asket of traditional dolls and mexican crafts

Guest post by Holly Tomlinson The best parts of traveling are the memories made, but sometimes we want to take home a memento to remember our experiences by. Too often these items get forgotten about, thrown away, or placed by the layside. To bring home a timeless souvenir you’re sure to treasure forever, read through this list of unique mementos before taking your next trip. Best Mementos to Take Home from Your Travels Small Bracelets Every time you go to… Read more »

Salineras de Maras

There as so many cool Inca Ruins in the Sacred Valley, it was worth splitting this series into two! (If you missed the first post, click here.) And just in case you missed the first, I’m not trying to convince you not to go to Machu Picchu by any means – Machu Picchu is incredible! However, don’t let Machu Picchu be the only Inca ruin on your Sacred Valley trip! Moray Moray is an archaeological site that’s a bit off… Read more »

Machu Picchu

Machu Picchu is at the top of many bucket lists, and for very good reason! It is most certainly not an overrated tourist trap and is every bit as magical as one would imagine. However, being prepared and visiting at certain times of the year can make this experience that much better. For this post, I’ll be sharing 10 of my tips for visiting and of course, photos of the experience! Enjoy! (Side note, I have so many photos &… Read more »

Ollantaytambo

Machu Picchu definitely lives up to the hype, don’t get me wrong, but there are so many other incredible Inca ruins in the Sacred Valley worth seeing as well. This post will cover a day spent seeing Pisac and Ollantaytambo. Consider this post “Part 1” of Inca Ruins worth seeing, and “Part 2” is here (didn’t want to do an Incan Ruins overload)! But first, let me explain what exactly The Sacred Valley is. It’s a region in Peru near… Read more »

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. It’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 »

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 »

bilbo baggins home in Hobbiton, New zealand

“It’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.” ― 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 »

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 »

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 »

SMAstreets

This month’s travel guest post is taking us to Mexico! The author, Andrew Tjong, just came back from San Miguel de Allende and had a magnificent time there. He’s originally from the Netherlands but is doing his MBA in China… and currently residing in Taiwan. He’s quite the seasoned traveler! Andrew has been to San Miguel de Allende a couple of times (most recently he was there for the entire summer) and has now written an ebook on all that… Read more »

Sydney sunset

*If you like this post, it is now available on iTunes as a self-guided walking tour! Click here to download it. Sydney is a city with some very unique activities and sights to take in. I mean, how many city’s activities include scaling a bridge to relaxing on a beach to seeing a show at the famous Opera House and even petting a koala? Needless to say, Sydney has a little bit of everything! Now, 3 days will mean you… Read more »

Tokyo Street food

Guest post by: Jeffrey Barroga It invigorates your soul, calms your weary morale, and widens your perspective in life: travel is one of life’s pleasures that seems to enrich your entire being as you do it more and more. Unfortunately, as much as there is to be gained by traveling, it’s also one of life’s more expensive pleasures. But that doesn’t mean that you have to limit yourself to traveling just locally. Don’t get me wrong, there are so many… Read more »

Independence Hall

Philadelphia is one of my favorite cities in America, and I am hoping to get the opportunity to visit again so I have the chance to see all of Julia’s awesome recommendations in this post! Julia of Philly with Fjallraven isn’t a stranger to the travel guest post section of my blog, she was one of my very first guest posters with the amazing “9 Reasons Why You Should Visit Denmark.” But Julia is also an expert on all things… Read more »

sleeping koalas

Hopefully, no one is tired of koala photos just yet, haha. I honestly think one of my favorite things about being in Australia is that I have the chance to get close to koalas whenever I like! And this post will be sharing photos from the Sea Life Sydney Aquarium & Wild Life Sydney Zoo…so, there’s going to be a couple more koala photos! When my husband and I first arrived in Sydney we bought a Sydney Attraction Pass that… Read more »

