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 China 20 years ago
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?
On a recent trip out of Montreal we had a super early flight at 6 am and as we left the hotel around 4 am I used the convenient hotel app to check out Continue reading Don’t use the hotel app to checkout unless you really mean it!
Tucked away behind the A1A across the Intracoastal Waterway in Hollywood is a little gem of a park that offers scenic waterfront trails. This park also has some great spots to launch kayaks and boats. Holland Park can be accessed from Johnson Street in Hollywood (801 Johnson St) and is open from dusk to dawn. Continue reading Local Scene: Holland Park
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
Some years back on a vacation in Ocho Rios, we had visited Dunn’s River Falls and had some fond memories of the place. With the cruise ship docking in Falmouth, having a second chance to climb these famous falls to take some fresh pictures was definitely something we wanted to do. Continue reading Climbing Dunn’s River Falls
Well, we’d heard from others that they didn’t like the large ships as much as the smaller or traditionally sized ones, but being travel bloggers we had to go and see for ourselves. We headed out on the Norwegian Escape on a modified Western Caribbean itinerary to explore the ship and enjoy a 7-day cruise. Continue reading Cruising on a Mega Ship—Our review
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
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
Cruise lines seem to be getting more and more greedy. They want you to prepay months in advance for dining, gratuities, and even shore excursions… why? Continue reading Why prepay for shore excursions if you don’t have too?