ADVENTURE

A Day Trip to Nikko, Japan

Leaving the post-modern and futuristic city of Tokyo behind, one might feel the entire country would be paved with unique technologies and cyberpunk innovation, but heading north to the Tochigi region of Japan might also make you think you’ve entered a brand new country. It doesn’t take long to travel out of the city by train. You can head to Nikko Japan, located in the

2019-08-10T22:56:46-07:00

The Avalon Difference in European River Cruising

Traveling to the most beautiful places in the world is a luxury that I believe most of my readers can afford. You may have seen places like Budapest and Vienna on television and thought, “How will I ever be able to visit these gorgeous cities?” But to be honest, once you are able to book a plane ticket, the rest of your trip can be

2020-07-09T20:37:53-07:00

Marlin Fishing in Guatemala

Marlin Fishing Looking out over the sparkling deep blue water, I thought I had seen him far in the distance. He and I had been fighting for a while... Marlin Fishing With every pull and spin my arms were getting tired, yet he did seem to be getting stronger, as he approached the marlin fishing boat. Suddenly, he surged straight up out of

2020-06-21T16:12:00-07:00

Nuku Hiva: Tiki’s and A Moai

French Polynesia is known to have a rich artistic culture and the Marquesas Islands group is no exception. The main island of Nuku Hiva houses some ancient, as well as modern, structures associated with a Polynesian culture that includes the famous tiki and even a moai statue. Everywhere you go on Nuku Hiva you can see large stone structures unlike anywhere else in French Polynesia.

2019-06-18T10:18:49-07:00

Scuba Diving in French Polynesia

When Travelocity heard I was taking a 24-Day Polynesian Crossing with Holland America they couldn't wait for me to write an article about scuba diving in French Polynesia. I couldn't wait to actually take the trip and scuba dive around French Polynesia with my college-aged son Diego. And truth be told, we had a blast! There is nothing quite like diving in this area of

2020-06-12T09:10:05-07:00

TONGA in a Nutshell

Comprised of more than 160 islands, the Kingdom of Tonga is a stunning country to visit in the South Pacific. It is located about 500 miles south of Samoa and 500 southeast of Fiji, so somewhere in the middle of nowhere! At least 36 of the country’s islands are inhabited. I had a chance to visit Nuku 'alofa, Tonga on my Polynesian Crossing with the

2019-12-07T08:53:44-07:00

Xcaret, Mexico: The Adventure Park You Will Enjoy the Most!

It is hard to explain, but basically, Xcaret Park is an eco-friendly park in the Yucatan area of Mexico.  This is one of my favorite excursions Riviera Maya offers. My family and I had more fun there than we ever dreamed, as we really had no idea what it was, but kept hearing from tourists and locals alike that we shouldn't miss Xcaret Park. And I

2019-12-06T16:20:28-07:00

10 Adventurous Things to do in Bora Bora

✦ How to Plan An Adventure Trip to Bora Bora ✦ Spring and Summer vacations are right around the corner and the perfect time to get away to a sunny holiday. I think a vacation should include adventure, a lot of relaxation, some exploration, and a few fun and scheduled activities. Places like Savannah, New Orleans, Cancun, Puerto Vallarta, and the Caribbean are a few

2020-01-05T13:17:02-07:00

A South Pacific Cruise – Perfection!

Holland America is one of many cruise liners that make a global voyage every year anchoring in ports on every continent on Earth. Despite the fact that so many ocean liners make the same trek, I consider myself lucky to have done it with the Holland America Line. My Mom and I had the pleasure of hopping on the MS Maasdam in Auckland, New Zealand

2020-07-05T08:20:57-07:00

Carnival Raft Race in Schramberg, Germany

Da-Bach-na-Fahrt Raft Race, going "Wild on the Water!" As an American, I had never even heard of Schramberg, Germany much less any of the shenanigans going on during their famous Carnival river raft races. What on earth had I missed? Apparentlly people come from all over Europe just to see and experience such a fun carnival river raft race known as the Da-Bach-na-Fahrt Raft Race. Literally

2019-11-27T07:48:00-07:00

Three Wet Cats in Moscow, Russia

  Moscow, Russia Moscow's Reputation Moscow’s reputation and architecture have made it quite an intimidating place to visit. But there is much more to this Russian capital than its fascinating 800 year old history. And while it doesn’t have the European glamour or dreamy canals of its northern counterpart St. Petersburg, it’s no slouch in terms of art, culture, history, and theatres—not to

2020-08-05T15:32:15-07:00

15 Of The Best Things To Do in Ecuador

There are so many interesting and fun things to do in Ecuador. This small coastal country offers travelers a wealth of outdoor adventures - you can explore the vibrant Amazonian rainforest, discover the rich wildlife of Galapagos Islands, or simply soak in the scenic views of the Andes. Since it’s filled with a wide array of wonders squeezed into one tiny country, narrowing a list

