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  • Portugal- 9 Day Itinerary

    Portugal- 9 Day Itinerary

    DAY 1-2 The first thing I like to do when I arrive in a new city is a bike tour. There’s something about the feel of the wind on my face, the sounds of local people on the streets going about their day, the smells (and yes, not all of them are good and that’s…

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  • Copenhagen

    Copenhagen

    DAY 1-2 “28 degrees, but feels like 21” was the weather report for today. Obviously Fahrenheit and apparently considered a “sunny day” here despite the overcast skies. That didn’t stop these intrepid travelers from getting on bikes and seeing the sights of Copenhagen…. From the very underwhelming, but super famous Little Mermaid statue to the…

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  • Komodo Islands, Indonesia

    Komodo Islands, Indonesia

    Fardin, our divemaster, frantically waved his arms, pointing excitedly in front of him as a huge dugong slowly swam by us. Definitely a rare sighting. Don’t know what a dugong is? You’re not alone! But in case you are wondering, it’s a huge, funny sausage-shaped marine mammal with a flat nose and no neck that’s…

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  • Bali, Indonesia- 9 Day Itinerary

    Bali, Indonesia- 9 Day Itinerary

    DAY 1-2 Ok.The irony is not lost on me that within 12 hours of launching my new travel blog, a site focused on getting OFF the beaten path, we found ourselves surrounded by monkeys in what is likely the most touristy spot in Ubud, the Monkey Forest.  Here’s the thing…. I might want to avoid…

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  • Saigon, Vietnam

    Saigon, Vietnam

    Apparently when in Vietnam, my “never ride a motorcycle” rule doesn’t apply because, for the third time in just 10 days, we hopped on the back of Vespas and did a food tour of Saigon. You have to understand that riding a moped in Saigon is crazy. At any given moment you are surrounded by…

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  • Mekong Delta, Vietnam

    Mekong Delta, Vietnam

    Their small boat sidled up to ours. After some discussion, two fresh coconuts were handed over, money exchanged hands, and off went the boat with calls of “cam un!” (thank you in Vietnamese). And so it went again…twice more with some sticky rice cooked in a banana leaf and Pho (noodle soup). Such is the…

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  • Hoi An, Vietnam

    Hoi An, Vietnam

    “It feels like we’re on the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland” the kids joked 3 minutes into our “learn about the ancient way of fishing” experience outside the seaside town of Hoi An. I have to say, Kevin and I agreed. What was billed as an “authentic” experience was more like a well-rehearsed show where everything…

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  • Sapa, Vietnam

    Sapa, Vietnam

    My mom always says that most of life is lived on “plan B”. That’s especially true while traveling — which is how Syd found herself hitching a ride up a big hill on the back of a stranger’s motorcycle. The adventure started the afternoon we arrived in Sapa, a small town to the North, nestled…

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  • Halong Bay, Vietnam

    Halong Bay, Vietnam

    The nice thing about a beautiful landscape, like the islands of Halong Bay, is that it doesn’t change throughout the years. So, while there were many, MANY more boats with tourists, and our own boat was 10x nicer than what we stayed on 22 years ago, Halong Bay was just as spectacular now as when…

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  • Vietnam- 12 Day Itinerary

    Vietnam- 12 Day Itinerary

    Day 1-2: HANOI “Stick together like sticky rice” our guide, Tuan, coached the kids. This is a must strategy for crossing any street in the Old Quarter of Hanoi where there are 6 million mopeds for 9 million people and few, if any, stoplights or stop signs. It’s chaos. Lots of “beep beep beeps” as…

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  • North Island, New Zealand (Waitomo, Rotorua, Mount Maunganui)

    North Island, New Zealand (Waitomo, Rotorua, Mount Maunganui)

    I have a crippling fear of heights, usually accompanied by crying that I am powerless to control. Despite this, I found myself looking down a 100-meter crevasse surrounded by moss-covered cliffs in the small town of Waitomo on the North Island during the aptly named Lost World Adventure. The task? Abseil down said 100 meters…

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  • Bay of Islands, New Zealand

    Bay of Islands, New Zealand

    As we were diving: “Shark! Shark! I want to go back to the boat!!!” signed Michelle underwater after seeing what could have been a mako or great white shark. “She wants to lead the group into the cave????” Wondered the Divemaster. Having not dived in years, Michelle was a bit rusty with her underwater dive…

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  • Galapagos, Land trip

    Galapagos, Land trip

    Top 10 highlights from our week in the Galápagos Islands (in no particular order): 10 – Approachable wildlife. There are no big land predators, so the animals have no fear of humans. We could get ridiculously close without scaring the animals away. 9 – Panga rides, especially the one where we saw turtles, eagle rays,…

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  • Otavalo, Ecuador

    Otavalo, Ecuador

    Jose Cotocachi got tears in his eyes when I showed him the three textiles of his that hang in a prominent place upstairs in our house. He said he was emotional because he hasn’t done some of the designs I have in a long time but was so happy to see his work displayed in…

