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.

10 of the BEST things to do in Monterey CA

✦ Ten BEST things to do in Monterey CA ✦ The Northern California peninsula known as the Monterey Peninsula is nothing short of spectacular and is home to the beautiful Monterey beach. With its stunning natural beauty, charming, tourist atmosphere, and coastline, I am sure you can easily spend 3-4 days enjoying the outdoor activities and exploring the area. Trying to whittle my list down to 10 of

2020-06-26T15:29:53-07:00

Fun Things to do in Bozeman MT

Montana, one of the least populated states in the USA has wide-open valleys and rising mountains that really give credit to the Big Sky State. As one of the most lively and bustling cities in the wider tri-state area, Bozeman is a great place to visit. From the Montana State University to the Museum of the Rockies, plus the natural beauty of the state, the

2020-07-01T22:20:01-07:00

The Most Epic Things to do in Dingle!

From charming and colorfully painted fishing villages to beehive huts and stunning handmade pottery, the Dingle Peninsula offers a wide variety of things to do while visiting this portion of the Wild Atlantic Way. Dingle, Ireland has been isolated from the influences of the modern world until recently which has resulted in fun local culture and a dialect that is quite different than the rest

2020-05-27T19:05:01-07:00

5 Effective Ways to Fall Asleep Quickly

During these crazy COVID-19 times, having enough sleep is essential for your health and wellbeing. It helps your body function properly and boosts your overall mood. If you are having trouble sleeping naturally, this can be incredibly frustrating. There’s good news! Medication is not always the solution to your problems, and there are many more natural options you can take. Some of these methods you

2020-05-02T08:51:54-07:00

There’s A Salt Mine In Poland With Chandeliers Made Of Salt!

I believe that Krakow is the #1 most underrated city in Europe. I won't go into the details of the lavender growing along the old city walls or the shapes of the trees that blow in the wind or even the cobblestone central square, but I do want to tell you about this unusual place found deep within its crevices: the Krakow Salt Mine. Krakow Salt

2020-07-02T08:47:07-07:00

Best Time to Visit the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands are some of the most unique islands on the planet and it is no wonder that people want to visit these gorgeous lands owned by Ecuador. So many animal lovers and birders can’t wait to see the flood of animals that flock to this place. As I mentioned in my Galapagos Islands By Cruise: A Complete Guide article, many of these animals

2020-07-01T22:08:18-07:00

7 Free Things to do in Santa Fe!

Nestled away at the tail end of the Rockies known as the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Santa Fe is a high elevation capital like its Colorado cousin. However, with an elevation of 7,199 feet, Santa Fe is officially the highest city in the United States. Thanks to this, you can expect fair weather year-round and over 300 days of sunshine, making this high desert gem

2020-07-03T16:08:59-07:00

15 Ways to Keep your Miles & Points From Expiring!

How to Keep your Miles and Points from expiring! While many programs have been moving away from having points that expire, it is still one of the unfortunate pitfalls of the travel industry. I have been collecting miles and points for years and keep a spreadsheet of them in order to make sure my miles and points don't expire. After all, who wants relatively free

2020-05-30T13:49:48-07:00

Seville, Spain: Top 15 Things to Do

Seville is the fourth largest city in Spain and is considered the most “Spanish” city in the entire country. When I think of Spain, I almost always think of its famous flamenco dance, the tradition of bullfighting, and how sultry or hot the city feels as the Spanish guitars play late into the night! In fact, I find that Sevillanos are always happy to share

2020-07-01T22:07:07-07:00

Delicious Foods in the Galapagos Islands

  Galapagos Islands Foods and Culinary influences Ecuador is a country with a diversity of climates, regions, and altitudes that makes it an exquisite country with many different types of traditional dishes. Depending on the region where you are, there is a variety of typical doses. And since the islands are owned by Ecuador, the dishes combine the elements of the Ecuadorian highland dishes with

2020-06-22T10:12:00-07:00

16 Dominican Republic Foods You MUST Try!

Many people know the Dominican Republic for its luxury resorts and beautiful beaches and hotels, such as the gorgeous Casas del XVI in Santo Domingo. But there is so much more to the Dominican Republic than just its oceans and architectural beauty. In fact, the Dominicans have a rich European history that is a deep mix of both African and the native Taíno Indian influences. Sure, the Dominican Republic has beautiful landscapes

2020-04-20T16:14:10-07:00

Top 5 Things to Do in Tucson

Located in the Sonoran Desert just north of the USA-Mexico border, Tucson is the oldest continuously inhabited and cultivated area in the United States. From native tribes like the Tohono Oʼodham to Spanish missionaries to American and Mexican settlers, the region has hosted a wide variety of peoples since its founding. They all have contributed to the diversity of rich history and culture in what

