Orfila Winery

Not all of Julio and I’s adventures are international ones.  On our days off we like to explore the area around San Diego and one of our favorite things to do is go wine tasting.  Since I had to go pick up my wine selections for the month (I’m a wine club member), we drove…

Luxury at the Palazzo

My friend Chrissy and I recently stayed at the Palazzo while we were in Vegas for UNLVino, and I have to say, our splurge on our room was definitely worth it.  I usually choose slightly cheaper hotels, but we wanted to be close to the events that we were attending, and Bubblicious was held in…

5 Things You Can’t Miss in Puerto Vallarta

Last year we went to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico for my 30th birthday.  Julio had been there before and loved it, so he wanted to show me how amazing the area was, and honestly, I just wanted some quality beach time.  We found an all-inclusive resort deal for 5 nights, 6 days including airfare out of…

Bubblicious what?

Fergalicious, bubbilicious, make them boys go crazy…. Wait, wait, that’s not how this blog starts.  Chrissy and I headed to Vegas for UNLVino, a charity event to raise scholarship money for UNLV.  My aunt’s boss, Larry Ruvo, is the head of Southern Wine and Spirits, who puts on the event each year, and there are…

Guided Tour of Angkor Wat

The day after we biked the Angkor complex, we booked a guided tour through our hotel Khmer Mansion for the temples to better understand what we were looking at and to learn more about the history of Cambodia.  Uncle Bill had arrived the night before from Vietnam, so it was his only day to visit Angkor Wat….

Planning a Last Minute International Trip

Julio and I had plans to go to Michigan and Chicago in early June for a wedding, but they fell through so we were left without a vacation.  Julio wasn’t too disappointed, but as someone who gets flighty feelings if she hasn’t gone away within a few months, I was worried.  I decided to do…

Haleakala National Park

A great day trip to make on a trip to Maui is up Haleakala, the large shield volcano that makes up 75% of the island.  Haleakala National Park includes the volcano and its crater, and more than 24,000 acres of surrounding wilderness.  We planned on driving to the summit and then hiking down into the…

Maui’s “Road to Hana”

During our family vacation to Maui, Hawaii in 2013 we knew a drive on the Road to Hana was a must-do.  With countless waterfalls, a black sand beach, and sweeping views of the ocean at every turn, the Road to Hana is a 55 mile, full day adventure along Maui’s east coast.  Much to my…

Phnom Penh

At the end of our two week vacation, we were scheduled to fly out of Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia, back to LA.  There are a few possible modes of transportation to get from Siemreap to Phnom Penh besides flying, which we decided was too expensive.  First, you can take a 5-6 hour boat…

My Top 5 Bucket List Locations …For Now

If you’re like any other avid traveler, you have a mental list of the next few places you’d like to go, even planning out trips up to a year in advance.  I’m no different.  I’m already thinking about a Spain, Portugal and Morocco trip for next fall, and maybe hopping over to the Canary Islands…

How I packed for 2 weeks in Southeast Asia in a Carry-on

A lot of people are over-packers, my friend Allison being one of them.  So when I told her that we were all planning on packing for our two week Thailand/Cambodia trip with just a carry-on suitcase and a personal item, she was less than thrilled.  “There’s no way in hell” was a closer response.  But,…

4-wheeling in Mexico

I’m taking a break from Thailand/Cambodia posts to write about our Easter weekend in Los Algodones, Mexico.  Julio’s family is from the area just outside of Yuma, Arizona, and we try to go down for the Holy Week each year and celebrate.  The Easter holiday is the second most important celebration for Mexicans, behind Christmas,…