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5 Off the Beaten Path Places in New Orleans You Can't Miss

5 Off the Beaten Path Places in New Orleans You Can't Miss | CosmosMariners.com

Who doesn't love New Orleans? After all, the Big Easy is known for some of most famous haunts and watering holes in the world. However, the city is more than beads, cocktails, and Bourbon Street.

New Orleans is filled with fascinating museums, saturated with art and bursting with music. If you are looking to experience New Orleans without the hustle and bustle of the usual tourist attractions, there is a wide selection of off-the-beaten-path attractions to be found...if you know where to look.

Newgrange: Ireland's Mysterious Neolithic Site

Newgrange: Ireland's Mysterious Neolithic Site | CosmosMariners.com

Castles, bridges, and cathedrals: Europe's got them in spades, and they're all historic. That's one of my favorite things about visiting the other side of the big pond. Here in America, you'll find a historic downtown that might date back to the late 1600s if you're lucky; in Europe, the "new" side of town was probably built around the same time period.

My exploration into Europe's history has taken me to many places: to Roman ruins underneath one of London's political centers, an Iron Age fort on the cliffs of Ireland, and a German city that has impressive remains of a 2nd century aqueduct.

6 Places Your Kids Will Love in Barcelona {Guest Post by Tiny Fry}


6 Places Your Kids Will Love in Barcelona {Guest Post by Tiny Fry} | CosmosMariners.com

Just as we were thinking about our 2017 travels (which includes a trip to Spain), Samara from TinyFry.com is here to share her best tips for visiting Barcelona with your favorite tiny traveler.

Our 2017 Travel Wishlist

Our 2017 Travel Wishlist | CosmosMariners.com

As the new year looms, I've started doing one of my favorite things: picking out where we might go in the coming 12 months. 

Since we traveled far less in 2016 than we did in 2015 (due to my 2nd pregnancy), I'm excited to have so many possibilities open to us. No more worrying about the Zika virus! No more wondering how I could travel without panicking about being so far from my doctor! No more waddling and being tired!

Top 3 Places You Don't Want to Miss in Norway

Top 3 Places You Don't Want to Miss in Norway | CosmosMariners.com

If you haven't noticed, the Nordic countries are having a major moment in the travel industry now. While Iceland gets much of the focus, there's plenty to see and do in Finland, Greenland, Sweden, and Norway as well!

They call it the Land of the Midnight Sun, but did you know that Norway has a whole lot more to offer than a sun that never entirely sets during the summer months? From the breath-taking beauty of its Fjords to picture pretty cities that are always Instagram-ready, Norway is a truly unique place to visit with lots to see and do for tourists young and old alike.

Newborn Life: the First 3 Weeks

Newborn Life: the First 3 Weeks | CosmosMariners.com

Life with two kids.

That idea terrified me more than when I found out I was expecting our first kid. Perhaps it was because of the overwhelming guilt I've felt over taking time away from my beloved preschooler. Perhaps it was because I knew exactly what I was getting into this time.

The Tiniest Cosmos Mariner is Here!

The Tiniest Cosmos Mariner is Here! | CosmosMariners.com
After the stress that was my daughter's birth, I had very low expectations about how things were going to go with this second labor and delivery. I figured that if I went in with only the most basic idea of the experience (i.e. to have a healthy baby), I wouldn't be hideously disappointed as I was with Britton 3.5 years ago. 

How to Spend 72 Incredible Hours in Germany {Guest Post by Disney in Your Day}

How to Spend 72 Incredible Hours in Germany {Guest Post by Disney in Your Day} | CosmosMariners.com

While I'm taking a bit of a maternity leave to get some snuggles with my new little one (and my preschooler, too!), I asked Becky from Disney in Your Day to share a post about her travels. While she primarily writes about her love of all things Disney--from her visits to the parks to monthly souvenir subscription boxes--Becky also shares her experiences in blogging and community theatre. I'm a fellow Disney fan, so I was so excited to meet Becky through her blog (which has quickly become one of my must-reads!).