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  • Cuenca, Alausi, and Riobamba, Ecuador

    Cuenca, Alausi, and Riobamba, Ecuador

    Llamas, and Guinea pigs, and lambs, oh my! We started yesterday with an early departure from Cuenca via the Pan-American highway, which runs from Patagonia, in Argentina, all the way up to Alaska! The countryside is beautiful with bright green fields, snow-capped mountains, and very simple dwellings. Over thirty percent of the population here are…

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  • Quito, Ecuador

    Quito, Ecuador

    Original time of departure: 7:35pm. Delayed. New time of departure: 8:30pm. Then 9pm. Board. Taxi. Stop for half an hour. Problem with the engine. Try to resolve THAT for a half hour. Go back to the gate to get mechanic……another hour…it’s now past 11pm. They can’t figure out the problem. Flight rescheduled for the next…

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  • Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Our European adventure ended today with our return home. The nice thing about an 11 hour flight is that it gave me time to put together my travel video for London and Amsterdam. Speaking of Amsterdam, what a cool city, even for only 22 hours. We stayed on a houseboat on one of the central…

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  • London, England

    London, England

    Day 1 and 2: It was a little bit of a culture shock going from Paris to London…..we had spent 8 days immersed in French culture, surrounded by French speakers, about half of which I understood, to being surrounded by people speaking English. It felt weird not to say “Bonjour!” or “merci” all the time.…

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  • Paris, France

    Paris, France

    Day 1-2 Note to self… do not arrive in Paris on the afternoon the Tour de France ends, esp when your apartment is in the area of all the road closures! Otherwise, you end up having to park and then walk, wheelies in tow, the 20 minutes to the place. Luckily, the driver took his…

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  • Socorro Islands, Mexico

    Socorro Islands, Mexico

    We’ve been back on solid ground for a few days after 8 days aboard the Belle Amie scuba diving in the Socorro Islands. What an adventure! It started with a hurricane passing right over the islands on our day of departure. After a delay of 12 hours, the captain finally deemed the seas “okay enough…

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  • Kauai, Hawaii

    Kauai, Hawaii

    Day 1-3: It’s amazing how much you can cram into a day while in Kauai. We’ve only been here two and a half days and already we’ve boogie-boarded three times, drove ATVs in the wilderness on a ranch, took a surf lesson, and did a 3 1/2 mile hike around Waimea Canyon. Truly spectacular! I’ll…

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  • British Virgin Islands, The Caribbean

    British Virgin Islands, The Caribbean

    Happy New Year! We brought in 2022 in my happy place… traveling internationally with family and underwater. We got home late Tuesday night after spending 8 days with my in-laws on a catamaran in the British Virgin Islands… a trip that has been on my father-in-law’s bucket list for a long time. The week flew…

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  • Galapagos Islands, Diving

    Galapagos Islands, Diving

    For a year that was expected to have little, if any, travel, I’ve somehow managed to go on three big trips for which I am truly grateful. We just got back from a week spent scuba diving in the Galápagos Islands, with our friends, Emily and Jeff. For someone who loves both marine biology and…

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  • Grand Turk Island, The Caribbean

    Grand Turk Island, The Caribbean

    It’s a tradition after 8th grade to go on a trip with mom. I rafted the Grand Canyon with Josh and I just got back from a week with Tyler scuba diving on the island of Grand Turk. I wasn’t going to post seeing as this certainly wasn’t “essential” travel, but these videos are my…

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  • Athens and Greek Islands

    Athens and Greek Islands

    Thousands of years old, a cruise ship, and 39 friends. That was our trip in a nutshell: a whirlwind visit to a really interesting country with an amazing group of people…all to celebrate our friend Patty’s 70th birthday. Here are the highlights, including my travel video -Walking the old marble pedestrian streets in the Plaka…

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  • Grand Canyon, USA

    Grand Canyon, USA

    It’s been two days since Josh and I returned from a week of rafting the Grand Canyon. While it’s been glorious being able to shower in water warmer than 52 degrees and use a flushing toilet instead of a bucket, it’s been an adjustment being back in the connected world after 6 days without cell…

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  • South Island, New Zealand

    South Island, New Zealand

    I bungee jumped…. twice! Yes, you read that right. Debra, who is terrified of heights and has cried through more than one high ropes course, actually bungee jumped tandem with Josh (then returned to jump with Sydney three days later!) It was scary, but exhilarating…..way less scary overall than doing a high ropes course for…

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  • Fiji

    Fiji

    Day 1-3 Bula from Fiji! Bula is the Fijian greeting for “hello” or “welcome”. Everywhere we go, we are met with a friendly smile and a huge “BULA!!” As promised, here’s the first video from our time at Castaway Island in Fiji. See my previous post from this morning for most of the details…. our…

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