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5-Star Hotels in Las Vegas for Only $50?! Hello, Hotwire Million Dollar Sale!

5-Star Hotels in Las Vegas for Only $50?! Hello, Hotwire Million Dollar Sale! | CosmosMariners.com


On our massive Western U.S. road trip this summer (#wildwestmariners), we spent a mere day in Las Vegas. While we tried to pack in as much as we could, the few hours we were there before heading off to the Grand Canyon and lands beyond just weren't enough.

The Ultimate List of Fun Things to Do in Macon, GA

The Ultimate List of Fun Things to Do in Macon, GA | CosmosMariners.com


On your next trip to the South, skip the big cities like Atlanta and Orlando, and head to Macon, Georgia, instead. With a rich past, a surprising musical history, and gorgeous outdoor activities, Macon mixes the small town charm of the South with modern cuisine and tours.

Here are my favorite fun things to do in Macon, GA, arranged by areas of interest!

10 Instagram Perfect Places to Take Pictures in Colorado Springs

10 Instagram Perfect Places to Take Pictures in Colorado Springs | CosmosMariners.com


This post was written in partnership with the Colorado Springs CVB.

If you love history, architecture, and the beautiful outdoors, Colorado Springs has to be on your next visit to the state. Located just 70 miles south of Denver, Colorado Springs has everything from historic hotels to unique geological formations to castles (that’s right: a castle in Colorado!). So, grab your camera and lens, pack your favorite clothes, and head to these 10 gorgeous places to take pictures in Colorado Springs.

Best Kid Friendly Things to Do in Denver

Best Kid Friendly Things to Do in Denver | CosmosMariners.com


This post was written in collaboration with Expedia.com

On our road trip from Las Vegas to Denver this year, we wanted to make each day as fun for our kids as possible. After all, if we were going to make 2 little kids get in the car every day, we wanted the destination to be worth the trouble.

As we hiked, explored, and camped our way towards Denver, we hoped that it would be filled with family fun like the rest of our trip. It did not disappoint! These are our favorite kid friendly things to do in Denver, so pack some snacks and get ready to go. I bet your kids--like my preschooler--will be begging to go back as soon as you get home.

6 Quirky Museums in Taipei

 6 Quirky Museums in Taipei  | CosmosMariners.com

This post was sponsored by the Taiwan Tourism Bureau. As always, my opinions are my own. 

With both Chinese, Japanese, and aboriginal roots, Taiwan has a deep culture that is reflected in it's modern day diversity. Considered a global city and known for its grown food scene, Taipei is Taiwan's capital city and the political and economic heart of the country. 

If you're a first time visitor to this fast-paced city, exploring the museums in Taipei are an excellent way to deepen your knowledge of the city's history and learn more about the Taiwanese culture. 

Monthly Blogging Goals: September 2017

Monthly Blogging Goals: September 2017 | CosmosMariners.com

Woe is me.

The late summer blogging slump is still hitting me hard, as my pageviews in August were down a full 50% from what they were in spring. When I realized that, I started to panic hard and have basically had a seriously stressful last 4 weeks. I've been in this point before, and the pageviews have always managed to come back eventually. That, and not my monthly blogging goals, have really been my focus over the last four weeks.

Still, working day in and day out while your pageviews dip lower and lower is seriously disheartening. Now that my older child is in school 5 days a week, I have put in multiple 12 hours days each week, working from 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and then again from 8:00 p.m. until midnight (or later). And yet, even with all of that work, my pageviews remain stubbornly stuck. 

Unique AirBnB Listings from around the World

Unique AirBnB Listings from around the World | CosmosMariners.com

If you're looking for a hotel alternative on your travels, AirBnB is a great choice: the extensive listings and ability to meet locals has made this one of my favorite ways to get more out of my trips.

Best of all, the properties typically cost less than a hotel room and most come with kitchens so I can save money on eating out. It's the fun of travel with the budgeting ability of home.

Not surprisingly, my fellow travel bloggers share my love and have stayed in some unique AirBnB properties around the world. The next time that you're planning your travel accommodations, consider one of these top AirBnB listings!