A Cozy Mountain Cottage AirBnB in Saluda, North Carolina: A Home Tour

A Cozy Mountain Cottage AirBnB in Saluda, North Carolina: A Home Tour | CosmosMariners.com

Since I made the jump into AirBnB rentals on our trip to Ireland (where my husband and I stayed in some incredible spaces--including an Irish castle!), the home rental site is now my go-to when starting to plan a trip.

In fact, I've talked so much about the AirBnB properties that I've stayed in that my mom asked if I could help her find one for the trip to Saluda, North Carolina, that we had planned in early fall. With all of the fun, funky, and beautiful spots in the greater Asheville area, I knew that the perfect mountain getaway had to be waiting for us.

Monthly Blog Goals: November 2016

Monthly Blog Goals: November 2016 | CosmosMariners.com

October's Goals: A Recap

I went into October with some huge goals and the need to get as much blog love in as possible before baby #2 makes his arrival on or before the 11th of this month.

How did I do? Let's see!

A Travel-Themed Homemade Holiday Gift Guide

A Travel-Themed Homemade Holiday Gift Guide | CosmosMariners.com

Ready to gear up for the holidays? I've broken my years-long streak of waiting until the last moment to buy presents since I'm pretty sure that a newborn + toddler + Christmas shopping don't really mix. I'm actually completely finished with Britton's holiday gift shopping, which makes me prouder than I probably should be. 

If you're still on the lookout for the perfect presents for the traveler in your life, I'm here to help! Instead of listing my favorite travel products from the past year (as I did in both 2014 and 2015), I decided to go in a different direction this year.

Traveling while Pregnant: Expectations versus Reality

Traveling while Pregnant: Expectations versus Reality | CosmosMariners.com

While I had this blog when I was pregnant with my daughter three and a half years ago, I wasn't really into the whole blogging thing.

Honestly, I was a bit of a mess blogging-wise: I would forget that I even had a blog for weeks at a time, I actively refused to make a Twitter account, and I had no cohesive theme or focus. If you look back at those posts (while I hang my head in blogger shame at how ramble-y and unreadable they are), you'll see that I sometimes talked about my pregnancy and sometimes I talked about my travels, but never together.

Odds + (Week) Ends: Volume 17 {Big Sister Weekend}

Odds + (Week) Ends: Volume 17 {Big Sister Weekend} | CosmosMariners.com

I'm slowly checking off the things that I need to accomplish before I head to the hospital, which is keeping me from spazzing completely at this point. I have just over 2 weeks at most since I've already been scheduled for a repeat c-section at 39 weeks. (If you're wondering why a repeat c-section, read my daughter's birth story here. We're looking to avoid all of that this go-round!)

One of things on that very long to-do list was to show our 3.5 year old just how much we love her. I know that sounds silly because obviously we love her, but we're about to turn her life upside down.

Apple of My Eye: Tips for Visiting Sky Top Orchard, Flat Rock, North Carolina

Apple of My Eye: Tips for Visiting Sky Top Orchard, Flat Rock, North Carolina | CosmosMariners.com

Here in the South Carolina Lowcountry, we don't have much of a fall. And by that, I mean that the trees stubbornly hold onto their leaves well into November, only to give a great sigh around Thanksgiving and discard crumbling, brown bits on the ground around Thanksgiving without any of the colorful pomp and circumstance found elsewhere in the country.

We don't have real pumpkin patches, but rather ones where the pumpkins are shipped in and sold rapidly before they start to mold in the 80 degree weather.

How to Come Back in a Big Way after a Blogging Break

How to Come Back in a Big Way after a Blogging Break | CosmosMariners.com

Blogging breaks are essential from time to time. Sometimes, you'll have a big moment in life you want to focus on (like a wedding, honeymoon, or birth), while other times blogging breaks just happen when life speeds along faster than you can keep up.

