About Cacinda Maloney

A value-luxury adventure traveler at heart, Dr. Cacinda Maloney shares her experiences as someone who has traveled every six weeks of her life for the last 20 plus years. Being a travel writer, blogger and social media influencer, she now travels more than that! She is Phoenix, Arizona based, but maintains an apartment in Santiago, Chile. She is a member of the Professional Travel Bloggers Association (PTBA), Media Kitty and the International Food, Wine and Travelers Association (IFWTWA). Follow her on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

A Guide to the Best Drinks in Mexico!

The country of Mexico is the 11th most populous country in the world and for me, one of my favorite countries in the world. Several main industries come from Mexico such as mining, tobacco, food, and beverages. Even my favorite food, which happens to be chocolate, was first introduced to the world by the Mexican Aztecs. And my favorite drink in Mexico happens to be

2020-11-22T18:23:25-07:00

25 Traditional Greek Foods You Must Eat in Greece

In addition to being a country of great importance, Greece is responsible for having world-famous foods such as Moussaka, Spanakopita, Feta Cheese, and Frappes. Greece is widely known for using its fresh ingredients to create some of the most tantalizing Greek dishes. 25 Traditional Greek Foods You Must Eat in Greece! Their Mediterranean cuisine is heavily influenced by Italy and other close by countries. This

2020-11-22T13:17:46-07:00

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. Norway Winter! I

2020-11-21T20:03:08-07:00

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. Zipolite Playa For instance, a visit to the city of Oaxaca, trying the

2020-11-21T20:25:48-07:00

Amazing Tourist Places in India that are Worth the Visit

India is a unique place to visit and honestly, I never thought I would make it there. I think everyone should experience this country at least once in their lifetime. It is like going on a journey through your wildest imagination. India is a massive country that is home to more than a billion people with huge cultural wealth, diverse religions, and a history that

2020-11-22T18:06:36-07:00

“The Pack” – Amazon Video Series

This post is sponsored by BabbleBoxx on behalf of Amazon Prime Video! #ad Watch "The Pack" on Amazon Prime Video, November 20th! I have always thought that there was something indescribable about the relationship between me and my dog. Somehow, my dog just seems to understand me and I understand her. My dog’s name is… Coco Chanel Maloney and is a purebred Shiba Inu –

2020-11-18T17:02:05-07:00

Perfect Vacations For When You Want to Get Away

This year has been one like no other; the unprecedented coronavirus pandemic has been a time of extreme change for many people. Right now, everyone is beginning to adapt to the ‘new normal’ and the prospect of returning to everyday activities. As this looks more likely, many people are turning their attention to all the things that they want to do, places that they want

2020-11-17T00:16:06-07:00

BEST 7 Puerto Vallarta All-Inclusive Resorts

Puerto Vallarta is THE place to be. Mexico is easy to get to and they have laid out the red carpet for your visit. In fact, your vacations begin from the moment you step foot off the airplane or the cruise ship that brings you here. You will soon notice the mesmerizing cobblestone streets lined with cafes, shopping, and boutique hotels along with a lively

2020-11-20T15:33:09-07:00

Vietnamese Desserts You Must Try!

  Vietnam is an interesting country that is located in the Southeastern part of Asia. It is home to more than 95.5 million people and hosts thousands of tourists each year. Tourists and locals alike try to avoid the busy traffic of the larger cities by traveling around by motorbike. In fact, I heard from my food tour guide that in Ho Chi Minh City

2020-11-20T08:16:33-07:00

Travel Gift Ideas For The Adventure Seekers In Your Life!

Dare we say that Christmas is just around the corner? We’re now in mid-November and you may be thinking about beginning your Christmas shopping, but what exactly can you buy for those in your life that love to travel and explore the world? Aside from taking them on vacation, there are a plethora of other gifts you could consider buying for the adventure seekers in

2020-11-17T00:15:26-07:00

Savannah GA: Guide to the Best Things To Do

✦ The Ultimate Guide to Savannah GA ✦ Get yourself into that Southern mood, the sweet sickness that is Savannah's lure. I call it le mal doux, which is French for "the sweet sickness". How?  You ask? Try reading (or see the movie) Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil before you take on the task of visiting Savannah attractions and finding things to do in

2020-11-04T06:35:15-07:00

San Miguel de Allende, Mexico – The Ultimate Guide

In the sleepy hills of Mexico lies one of the most gorgeous towns I have ever seen, San Miguel de Allende. This picturesque town is sure to give you all the “wow moments” of a big city, but with the pleasure of a small-town atmosphere. Don’t expect to find a fast-paced lifestyle in San Miguel, but rather a tranquil one. One that slowly evolves right

2020-11-02T20:36:49-07:00

A Visit to the Chora Museum! Outstanding!

