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Valladolid Yucatan: 10 Fabulous Things to Do in Valladolid Mexico

Not far from the Yucatan capital of Merida, Valladolid is a delightful Spanish colonial town consisting of narrow cobblestone streets lined with pastel-colored houses. Tucked away from the crowds of tourists, the vibe of Valladolid is reminiscent of “old Mexico.”  Whether you spend your days strolling around the central square, admiring the well-preserved architecture, exploring […]

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acapulco beaches

Acapulco Beaches and Activities Are Fun…But Is Acapulco Safe?

240 miles south of Mexico City, the azure blue water, craggy Sierra Madre del Sur mountains, and upscale high-rise hotels of  Acapulco de Juárez (Spanish: [akaˈpulko ðe ˈxwaɾes] was once Mexico’s paradise and most famous beach resort town. In its heyday, Acapulco beaches, upscale cuisine, golf courses, pulsing nightlife, and spas provided a powerful attraction […]

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mexico packing

What to Pack for Mexico – High Style, Low Cost

Ah, Mexico. When you hear the name, you probably think “fun,” right? And you’d be right. It’s an amazing, large, and vibrant country with a lot of diverse activities. If you’re planning a trip, lucky you!  Wondering what to pack for Mexico getaways? We’ve got you covered! My second international trip, when I was in […]

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romantic getaways in USA

Romantic Getaways in USA: 10 Most Beautiful Beaches

The United States is a huge country with lots of natural diversity. And that includes beaches. I’ve been searching for the best beaches for most of my adult life, and some of the romantic getaways in USA also deserve consideration as the best beaches in the world. FREE: Here’s the ONLY beach vacation packing guide […]

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huatulco playas

Huatulco Playas & Activities: 10 Best Reasons to Visit Huatulco

Nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the foothills of the Sierra Madre del Sur Mountains, Huatulco (pronounced wa-TOOL-co) is worth checking out if you’re considering visiting the Mexican Riviera or the Mexican state of Oaxaca (wah-HAAK-kah).  Unspoiled beauty, eco-friendly, near-perfect weather, epic sunsets, ancient ruins, scrumptious food, and of course, crystal clear Huatulco playas (beaches) […]

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Mexico Hot Spots: Top 10 Mexican Beaches

The US (and many other places in the world) experiences cold winters and rainy springtime. If you live in one of the cooler climates, the thought of spreading a towel on a warm, palm-lined beach or curling up with a book under an oceanfront palapa with turquoise waves lapping at your feet is very appealing.  […]

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things to do in beaufort sc

10 Things to Do in Beaufort SC

Beaufort (pronounced “byoo-furt,” not “bo-fort”), on the South Carolina coast, is called the “Queen of the Carolina Sea Islands” for good reason. Ranked by Livability as one of the Top 100 Small Towns in 2015, Beaufort has everything needed to attract couples, families, or solo travelers – pristine beaches, charming antebellum downtown, rich history, Gullah […]

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tour merida

Tour Merida: Ultimate Guide to the Best Yucatan City

Mérida is one of Mexico’s greatest cultural cities with a rich Mayan heritage. As the capital and center of the Yucatan, this thriving Mayan city also serves as the best hub to explore the nearby colorful colonial-era cities, beautiful tropical beaches, cenotes, and ancient Mayan ruins, all within a two-hour drive in any direction. Twice […]

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gullah

History of Beaufort SC: America’s History Actually Began HERE

All of American history actually began in South Carolina. Wait, what? Not Boston? Um, no. Beaufort just might be the most significant American city that you’ve never heard of. On a recent visit to Beaufort, South Carolina, I sat in the cozy courtyard of the old Beaufort Inn, and while I dined on local Frogmore […]

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santa barbara day trip

Santa Barbara Day Trip: 13 Amazing Activities to Choose From

Touting itself as “the American Riviera,” Santa Barbara is where the Santa Ynez Mountains melt into the Pacific Ocean in central California.  A Santa Barbara day trip will encompass gorgeous weather, charming Spanish-Colonial architecture, a rich history, unlimited choices in restaurants and bars, and diverse outdoor activities. A picture-perfect harbor, pristine beaches, artsy Mediterranean vibe, […]

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