As someone who took a much-longer-than-was-prudent blogging break earlier this year, I am in the midst of cranking my blog back up. Thanks to a combination of my daughter's preschool letting out, early pregnancy woes, and general blog burnout, I stopped working on the blog back in May and left it to its own devices until about 6 weeks ago. (Oops!)

From Edinburgh to London: 11-Day Itinerary through Scotland and England

From Edinburgh to London: 11-Day Itinerary through Scotland and England | CosmosMariners.com
The ruins of St. Andrews Castle, St. Andrews, Scotland

One of the first major trips that my husband and I took together after we were married was to the UK. I was (and still am!) an Anglophile through and through, having been to the country multiple times before this trip, including a study abroad stint in London during college.

My husband, on the other hand, had only been out of the country once--on our honeymoon cruise to the Caribbean--and had no idea of what awaited him on this trip.

Odds + (Week) Ends: Volume 16 {Hurricane Matthew Edition}

Odds + (Week) Ends: Volume 16 {Hurricane Matthew Edition} | CosmosMariners.com

The end of last week and this past weekend didn't quite turn out as I'd planned. You might have noticed that there was no post last Wednesday or Friday, but I was so busy with packing that I just didn't get around to it.

Having lived in Charleston, South Carolina, for the last three decades, I know there's always the chance that we might have to evacuate during hurricane season. Thankfully, we've only had to evacuate twice since I moved back in 1996: once for Hurricane Floyd, and then this past weekend.

Monthly Blog Goals: October 2016

Monthly Blog Goals: October 2016 | CosmosMariners.com

While the months-long blog break that I inadvertently took this summer was nice, I'm now remembering why it's often a good thing to push through those times when you want to quit blogging. 

Over the last month that I've been at blogging again, I've felt as if I'm running in slow motion as I try to get this thing (and all of its associated social media) going again. Although my blog was on autopilot for a while, I can see where my pageviews and reader interaction dropped (and understandably!), and it's tough not to obsess over the numbers. I know they're going to go back up, but I have to restrain myself from checking Google Analytics multiple times a day. 

8 Best Outdoor Experiences in Jamaica

8 Best Outdoor Experiences in Jamaica | CosmosMariners.com

Visiting Jamaica can feel as if you've fallen into an advertisement for the good life: palm trees sway in the Caribbean breeze while reggae music plays in the background. With a year 'round average temperature of 80° and more than 250 days of sunshine, a visit to Jamaica is meant to be spent outdoors.

Aside from the incredible snorkeling, hiking, and scuba diving that can be done all around the island, there are several outdoor experiences in Jamaica that focus on the beautiful rivers and waterfalls that dot the island.

So, when you're planning your next time to the Land of Wood and Water, add a few of these outdoor and water attractions in Jamaica into your itinerary.

Odds + (Week) Ends: Volume 15

Odds + (Week) Ends: Volume 15 | CosmosMariners.com

A little bit of fun, a little bit of work: isn't that how every good weekend should be?

Landon, my husband had been feeling terrible all week, so we had a night in on Friday catching up on the last season of The Walking Dead. Only a few more weeks until we find out what really happened with Negan!!

How to Immerse Yourself in Iceland's Rich Culture

How to Immerse Yourself in Iceland's Rich Culture | CosmosMariners.com

In recent years, Iceland has hit the travel scene in a big way. And, given that the country is very safe for visitors, has gorgeous scenery straight off of a postcard, and is where you can often see the Northern Lights (a major entry on my bucket list that still needs to be checked off!), it's no wonder that people are clamoring to book their trips here.

Odds + (Week)Ends: Volume 14


Well, this isn't quite the post that I had planned for today, but my daughter decided that she was deathly ill on the way to school. Instead of heading to work at the coffee shop to finish up the post I was going to run, I got to bring her back to the house where her mysteriously hurting stomach cleared up suspiciously fast after a two hour nap.

