Rainbow mountain, Peru

I’m kicking off my Peru travel series with my favorite part of the entire trip – Rainbow Mountain. Why save the best for last anyway? For this post, I’ll explain why I enjoyed Rainbow Mountain as much as I did, what to expect when hiking it, and how you can prepare for the journey. Enjoy! Why is Rainbow Mountain My Favorite Part of My Peru Trip? I know that this is a pretty bold statement, especially since we also visited… Read more »

Photo by Elena Saharova on Unsplash

Contribution by freelance writer Sally Writes Whether you are experienced in this area or not, traveling with seniors can be a really enjoyable experience when we prepare with care; especially when those senior travel companions actually happen to be our parents, in-laws, or aunties and uncles. The travel industry is, in many ways, similar to assisted living for seniors. Each new year brings new developments that are designed to further support and care for seniors as they grow older, providing… Read more »

travel wardrobe

Guest Post by Francesca Russo Traveling is always an exhilarating experience. Itโ€™s the perfect time for enjoying life, new impressions, sweet memories and nice meetings. However, the preparation for the trip may be hectic and challenging sometimes. Each woman wants to feel comfortable because comfort is the key. She also wants to look chic and stylish. So, here is my list of 10 wardrobe essentials for traveling. With them, you will always be ready to make up a casual or… Read more »

Parque de la Independencia

Last week I had shared a photo gallery of my home state of Wisconsin. So, it’s only fair that I share my current home of Rosario, Argentina in photos too! I’ve done 2 other posts featuring photo galleries of Rosario, so for this one, I tried to find different spots in the city that were not shown in those posts. Most of these photos are mainly in the area of Parque de la Independencia. I had shown this area in… Read more »

30 + hours of travel outfit

Yes, you read that right… a travel outfit for 30+ hours of travel! My current journey between Rosario, Argentina (where I live), and Appleton, Wisconsin (where my family lives) takes roughly 30 hours. Some days it’s a little less and some days it can be even more. I’ll spare you the gory details of it all, but let’s just say there is not a direct path between those two locations and there’s lots of driving and flying and several layovers,… Read more »

Black Lab & Dock in Wisconsin

This post is going to be a little different than my normal blog posts. For this one, I wanted to just share some snapshots I took while I was home visiting my family and friends in Wisconsin. Not any outfits or travel tips, just a few photos. In my previous post, I had also mentioned I had invested in a new full frame camera, so, these were some of my very first photos with it. I’m excited to get some… Read more »

Worst Hotel Experience Ever in New Zealand

  I had waited a bit before I wrote this post for two reasons. The first one was I wanted to give myself a little time to calm down before I wrote it, so this post wouldn’t be too emotionally charged. And the second reason was I was honestly hoping to just forget about it and not write the post at all! However, I do feel it’s important to let people know just how bad my experience was here, so… Read more »

The Beginner Camping Tips You Need to Know About 5

Guest post by Deann Rebello If you’re planning to go camping, then you’ll want to make sure you’re fully prepared for the trip. While it’s one of the best activities you can do with your family, it can end up being a horrible disaster if you don’t prepare well. That’s why it’s best to follow camping tips and keep yourself organized so you have the memorable trip you’ve always wanted. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced camper, be sure to… Read more »

Mate gourd and bombilla

Seeing someone drinking mate for the first time can be particularly confusing for someone not from Argentina or the surrounding area. To get the obvious out of the way, it can bear a striking resemblance to a far less legal substance. But, mate is a tea-like beverage (not drug-related beyond caffeine)! However, it’s not something you simply prepare by heating up some water and dropping a tea bag into a cup. Oh, no, there’s a whole process and social code… Read more »

Rosario

Hola, amigos! Hoy estoy hablando de Rosario! Hopefully, I wrote that grammatically correct in Spanish, haha. I know quite a lot of words in Spanish, now, but I have some work to do in the grammar department. But anyways, as promised, today I’ll be talking about/showing photos of Rosario. I had many requests for photos of architecture, which I was more than happy to oblige. I also thought it would be fun to share some of the things I’ve learned… Read more »

Mgarr ix xini gozo

Guest Post by Elena Prokopets Gozo is a charming island in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea in Europe, forming part of the Maltese archipelago, i.e the country of Malta. The island of Gozo has around 37,000 inhabitants with an area of 67 square kilometers and has been inhabited for thousands of years. When setting foot for the first time on the island, one can notice that Gozo is filled with nature, beaches and historical landmarks. It seems that life… Read more »

the haka

  This post will mark the end of our adventure in New Zealand. And our evening at the Tamaki Maori Village in Rotorua was the perfect way to wrap up our trip. If you’re heading to Rotorua, I highly recommend spending a night at the Tamaki Maori Village to learn more about their ancient culture. (Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand.) The Tamaki Maori Village is about 15 minutes outside Rotorua nestled in a forest. The night… Read more »

