Saint Lucia: Beach Meets Rainforest in the Caribbean

Sugar Beach Saint Lucia

The southwestern coast of Saint Lucia is dominated by the magnificent Piton peaks.

If someone blindfolded you and put you on a plane to Saint Lucia, you might think you were in the South Pacific upon landing. Much more than the clear blue waters and powdery beaches commonly associated with the Caribbean, Saint Lucia is a land of striking diversity. Only 27 by 14 miles, this gem of an island has verdant mountains, lush rain forests, and even a dormant volcano with skin-smoothing sulfur mud baths. And yes there are lovely beaches, but they share the stage equally with these other attractions. It’s the perfect destination for anyone looking for more than water sports and sunbathing from their Caribbean vacation. Continue reading

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The Ultimate Guide to Visiting Machu Picchu

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If you’re travelling to Peru, chances are you’re going to the famous Incan ruin, Machu Picchu. If you’re not, then it’s time to revisit your itinerary and add it because Machu Picchu, which was built in the 15th century and abandoned less than a century later, is as amazing as everyone says it is! Continue reading

Angora Lakes Hike: Alpine Swimming and the Best Lemonade in Lake Tahoe

Angora Lakes, South Lake Tahoe

Angora Lakes has pristine waters, a sandy beach for sun bathing, and is surrounded by granite cliffs.

If the best hikes are the ones that have a reward at the end, then the hike from Fallen Leaf Lake to Angora Lakes in South Lake Tahoe is a real winner. At the end of this steep, roughly one-hour hike, you come to not only two gorgeous and pristine alpine lakes, but also a shop that sells ice cream, sandwiches, treats, and the best fresh-squeezed lemonade in Lake Tahoe, if not the world! Continue reading

Five Tips for Better Vacation Photos

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Taking advantage of dramatic late afternoon lighting during a trip to Vermont.

Even if you’re not that in to photography, being on vacation is bound to bring the shutterbug out in you. Here are five tips for capturing beautiful images on your next trip. Continue reading

Peru: Tips for the Perfect Trip

Machu PicchuFrom impressive archaeological ruins and stunning landscapes, to lively culture and world-class cuisine, Peru has the perfect blend of sights and activities for those seeking a meaningful travel experience. I spent two amazing weeks there in June 2016 with my husband and two teenage daughters. Here are tips to help you plan the perfect Peruvian adventure. Continue reading

The Beauty of Traveling Solo

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There was a guy a while back who achieved minor Internet fame when he posted forlorn photos of himself traveling alone on a trip to Puerto Rico. Whether snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, enjoying a cocktail, or seeing the sights, he was pouting in every picture because his wife was not able to join him.

Now, I’m sure it sucks to plan (or in this guy’s case, win) a trip with a loved one and then find out that person can’t join you, but his plight also got me thinking about traveling solo, and how wonderful and liberating that experience can be.

Don’t get me wrong, I love travelling with my husband and kids, and we go on plenty of vacations together. But I’ve also had the opportunity to do some travelling by myself, including a bucket list worthy trip to Thailand to volunteer at an elephant sanctuary. While I missed my family during the week I was there, talked to them almost daily, and couldn’t wait to see them upon my return, I relished every minute of my solo adventure and would gladly embark on another one.

Here are some reasons to give solo traveling a try: Continue reading