Category: Trip Reviews

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Portugal Trip Report

How we spent a week in Portugal to see a variety of scenery and activities.

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Exploring Geres National Park in Portugal

The opportunity to view such a beautiful and remote part of Portugal  was a privilege,  and I can’t wait to go back again soon!

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Why River Cruising Is A Great Value

I wanted to explain to some clients why River Cruising can be a fantastic value for your vacation.  So I set off to do my own research and to compare the price of an Ocean Cruise, a DIY …

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A Trip to Normandy with Bayeux Shuttle

I recently assisted guest poster Sophia Curcio with her trip to Paris, France. One of her bucket list items was a trip to Normandy to see the D-Day Beaches. Here’s her review of her wonderful experience! “It’s one thing to read in a history book the facts about what happened – it’s another to hear story after story of 19-and-20-year olds (and younger!) displaying remarkable acts of courage…”

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5 “Non-Vegas” Things To Do In Vegas [Guest Post]

Been to Vegas before and looking for something new? Or perhaps you’re tempted by a cheap flight but not sure if it’s up your alley? On a recent trip to see a friend, we took advantage of a few off-strip opportunities that you may want to consider on your next trip!

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Trip Review: Weekend in New Orleans

New Orleans far exceeded our expectations, and we certainly had a wonderful long weekend there. The people-watching, the joie de vivre, the delicious food, stunning old architecture, historical plantations, and complete differentness from any other city we’ve visited in the USA makes New Orleans a great destination if you’d like a weekend getaway!

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Hotel Review: Hotel Bantu, Cartagena, Colombia

Some say “a hotel is just a place to sleep,” but I maintain that staying in the right hotel can enhance and complement your travel experience! Hotel Bantu did exactly that.   The friendliness and helpfulness of the staff, its wonderful location in the old city, beautiful courtyards, rooftop pool, and of course Tado the Toucan all combine to offer an extraordinary experience in the Old City.   I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this hotel to any of my friends, family, or clients.

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Anchorage: What To Do Before Your Alaskan Cruise

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!

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Guest Post: Trip Review – Hyatt Ziva Los Cabos

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 …

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Trip Report: Staycation in Pittsburgh & Hotel Review: The Renaissance

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.