Friday, January 29, 2016
Thanks to today's guest poster, Sarah from My Gipsy Soul, we're headed to sunny Cuba! I know there's been a lot of buzz about the Caribbean island since the majority of travel restrictions were raised for Americans, and Sarah is here to share her experiences in Santiago de Cuba, the island nation's second largest city.
Strap on your walking shoes, and let's go see what Santiago de Cuba is all about with Sarah!
Wednesday, January 27, 2016
As a declared Anglophile, I'm always excited to read about England (as if I needed more reasons to want to visit!), and today's guest poster was all to happy to oblige with a new locale for me. Mahika, who blogs over at Wanderlustric took a trip to Bournemouth, England, which is known for its Victorian architecture, the action packed Bournemouth Pier, and the beautiful Bounemouth Gardens.
So, let's see why this seaside town in the southwest of England captured Mahika's heart!
Monday, January 25, 2016
When I was about 9, I had two dreams:
1) I would become an astronaut, and
2) I would became a paleontologist specializing in protoceratops (my favorite dinosaur at the time. The fact that I had a favorite dinosaur should tell you a lot about the type of kid I was.)
When I was about 12, I realized that
1) I was severely claustrophobic,
2) I doubted I could bring myself to eat space food, and
3) I enjoyed reading about space and dinosaurs (and, well, anything) more than I would enjoy studying astrophysics or digging for months in a hot desert.
Friday, January 22, 2016
I love driving down Florida's A1A highway: the ocean is right there, and if you're not in a tropical state of mind before you get on the road, you will be within in the first quarter mile.
When my daughter and I head down to the Space Coast, we didn't arrive until after dark, but I could still feel those island vibes and hear the roar of the Atlantic as we hopped on AIA and headed towards our hotel: Tuckaway Shores in Indiatlantic, Florida.
Wednesday, January 20, 2016
Picture a white sand beach, palm trees gently swaying the wind, and crystal blue water stretching as far as the eye can see. For many people, this view is synonymous with the Dominican Republic, one of the most well-known and most-visited islands in the world. The island certainly draws in millions of visitors a year because of its tropical climate and beauty, but the country also has deep cultural ties and an incredible (if difficult) history for a well-rounded vacation experience.
Before you jet off to your next vacation in the Dominican Republic, learn these 13 fun facts!
Tuesday, January 19, 2016
New year, new travels!
I know I can't be the only one who starts to plan out trips for the rest of the year once January rolls around. Even if the trips are only beautiful wishes, I like to think about the possibilities for where the new year will take me, metaphorically and literally.
However, for one lucky reader, those 2016 plans won't just be wishes. I'm teaming up with some other fantastic bloggers to give away a $125 (USD) Delta Airfare gift card this month!
Monday, January 18, 2016
When I visit a place that has a deep history, I like to close my eyes and think for a moment about all of the people who have stood where I now stand, the things that the surrounding buildings have seen, and the unrelenting march of time that somehow seems to pass these amazing places by.
If you've ever been to St. Augustine, Florida, there are plenty of places to experience such moments. After all, this is a city that has been continuously inhabited since before Jamestown, Virginia. Flags from Spain (twice during the city's history), Britain, and the U.S. have all been hoisted above the town.
Saturday, January 16, 2016
For those who love to add adventure into their travels to history buffs, here's what you should do in the Algarve, Portugal (in no particular order):
Friday, January 15, 2016
Escape to the coast and spend time on Georgia's Golden Isles. Even though I only live a few hours north of this gorgeous part of Georgia, I hadn't explored the area until just a few years ago. Once I went for the first time, I was hooked and have been back multiple times in consecutive years!
The Golden Isles stretch along Georgia's coast and include four islands: St. Simons Island, Sea Island, Jekyll Island, and Little St. Simons Island. Sometimes, Cumberland Island to the south is also included in mix, too--since it's nearby, I'll throw in some tips for it as well since it's such an interesting place.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Three years ago, I found out I was expecting a little girl. To say that I was excited was an understatement. Soon afterwards, someone asked me if I was going to buy new clothes when I became a mom.
And by that, this person wasn't inquiring if I needed a new size postpartum or if I was going to update my wardrobe.
This person was asking if I was going to get a "mom wardrobe," a concept I'm still a little confused about. Immediately after delivery, did I need to take all of my skinny jeans to Goodwill in exchange for high-waisted, ill-fitting ones? Did I need to give up my beloved scarves and headbands for something more boring?
Friday, January 8, 2016
Downtown Greenville, South Carolina, has seen a resurgence in popularity in recent years, and has quickly become the it place for businesses and new residents in upstate SC. While the downtown is well worth a day or two of your visit to this corner of my home state, don't overlook the natural resources of Greenville County while you're there!
In less than thirty minutes, visitors to Greenville can leave the shops and restaurants of downtown behind and be surrounded by the natural beauty of the rolling foothills. Just a little further down the road, and you'll be in the mountains with spectacular views, waterfalls, and hiking trails.
Wednesday, January 6, 2016
As I was working with my mom and sister to create our road trip itinerary through Germany and Luxembourg (my dad and toddler were also along on the trip, but they had equal interest in contributing to the trip planning), one of us stumbled across Rothenburg ob der Tauber in a guide book and proposed at least a night's stop.
Monday, January 4, 2016
Happy New Year, y'all! I hope that this year will be fantastic for us all and will be filled with learning, travel, and wonder.
After many anxiety-filled nights stressing over my low page numbers and getting back many, many rejected pitch letters, I finally started seeing some actual progress in my blog: more readers, more social media engagement, and more partnership opportunities. Growing a blog can feel about as exciting as watching paint dry most of the time, so getting a return (however small!) on your time investment is so sweet.