Before visiting Excellence Playa Mujeres I had a very strict rule–no all inclusive resorts. I’ve heard the horror stories of stale buffets, sub-par service, and the all inclusive cast system (“you need a wrist band for this pool”). Let me start by saying Excellence Playa Mujeres (EPM) is not one of those all inclusive resorts. The quality and level of service we experienced at EPM rivaled that of any five star resort. Moreover, because the resort is couples only (as opposed to adults only), everyone is there for the same reason. This made it easy to mingle with the other guests.
I’ve been pulling The North Face Rolling Thunder luggage
around with me for a while. My Rolling Thunder and I have logged well over 100,000 miles together in the air, along with quite a few road trips as well. I thought it was time to share a luggage review to help others understand if it is a good bag for them. So here we go!
The North Face Rolling Thunder Luggage Review
Every single time you buy a plane ticket you’re likely wondering if your flight cost is reasonable, and you’re asking a familiar series of questions:
How do i know if this flight cost is reasonable?
Will airline prices go down soon?
Is this the best time to buy my ticket?
When is the cheapest time of year to fly?
Many travelers spend a considerable amount of time try to find those hacked
fares or search for guides about how to game the system
. In reality, unless you enjoy 12 hour layovers, most of those tactics are just as they’re described–hacks.
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.
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.
Have a traveler in your life? Looking for a great small gift around $20 or less? From practical to fun, here are five gifts any traveler will love.
1. Luggage scale
We’ve all been there, standing in front of hundreds of passengers waiting in the bag drop line, awkwardly unpacking a suitcase because it is 1 pound overweight.
A luggage scale
is a great way to avoid this experience. At about $10 it also makes a great stocking stuffer for anyone who travels on the regular.Weigh your bag before a business trip to make sure you’re safe,
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,
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.
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.
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.