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A Bavarian “Thanksgiving” – Erntedankfest Bad Gögging

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Another harvest season has come and gone. The hops fields have been cleared, the rows of corn have been harvested, and the fields have begun to be plowed, prepping them for the approach of winter.

When you think about Thanksgiving, you traditionally think of it only as an American holiday celebrated to give thanks for another good harvest year. We carry on this tradition to remember the Pilgrims who gave thanks to the Native Americans for their help through a bitter, harsh winter. However, Thanksgiving isn’t just unique to America. Many countries around the world come together at the end of another successful harvest season to give their thanks in some form or another.

In the small Bavarian farm village of Bad Gögging, located between Regensburg and Ingolstadt, a festival known as “Erntedankfest” has taken place every year since 2006. The festival includes open air folks music with locals dancing to the tunes. Everyone wears their best, most traditional Lederhosen and Dirndl. Families and friends gather to celebrate, peruse the stalls adorned with hops selling traditional Bavarian goods. This one day festival is typically held on the last Sunday of every September.

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A Taste of Europe Bucket List - California Globetrotter


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A Taste of Europe Bucket List

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Let’s admit it, half of the reason why we have an addiction to travel is so that we can try new authentic foods that we can’t get at home (of equal deliciousness). PLUS, they say that “when you travel, calories don’t count“, riggght?

For some, trying new foods helps people to understand a culture better than visiting any ol’ tourist landmark. You wouldn’t have truly experienced a new city if you didn’t try the food. You would be missing out on some of the most jaw-dropping mmm, mmm, mmmmms.

I know that for Hans and I, whenever we travel anywhere, we always want to eat local cuisine. We either look for the place that has the most people which clearly signals good food, or we look on TripAdvisor for some of the top rated restaurants. Other times, I research either in my travel guides (DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Germany) or I ask around for MUST-TRY food! After all, I don’t want to deny my taste buds a cultural experience of delicious food! Continue reading

The BEST Tips to AVOID Looking Like a Tourist - California Globetrotter


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The BEST Tips to AVOID Looking Like a Tourist

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you click on one and make a purchase, I might make a little extra spending money, at no extra cost to you. As always, all opinions are my own and these products/services have been found useful during our travels and come highly recommended to you from yours truly!

As someone who has been living abroad for just over 4 years now, I can spot a fellow American a mile away. You would think that by now with our world being one big multi-cultural society, we would all blend in. But unfortunately this isn’t the case.

While I know we all love to have our unique, one-of-a-kind look that makes us special when we’re home, fashion is mute when it comes to traveling. Sure, lots of people wear their best outfits while traveling to have that beautiful picture, but ultimately, when it comes down to it, to increase your safety, it’s highly recommended that one blend in.

But why should you bother AVOIDING to look like a tourist when traveling… when you ARE a tourist?

Well, for starters…

  • You might be taken advantage of by scammers looking for naive travel-newbies.
  • You might be harassed for being an American – wait…WHHHAT? You heard me. I’ll explain in a bit!
  • You might come off as someone who doesn’t care about another culture’s customs.
  • You might scream “I’m rich! Come rob me!”

Do these things REEEALLY happen? No not always, but it CAN and DOES happen to the best of us!

So, you’re headed out on your first adventure out of the US? How should you prepare? What should you pack? What should you NOT pack? Continue reading

HOW You Can Save MONEY Traveling as a Couple - California Globetrotter


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HOW You Can Save Money Traveling as a Couple

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Traveling the world alone is easy and you only have yourself to concern yourself with. But how do you continue to afford to travel how do you continue to afford to travel once you found your best travel companion?

Here are some of the travel strategies we use in order to afford travel as often as possible without breaking the wallet!

1. Gift Giving

While most girls love when their boyfriends/husbands come home with a bouquet of flowers or a box of chocolates and the guys love when their ladies bring home a case of beer or new clothes for them, gift giving can actually eat away at potential travel spending money. Giving gifts is always nice and much appreciated, but I would rather save that 20 to enjoy a nice dessert at a restaurant with a beautiful view somewhere in Italy! Continue reading

Top 15 MUST-VISIT Audrey Hepburn Locations - California Globetrotter


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Top 15 MUST-VISIT Audrey Hepburn Locations

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Unless your parents didn’t have Audrey Hepburn films in their massive movie collection or you’re not a fan of the Golden Age of Hollywood glam or a fan of Classic films, it’s likely you haven’t heard of Audrey Hepburn…unless you born anytime after the 90s.