2020-06-27T11:28:34-07:00

Lithuania’s Hill of Crosses

    A Christian pilgrimage Lithuania Restores its Old Rugged Cross for a Crown Once I arrived at the Hill of Crosses, I didn’t want to leave. Northern Lithuania's Hill of Crosses' magnetic pull drew me in. Almost overtaking me. I was intrigued and felt guided toward the strength that lies here. For me, I have always been attracted to the dead. Well, maybe I

2020-04-26T15:46:27-07:00

Galapagos Islands By Cruise: A Complete Guide

The Islands of the Galapagos in Ecuador, South America are considered one of the top 10 bucket list items in the world. If you read as many travel articles as I do, you will see it listed over and over again. With its blue-green waters and white sandy beaches as well as the incredible variety of unique and endemic animals on the lands and sea,

2020-04-28T23:13:09-07:00

Santa Fe Plaza: Where Cultures Collide

  Inn on the Alameda, Santa Fe NM On a breezy Saturday night in Santa Fe Plaza, a group of revelers in wobbly heels and party hats greet each other with kisses and hugs, ready to hit the town to ring in the New Year. Along with them, they have small flasks of mescal (however the law says... no drinking in public), the

2020-04-27T15:08:39-07:00

7 Things You Must Do in Telluride in the Summer

With soaring mountaintops and unbridled natural beauty, Colorado is one of North America's finest territories. Heading southwest from Denver, the sleepy colonial town of Telluride, boasting some of the finest views in the San Juan Mountains, is a summer getaway like a dream. I’ve been to Telluride a few times myself, and from the gorgeous landscapes to the friendly locals, it’s got something to offer

2020-06-28T00:14:39-07:00

The Best Greek Desserts Ever!

Greece is undoubtedly one of the most picturesque countries in Europe. This beautiful country is surrounded by turquoise-colored seas, deep blue and crisp white houses, rich landmarks, and some awesome museums. Similar to the Italian culture, Greeks love to show off their cooking and baking skills. Just like in the homes of millions of Americans, one of the Greek ways to show affection to the

2020-05-22T13:15:27-07:00

Dreams do come true in the Greek Islands

For centuries people have contemplated the meaning of dreams, now called Dream Science. In the 19th century, Sigmund Freud put together some theories of dreaming. Freud’s theory centered around repressed longing - the idea that dreaming allows us to sort through unresolved and repressed wishes. Early civilizations thought of dreams as a medium between our earthly world and that of the Gods. In fact, the

2020-03-24T12:15:52-07:00

Through the eyes of a Galapagos Gringa

This post has been updated after my recent return from the Galapagos Islands! You can read my complete guide to Galapagos Cruising here. Wide Eyed and Bushy Tailed Back in my early days of writing as a traveler, I loved every second of my new adventures. My eyes were wide and my love for travel grew exponentially. Today, I laugh as I re-read old articles

2020-04-28T22:50:25-07:00

Ecoventura: What Is It Really Like on a Galapagos Cruise?

  What is a trip on Ecoventura's Letty Ship Like? Moist, breezy air flows thru my Michael Kors bathing suit cover-up made of an animal print design, as I squint my eyes looking at the sky on the yacht’s top deck. I am lying here trying to decide what to tell you first about what a wonderful adventure I went on for an entire week

2020-04-10T15:53:46-07:00

The Ultimate Guide to Iguazu Falls (Both Sides)

Ultimate Guide to Iguazu Falls Cascading down into the Iguazu River are the stunningly gorgeous Iguazu Falls between the border of Argentina and Brazil. These spectacular waterfalls are a UNESCO world heritage site and were originally inhabited by the Eldoradense people more than 10,000 years ago! Today this waterfall’s strength serves as a power source to both Argentina and Brazil. With more than 40 percent

2020-03-18T08:33:42-07:00

A Guide to Mexican Grocery Stores & Supermarkets

One of our favorite family vacations is to travel and stay at a house or condo in the area where we want to explore in Mexico. We recently took a family trip to the Sea of Cortez in Mexico to celebrate my son's college graduation. Not only did we pack a few things that are hard to find in Mexican stores, but we also found

2020-06-20T10:44:43-07:00

6 Must See Paris Attractions

You can find fantastic accommodations across the globe and Paris, France is no exception. There are few destinations that offer more in the way of romance, culture, and entertainment than engaging Paris. Here are a few attractions and unusual things to do in Paris that you can't afford to miss. Photo by PointsandTravel 6 Must SEE Paris Attractions The Eiffel Tower Obvious? Sure,

