Visiting Beijing, China

China was my first culture shock trip—nothing was like anything I had ever seen before. This was probably the first time I really felt like I was surrounded by strange language, different customs, and perhaps truly traveling. Twenty years ago locals got around by bicycle and bike lanes made up two thirds of the major roads. Also, this was before Continue reading Visiting Beijing, China

Volunteering for travel vouchers, is it worth it?

We were recently in Montreal visiting our families and heading back to Miami when the ticket counter started calling out for volunteers since the flight was overbooked.

Over the intercom we heard: “We need five volunteers because the flight is oversold! $500 is being offered.” A few minutes later it was $700 and as the departure time approached it turned into $1,000. This was starting to sound interesting. That’s a trip to Hawaii we thought… Continue reading Volunteering for travel vouchers, is it worth it?

Snorkeling the Kittiwake

Yes, you read that right, snorkeling. We can hardly believe it ourselves. Being avid divers, and getting to Grand Cayman—through a series of unfortunate events we ended up on the Kittiwake without a scuba tank. Ok, not that snorkeling was bad; it was just so frustrating to see through that 100+ foot visibility all the divers below exploring the wreck, which was down at 40-60 feet. Continue reading Snorkeling the Kittiwake

Recheck your shore excursion descriptions upon boarding

If you read the fine print on your cruise documents, all excursions are subject to change and of course you do not have much say in the matter. Whether this is due to weather, lack of sufficient booking or perhaps equipment issues with the provider—we’ve experienced all of the above and been forced to scramble making last minute arrangements. Continue reading Recheck your shore excursion descriptions upon boarding

Making lemonade out of lemons – when life throws you a curve ball

Sometimes life throws you a curve ball and unexpected situations arise and you just have to go with the flow. Accept. Adapt. Make a new plan and make the most of it. Life is short and meant to be enjoyed!

This is exactly what happened to us, we had finally taken the plunge and booked our Caribbean cruise out of Miami, something we’d been meaning  Continue reading Making lemonade out of lemons – when life throws you a curve ball

Diving into the Gulf Stream at the Frost Museum of Science

Located in Downtown Miami, next door to the Perez Art Museum is the newly opened Phillip and Patricia Frost Museum of Science. There was quite the buildup of anticipation for the May 2017 opening, and over 25,000 people came to visit the first week! This $305 Million dollar project in downtown Miami is comprised of four buildings, which span 250,000 square feet of exhibits and showrooms including a planetarium and a killer 500,000-gallon aquarium! Continue reading Diving into the Gulf Stream at the Frost Museum of Science