Waiotapu

With names such as “Champagne Pool,” “Devil’s Bath” and “Artist’s Palette”…you know the sights in Wai-O-Tapu are going to be anything but boring. Wai-O-Tapu is an active geothermal area about a half hour away from Rotorua, New Zealand. It has rightfully been dubbed “New Zealand’s most colorful volcanic area.” And it is, in my opinion, the best spot to see geothermal activity in that area. What you’ll see: I was blown away by the sights in Wai-O-Tapu! It has everything… Read more »

bilbo baggins home in Hobbiton, New zealand

โ€œIt’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.โ€ โ€• J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings And today, we are getting swept off to none other than Hobbiton in New Zealand! Whether you’re a big fan of “The Hobbit” & “Lord of the Rings,” or not, Hobbiton is still a must-do when you’re in New Zealand. I… Read more »

te puia, new zealand

The second half of our New Zealand trip (in the North Island) did not exactly go according to plan. Our first day in Rotorua had torrential rainfall and flooding, which resulted in our full day tour of all the coolest geothermal thermal activity in the area getting canceled. But, thankfully, our hotel was within walking distance of Te Puia! So, we decided to make the most of the yucky weather and went to check it out! Te Puia is home… Read more »

camping

Guest Post by Victor Spring is in the air and camping season is just around the corner. And adventure-lovers are starting to plan their camping trips and hiking expeditions! Most of the time, you may be dependent on your car as a means of transportation for these adventures. This post will help you plan what’s essential to pack in your vehicle for these outings. It is also important to note that venturing into the wild can be risky; there are… Read more »

skydiving Queenstown, NZ

With Queenstown, New Zealand being The Adventure Capital of the World and all, jumping 15,000 feet out of an airplane seemed like a reasonable thing to do while we were there. Right? Plus, we had already gotten ourselves warmed up by going bungy jumping off the world’s first bungy jump bridge while we were in Queenstown, and we were ready to try something even scarier! Jumping at 15,000 feet is the highest option you can do at NZOne Skydive. (There… Read more »

Milford Sound

I know in my last post I said that Queenstown, New Zealand was one of the most beautiful areas I have ever seen. But, Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park are certainly tied for that title, in my opinion! Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park are actually not too far from Queenstown, but it takes quite a long time to get there by car from Queenstown because the roads are so curvy and windy. And let me tell you, it… Read more »

Queenstown, NZ

Usually, when I go through my photos for blog posts, I tend to think the photos make a place (or me) look a bit better than it (or I) actually am. However, while I was going through these photos this week, I was rather disappointed. I mean, these are showing some gorgeous landscapes – but it was one of those things that was so much more impressive in person. I don’t believe I’ve ever been so awestruck by an area… Read more »

The-Original-Kawarau-Bridge-Bungy-Jump-in-Queenstown

If you’re going to be visiting the place where bungee jumping got started, you might as well go bungy jumping…right? I am deathly afraid of heights, but I had always told myself if I ever made it to New Zealand, I was going to jump off The Kawarau Bridge. So, when we were in New Zealand, this was literally the first thing we did. (This way I didn’t have time to chicken out. Haha.) The Kawarau Bridge is where bungy… Read more »

Rosario, Argentina at sunset

We made it! It was one heck of a journey from Sydney to Queenstown, NZ to Rotorua, NZ to Auckland, NZ and then Buenos Aires, but we’re finally moved into our new place in Rosario. I just wanted to give a little update on how everything went, as I’ve been getting some questions that I haven’t had a chance to respond to. (It’s been a bit crazy + we JUST got the internet in our place.) And I’ll start posting… Read more »

Five fancy things to do in Sydney

Guest Post by Roxana Oliver Sydney can offer numerous entertainment possibilities and fun attractions to its visitors, but there are always those special things that will make your stay in this amazing city that more exciting and memorable. Behave as locals do is a great motto to follow when visiting Sydney. However, the next five things are an absolute must if you want to experience more luxurious spots in Sydney. The following high-end activities are not only synonymous with the… Read more »

godaddy stock beach image

Guest post by Carl Turner It’s never too early to start planning for your next vacation, especially if it’s during the holiday season. The holidays are always one of the busiest travel times of the year, and, rather than spend another year enduring stressful family situations, more and more people are using their days off as an opportunity to get some much-needed rest and relaxation. But where to go? When to go? When to book a flight to Fiji or… Read more »

We're moving!

Yep, you read that title right. We are moving all the way across the world yet again! Don’t worry, we’re just as surprised as you. We really thought we were going to be calling Australia home for much longer than 6 months. But hey, no complaints here! We’re all for new adventures. We actually just squared away the last of the details yesterday, so now I can say with certainty we are moving to Rosario, Argentina on April 8th! It’s… Read more »

mahi-mahi

I mentioned in a blog post last week that my hubbie and I were going Marlin fishing! We’ve been trying to go for a couple months now, but the weather hasn’t been cooperating. But last week, we finally had one good day, and we took full advantage of it. Unfortunately, we didn’t actually catch any Marlin. But hey, that’s fishing! You can’t catch one every time! We did, however, catch some Mahi-Mahi…which is what my husband and I are holding… Read more »

jet lag

  Guest post by Olivia Bourke Jet Lag Jet lag is one substantial drawback of traveling that can affect you upon arrival at either destination. This can typically ruin the first few moments of your trip, depending on how horrid it may be. Traveling across many time zones can be daunting for the body and mind. Jet lag causes fatigue and insomnia which leads to irritation, disorientation, loss of concentration and headaches. The body is naturally in sync and has… Read more »

great barrier reef

My experience snorkeling The Great Barrier Reef was the stuff dreams are made of. I honestly don’t feel this post will do the day justice, but I hate to say “you had to be there” in a travel post. Haha. So, I will do my best to show just how awesome this day was…complete with pretty pictures and videos and some fun tips! And if you find yourself traveling to Cairns to check out The Great Barrier Reef – you’ll… Read more »

Koala Gardens Kuranda

  Now we’re getting to the fun stuff! Day 2 of our trip to Cairns was amazing! Now, you might have never heard of the town of Kuranda until now. I certainly hadn’t until I booked this trip…but honestly, this day was just as much fun for me as the Great Barrier Reef (more on that on Monday)! And I was able to bring coffee with me, so it really started well. Haha. Kuranda Scenic Railway The day began with… Read more »