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We Just Returned From Cuba And I’m Not Sure What To Say

(Cruising the Havana

(Cruising Havana’s Malecon)

We recently got back from Cuba and after spending a week there, I am somewhat at a loss for words to express the whole experience.  Prior to the trip, I did not know what to expect. I did some research and the consensus was that visitors had a great time in Cuba – tropical weather, beautiful architecture, friendly Cubans, feeling like they’ve traveled back in time – … Read more >>

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Lena - December 12, 2015 - 9:14 am

Very interesting write up and one that prepares anyone thinking of going to Cuba. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and experience, and well said.

Andy - January 26, 2016 - 2:37 pm

Thank you for posting this experience. Was curious about checking out Cuba myself but I didn’t know what to expect.

We Stayed At the #1 Resort In Puerto Vallarta: Was It Worth The Rating?

I am so glad we are almost to the holiday season.  This year has been a challenge trying to adjust to being a working mom.  I feel like I’ve been working more now than I did before Traveler #3!  Anyway, because I’ve been heads down in work, I am excited for the holidays since it means we get more time off.  And time off always equates to family vacations…. so … Read more >>

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Trishia - November 20, 2015 - 7:41 am

I have been to Puerto Vallarta 4 times and am heading there again next month. We have always stayed with Playa Los Arcos or one of its sister hotels in the “Romantica” zone. It is only a 2 or 3 star hotel and certainly not to everyone’s taste.
The last time I stayed at the main hotel, the hubby and I got a pretty crappy room facing a noisy side street and he gave the kids the nice ocean-front room. Yes, well, he is an ex hubby now:)
Last year my (new) spouse and I stayed at the sister hotel across the street (I can’t think of the name of it right now??) It is much quieter and a beautiful establishment. Beds not as soft as I’d like but that seems to be Mexico??
Next month we’re staying at the other sister hotel called the Casa Dona Susanna. It is an all adult hotel, also a block away from the beach and the main hotel with a rooftop swimming pool.
We do enjoy the all-inclusive feature because my husband and I are atrocious about making decisions on where to eat! But the cost of the all inclusive is so minimal that if we do find a restaurant we want to eat out at, it’s no big deal.
I love being able to order guacamole and a beer any time I want — and not having to worry about carrying my purse around with me. I love waking up to their breakfast buffet of fresh papaya and other fruits. The handmade quesadillas with yogurt sauce and lettuce are to die for!
The Romantica Zone is my favorite area and a lovely, easy walk down to the Malecon. Also, it’s right on top of the new pier where you catch a boat to Yelapa (an outing I highly recommend).
Comparing a 4-5 star hotel to Playa Los Arcos is certainly comparing apples to oranges, but … I will just say: the cost of our upcoming trip for air, hotel and all-inclusive is $200 a night for both of us.

Guest Post: Why Canadian Air Travel is a Budget Traveller’s Nightmare

(Photo from here)

(Photo from here)

As American carriers and European airlines persistently slash prices off of their tickets, Canadian residents can’t help but envy their ridiculously affordable flights. Rather than exploring their own country, CTV reports that 75 percent of the Canadian population living just 90 minutes away from the US are crossing the border to shop for US flights. The significant difference in cost poses the obvious question of why … Read more >>

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April Yap - November 24, 2015 - 6:38 am

This is discouraging competition among domestic routes. Hope they will offer lower fares. To those budget travelers out there, hope you’ll read this post.

A Walk Through Christiania: Where You Can “Leave the EU” & Buy Hashish In An Afternoon

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Do you remember last summer’s failed reality TV show, Utopia, where a bunch of strangers came together and were given the opportunity to “start over” essentially building a new world for themselves?  No?  Maybe I was the only one who watched it.  Anyway, the strangers came together to build this new life for themselves and along the way built shelter, grew food, started their own businesses, and attempted to figure out … Read more >>

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Guest Post: 5 Reasons to Fall In Love With South America

South America is still not yet discover by many tourists around the world. Maybe one of the reasons why is their difficult politic situation and poverty. But that shouldn’t keep you away from falling in love with this beautiful region in the world. There are some stunning places which you have to visit and you will see – South America fascinates with its beauty, culture and an open heart. So, … Read more >>

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Fiji: I Could Have Planned This One Better

(The beach along the Shertaon, Fiji)

(Fiji at sunrise)

I have a confession.  I’ve been wanting to write about our Fiji trip a few months back but every time I’ve thought about what to write, I draw a blank.  Is that weird?  I mean, it was FIJI for cryin’ out loud!  You’d think there’d be something remotely interesting to share from that trip!

In all honesty, our short escape to Fiji went by as a blur. … Read more >>

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