The Thrifty Travelista

Travel the world & keep the change



Welcome to Walhalla. Now Where’s Thor?

Just outside Regensburg, about 20 minutes by bus, is a most interesting sight. Something you wouldn't expect to see in a tiny little town in Bavaria. A German hall of fame inside a Roman neo-classical building named after the mytical... Continue Reading →

A Roman Holiday

I was sixteen the first time I went to Europe. My mom’s friend was working in Barcelona at the time so my parents and I spent a week visiting her and another week seeing Austria, Germany, and Italy. We only got a few days in Italy, spending the night in Vernazza - part of the Cinque Terra - and one day in Florence. Even though I have trouble remembering what I did yesterday, I still have vivid memories from that trip and have been wanting see more of the boot shaped peninsula since leaving it eighteen years ago. (eek!) So when I was living in Germany and my friend said he was planning a trip that would include Rome I had no problem inviting myself along.

A Cast Member’s Guide to Disneyland Paris

If you know me, you may know that I am a huge Disney nerd, and one of my goals is to visit all of the Disney Parks around the world. I had already added Disneyland in Anaheim, California, Walt Disney World in Florida and Tokyo Disneyland. While I was living in Germany a few friends and I executed an epic turn around trip to Disneyland Paris and I got to add my 4th Disney Park to my list.

Tips for Attending a Beer Festival

When you think of Germany, what's the first thing that comes to mind?  If you said Oktoberfest then you are not thinking big enough!  Oktoberfest may be the most well known, but it is far from the only beer festival in... Continue Reading →


Western Europe can intimidate people because it's perceived to be an expensive place to visit.  While it's really easy to spend a ton of money in any place you travel, if you do your research before hand you can save... Continue Reading →

German Weihnachtmarkts

From the last weekend in November until the 24th of December cities all over Germany transform into Christmas wonderlands called Weihnachtmarkts (Christmas Markets in English).  They push together little wooden sheds decorated with lights and boughs of pine into a... Continue Reading →

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