Chora Museum Chora Museum is No Ordinary Museum! The sights and sounds that are Istanbul are so difficult to explain, but I tried to show you this through my streets of Istanbul article. At first, I was so overwhelmed with the mass difference between the USA and Turkey that I had a hard time describing my thoughts about this capital city. It has taken me

2020-11-20T19:34:52-07:00

New England Road Trip in the Fall!

Road trips are slowly making their way to be the best type of vacation for 2020 since the COVID-19 pandemic. Think about it, it's much safer to travel in your own car than getting into a plane filled with strangers. Besides the safety part, a road trip is a fun adventure that allows you to visit numerous places in a short period of time. One

2020-10-29T07:48:57-07:00

Identity Guard®  Protection for Life

Disclosure:  As is common in the travel industry, Dr. Maloney was provided with compensation for the purposes of review for this article by Identity Guard. While it has not influenced her review, PointsandTravel.com believes in full disclosure of all potential conflicts of interest. All Photos are by the author or are mentioned below the photo. There may be affiliate links in this article.   Identity Guard® 

2020-10-28T15:32:20-07:00

25 Things To Do in Key West, Florida

Ahhh! Key West and the Florida Keys islands!! Where else can you go on a "Classic American Road Trip" that has miles and miles of sunny beaches, acres of mangroves, amazing bridges with state parks scattered along the route, as well as sunsets that people stand around for and the best key lime pie in the world? The Florida Keys Islands are some of the

2020-11-04T06:35:19-07:00

Greek Breads – Absolutely Delicious!

As part of the global population, I would love to thank the Greek nation for gifting the world with many wonderful attributes. The Greeks gave the world the first theater, the Olympic games, and great philosophers such as Democritus, Pythagoras, Plato, and Socrates. Thanks to the Greeks, we have different literary forms, philosophy, democracy, architectural beauties and not to mention their great Greek desserts along

2020-11-03T09:26:15-07:00

Zihuatanejo, Mexico for Families!

Of all the choices of small Mexican fishing villages to visit, Zihuatanejo is a hard one to put into any type of grouping. Zihua (pronounced “zee-wha”), for short, is up against the Sierra Madre del Sur mountains, with cliffs, deep ravines, and a gorgeous bay. The fact that it is in the state of Guerrero—probably closer to Guatemala than it is the USA—also makes it

2020-10-21T06:07:32-07:00

Palawan El Nido Resorts – Simply Paradise!

✦ Palawan El Nido My arrival into what I call "Heaven on Earth" was nothing short of spectacular! If you're trying to choose where to go on vacation and the Philippines is on your radar, then man, do I have the place for you?! Palawan El Nido Resorts will blow you away! In fact, I have not seen such pure beauty in a tropical island

2020-10-09T14:30:48-07:00

The Hermitage’s Treasures in St. Petersburg, Russia

The Hermitage's Treasures in St Petersburg The State Hermitage Museum is full of art and culture in Saint Petersburg, Russia. It is the second-largest art museum in the world containing over 3 million piece of art! And it is a MUST VISIT anytime you find yourself in St. Petersburg, Russia. It was founded by the Empress Catherine the Great in 1764 when she acquired an

2020-09-26T18:19:25-07:00

Italy Revealed: Camogli

Italy Revealed Camogli: Travel +Leisure Feature I was surprised to see Travel + Leisure with my beloved Camogli, Italy photo featured directly on the front cover. Camogli is like a slice of the Riviera from decades ago before the designer stores came to line seaside promenades. Before the celebrities parked their yachts in the marinas. Camogli is an exquisite village with a perfectly placed seafront

2020-09-19T19:10:50-07:00

Whistler in the Summer!

Whistler in the Summer 13 Things to do! Over 3 million visitors flock to British Columbia’s resort town of Whistler each and every year to take advantage of the gorgeous landscapes. The dramatic snow-covered peaks, pine forests, beautiful lakes, and the charming town itself has long since been a popular Canadian vacation spot. But, although Whistler is considered by many to be one of Canada’s

2020-08-20T11:08:42-07:00

Santa Fe Weather Is Perfect! Come!

