Wanderlust

Portree

Portree

♥ You know you’re in Scotland when: . . And: . . Though this one has got a good Westeros game going on: . * But Portree, the largest town in Skye, is more than the sum of its puns. Its most iconic landmark is the […]

A Small-Town Girl’s Short Guide to Portnalong

A Small-Town Girl’s Short Guide to Portnalong

* Portnalong isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to people’s minds when they think of visiting the Isle of Skye. There are no tourist attractions in Portnalong itself; the nearest is probably the Talisker Distillery in Carbost, about an hour’s walk away. There are […]

Sample Affidavit of Support (for Visa Application)

Sample Affidavit of Support (for Visa Application)

* When I first applied for a Schengen visa, my bank account balance was not impressive at all. I could pay for my trip — I travel frugally, for the most part — but I figured the people at the French embassy would be happier […]

Munich’s delightful contradictions

Munich’s delightful contradictions

When I think of Germany, I think of cars, I think of discipline, I think of science and technology, I think of…oh, all sorts of unromantic things that aren’t exactly the stuff of travel dreams. I found myself in Munich only because my companion wanted to […]

Travel insurance for European trips

Travel insurance for European trips

Travel insurance is one of the requirements for getting a Schengen visa and I’m often asked about it. I’ve fortunately never had reason to use the insurance so I can’t speak to ease of filing claims, and I also can’t compare the different Schengen-approved insurance […]

Travel insurance for a European trip: Sample itineraries and prices from Blue Cross

Travel insurance for a European trip: Sample itineraries and prices from Blue Cross

For an overview of how to get travel insurance for a European trip (especially for Schengen visa purposes), please see Travel Insurance for European Trips. Sample Prices   1 Schengen country Example: France Up to 24 days   1 Schengen country Example: France 25 days   3 Schengen […]