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…

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…

Don’t Let Injury Ruin Your Vacation!

I’m a very active, outdoorsy person.  I love hiking, running, swimming, and walking my dog, as well as weight lifting.  Unfortunately, 9 days before my trip to Belize, I rolled my ankle very badly hiking Cowles Mountain in San Diego with Rocky.  At first, I thought it was broken, but after a trip down to Mexico…

Protecting Wild Animals While Overseas

Among all the stories about endangered animals’ habitats being destroyed and poachers dwindling the numbers of wild rhinos, elephants and tigers, I wanted to write a post about animal viewing when you’re traveling.  Recently, I posted a throwback photo of when Julio and I first went to Thailand and visited the now closed “Tiger Kingdom.”…

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…

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,…

Trover Treasures

Today I’m blogging about a recently discovered travel app that’s already become near and dear to my heart.  I’m talking about Trover.    Trover is an app where fellow travelers can post photos of where they’ve been, along with little anecdotes or tips about the location.  It’s great for posting hidden gems you may find…

Travel Vaccines- the shots you never thought you’d get

One downside about international travel is the need for various vaccines when traveling to certain countries.  It can get a little pricey, depending on what shots you need.  Some vaccines are suggested, depending on how long you’re staying, and some are required.  Most travel guidebooks have a section on Health Requirements for your country of…

Explore 2016: Travel Plans for the New Year

As we begin 2016, everyone is busy making resolutions:  work out daily, eat healthier, save more money.  Whether you follow through with those is up to you, but I’m here to tell you one of those resolutions should be to TRAVEL MORE.  Despite Julio trying to limit me to “3 trips a year,” I have 2016 tentatively…

Planning, planning, planning!

I tend to turn into a bit of an obsesser when planning a vacation.  I buy books, I spend hours on the Internet, I set a phone countdown, I’ll talk the ears off anyone listening, you get the idea.  While I’m sure it gets very annoying for other people to hear, I always like to…

So you want to book a trip…

Hi everyone! So after hours of figuring out and organizing this travel blog, I think I’m ready to start actually blogging!   Julio and I have a lot of trips coming up in a short period of time, so I can’t stress enough how important it is to stay organized.  That way we know in…