Visiting the Coral Castle Museum


If visiting something different is what you’re looking for, go check out Coral Castle and take the free narrative tour available in English, Spanish, French or German.

The castle, which is entirely made of coral, was built single-handedly by a Latvian American man who was 5-feet tall and weighed only 100 pounds. From 1923 to 1951 Edward Leedskalnin carved 1100 tons of coral stones using only handmade tools. He worked at nighttime to keep his methods secret—some believe Continue reading Visiting the Coral Castle Museum

Travel bloopers: What were they thinking?

We love to travel and over the years, I’d like to say we have learned the ropes to most travel experiences including cruises, all inclusive resorts, and even just plain ordinary car rentals and flights. That said, there is always a first time for everyone, and that can lead to all kinds of embarrassing situations if you don’t know what to expect. Of course, the good thing is that typically all those people on the cruise or at the resort will likely never see you again after your holiday, so who cares…  just laugh along.

Sometimes however, we have to wonder what people are thinking or whether they are thinking at all when they ask some of the questions we have heard. Below is a collection we’ve gathered from various sources over the years. No names will be revealed, so just read and laugh. Continue reading Travel bloopers: What were they thinking?

Take a chance – try new things! ‬You might be pleasantly surprised!

I love to travel primarily for the chance to experience different cultures and to try new things. Being adventurous when it comes to trying local delicacies can be scary but fun at the same time! During our trip to Peru, my husband and I tried Cui (guinea pig) and Alpaca (similar to a llama), which are some of the local delicacies. The latter was delicious but the Cui Continue reading Take a chance – try new things! ‬You might be pleasantly surprised!

22 Tips for choosing the right resort

With so many resorts available in so many different locations how does one choose? Knowing what you want and doing research before booking are key elements, but even if you are already booked some fact finding can help you prepare for your trip allowing you to make the most of the resort and know what to bring. Sometimes, what seems like a good deal at first can turn into a regrettable disappointment, and once you have landed in a distant place it’s hard to do much about it. We’ve experienced all of these things and Continue reading 22 Tips for choosing the right resort

Long layover at LAX airport? No need to waste your time sitting around, go explore!

That’s what we did during a 9-hour layover at LAX on our way to Hawaii. At first we had a short layover but we ended up modifying our travel plans at the last minute because of bad weather, flight delays and cancellations when our Austin airport got flooded. Following our own travel tips, we opted to leave on the earliest flight out to Los Angeles.

We were originally scheduled to Continue reading Long layover at LAX airport? No need to waste your time sitting around, go explore!

Be prepared for the unpredictable!

You never know how long you’ll have to sit on the tarmac because of flight delays. Bad weather, mechanical problems, even missing crewmembers, all can lead to unpredictable delays or cancellations.

This happened to us when we went to Honduras on Christmas day. One of the flight attendants didn’t show up that morning and our flight was Continue reading Be prepared for the unpredictable!

Captivating Thailand!

Our tour of Thailand took us from the bustling city of Bangkok to the northern part in Chiang Rai, near the Golden Triangle. Visiting ornate temples and palaces, boating in the Golden Triangle, stopping by various villages and meeting different tribesmen and tribeswomen was an integral part of our journey in Thailand. In the Chiang Mai area we encountered the Kayan people or ‘giraffe women’ which have rings around their neck from childhood that extend their necks. From there we petted tigers, rode elephants and even watched them paint a portrait. This was all part of our itinerary. To end our tour, we spent a few days in Phuket: relaxing, boating and scuba diving in the Andaman Sea before our long journey back home.

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Group Tours versus Private Tours

Most travel companies will organize a private tour for a supplemental charge. That’s what we did for our African safari and we have no regrets. It was great to have the jeep to ourselves and to be able to choose whether to stay longer at different vistas and to go off the beaten path with our driver-guide.

We have traveled in organized group tours before and during these trips we had to stick with the group. It’s not bad if you have a good group but exceptions do occur. Once we were stuck Continue reading Group Tours versus Private Tours

Machu Picchu, the Incas’ masterpiece!

Our most recent trip to Latin America was to the land of the Incas in Peru where we visited the Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, and Cusco. We started our journey in the Urubamba Valley (also known as the Sacred Valley) and this was ideal as it allowed us to visit the area and acclimatize to the altitude before heading out to the pinnacle of our trip, Machu Picchu. Overall, we had an amazing trip filled with visits to some incredible sites and lots of delicious food along the way.

Of course, the Incas’ masterpiece is without a doubt the ancient city of Machu Picchu, I’ll never forget seeing it for the first time. Even with all the pent-up expectations that come with planning the trip, when you finally hike up over that last hill and see it, it takes your breath away. Pictures don’t do it justice! Read more

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