Don’t think of the ship’s purpose as “volunteer activities.” Think of it as a chance to interact with the local population. Because this is how the local population lives. Think of it as meeting your new Dominican friends… who happen to work at a reforestation nursery or in a school that needs English tutors, and your new friend has asked you along to help for the day.
A list of comments, tips, and initial observations at the end of Sea Day 1.
Hotel Bantu, Cartagena, Colombia When visiting Cartagena, nothing compares to the experience of staying inside the walled old city, rather than in a modern section. “Inside the walls” means you will be surrounded by colonial architecture and the vibrant, electric atmosphere of a city that never seems to sleep, yet manages to feel languid and […]
Overall, I really liked having an extra day in Anchorage to start relaxing and get a small taste of the area before our cruise, and I would recommend it to anyone, regardless of whether or not you are visiting Denali before your cruise. Although we didn’t squeeze them into this trip, there are a variety of other things we could have done, including a trip to Aleyska Ski Resort, a cruise on Portage Lake, a trek on Matanuska Glacier, and even booking a charter tour to see Denali via plane in one day! If we had more than 2 days, I wouldn’t choose to stay the whole time in Anchorage, but for one extra night, it was a great beginning to a wonderful trip!
I worked with the DeCrosta family to decide whether to stay in a boutique hotel or an all-inclusive resort during a family vacation to Los Cabos, Mexico. After comparing the options and considering their multi-generational family trip, they decided to try their first all inclusive resort. Here is their report back! Thank you for sharing! […]
Our staycation in Pittsburgh. PA, plus hotel review of the Renaissance.
If you ever have a chance to take a staycation I highly encourage it. Even just one night in your own city, giving yourself permission to relax and to explore interesting activities and events, can rejuvenate you. You don’t have to spend money on transportation and getting a sitter for your pets – just pack pajamas and a toothbrush and plan a nice dinner and special activity out.
I had the delightful treat of taking a business class train ride to Shanghai – five hours of incredible speeds of up to 300 km per hour. Here’s how I did it.
Here’s how to take a beautiful scenic train ride along one of the most stunning vistas in Europe, even with limited time.
I worked with Sophia Curcio & her husband to help build a trip to Iceland that fit their travel personality and budget. Here’s the review and feedback she sent me afterwards. GUEST POST: TRIP REVIEW ICELAND By Sophia Curcio SUMMARY Dates: end of March Hotel: Hotel Klopp Days: Saturday departure from USA, Friday departure […]
I first stayed here in 2013 and have had the opportunity to return a few times to the delightful JW Marriott in Quito, Ecuador. My original 5-star ranking on TripAdvisor remains UNCHANGED and I continue to look forward to each stay at this hotel! Original review below. I stayed at JW Marriott in Quito after […]