In other words, I've been conned by my three year old. What a way to start the week!

Tasty Travels: MunchPak World Snack Box Review

Tasty Travels: MunchPak World Snack Box Review | CosmosMariners.com

I was provided a MunchPak free in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. 

Whenever we travel somewhere, my husband and I love to focus on locally owned restaurants and shops. Doing so allows us to have more contact with the flavors and textures that make up whatever region we find ourselves in that day.

8 Reasons Why You Should Go on a Cruise Now

8 Reasons Why You Should Go on a Cruise Now | CosmosMariners.com

Cruising: it seems as if everyone has an opinion on it.

Some people refuse to go on anything else, while others refuse to even consider the idea. I fall in between--I've been on several cruises and enjoyed them, but like to vary my travel methods.

Variety is the spice of life, after all!

If you're one of those people who can't understand why anyone would spend a week or more aboard the same ship, this post is for you...and you might be surprised at what you find.

Here are my top 8 reasons why you should go on a cruise.

That Time When I Disappeared for Months



Hello, readers (if any of you are still out there)!

I have been a bad blog friend. I haven't updated this blog since late April...and, to be honest, I have even forgotten that I had a blog at times.

Did I intend to take such a long hiatus? Not at all. As with so many things in life, it just happened. And the longer I stayed away from it all, the harder it seemed to jump back into the swing of things.

6 Lesser-known (but Still Incredible) Historical Sites in California

6 Lesser-known (but Still Incredible) Historical Sites in California | CosmosMariners.com

The Golden Gate Bridge, Hearst Castle, Yosemite: these iconic California locations are also reminders of major events in the state's history. For nearly 30 years after its construction, the Golden Gate Bridge was the world's longest suspension bridge, Hearst Castle was the home of newspaper magnet (and the man behind the yellow journalism of the Spanish-American War, William Randolph Hearst, and Yosemite was the first land put aside for public use (though it wasn't the first national park--Yellowstone holds that title).

Even if you've never set foot in California, you've heard of these three places, which speaks to just how important they are.

A Blogging Break (Just a Short One!)

A Blogging Break (Just a Short One!) | CosmosMariners.com

There's seriously SO much going on right now in my life, which is equally exhausting and exhilarating.

This week, my sister (and only sibling and BFF) is getting married--and yours truly is the matron of honor! Since I definitely don't want anything to get in the way of her perfect day, I've decided to focus on that this week instead of stressing about what needs to be posted on the blog and my social media channels.

Smarter, Easier Family Travel: Why You Should Add the gb Pockit Stroller to Your Must-Pack List {A Review}

Smarter, Easier Family Travel: Why You Should Add the gb Pockit Stroller to Your Must-Pack List {A Review} | CosmosMariners.com


This post was sponsored by GBChildUsa as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. I received the gb Pockit to facilitate my review.

By far, the most difficult part of traveling with a little one is the amount of stuff that we have to pack for her. While we've streamlined the process a bit over the last 2.5 years, I still find myself hauling around her travel cot, her toddler backpack and leash, our bulky stroller, and her beloved Frozen luggage.

10 Things You'll Think after Becoming a Travel Blogger

10 Things You'll Think after Becoming a Travel Blogger | CosmosMariners.com
Travel blogging means views like this while you're working!
{Cozumel, Mexico}
I've been blogging for over five years, and exclusively travel blogging for nearly two...and it has been one crazy, wonderful, magnificent experience.

Over the last 24 months, my relationship with my blog has gone from we're-just-aquaintances to my other child. I plan what I'm doing around my posts and what I need to do for it. And like, a small child that needs constant attention and nourishment, the blog has slowly grown and--dare I say?--started to thrive.


10 Things You'll Think after Becoming a Travel Blogger | CosmosMariners.com

Also, like a child, the blog has caused me many, many days of stress and sleepless nights as I try to fix technical problems that are way beyond my comprehension, juggle social media marketing with hanging out with my family, and the overwhelming feeling that I will never, ever, ever get everything done on this thing that needs to be done.

