Top 10 Au Pair Survival Tips

Top 10 Au Pair Survival Tips

I decided in my early teens that once I had my A-Levels, I would be an Au Pair in California. I wanted a Spanish-speaking family because I already spoke English. Once I had made that decision, my grades improved dramatically and the determination to make my dream come true helped me pull through all of my exams (particularly maths … ergh… ). When the time finally came, my agency was unable to find me a Spanish-speaking family in the States, so I had a choice. Which dream do I make a reality? Live in the US for a year or learn Spanish? View Post

Croatia: 6 Survival Tips for Plitvice Lakes

Croatia: 6 Survival Tips for Plitvice Lakes

Croatia – with its impressive old towns full of history, stunning riviera, countless hiking trails and turquoise sea – has a lot to offer to any kind of traveller. Have you ever considered visiting this relatively young country on the Adriatic Coast? If so, you will most likely have come across photos of the unique, crystal-clear lakes and waterfalls at Plitviče. Let us assure you now that this place is even more gorgeous than any photograph could ever convey. Nevertheless, our experience was rather frustrating and if we ever considered returning, we would probably change a thing or two. These are our main conclusions after our day of NEARLY seeing the park’s big waterfalls. View Post

Top 10 Tipping Tips for the US!

Top 10 Tipping Tips for the US!

If you’re visiting the US for the first time this year, you may wish to familiarise yourself with some of the following guidelines, as the US is the world’s tipping capital! Tipping too little or heaven forbid, not at all, really won’t make you very popular so this is our top ten tips on tips! View Post

8 Things that bug us about the US!

8 Things that bug us about the US!

8 Things that bug us about the US!

Don’t get us wrong – we love the US…well, most of it. And we even love Americans…well, some of them – definitely more than five :-D. With us coming from two different cultures, Northern Irish and German, there were always going to be certain aspects of American life which we found slightly strange, let’s face it! No insult is intended, so we hope none is taken….except maybe to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which you will fully agree with by the end of this article!

Having enjoyed three road trips within 20 months and even getting married on the beach on Coronado Island near San Diego on our last visit, clearly none of these ‘irritations’ were enough to put us off making return visits! View Post