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A Mostly Walkable Tour of Santiago de Cuba

A Mostly Walkable Tour of Santiago de Cuba {Guest Post by My Gipsy Soul} | CosmosMariners.com
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, so we're strapping on our walking shoes and heading out to experience Santiago de Cuba with this self-guided walking tour.

Indulge Your Inner Astronaut: 9 Things To Do at Kennedy Space Center

Indulge Your Inner Astronaut: 9 Things To Do at Kennedy Space Center | CosmosMariners.com


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.

A Quiet Retreat on Florida's Space Coast: Tuckaway Shores Resort

A Quiet Retreat on Florida's Space Coast: Tuckaway Shores Resort, Indiatlantic, Florida | CosmosMariners.com

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.

13 Things You Probably Didn't Know about the Dominican Republic

13 Things You Probably Didn't Know about the Dominican Republic | CosmosMariners.com

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!

Dr. Martin Luther King, the Civil Right Movement, and St. Augustine, Florida

Dr. Martin Luther King, the Civil Right Movement, and St. Augustine, Florida | CosmosMariners.com

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.

12 Ways to Soak up Culture in the Algarve, Portugal

12 Ways to Soak up Culture in the Algarve, Portugal | CosmosMariners.com

Since the Algarve is Portugal's most visited summer vacation spot, you expect to find gorgeous water, sandy beaches, and plenty of warm weather. The Algarve has all of these in spades, but this region of Portugal (which draws its name from the Arabic word for "west") has plenty more to offer visitors when they tire of the sun, sands, and crowds.

From incredible meals to Roman ruins to the weird chapel you've ever visited, here's how to experience culture in the Algarve on your next visit to Portugal.

A First-Timer's Guide to Georgia's Golden Isles: Where to Visit, Eat, Shop, and Sleep

A First-Timer's Guide to Georgia's Golden Isles: Where to Visit, Eat, Shop, and Sleep | CosmosMariners.com

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.

Why Having Kids Shouldn't Stop You From Traveling

Why Having Kids Shouldn't Stop You From Traveling | CosmosMariners.com

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.

Nope.

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?

Greenville's Great Outdoors: 6 Places to Experience the Natural Beauty of Upstate South Carolina

Greenville's Great Outdoors: 6 Places to Experience the Natural Beauty of Upstate South Carolina | CosmosMariners.com

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.

History, Schneeballen, and Murder in Rothenburg ob der Tauber

History, Schneeballen, and Murder in Rothenburg ob der Tauber | CosmosMariners.com

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.

What's in Store for 2016

What's in Store for 2016 | CosmosMariners.com

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.