If you're thinking about starting a travel blog, here's what to expect after you've picked your travel blog name, set up your website, and opened those social media accounts.

Be prepared: it's one heck of a ride!  If you're the happy current owner of a travel blog, these blog phases are probably the story of your life, too.

How to Spend 2 Days in Charming Luxembourg

How to Spend 2 Days in Charming Luxembourg | CosmosMariners.com

I will fully admit that my knowledge of world geography stinks. I'm okay with the biggies on each continent, but when you start getting into the smaller countries, I struggle a bit. So, with that in mind, don't make too much fun of me when I share this next tidbit of knowledge: I don't think that I could've found Luxembourg on a map if you'd paid me a million dollars prior to October of 2015.

One wonderful thing about traveling (and travel blogging) is that I am exposed to and read about many, many different countries, so--good news!--my geography is slowly improving every day. And, for an even bigger slice of that good news pie, I'm happy to report that some of these countries that I didn't have a clue about are actually well worth your and my time.

Hungry in the Holy City: Charleston Culinary Tours {A Review}

Hungry in the Holy City: Charleston Culinary Tours {A Review} | CosmosMariners.com
{photo via flickr | wording added to original | creative commons}
Within the last decade or so, Charleston has exploded (not literally, thankfully). Not only has my lovely hometown been named the number one travel destination in the world by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine for four years running, the Holy City has also come into its own with new restaurants, multiple James Beard-award winning chefs, and cutting edge menus.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Travel Round-up | Vol. 13

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Travel Round-up, Vol. 13 | CosmosMariners.com

After a crazy weekend, I'm back and ready to face the new week!

On Saturday, my husband took our daughter for a drive in the nearby forest, which is a weekend tradition that the two of them have. Normally, Landon and Britton have some great daddy-daughter bonding time looking at the swamps, finding birds, and seeing if they can spot a deer or two. This past Saturday, they went out as usual and drove the same dirt roads they've visited many times before...only this time, I got a call at 9:15 from Landon that they'd gotten stuck.

Inishmore, Gaelic Trivia Night, and Iron Age Forts: Why the Aran Islands Must Be a Part of Your Ireland Trip

Inishmore, Gaelic Trivia Night, and Iron Age Forts: Why the Aran Islands Must Be on Your Ireland Trip | CosmosMariners.com

As the itinerary for our Ireland trip came together, I knew two things had to happen: 1) I had to stay in a castle while we were there, and 2) we had to visit the Aran Islands. Everything else was negotiable as long as both of those stipulations were satisfied.

Thankfully, both experiences ended up being just as fantastic as I'd hoped they'd be. I knew that I wanted to visit the Aran Islands in some capacity because they are isolated from mainland Ireland (something that's always appealing since I love to get off the beaten path!) and because they kept popping up as one of the must-do items in everything I read about Ireland.

8 Historic Houses to Add to Your Italy Itinerary

8 Historic Houses to Add to Your Italy Itinerary | CosmosMariners.com

Although I love learning about history while traveling, not all history-themed attractions are created equal. If you find museums are impersonal or overwhelming, consider visiting a historical home or two on your next visit. Not only are they more personal since you get to learn about the people who lived there, but they also give you a much more approachable way to learn about history since you can see (and sometimes touch) the things that made up life decades or centuries ago.

How to Spend a Weekend on Seabrook Island, South Carolina

How to Spend a Weekend on Seabrook Island, South Carolina | CosmosMariners.com

It's almost here.

The time when my baby sister decides to be all grown up and get married. I know that she's an adult--she's gainfully employed and has a dog and a house and all that--but there's something so finite about her leaving her bachelorette days behind to move in with my soon-to-be brother-in-law.

