The Berger Bungalow

How To Plan A Trip That You Actually Want To Go On
Posted on:3.14.2018

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gulf County Florida for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

Ian and I travel quite a bit, which is extremely helpful when planning a vacation. We know exactly what we want, so we are skilled at finding the best things to do, places to stay, and places to eat. But, we haven't always been this way. We used to pick a destination and just head there, without any plans. We would stumble upon restaurants and tours and hope for the best. Most of the time, we would have good vacations, but since we have changed our mindsets when it comes to planning, our trips have significantly improved. 
Follow along with me on this post and you will learn how to plan a trip that you actually want to go on! In order to teach you how to plan a trip, I am going to show you how I personally plan ours by giving you a real example. I could just tell you: "Pick a destination, choose activities to do, and find a hotel," but this won't help you at all. I think by me actually showing you my process of planning a real trip, you will benefit from it more.

The first step in your planning process is to pick a destination. Make sure you consider who you are going with, how far you want to travel, and what kind of trip you want to have. 

For our trip, we have picked Gulf County Florida! While my parents live in Florida and I am in the state pretty frequently, I have always limited myself to my parent's city, or a few other places that I have frequently traveled to. Exploring more of Florida has been on my bucket list for some time now and I figured this would be the perfect time to start planning my trip. 
I chose Gulf County for a few different reasons: it isn't too far away from me, they are located off the beaten path, they have so many things to do, and to top things off, they are actually running an awesome contest right now. If you are searching for a fun-filled vacation, you should definitely enter the contest!! I knew Gulf County was the place for me once I read this on their website: "Sure! We’re off the beaten path… but that’s what makes this no-worry, no-hurry piece of paradise worth the drive."

How to plan a trip
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Why In-Season Produce Is Better For You And Those Around You
Posted on:3.09.2018

This post was sponsored by Fresh From Florida as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central, however all opinions expressed are my own.

When my parents first moved to Fernandina Beach (Amelia Island, for those that are not familiar with the area), I though that they had it all - sun, sand, and of course, amazing produce and seafood, but thankfully, Atlanta is close enough to Florida that we get to reap some of those benefits. Sure, we don't really have amazing seafood in stores here, unless you search far and wide and we don't have the beach, but one thing we do have is amazing produce year-round thanks to Fresh From Florida! Plus, I get to have a beach home anytime I want to. Thanks, parents! ;)

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Broccoli Cheddar Latkes
Posted on:3.05.2018

The countdown is on - we are headed to California next month and we are thrilled! We are leaving the day after tax day, which is going to be so nice for Ian after a hard busy season. I really wanted to start non-busy season off on the right foot, so I made sure to plan our entire trip around food, wine, and relaxation (just like most of our previous trips). How can you go wrong with that?! Vacationing like we do is a blast because we have zero cares in the world, but it also means that we tend to gain a little weight while we are on vacation, so I try my best to plan in advance and eat healthy, workout, and really try to get in better shape in general before our trips, so that we can limit the weight gain.

In the past, I have really struggled with this because I just love food so much. But, over the years, Ian and I have learned to tweak recipes just a bit to make them healthier, so we still get to eat everything that we love. One of the ways that we have tweaked some of our recipes lately is by using Armour Premium All-Natural Lard as a healthy substitute for margarine and oils. I know what you are thinking... LARD?! I get that it is an ugly word, but hear me out.

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The Best (And Easiest) Salmon Recipe You Will Ever Cook
Posted on:3.02.2018

This post is sponsored by World Port Seafood, but all opinions are my own. Thank you so much for supporting the amazing brands that keep The Berger Bungalow running.

Let me be real honest with you. The recipes that you see on The Berger Bungalow are not mine - they are my husband, Ian's. While I can follow a recipe, he has the gift of being able to create his own recipe out of whatever we have in our house. #Talent

So, while some of you may have thought that it's always me in the kitchen, you are wrong. A behind the scenes look at our 'blogger life' is actually a joint effort. Ian usually does most of the hands-on cooking work and recipe creation. Then, I take pictures (and sometimes Ian does this, as well) and I write everything, obviously. In fact, this is the way it is with all of my travel posts, as well. Ian and I travel together and he does our video and I do most of our photo (unless it is a picture of me).

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How to avoid tourist traps and eat good food in Venice
Posted on:3.01.2018

I have been meaning to write this post for a while now because it brings together two of my greatest loves: eating great food and traveling to amazing places. Plus, Veneto is one of my favorite places on this beautiful earth and I definitely want to write more about our visit.

So many people go to Venezia and end up coming home disappointed with their time there because of the food and crowds. My friend, Autumn had a bad experience with her meals (other than gelato), and there are so many online threads talking about how bad food in Venice is. 

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A Blissful Brunch at Joy Cafe in Atlanta, Georgia
Posted on:2.22.2018

Southern hospitality paired with creative, fresh cuisine are the stars of the show at this famed brunch spot in Atlanta, Georgia. Joy Cafe sits in the heart of Midtown and is only a short four miles from Piedmont Park, making it a convenient place to stop and get breakfast or brunch.

Joy Cafe is included in Yelp's Top Places To Eat In Metro Atlanta and it is also featured on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, so I had very high expectations for the Atlanta restaurant and it did not even come close to disappointing. In fact, it may be my new favorite brunch spot in all of the ATL.

Why? Read about our experience:

After putting our name on the waiting list, we made our way over to the Italianate coffee bar. If you are not familiar with the Italian way of ordering coffee, you basically order, pay, and drink it at the bar. It's pretty self-explanatory here because everyone speaks English (obviously), but it can get a bit confusing if it is your first time in Italy! #TheMoreYouKnow

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Sassetti Livio Pertimali - Montalcino
Posted on:2.14.2018

During our time in Florence, Italy, we decided to take a day to explore Tuscany, specifically the Montalcino area to taste Brunello's with our wine guide, Davide. If you have not read my post on Capanna, which was the first winery we visited with Davide in Montalcino, make sure you check it out! We had the best day exploring, drinking, and eating. If you are headed to Italy, I highly recommend going on a wine tour in Montalcino and I recommend contacting Davide before you go - you won't regret it. From Cortona, Montalcino, Chianti, Montepulciano, and more, Davide will take care of you.

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