2020-08-13T09:06:15-07:00

Guide to celebrating Carnival in Schramberg, Germany

Guide to celebrating Carnival in Schramberg, Germany The anticipation was thick in the air when we arrived mid-morning for our very first peek deep into Germany’s Black Forest where Carnival comes alive! Not the Carnival you may be thinking of with drunkenness and bead throwing like in New Orleans, but a traditional type that has been going for centuries in the forests of

2019-11-27T07:53:09-07:00

Xel Ha vs Xcaret: A Review of Mexican Adventure Parks

Vacationing in the splendid Riviera Maya in Mexico can be a dream come true for many people. Tourists and natives of Riviera Maya can soak up the sun, go swimming, scuba diving, and be snorkeling along the stunning blue waters of the area. There are also some amazing cenotoes (limestone underwater caves or caverns) to explore such as Kukulcan (typically a private scuba dive) and

2020-08-04T16:15:36-07:00

Everything You Need to Know About Playa Zipolite Mexico

Along the Southern Coast of Mexico lies the beach community of Zipolite Playa or Playa Zipolite, depending on who you ask (Mexican or Gringo!) Both names are acceptable! This community is situated in the visually-stimulating state of Oaxaca, which, as you know, I can’t say enough about this region’s culturally rich charm. For instance, a visit to the city of Oaxaca, trying the local smoky

2019-12-06T14:05:02-07:00

Polar Bear Safari: Churchill Manitoba

A Polar Bear Safari Expedition: Churchill, Manitoba, Canada I knew I could get some great polar bear pictures on my photo safari expedition. Gliding in on the charter plane near Churchill Manitoba, I was in for a treat of nature. The area was full of polar bears and beluga whales during its Arctic Summer in Canada's Great White North. With over 3,000 Beluga whales migrating into

2020-07-13T11:55:25-07:00

Romance in the Skies of San Diego!

Balboa Park for Lovers Balboa Park in San Diego, California is considered the Jewel of San Diego - with over 1200 acres of attractions (including a zoo), culture, and things to do for tourists and locals alike. Fortunately for everyone, these lands were reserved for public use in the early 1800s. What a wonderful place for San Diegans and visitors to enjoy what has become

2020-08-04T17:36:52-07:00

5 Of The Most Beautiful States In The USA

The United States is home to some of the most beautiful places on earth. If you go looking, you may discover that some states are even more beautiful than you could ever imagine. Today I am going to be taking a look at five of the most beautiful states in the U.S. and precisely what makes them so glorious. They are in no particular order

2019-11-05T15:22:11-07:00

Unique Things to do in Qatar!

Doha, Qatar is located within a tiny Arab nation that has unbelievable architecture, a huge expatriate population, and the highest per capita income in the world! As the smallest country in the Middle East, it has grown in population super fast over the last 40 years. Back then it was a desolate desert with virtually little going on other than a lonely Sheraton Grand Hotel

2020-08-15T12:06:31-07:00

Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos

  Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos Literally hundreds of stories start and end right here at the Galapagos Post Office on the island of Floreana. Written by those who have experienced the Galapagos Islands, there is a tiny post barrel, where since the 19th century, whalers have kept a wooden barrel for mail at Post Office Bay. This mail can be picked up and delivered

2020-04-28T22:47:54-07:00

How to Spend Two Days in Vegas

  Disneyland for Adults Have you ever wondered what you can do if you have 48 hours in Las Vegas to walk around and sightsee? Get ready to get a whirlwind of a trip with all the great details here. For me, going to Las Vegas is like going to Disneyland, only for adults and there is always something to see and do. My last

2020-06-29T14:43:22-07:00

Montego Bay Jamaica Excursions

Montego Bay is Jamaica's fourth largest city, located on the northwestern end of the island. Primarily a resort town, Montego Bay is home to many all-inclusive hotels and exclusive beaches. This often gives visitors a distorted view of the island's culture and its people. Beyond the resort's gates lies a pulsating city and a myriad of activities for just about every taste-- water activities, adventure

2019-03-16T19:16:19-07:00

The Best Lagoons and Waterfalls in the Caribbean

The Caribbean boasts some of the world's most beautiful waterfalls and lagoons, and I should know, as I have visited Kaieteur Falls in Guayana, Iguazu Falls in Argentina, Niagara Falls in Canada, a 100-foot waterfall in Costa Rica, Havasu Falls in Arizona, USA and even a petrified waterfall in Mexico called Hierve el Agua. I know a great waterfall when I see them! Many of

