In the shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge lies one of America’s gems, San Francisco. Its northern California location along the Pacific Ocean lends to its temperate climate year round. The city offers a plethora of family fun ranging from incredible dining to world-class museums and the innovative nature of the area along with its affluent past has inspired the city’s evolving present.
1. San Francisco is home to some of the most beautiful parks on the planet
The Bay Area’s landscape, composed of sandy beaches and rolling hills enclosed between the Pacific Ocean and the San Francisco Bay, is nothing short of divine, and the city has done an excellent job preserving nature by maintaining over 220 parks. From the massive Golden Gate Park to the historical Presidio, it is easy to spend an afternoon getting lost in one of San Francisco’s urban oasis.
Don’t miss Alamo Square Park or Crissy Field Continue reading
In Barcelona, as in much of Europe, Sunday is a day of rest. A day to spend with family and friends, and most certainly it’s a day to EAT! There’s one neighborhood in particular that is famed to be truly “Catalan,” and “familiar” and it is here, within the charming and shop-lined streets of Gràcia, that we have chosen to reveal the best spots to indulge in homemade and delicious food with the whole family.
Barcelona is a popular choice for any family’s European bucket list. Here the locals have a saying: ¡vivimos mucho! Meaning, we live life to the fullest! In the spirit of this mantra we’d like to highlight five spots where you are sure to find a great deal of life being lived: The parks of Barcelona.
1. Parque Ciutadella. This park has exceptional character: modern sculptures, local musicians, snack stands, yogis, ping pong tables, fountains, lots of trees, and paddle boats and bikes to rent and ride. It’s one of Barcelona’s most popular play spots among locals, both old and young. Plus the playground staff provides free toys and games at special times during the day. Find more details here.
We are are excited to announce the new Knok! Connecting like-minded families who want meaningful and unique travel experiences to be an integral part of their lives.
We all want to lead extraordinary lives, and the best way we know how is through travel! It bonds families together, creating unforgettable, authentic, and enriching memories. But let’s face it, traveling with children creates a unique set of challenges, and we all need a little help and guidance to work through those challenges.
As members of Knok, we are now connected to thousands of families, making it easy to share our homes with each other when we’re not there. Continue reading
Bucharest, a city torn apart by revolution less than two decades ago has something to teach us all: a little heart can go a long way. All the scratches, bumps, and bruises of its infrastructure have miraculously managed, along with a thriving student population, to add charm to a city that was once considered by travelers to be just the loud and seedy capital of Romania.
But much has happened in recent years. We agree with our friends at Lonely Planet, and added Bucharest as one of the Up-And-Coming European Travel Destinations in 2014. The tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque architecture, and interesting mix of Romanian and other Eastern European cultures in the old historical center–have all made this place one of our favorite underdogs of European travel!
Here are some of Bucharest’s Best Kept Secrets:
(Make sure to swap there this year to learn them all!)
While Valentine’s Day has an unexpectedly dark Roman past, the holiday has sweetened over the years to become that one special day to express our love. How we show love differs from person to person, but giving the right gift on V-day is crucial for all of us! And while not every country or culture celebrates Valentine’s Day the same way (or on February 14th for that matter), each one has a special day when love conquers all. So whether you’re celebrating in a romantic restaurant in Paris, or in that impressive venue in New York, we want to offer you a few novel ideas to impress the ones you love.
One of the things we all appreciate about home exchange is having a brand new kitchen to play in! We also appreciate the freedom that comes along with that kitchen–being able to plan our meals and make the kinds of foods we love during vacation is a real luxury. Especially if you’re a vegetarian or vegan traveler, where menu options are not always in your favor or to your liking. (Let’s face it, nothing is sadder than eating the bad vegetarian or vegan version of what everyone else is eating!)
For our friends who love to cook with legumes and spice, we have another special treat from our favorite traveling cook Jacqueline, a recipe for a lovely side dish!
For those who don’t already know, 100 Cities is a Collaborative Travel Guide that Knok put together with the help of over 100 travel bloggers from around the world! The project was launched a year ago in February 2013, and we are proud to say that we currently have OVER 100 cities included in the guide in three different languages!
The 100 Cities Guide now offers something for everyone: Family-friendly itineraries; off-the-beaten-path ideas; local food inspiration; and other great insider info about the world’s most dynamic places to visit.
At the end of the year, we randomly chose one lucky contributing travel blogger to help fund his or her next big trip!