Tropical Fun: Snorkeling and Shopping in Grand Cayman

Tropical Fun: Snorkeling and Shopping in Grand Cayman | CosmosMariners.com

I never have to be tempted to head somewhere warm and tropical. So, when we were planning our 5th anniversary trip last year (we're big into giving trips and experiences instead of exchanging gifts), my husband and I knew we'd probably end up somewhere in the Caribbean.

Wild and Wonderful Connemara, Ireland

Wild and Wonderful Connemara, Ireland | CosmosMariners.com

My husband, Landon, and I have found that some of our best times traveling occur when we've got nothing planned. When we went to Scotland a few years ago, we scrapped our entire itinerary one day on the suggestions of one of the hotel staff; we wandered around the Trossachs for a day and that remains one of our favorite travel days ever.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up | Vol. 12

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-up, Vol. 12 | CosmosMariners.com


It's Monday again, fellow Mariners...and Daylight Savings Time on top of it. While this makes for the worst combination known to man when it comes to getting motivated this morning, I hope that you had an excellent weekend to make up for the decided lack of sunshine in today's A.M. (It is Pi Day, if that helps perk you up!)

Staying at a Hostel with Kids: What to Do to Make Your Visit Easy and Fun {Guest Post by Tripelio}

Staying at a Hostel with Kids: What to Do to Make Your Visit Easy and Fun {Guest Post by Tripelio} | CosmosMariners.com

While I'm off having fun on my sister's bachelorette party weekend (don't worry--we don't get too wild and crazy), I'm handing the blog over to Jess, the travel blogger at Tripelio.

Like many people, she makes use of hostels when she travels. Her article today takes the topic of hostels--which have a reputation for being centered around 20-something backpackers--and shows how they can be an excellent resource for traveling families.

How to Achieve Instagram Perfection in Montreal {Guest Post by FlightHub}

How to Achieve Instagram Perfection in Montreal {Guest Post by FlightHub} | CosmosMariners.com

Last month, the editors at FlightHub took over my blog for a day to share all of the reasons that they thought the Canadian city of Montreal was magical. They're back today to tell you how to best capture all of that incredible scenery on your Instagram feed!

Hotel Sonne: A History-themed Inn in the Heart of Füssen, Germany | A Review

Hotel Sonne: A Review of a History-themed Inn in the Heart of Füssen, Germany | CosmosMariners.com

This post contains affiliate links. If you choose to purchase through one of the links, I will receive a small commission at no additional charge to you. 

After several fun days in Munich and Ettal, our road trip through Germany next took us to the picturesque Bavarian town of Füssen. The day of our arrival was grey and rainy, but we were excited to explore the city and the famous Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles nearby.

Before we could  do any of that, we wanted to get settled into our room at our hotel, the Hotel Sonne. After reading dozens of reviews online for the Hotel Sonne and other accommodations in and around Füssen, my family and I had settled on this place because of its excellent reviews and unique historical theming.

Cruisin' down South Carolina's Highway 17: A Road Trip Itinerary

Cruisin' down South Carolina's Highway 17: A Road Trip Itinerary | CosmosMariners.com
The open road (and the beach) awaits!
As you cross over the North Carolina-South Carolina border on Highway 17, there's not much to indicate why this stretch of highway is worth of a dedicated road trip: there are lots of pines as far as you can see and a few ponds here and there.

If you stick with the road for a bit longer, you'll soon be treated to an overview of everything that coastal South Carolina has to offer. Instead of bisecting the state on the much bigger and busier I-95 (which runs through the Midlands portion of South Carolina), you'll be able to see some of the most picturesque parts of my home state. With an average speed limit of 55, South Carolina's Highway 17 allows you to meander through North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach, pass through the Hammock Coast, drive through Charleston, and linger along the marshlands near Beaufort.

