Ask any scuba diver what’s on their travel bucket list and you’re likely going find Australia’s Great Barrier Reef in there somewhere. That’s because it is one of the most bio-diverse ecosystems in the world, let along underwater. But with the amazing beauty of the Great Barrier Reef also comes throngs of tourists trying to sneak a peek. And as any experienced diver knows, large crowds and scuba diving do not mix well.
On a recent trip to Australia we decided to take a little detour from the beautiful beaches, amazing scuba diving, and bustling cities to spend a little time in the rain forest. And boy are we glad we did. But to start our story off properly I have to disclose that the rain forest was not on our original itinerary. It wasn’t until a friend suggested we check out Silky Oaks Lodge that it made the list.
What appeals to travelers most about Key West? Specifically, what exactly are you looking for in the experience? Posh eateries? Upscale boutiques? Maybe a good spa? (These are details I love on my travels but not items for which Key West is known.) Think New Orleans meets the Bahamas. … Read more
I recently put together a quick guide for selecting the perfect travel backpack, and it dawned on me that picking out your bag is really just the first step of the process. The next step is trying to figure out what to put into that backpack. Traveling with non-traditional luggage does present some different challenges, like having nothing but wrinkled clothes, but they can be easily overcome with a few simple (and inexpensive) accessories–each one designed to make traveling a little easier. … Read more
Not every trip is well suited for your standard rolling luggage. Flying home for the holidays, spending a week in the Caribbean, or a quick business trip are all excellent opportunities to put some miles on your roller. Taking that roller on a multi-destination adventure in far-off lands, however, may just bog you down. When you’re making multiple connections and using many different forms of transportation on your trip (planes, boats, busses, or donkeys) you can save time and headaches by carrying a backpack instead of traditional luggage.
The Hermitage Inn, our fourth inn and the catalyst for a vexing habit I’ve found myself adopting… procrastination. I’m sure we’re all familiar with the, “I just don’t have time” and “that can wait until tomorrow,” mantra. All of the things that get in the way of being productive: exercising, family, the holidays, eating, working, napping, shopping, cleaning the house, painting one’s nails, daydreaming, watching the golden globes… So I sit down after far too much evading the topic to write this post, something I have actually been excited about writing since I got in the car to head home. Perhaps my procrastination is simply a vice I will have to embrace and slowly attempt to subdue like a petulant child. Or possibly future posts will have a suspiciously Greg-sounding spin. … Read more
We were invited several weeks ago up to New Hampshire by a friend of mine to join her on a hike of Mt. Washington, an annual tradition for her family. Having missed our vacation last March and failing to conquer our hike of Mt. Lincoln on the Lincoln-Lafayette loop over the summer (infuriating summertime, snow-covered dead president!) we jumped at the chance to take on the highest mountain in northeastern U.S. Since it is a bit of a drive to North Conway and the mountain from the city, we decided to take a mini vacation for a romantic weekend in the mountains. In classic Greg style, he found us a last minute room at the elegant, cozy and exactly-perfect-for-the-occasion, Wentworth Inn. After an abbreviated work week we hopped in the car and sped up to New Hampshire for our little weekend extravaganza. The drive itself is beautiful during the day with … Read more
10K run, cuisine hunt, road trip and of course the prospective inn adjudication. Divine exhaustion! Actually, I was excited for the weekend of April 3rd and couldn’t wait to head down to The Red Lion Inn in Cohasset, MA. The Inn presented an intriguing puzzle and I am extremely fond of puzzles. … Read more
New Years Day this year (2011) was exponentially more than just a new day with a fresh year tacked on the end. We accidentally had an adventure that lead us to many firsts, including what is currently our favorite Inn in New Hampshire. We enjoyed a quick bite of exquisite cuisine, heavily poured cocktails and cozy accommodations with a side of mutually amorous conversation; oh yeah and the stunning view from our room didn’t hurt either,could have been straight from a Monet. But let me back up and start from the beginning… After a fun, despite somewhat mundane, New Years Eve we set off to visit friends in the wilderness of New Hampshire. I was in the process of planning to move to Boston and our good friends were going to guide me on my search, so we were eager to visit their remote New Hampshire farmhouse and soak in the … Read more