years later, I came back...
Diamond Jubilee Street Party

A Jubilant Street Party for the Diamond Jubilee

When I heard that everyone in the UK was being encouraged to take part in an outdoor lunch with their neighbors, I was suspicious. I mean, I'd seen that Doctor Who episode where they crash a street party for...
Svalbard Airport polar bear

Driving Around Svalbard Without A Shotgun

The law in Svalbard, an archipelago halfway between Norway and the North Pole with more polar bears than people, is that if you leave the town limits you must carry a gun. The town is Longyearbyen (population...
Santa Maria del Mar wedding

Accidentally Crashing A Wedding In Barcelona

Wedding crashing isn't usually one of our hobbies, but I'm glad we (accidentally!) did because this is one of my favorite memories of Barcelona. One afternoon we were meandering around El Born when we saw...
My partner Nick cliff-jumping in Thailand. It hurt a lot.

Adventures in Stupid: Cliff Diving in Thailand

Also known as why you should absolutely, positively, NOT listen to the Thai guide when he says 60 feet "isn't that high". Ten minutes later, when your toes are dangling over the edge of the...