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 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

Hong Kong Hiking Bucket List

I recently took a fascinating trip through Asia where Hong Kong was a stop. I was on a Holland America cruise ship’s “around the world” Asia Pacific Voyage. While on the ship, I would walk the deck on a regular basis. But what joy I found when I was able to step off the ship, step out of the concrete jungle of Hong Kong’s city

2020-12-10T16:24:22-07:00

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 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 pieces 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 impressive collection of paintings from Johann

2021-01-10T21:14:48-07:00

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

Vacationing in the Spanish Islands: Atlantic, Balearic or Canary Islands

The Spanish Islands are known as some of the best places in the world for their natural wonders, their lavishness, and the rejuvenation they offer visitors. Travelers can now apply for the ETIAS Spain visa waiver which allows them to obtain travel authorizations online for visiting Spain. The ETIAS Spain visa waiver is sent to the travelers via email saving them a trip to the

2020-12-18T20:06:05-07:00

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

2021-01-10T13:41:38-07:00

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

2021-01-12T14:17:16-07:00

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 "Ecuador Mitad del Mundo" or "middle of the world in Ecuador"? I hadn't either until I had a chance to visit the "Mitad del Mundo" right outside of Quito. 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

2020-12-06T01:35:37-07:00

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

2021-01-14T14:41:35-07:00

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.

2021-01-10T13:42:29-07:00

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

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

2020-08-20T22:22:35-07:00

Diapontia Islands: A Hidden Paradise on Earth

I am almost certain you have heard of Santorini and Mykonos – those famous Greek isles that everyone loves. I’ve written about both of them quite extensively and absolutely love these charming Greek islands. But these islands can sometimes feel like “a tourist island” if you catch them during a cruise ship in port. They can get a bit crowded, especially during peak season. So

2020-08-20T22:20:28-07:00

Stunning Montana National Parks to Quench Your Wanderlust

The United States has several National Parks, forests, and monuments to visit including two of the most visited National Parks in Montana, which are Glacier National Park and Yellowstone National Park. I have been to both and they are both quite spectacular with a backdrop of small mountain ranges that are a part of the Rocky Mountains. Montana prides itself on being the perfect place

2020-08-20T22:07:58-07:00

Understanding The Hidden Costs Of Traveling Abroad

When you travel abroad, you try your best to work out how much it will cost. Usually, this is a simple case of calculating the flights and accommodation, along with all your spending money. Simple, right? Unfortunately, there are a few hidden costs of traveling abroad that most people seem to forget. Some aren't that huge, but they do add up. Understanding The Hidden Costs

2020-12-22T08:12:08-07:00

Pulpit Rock Hike in Norway – Let The Adventure Begins!

Pulpit Rock, better known to Norwegians as Preikestolen in Norway is a steep cliff that rises almost 2000 feet above Lysefjorden with a flat top viewing platform. It was formed by glaciers more than 10,000 years ago. I am sure you will recognize it by its famous photographs. Preikestolen attracts thousands of tourists from all over the world, which makes it one of the main

2020-08-20T22:25:52-07:00

9 Epic Bora Bora Honeymoon Resorts to Remember

Photo by Four Seasons Bora Bora Overwater Bungalows and Island Lodges This stunning French Polynesian jewel, otherwise known as Bora Bora, is the epitome of luxury travel and the place to be for anyone looking to embark on an idyllic and once in a lifetime honeymoon. It is here where you will be able to wistfully laze the days away in your over-the-water

2020-08-20T22:25:56-07:00

The Last Great Frontier: Raja Ampat, Indonesia

Raja Ampat, Indonesia Floating up to the stunningly gorgeous jetty at the Raja Ampat Dive Resort on Waigeo Island in West Papua Indonesia, I knew I was in for a special treat. Waigeo Island is the largest of the four main islands of the Raja Ampat Island archipelago. This was THAT kind of place, the epitome of a remote, exotic beach vacation. Raja Ampat is

2020-08-20T22:28:29-07:00

Listening to Silence Jordan by Night

Desert Night Camps - Feynan Ecolodge The Feynan Ecolodge is not just another place to stay while in Jordan. It is actually an experience. Somehow placed in the middle of nowhere in Jordan, the Feynan Ecolodge offers you a stay you won't forget. Here is my account of getting there and taking part in a Bedouin experience before making it to the Lodge... We were

2020-08-20T22:11:31-07:00

Only the BEST Japanese Snacks in the World!

Due to the quirkiness and unusual flavors of Japanese snacks, it is no wonder they have become a global phenomenon. The Japanese have been able to incorporate simple yet flavorful ingredients to create scrumptious snacks such as strawberry pocky, ice crackers, and soda candy. While traveling in Japan, you are sure to find many places that offer a variety of snacks. Vending machines are a

2020-11-28T22:44:12-07:00

Hypnotic and Epic New Orleans!

The French Quarter I was with my girlfriend over on Royal Street in the French Quarter at the diamond store. She’s from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, so when I sent her a message I would be visiting New Orleans and that I was looking for the best things to do in New Orleans and luxury or boutique hotels in New Orleans, she immediately went to work and

2020-12-01T09:07:06-07:00

Rappel Down A Waterfall in Costa Rica

From volcanoes and endless beaches to rainforests, jungles, national parks, and awe-inspiring wildlife, Costa Rica really does seem to have it all. So you can imagine when I heard about a 110-foot rappel down the gorgeous King Louie Waterfall in the Osa Peninsula near where I was staying! Even though I was actually going to a yoga retreat for a bit of relaxation, I knew

2021-01-11T21:10:49-07:00
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