Santa Fe Weather Located about an hour's drive away from Albuquerque, Santa Fe is a truly striking city. Perched beautifully on top of the blue mountains of New Mexico, there's no denying that Santa Fe is one of those cities that has a magical and timeless appeal. This high desert town with its combination of mountains, rock formations, and canyon roads make this a unique

2020-08-20T11:14:36-07:00

Belizean Resort: Victoria House

  Victoria House, Ambergris Caye, Belize Victoria House, Ambergris Caye, Belize Belizean Resort We Arrived in Ambergris Caye! Hot and sweaty after coming off a whirlwind Cessna plane ride from Belize City to the island of Ambergris Caye,  having flown overnight, I was ready to "get my vacation on".  The taxi driver was waiting for us at the airstrip and it

2020-08-20T11:15:29-07:00

Savannah Historic District

This is Why Savannah Historic District is as Pretty as a Picture! Savannah's Historic District Located in Chatham County, Savannah is the oldest city in the state of Georgia. This revolutionary city was once a port city that saw its fair share of battles during the American Civil War. However, Savannah is a wonderful place to visit. Thanks to its relationship with art and design,

2020-08-20T11:54:27-07:00

Why I fell in Love with San Miguel de Allende

There is this little town in the central highlands of Mexico that isn’t easy to get to, but once you find your way here, you may never want to leave. That is what happened to me 10 years ago, and today I long to go back to a simpler time and place. Founded in the 16th century, San Miguel de Allende is known for its

2020-11-22T13:37:39-07:00

Visiting La Gruta San Miguel de Allende

With so many fun things to see and do in San Miguel de Allende, you may be forgiven for wanting to step back and take a breather from all the non-stop exploring, in order to rest and re-charge. Thankfully, the natural hot spring pools at La Gruta San Miguel are only a stone’s throw away from San Miguel. And set in gorgeous lush gardens, La Gruta

2020-08-25T08:47:18-07:00

Waterfall Hikes near Denver!

Hiking is a great pastime and I know many people who enjoy a day out in a state or national park. In fact, the state of Colorado has over forty state parks and thirteen National Forests in case you want to enjoy their fresh air by finding a great hiking trail. Recently I was in Denver, Colorado, and figured out that it is a great

2020-08-21T00:21:06-07:00

Things to do in Pigeon Forge with Kids!

Regarding the Pigeon Forge attractions & businesses mentioned in this blog, please check their respective websites for an update on their COVID-19 operational updates. Pigeon Forge, Tennessee is a vacation haven for children and adults, but in a sense, I can see that it has two faces. On one hand, since it is nestled at the foot of the Great Smoky Mountains, it is a

2020-08-20T12:07:34-07:00

Best Savannah Breakfast to Die For!

Breakfast is often called ‘the most important meal of the day’ but I don’t always agree with that. What the breakfast does is “breaks that overnight fasting period” you just had when you woke up. So be sure and follow the rule about fasting and your body will thank you! And since breakfast can occur really anytime, I have found some of the best places

2020-11-20T20:01:05-07:00

Travel to the Middle of the World – Quito

Have you ever heard the words "Mitad del Mundo" or "middle of the world"? I hadn't either until I had a chance to visit the "Mitad del Mundo" right outside of Quito, Ecuador. I had no idea there was an exact location where you could stand at the earth's midpoint - 0 degrees latitude, 0 minutes, 0 seconds in Ecuador! Apparently, people come from all over

2020-11-20T19:56:45-07:00

Grand Velas Los Cabos Review – Elevating the Bar!

UPDATE! Grand Velas Los Cabos Named #1 Luxury Hotel in Mexico, #8 in the World by TripAdvisor’s 2020 Travelers’ Choice Awards. Cabos San Lucas, Mexico For me, going on a real vacation has become increasingly important over the years. Since I work in the industry, many times I feel like I am photographing everything, never knowing what I will find. I really do enjoy my work

2020-08-20T13:03:59-07:00

New Orleans: Jazz, Weddings, and Funerals

New Orleans Cemetery... New Orleans Jazz Jazz...that sound that put New Orleans on the map.  That subgenre of the blues that developed in and around the city of New Orleans with its distinctive reverberance. Not really a "big band swing" sound, but more of a "heavy piano and saxophone" sound. And it is definitely not "pop" music. In fact, New Orleans jazz is a distinct

2020-08-20T22:17:44-07:00

How to get from Mexico City to San Miguel de Allende

I don’t know about you, but I absolutely love San Miguel de Allende in Mexico. This gorgeous little gem of a city in Mexico’s central highlands is known for its baroque-style of Spanish architecture and colonial buildings. Plus it has cobbled-stone streets, a thriving arts scene, and fascinating cultural festivals. Add to it an array of 84 churches and it seems quite perfect to me.

2020-08-20T22:17:38-07:00

Gothenburg, Sweden: Gateway to the Islands

Nicknamed the "Little London of Scandinavia" or "the Greenest City", Gothenburg Sweden has an alluring mix of lush green gardens and modern Nordic chic wrapped into one. With its 17th-century Dutch-style canals, nautical museums, trendy restaurants, and breweries, as well as fashion boutiques, it oozes a youthful bohemian and avant-garde vibe. Especially since it is home to 47,500 University of Gothenburg students. And it just

2020-08-20T22:20:37-07:00
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