2019-08-18T13:57:09-07:00

5 Places You Must See on a Southwest USA Road Trip!

5 Places You Must See on a Southwest USA Roadtrip There is a lot to see this summer in the great American Southwest. You can take a road trip to some amazing American attractions in the Southwest and West Coast of the USA with ease. The places I highlight here have a lot of history to offer, some as many as 40 million years! The

2020-05-30T14:27:23-07:00

St Maarten Adventure Park Zipline – The World’s Steepest

Pay a visit to this small Caribbean island and you will be sure to be amazed. St. Martin is a Caribbean island whose administrative bodies have split the sun-soaked area right down the middle. The northern side of the island is owned by the French and is called St.-Martin. Meanwhile, the southern side is Dutch owned and operated and officially known as Sint Maarten. This

2019-01-10T08:26:57-07:00

Kayaking with Belugas in Canada!

When we arrived at the Lazy Bear Expedition dock, a dozen kayaks of orange and yellow colors lined the edge of the water. I had been kayaking before on a few of my travels - remember when I kayaked in the river through Riga, Latvia? or the time I was kayaking at The Pearl in Doha, Qatar? But this time there was going to been added

2020-08-15T12:07:02-07:00

Ultimate Guide to the Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Landing in Colombo, I had no idea what riches lie in front of me. Sri Lanka sounded to this American Girl like an exotic, far-off land. This trip for me was intriguing and mysterious all at the same time. Any country’s UNESCO World Heritage sites are always of interest to me, so I was ecstatic to learn I would take a visit to an ancient

2020-07-17T23:31:32-07:00

16 Awesome Things To Do During a Norway Winter

Norway is absolutely beautiful and every traveler should include this country on their bucket list. With its snowy winters, interesting history, vibrant architecture, and wonderful people, the sheer beauty of this Nordic country is just too compelling to be ignored. And if that’s not enough to convince you, here’s my list of 16 amazing things to do in Norway during a Norway Winter. I never really

2020-07-11T21:24:07-07:00

6 Natural Beauty Spots To Visit

There are a lot of different reasons that people like to travel. For some people, it’s all about relaxation and they’re never happier than when they’re lying on a beach, soaking up the sun and sipping on cocktails. Other people relish the chance to immerse themselves in a completely new culture and explore all of their customs or sample their cuisine. But one of the

2019-08-05T05:17:42-07:00

2018 World Travel: 15 Countries, 25 Trips!

Every year since I started this blog about world travel in 2012, I have written a travel year-end review showcasing world travel. I guess this year will be no different, although I do seem to get lazier and lazier about writing it and putting it off to the last minute! 2018 was a wonderful year of change, as I continued working with well-known travel brands

2019-07-15T06:53:22-07:00

The Ultimate Xel Ha Travel Guide – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Plopping into my clear plastic tube at Xel Ha, I was ready for cool relief. It had been scorching and sweaty hot, as the temperatures soared to over 100 degrees for the last few days. I had come to the golden lands of a Mexican destination. I was in search of the festivals surrounding the “Dia de Los Muertos” -those lazy days in November where

2019-12-03T13:38:25-07:00

Petra Jordan: Everything You Need to Know About the ‘Tale as Old as Time’

Truly we all have wondered what it would be like to travel to an Arabian country after watching Disney's Aladdin, a tale from the book One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights,  كتاب ألف ليلة وليلة)  and the joys of a camel ride in the desert! Indiana Jones also sparked my interest in Indian Jones and the Last Crusade.  In his search for the Holy

2020-07-14T17:01:43-07:00

Elephant Safari Experiences in Sri Lanka

Crowded in the back of a forest green jeep with the top down, I was hanging onto the metal bars of the truck. A slight breeze touched my face in the muggy weather when suddenly light droplets began to fall from the sky.  Crouching down into the vinyl black seat below the metal racks, I covered my head, iPhone and DSLR camera with my scarf.

2019-06-13T09:49:14-07:00

Guide to Canada’s Edmonton

Canada is a fascinating country that lies just north of the USA. With three territories and ten different provinces, Canada is the perfect place to go on a trip. The city of Edmonton is situated in the province of Alberta and the Edmonton Metropolitan Region of Canada. The natural beauty of Edmonton mixed with the enticing adventures and shopping excursions can lead to a thrilling

2019-12-07T08:53:45-07:00

A Guide for Bryce Canyon Hikes

I have come to discover that hiking and ebiking are both great ways to get in a workout and decrease the many risks of heart disease that many Americans are prone to with our diet. Plus, these type of activities can get you outside and into the great outdoors. Sometimes I don’t spend enough time outside! Also, I don’t know about you, but getting outside

2020-07-02T22:34:52-07:00
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