As a little girl, I was bored out of my mind one day and started perusing my parents’ ridiculously large movie collection, I stumbled upon a pretty collection of 3 of Audrey Hepburn’s most famous films. I pulled them out and put the first one in the VHS player. (For those of you who are too young, a VHS player was how we watched movies before DVDs haha)

Ugg. It was in black and white. No matter, I was still bored so I watched the movie Roman Holiday. By the end of the movie, I was IN LOVE with Classic films and the era of Hollywood glam long since gone. And so began my obsession with Audrey Hepburn, who unbeknownst to me then, would become my life idol!

I wanted to be like her, act like her and dress like her. Unfortunately, the fashion from this era is long outdated and I was a kid. Over the years, I have searched out locations where she once was. While I certainly haven’t made it to all of the locations (7 of 15! – Although I was younger and didn’t know it at the time!), I’m here to share with you some of the top 20 Audrey Hepburn (film) locations that you can visit if you’re an über Audrey Hepburn fan! Continue reading

CraZy Things Americans Do Europeans Find Weird - California Globetrotter


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CraZy Things Americans Do Europeans Find Weird

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When you still live at home, surrounded by other fellow Americans and you see someone put Ranch on their pizza, apologize too many times or go for a long road trip, you think nothing of it. These are just some of the natural things we do in America. It’s part of our culture.

But when you leave the States?

Everyone else just thinks we’re weird! Then they start calling us Crazy Americans because they can’t possibly imagine how good peanut butter and jelly go together and why we need two parking spots for our massive, fuel guzzling trucks.

Here is what I’ve learned that Germans, and the rest of Europe find weird about Americans:

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Your ESSENTIAL Guide to Europe - California Globetrotter


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Your Essential Guide to Europe

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When is the best time to come to Europe?

How far in advance should I book my ticket?

Is it better to travel by rail or car?

Should I tip? How much do I tip?

Before I uprooted my entire life to move to Europe, I wanted to come as often as possible and there were some of the questions I asked myself whenever I did attempt to come over. But I didn’t have the money or the travel skills that I have now. After living in Europe for 4 years already (how did that happen) and counting, I’ve learned a lot and I certainly made my fair share of mistakes along the way and I’m here now to share with you what I know now that I wish I had known then! Continue reading

Your 7-Day Road trip Through Austria - California Globetrotter


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Your 7 Day Road Trip Through Austria

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Looking to road trip your way by car through Austria and hit all the best sites, but don’t know where to begin? Let me guide you through scenic landscapes, fairy-tale towns and interesting history. So, let’s begin shall we!?

What can you do with this itinerary?

  • Austrian history
  • Beautiful Libraries
  • Idyllic Medieval towns
  • Outdoor activities
  • Families and Solo Travel

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The Blissful Belgian Coast: Blankenberge Beach - California Globetrotter


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The Blissful Belgian Coast: Blankenberge Beach

IMG_6527While recently in Bruges for a sporadic, last-minute change of plans we agreed that we would include a day to the Belgian coast line and have some beach time. After all, our original plans were to go to a lake in Germany to soak up the Vitamin-D, but that didn’t work out.

Our weekend trip to Bruges turned out to be the BEST, last -minute decision EVER! Not only did we get a great price on our hotel, pretty good weather, lots of waffles and fries and beer, but we were also blessed with amazing weather on our last day, so we headed straight for the beach! Continue reading

A Weekend in Bruges, Belgium - California Globetrotter


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A Weekend in Bruges

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Let’s be honest, Bruges is definitely one of the most romantic cities in Europe which easily gets overlooked by its popular neighbor, Paris as well as Venice. Bruges is often called the “Venice of the North” with its crisscrossing canals which encloses its historic center. Whether you take a stroll during the day or during the night, romance will certainly be found in this quaint town as you stroll hand in hand.

It is also more than just a quick day trip. It is so much more beneficial to your health to slow travel, really enjoy the sights and take in the atmosphere. While Bruges definitely caters to the hordes of tourists who come in, you can find peace and serenity in the bustling little town. It’s definitely worth to take the extra time to explore the hidden gems tourists miss when they’re busy checking off their bucket list.

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