The Sydney Tower Eye

If you haven’t made plans yet this weekend, Sydneysiders, you’re in luck! This post has you covered. And it’s perfect that these events are indoors, because Saturday’s forecast is not looking the greatest for outdoor activities! Sydney Events You Shouldn’t Miss This November By: Jeff Barroga   If you want to discover the glitz, glam, and all that is tres chic in Australia, you really ought to head to its most famous city. Before the fictional P. Sherman 42 Wallaby… Read more »

Dubai Fountain

Meet Neha Singh! She’s writing this month’s travel guest post all about how to travel in Dubai on a shoestring budget! She is a post graduate in Mass Communications. Traveling is very close to her heart and she loves to write. She is also an avid trekker and explorer and often takes out time from her busy schedule to indulge in mountaineering. (How awesome is that?) Check out how Neha made the most of Dubai on less than $25 a… Read more »

QVB BUILDING

I’ve always been told nothing in life is free. And that is still technically true for the “I’m Free” tours. However, it is a pretty neat concept, in my opinion. The way it works is there is no set price, you just show up at the time the tour starts, and it lasts for about 3 hours. At the end of the tour you decide how much it was worth and then pay your tour guide accordingly. Pretty neat, right?… Read more »

The Blue Lagoon in Iceland

Iceland is a country that has risen very high on my list of countries I would like to see one day…thanks to one of my best friends, Shannon of “A Blonde and a Brew,” having visited this astonishing country. Her tales of magical lagoons, gorgeous national parks and sampling puffin have undoubtedly piqued my curiosity for this country. It also doesn’t hurt that this where Jon Snow lives…or at least where is home is filmed. (For all you A Song… Read more »

Dinner with a Geisha

“What was your favorite experience in Japan?” I’ve been getting this question quite frequently recently. Which really isn’t very easy to answer. There are a million things I loved about Japan…so, I figured it would be a bit easier to break it down into tours and places I visited. I also can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am that readers are reaching out to tell me my blog has inspired them to visit Japan! And some are… Read more »

22 Things That Surprised Me About Japan (as an American)

I know I’ve said this a million times, but Japan is an absolutely amazing country. If you ever have the opportunity to visit, DO NOT hesitate. Living in Tokyo has been one of the best experiences of my life, and I would move back in a heartbeat and stay there forever. It is my absolute favorite place I have been to, hands down. (And my husband seconds this!) I know there are many preconceived notions about what Japan is like,… Read more »

Fushimi Inari Shrine (伏見稲荷大社, Fushimi Inari Taisha)

Out of all the things to see in Kyoto, Fushimi Inari Shrine was by far the most recommended sight to me in Kyoto. Everyone said to I had to see it…and I mean everyone! From random folks I met at the gym in Tokyo, to the person whose apartment I was renting through Airbnb..there were a wide variety of people saying it was a must-see. And Fushimi Inari Shrine did not disappoint! Fushimi Inari has more than 10,000 torii gates… Read more »

The Liberty Bell

Happy 4th of July! It’s weird not being in the United States to watch the fireworks and parades with my friends and family this year, again.   But anywho, 2 years ago, I did get to celebrate America’s Independence Day like no other in Philadelphia. So, this post is taking a look back at my 4th of July celebrations in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania 2 years ago! Enjoy! “Nobody celebrates the 4th like those who did it 1st!” I saw that on… Read more »

Robot Restaurant Tokyo

*If you like this post, it is now available on iTunes as a self-guided walking tour! Click here to download it. If you find yourself in Tokyo someday and only have time to do one touristy thing, I highly recommend you visit Robot Restaurant! It is the most inexplicably crazy (in a good way) performance I have ever seen. This isn’t an actual restaurant, really, as the name implies. It’s a robot show where snack food and various drinks are… Read more »

Perhaps Bananas

France is a country I have always wanted to visit, but I have yet to make the journey to. Fortunately, this month’s travel guest blogger, Mallory of Perhaps Bananas, was just there on her honeymoon. And she’s sharing some incredible photos of her favorite spot in France – Versailles! Mallory had quite the whirlwind trip, and she actually just moved from Seoul, South Korea to Buffalo, New York. Following her journey has been so fun, and you’ll definitely want to… Read more »