Pecan Pie Bars: St. Francis Inn, St. Augustine, Florida | Tasty Travels

Pecan Pie Bars: St. Francis Inn, St. Augustine, Florida | CosmosMariners.com

I'm not one to stand still for very long, literally or figuratively. As a travel blog, CosmosMariners.com has grown beyond my wildest imagination, and I can't wait to see where it will take me in the coming months and years. Even though I love the narrative driven posts and the must-do lists that you see on here most of the time, I've had an itch to try something new that still fits into my travel brand.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-Up | Vol. 11

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Weekly Travel Round-Up, Vol. 11 | CosmosMariners.com

Confession: I've really, really enjoyed being home these last few weekends. I don't know if its because I was so on the go so much in 2015, or if it's because I'm so excited about what we've got going on around the house lately, but not traveling has felt decadent since we got back from Ireland.

In fact, other than a few small weekend-type getaways with family this spring, my travel calendar is surprisingly open for the rest of 2016. I've been trying to figure out where I want to go, but I've having lots of trouble with actually narrowing down those choices. I've love to see more of the U.S., but that seems overwhelming, and I don't know where to start: California, Texas, the Grand Canyon? I'd also love to somewhere in Canada, since I've only been there once (to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia), but again, don't even know where to start. Leave me some inspiration in the comments!

How to Spend a Long Weekend on Florida's Space Coast

How to Spend a Long Weekend on Florida's Space Coast | CosmosMariners.com

Even though I live in a pretty mild climate--coastal South Carolina isn't exactly known for its polar vortex winters--I still get antsy for sunny skies and white sand beaches in those colder months. Every year about this time, I threaten to my husband that I'm moving somewhere warm (preferably next to an ocean) so I don't ever have to go to bed with freezing cold toes again.

Every time, he talks me down, and I'm back to dreaming about 80 degree weather 12 months out of the year. This year, I decided to preempt my usual mid-winter blues and head down to Florida's Space Coast where, in the middle of January, it was a balmy 82 during my stay.

Bacharach, the Romantic Rhine, and the Marksburg Castle Visit that Never Happened

Bacharach, the Romantic Rhine, and the Marksburg Castle Visit that Never Happened | CosmosMariners.com

For the most part, our trip to Germany ran smoothly: we stuck to our schedule, all of the hotels we'd booked were waiting on us, and we stayed on budget.

But, there were a few times scattered across that two week road trip that we floundered despite our best efforts.

And that, my friends, brings me to the story of our time in Bacharach, the cutest little town on the Romantic Rhine, and why Marksburg Castle just didn't happen for us.

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Travel Round-up | Vol. 10

Odds + (Week) Ends: A Travel Round-up, Vol. 10 | CosmosMariners.com

The Odds + (Week) Ends round-up is back!

I realized a few days ago that I haven't done one of these beauties since the beginning of December which is just not okay. Between the holidays and trying to catch up writing about all of my past travels, I completely forgot to add the round-up back into my monthly editorial calendar. Oops.

If you're just tuning in, the Odds + (Week) Ends round-up is a fun way that I start the week around here on Cosmos Mariners: Destination Unknown. I'll give you a bit of a peek into what my day-to-day life looked like on that previous weekend and share a few of my favorite travel-related posts and articles that I'd come across recently and loved.

101 Things to Do in Charleston, South Carolina


101 Things to Do in Charleston, South Carolina | CosmosMariners.com

I'm a born and raised Charlestonian. Over the last three decades, I've seen the best and worst that this city can offer. I've explored its tiny alleyways and watched national brands make their home here.

Castles and Cottages: 5 Incredible AirBnB and VRBO Properties in Ireland

Castles and Cottages: 5 Incredible AirBnB and VRBO Properties in Ireland | CosmosMariners.com
Our home away from home for a few days while in Ireland! Just call me Queen Natalie.

My husband, Landon, and I love to find new ways to explore the world. Whether we're trying somewhere for the first time or we're going back to a favorite haunt, we'll look at ways to personalize our visit. Neither of us had been to the Emerald Isle before this time, and in an effort to do something different than what we'd done on our other British Isles visits, we decided to plunge in the waters of AirBnB and VRBO while in Ireland.