Destinations

Rome Travel Guide – What to do With 24 Hours in Rome, Italy

24 Hours in Rome - What to See

Rome wasn’t built in a day, but if all you have is 24 hours in Rome, you can see a good piece of it. Most travelers would argue that you need 3 to 5 days to fully explore Rome, but with some careful planning and a little espresso you’ll leave satisfied with your visit and excited to come back. The key to having only 24 hours in Rome, Italy is to balance antiquities with culture and avoid waiting in lines. We recently spent a day in Rome ahead of a cruise along the coast of Italy. After some careful planning, we both agreed we saw an excellent cross section of the city.

The Best Way to go Swimming with Whale Sharks in Cancun, Mexico

Swim With Whale Sharks in Cancun, Mexico

Swimming with whale sharks has been on my list of travel goals for quite some time. When we made plans to head down to Excellence Playa Mujeres in Cancun, Mexico for a week we spotted an opportunity to cross that travel goal off of our list. But we didn’t want to just go swim with whale sharks while in Cancun, we wanted to make sure we did it right. Similar to how we went scuba diving on the great barrier reef, we knew that just booking the standard “experience” wouldn’t satisfy our itch. We wanted to do it right.

Hotel Review: Park Hyatt Tokyo – The Lost in Translation Hotel

Tokyo’s Park Hyatt hotel is one of the most famous hotels in the world. It reached iconic status by being featured in the movie Lost in Translation, but was known to world travelers as one of the nicest hotels in Tokyo long before. Although the Park Hyatt Tokyo is one of the most excellent hotels in the world’s largest city, is it worth it to stay there? In this Park Hyatt Tokyo review I’ll take a look at the location, service, and our room at the Tokyo Park Hyatt, as well as how we received a discount on our stay.

Hotel Review: The Loews Don Cesar – St. Pete Beach, Florida

Loews Don Cesar Hotel Review

Before I dive into my Don Cesar hotel review I want to provide fair warning. I may be biased. I am in love with The Don. So much so that it is my hotel of choice when traveling to the Tampa, FL area. That being said, here is a recount of our experience, along with a few things I’m not so much in love with about The Don Cesar.

The Don Cesar Hotel Review

As you approach St. Pete beach from Tampa the Don Cesar will be one of the first hotels you see. It is a pink palace that is simply unmistakable.

5 Unique Things To Do in Santorini

Santorini is the quintessential Greek island. Formed from volcanic rock it has shear cliffs, white washed homes, and the blue domes everyone associates with Greece. It is home to the most famous sunset in the world. It is the epitome of Greek culture. It is also where I purchased the most expensive beer in my life–€18 for a Mythos! With the beautiful views, and an influx of cruise ships, it’s no wonder they can get away with charging so much for a single beer. But alas, there is hope! There are so many unique things to do in Santorini if you’re willing to step outside of the white washed walls of Oia and explore the island.

Scuba Diving Australia’s Great Barrier Reef – Travel Bucket List

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. So when we traveled to Port Douglas to scuba dive the Great Barrier Reef, we took extra care to have a unique experience. The Great Barrier Reef is quite a ways off the shore of Australia’s northern coast,

Hotel Review: Silky Oaks Lodge – The Daintree Australia

Silky Oaks Lodge Review - Welcome Gift

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. As such, it seemed only fitting that I put together a Silky Oaks Lodge review to share the experience we had.

Silky Oaks Lodge Review

Silky Oaks Lodge is a one-of-a-kind ecolodge that is nestled above the Mossman Gorge River in the Daintree rain forest.

Key West, Florida – A Weekend Adventure

Key West, Florida – A Weekend Adventure

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. I spent time there on various trips as a child but my memories are fuzzy. The 8 year old in me remembered warm sand, unusually giddy grown-ups and loads of ice cream. As it turns out, these were things that charmed me as an adult on this trip too. Happiness is infectious and Key West is brimming with it.