History, Hiking, and More: 5 Fun Places in El Paso, Texas

History, Hiking, and More: 5 Fun Places in El Paso, Texas | CosmosMariners.com

While Dallas and Austin are popular draws for visitors to Texas, it would be a shame to overlook El Paso with its unique mix of culture, architecture, and Mexican influences.

Located on the Rio Grande, El Paso has something to offer everyone, so come prepared to see stunning vistas and indulge in delicious Mexican-American cuisine. Whether you're interested in camping overnight with friends or learning more about the multicultural history of this corner of Texas, this border town delivers.

If you're headed to Sun City, here are 5 fun places in El Paso that you have to add to your itinerary.

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Magical, Whimsical, and Inspiring: Cirque du Soleil Ovo Review

Magical, Whimsical, and Inspiring: Cirque du Soleil Ovo Review | CosmosMariners.com


When we're in the mood for a night out, but don't want to hit up the movie theatre again, we love to see what live performances are happening. When I found out that the Cirque du Soleil Ovo tour was coming to town, I cleared my schedule. I'd wanted to see one of the Cirque shows for ages, but hadn't ever bucked down and bought tickets.

Our experience there was magical, and I am now a believer in Cirque due Soleil! Hopefully, this Cirque du Soleil Ovo review will get you excited about attending one of these incredible performances, too.

Following in the Footsteps of Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne: Discovering "The Quiet Man" in Cong, Ireland

Following in the Footsteps of Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne: Discovering the Quiet Man in Cong, Ireland | CosmosMariners.com


As someone who's a sucker for history, I'm always on the lookout for a fun, quirky, historical spot to add to our vacations. On our Ireland road trip, I discovered that one of the Maureen O'Hara and John Wayne movie locations was just a few miles from the Galway castle AirBnB we were staying in, so I decided to add it to our itinerary. 

After all, when you get the chance to wander a real life set of one of the most famous American movies made in Ireland, you make a detour!

When I told my husband about it, he got so excited since "The Quiet Man" was one of his favorite John Wayne movies. He gave me a quick refresh on the movie's plot since I'd only seen it once, and off we went to the main "The Quiet Man" film location, Cong, Ireland, in the hopes of immersing ourselves in the Hollywood of yesteryear. 

Monthly Goals: August 2017

Monthly Goals: August 2017 | CosmosMariners.com

I can't say I'm sorry to see July head out the door. I'd heard about the blogging summer slump, but hadn't ever been in a position to see it in action (2014: I was just starting to get the blog going; 2015: the blog was having growing pains; and 2016: I quit the blog for the entire summer).

However, I am here to say that it is a real thing. And it is AWFUL. I had my worst month of the entire year in July despite doing exactly what I do every other month: writing consistently published blog posts, reworking old posts, and sharing both like crazy on my social media channels.

13 Important Tips You Need to Know Before Traveling to Cuba

13 Things You Need to Know Before Traveling to Cuba | CosmosMariners.com

Cuba is one of those unusual destinations that's on everyone's bucket list but remains mysterious to most people who hope to visit. In truth, Cuba is very hard to define since it has so many influences from the Caribbean, South America and the United States.

Add in the travel restrictions that U.S. visitors have had to deal with until recently, the lore established by Ernest Hemingway's Cuban-centric novels, and the iconic snapshots of vintage cars driving the roads of Cuba, and you've got a mysterious, compelling place that has every travel lover intrigued.

Discover this amazing, sunny country with these 13 important tips you need to know before your tour to Cuba!

What to Do in Jacksonville, Florida: 5 Activities You Can't Miss

What to Do in Jacksonville, Florida: 5 Things You Can't Miss | CosmosMariners.com

Poised on the Atlantic coast between the state line and St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Florida, has a little bit of everything: a rich history, an emerging tech scene, gorgeous beaches, and a beach-ready climate year-round. It's one of our favorite cities to explore on short weekend trips, as well as a convenient stopover when we're headed to Orlando, Miami, or the Florida Keys.

Here's what to do in Jacksonville, Florida, so start planning your itinerary for your own trip today!