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The Liebster Award!

Niche Travel Design has been nominated for The Liebster Award! I was nominated by A World in Reach for this peer award. For a somewhat new blogger like me, this is a special treat.  It’s always a great feeling to be recognized by your peers. Thank…

a girl with many many suitcases

How To Travel Like Matt and Oprah

I was watching Oprah Winfrey interview Matt Damon and I heard them giggling about all the ways they avoid the hassles of travel. Oh, those bougie A-listers and their celebrity travel. Matt and Oprah spoke of mythical services where all they had to do…

Wigilia – The Polish Christmas Celebration

WIGILIA | THE VIGIL Wigilia (pronounced: vee gee lee a) or “The Vigil” is the traditional Polish Catholic Christmas Eve celebration feast held on December 24th. The ceremony represents, and honors, waiting for the arrival of Joseph, Mary, and Jesus. PREPARING THE FEAST |…

Holland Off The Beaten Path | Marvelous Maastricht

Visiting Holland, most people head to Amsterdam or The Hague. A little bit off the beaten path lies Marvelous Maastricht. The first adjective that comes to mind when I think of Maastricht is charming. Cobblestoned streets, Baroque, Romanesque and Renaissance architecture, large market squares, cafes and a…

AbSmåland: Where The Unexpected Meets The Traditional

My New Favorite Cafe In Malmö I went for coffee today with my daughter and discovered my new favorite cafe/store/space in Malmö, Sweden, AbSmåland. Hard to describe, but oh so inviting, AbSmåland is a “lifestyle concept where the unexpected meets the traditional.” It is…

Football match in Italy. Parma vs. Inter Milan

The Most Popular Game In The World

Italian Passion Italians are a passionate bunch in general, and their passion for life can be triggered on a dime. Amazingly though, they also seem to make up with one another right away. I have seen them yelling and screaming at each other, faces…