PADI Open Water Scuba Certification on Gili Trawangan

Stacy and I’s first priority on our trip to Indonesia was to get PADI scuba certified on Gili Trawangan.  We both had tried to get certified at home before our trip to Thailand last year, but it was too last minute and too expensive for both of us.  I had heard Gili Trawangan was one…

How to Visit Lombok’s Waterfalls on a Budget

One of the number one things to do when visiting Lombok is to visit two of their most infamous waterfalls, Sindang Gila and Tiu Kelep, on the remote north coast near Mount Rinjani.  A lot of people tend to spend too much money on tour guides and taxis to get to the falls, but Stacy…

Getting Shang-hai’ed in China

A lot of people don’t know that China has changed their visa requirements slightly, making it easier (and cheaper) for Americans to come see the country.  Now, if you are staying for less than 72 hours, you get a free temporary visa with proof of departure from the country.  Since Stacy and I had almost…

Day-tripping to Sedona

Sorry for the blogging delay but we were traveling non-stop over the Christmas holidays and then I got sick!  Now that I’m finally getting over my cold, (just in time for a weekend trip) I can finally get back to telling you about the amazing time we had in Arizona over Christmas. We drove 6.5…

2016 Recap

As 2016 is coming to a close, I have been reminiscing about the amazing trips I’ve been able to take this year.  Since I work so much while I’m home, I’ve been really fortunate to be able to travel as much as I have, both internationally and within the states.  That being said, here’s a…

Thanksgiving in Las Vegas

Every year Julio and I drive to Las Vegas the Wednesday before Thanksgiving to spend time with my Dad’s brother and sister and their side of the family.  I get to see my cousins, we spend time on the strip, and it’s a nice change of scenery.  This year, Julio’s parents decided to join us,…

East London

On my second day in London, I headed back into the city, but this time focused on the East Side to see sites like the Tower of London and the Shard.  The popular tourist sites on the East side of London are a little more spread out, so be prepared to do more walking.  And…

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

The whole reason for me doing a solo trip to London (and tacking Paris on as well) was because a friend of mine had an extra ticket to the Harry Potter theater show, a sequel to the original stories that takes place nineteen years in the future.  The show opened at the Palace Theater, an…

24 Hours in Paris

When I was making plans for my trip to London, I really wanted to be able to hop over to Paris as well.  Paris has been on my list of top cities I want to visit for as long as I can remember, and I thought “there’s no way I can come all the way…

A Day in Westminster

My first full day in London!!  I was so excited (and jet lagged) that I had fallen asleep at 7 the night before and was wide awake at 1:30am.  Not the best way to start my day but what are you going to do?  I did a little at home workout, planned out where I…

How to Pack for London and Paris in a Carry-on

It’s time for another edition of “How to Pack,” this time for a week in London and Paris in the fall.  I booked a ticket through WOW Airlines, a new airline based out of Iceland that offers cheap flights from the US to Europe and Iceland.  The only catch is that baggage tends to be…

Birthday Pool Party at Harrah’s

For our coworker Ashlee’s birthday this year, she wanted everyone to go to Harrah’s of Southern California, a hotel/casino about an hour northeast of us in San Diego.  Luckily, she planned it for a Tuesday, and called ahead to arrange for a group of rooms to be set aside for her at a special birthday…