2020-04-29T10:02:29-07:00

Portofino Italy: At Least Once in Your Lifetime

Here is WHY You Should Visit Portofino! Portofino, Italy is a small fishing village along the Italian Riviera known for its good looks and visitors: the Hollywood crowd and beyond! But you don't have to be a celebrity or wealthy to visit this gorgeous seaside town in Northern Italy. For me, it is the perfect town. The half-moon shaped harbor, with its pastel houses lining

2020-07-03T09:44:06-07:00

12 Questions (And Answers) About the Rocky Mountaineer

Choo-Choo! All aboard the luxury Rocky Mountaineer train! For almost 30 years, the Rocky Mountaineer has been providing extraordinary services to those who want to take train travel to the next level. Those who travel on this train are a wide range in demographics; from singles, couples, retired, and families. Between the seasonally months from mid-April to mid-October, this luxury Canadian train will take you

2020-03-23T06:46:57-07:00

Ultimate Road Trip to Yellowstone National Park

The Ultimate Road Trip Guide to Yellowstone From Bozeman, we had driven into Gardiner, Montana. Gardiner sits right on the edge of the North entrance to Yellowstone, where the iconic Roosevelt Arch was perched way back in 1903. President Theodore Roosevelt was known as the grandfather of conservation and it was he who helped in securing these lands as a National Park for the United

2020-06-22T15:21:01-07:00

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

2020-05-20T13:58:57-07:00

Diving Kukulkan, a Cancun Cenote Experience

Have you thought about cenote Mexico scuba diving while you are in Cancun or in the Riviera Maya? The stunning Kukulkan Cenote is a 33 feet (10 meters) deep blue cavern that is part of the Chac Mool caving system in the Yucatan, Mexico. It is set in a jungle scenery with fresh and saltwater, lots of fossils, and even a few stalactites. The main

2020-07-02T08:33:44-07:00

Exploring NYC’s Craft Brew Scene

There are times when you wish you could just unwind and take a break from the hustle of your lives and spend a day out with a few friends. You could have a relaxing time together, sipping on different traditional and locally-sourced beers and having good food, without fretting about a thing. This is even truer when, either as a local or as a visiting

2020-04-09T11:22:15-07:00

Louisiana Cuisine: You Can’t Miss these 15+ Dishes!

Louisiana Cuisine Louisiana is known for many things: music, culture, but most importantly, its cuisine! Louisiana food is often on the spicier side and known all around the world as "Cajun Cuisine". The history of recipes and foods of Louisiana is an interesting one. There are influences from France, Spain, Africa, and India. However, there are parts of Louisiana that offer a more soul food-like

2020-06-28T14:55:33-07:00

Having The Best Online Travel Shopping Experience

Sure, you can head to the shops. The busy, bustling, hot, and stuffy stores. You can stand in a queue and wait to be served. Then you can carry your heavy bags to the car or home on public transport. This happens in travel agents too. The line of people who are booking and paying. Or the desks are taken up by people who are

2020-04-20T20:33:40-07:00

Traditional Ecuadorian Food: A Variety of Goodness

South American food was one of my favorite types of food, especially Chilean food until I had a chance to try some delicious Ecuadorian food! Having a husband from Chile, I loved those handmade meat and cheese empanadas that are so easy to pack in a lunch or to eat by hand. Pastel de chocolo, a beef/meat corn pie is also one of my favorite meals. So

2020-04-21T08:45:51-07:00

Venice to Burano: THE Complete Guide

  One of the best-kept secrets in Venice used to be the island of Burano, maybe it is not so secret anymore. But it is definitely worth a visit, even if you just have 2 days in Venice it’s well worth visiting this colorful island! This island is best known for its rainbow-painted houses. Don't worry, once you get there, there is plenty to do

2020-07-03T16:09:08-07:00

Tbilisi to Yerevan via the Overnight Train

The beautiful countries of Georgia and Armenia are nestled in between the continents of Europe and Asia. And lying on the banks of the Kura River is Georgia's capital city of Tbilisi. This cobblestoned "Old Town" area reflects its complicated history as Georgia has been ruled under different global powers throughout its history. This is because of its location and proximity to the lucrative Silk

2020-02-03T05:52:32-07:00

Unique Things to do and Where to Stay in Santorini!

Santorini is just one of the Cyclades Islands in Greece that literally has everything I want in an island – hidden and blue-domed churches, stunning sunsets, volcanoes rising out of the Aegean Sea, cave houses you can stay in, and whitewashed stone buildings that dot the landscape. Know that your Santorini holidays will be one you'll remember for a very long time, as I still

2020-07-01T20:26:46-07:00
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