What I Loved About Aruba: Top 5.

It wasn’t hard to fall in love with Aruba: warm temperatures, cool breezes, swaying palm trees, and turquoise waters. Everyone was friendly, and I loved that people from all over the world seemed to flock to this beautiful island. That, of course, made me fall in love with the country even more, and of all the islands I have visited, this one would have to be my favorite.

Of course, I love it here!

Of course, I love it here!

While I loved everything about Aruba, there were 5 things that I loved the most about the island.

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Off-the-Beaten Path in Ireland.

Ireland is a country perfect for tourism, but all too often visitors only experience the tourist side of the Emerald Isle. But, Ireland has so much more to offer travelers. Be sure to check out my guest post for inBed.me to find out what you’ve been missing!

Ho Chi Minh City: Top Three Sites.

Check out my latest guest blog for Gecko’s Adventures. If you are headed to Vietnam anytime soon, be sure to check out these three sites. You won’t be disappointed!


My friend, Lara, and I go to a different country every year for New Year’s Eve. Two years ago, we spent it in Amsterdam and last year we went to Edinburgh. Both years were great, however, this year we are looking for somewhere just a little bit warmer.
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How to Pack Light While Still Looking Good on the Road.

“He who would travel happily must travel light.” -St.Exupery

Ireland. November 2010.

Traveling light is the way to go. Wherever you land, you can usually buy anything you need, so there’s no use wasting precious luggage space bringing it along. I am quite particular about where I shop and the clothes and make-up I buy, but when it comes to travel, bringing the least amount of items is my main priority. In today’s world, it’s quite easy to find your favorite products in carry-on approved sizes. Here are a couple of my favorites.
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Happy. Thank You. More Please.

On my way to Bangkok, during my sixteen hour flight to Hong Kong, I stumbled upon the movie HappyThankYouMorePlease. While I had seen previews for it during the winter, I never got around to actually seeing it. However, being stuck in the air for sixteen hours made it quite easy for me to find time to watch the film. And, I’m happy that I did. Continue reading

How Glamorous is World Travel?

Paul Theroux once stated, “Travel is glamorous only in retrospect.” This I tend to find true. In recounting my most recent experience in Southeast Asia to my friends and family, it sounds extremely glamorous. Beautiful beaches in Vietnam overlooking the South China Sea, hiking in the jungle to a hidden waterfall, golden temples in the hills of Thailand, and elephant trekking through a jungle and river. Along with, learning about and visiting local tribes, experiencing new cultures, eating the most delicious local food, and meeting some of the world’s most amazing people along the way. My friends and family then all stare at me in awe, and tell me how lucky I am, and they are right.

Squat toliet in Vietnam.

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Hurricanes: What you Need to Know.

Lately, it seems natural disasters are on the rise, and chances are at some point or another in our lives, we all will experience earthquakes, tornadoes, monsoons, cyclones, flooding, and, of course, hurricanes. These natural disasters can happen at home, or unfortunately, while we are away traveling the world. What’s important is that we are prepared for the situation.

Aftermath from Irene in the Dominican Republic. Image from CNN.com.

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What Do You Do When the Earth Shakes?

In honor of today’s East Coast earthquake, I have decided to post some earthquake safety tips. While I did not feel this earthquake, many of my friends and family members did. Earthquakes can occur at any time (Click here to see the most recent from around the world), and they don’t care if it’s during your vacation. That’s why it’s important to know exactly what to do if one just so happens to disrupt your daily activities.
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Booking a Trip? My Top Seven Travel Sites.

Finding reliable travel sites that are easy to use can be a difficult task. So much so, that many people I know would rather head to a professional, rather than booking their own trip. This often includes unnecessary added costs. However, using the right tools, booking a vacation on your own can be easier and cheaper than using a travel agent. That being said,there are seven Websites that I tend to rely on the most when it comes to planning and booking a trip.

Lonely Planet
Lonely Planet is my go-to source for any information concerning my future travels. It’s not only resourceful, but also reputable. The Website features great travel articles, including travel etiquette guides and updated travel news.

My favorite feature is “Where to Go When”, because you can pick a month and Lonely Planet will tell you where it’s best to go during that month and where you should avoid. This is extremely helpful if you know when you can travel, but are open to where you’ll wind up going.

No matter where I’m headed or planning an adventure to, Lonely Planet is my first stop for information I trust.

Travel Fish
This is a must-visit site if you are planning a trip to Southeast Asia, as it focuses on Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. The site has many features that can aid you in planning your trip overseas. It goes over many important tips for before you leave, including advice on what to pack for your trip based on where you are going and for how long. Furthermore, once you click on a destination, you can jump to different areas of that destination, or focus on information such as, visas, weather, border crossings, getting there, accommodations, and there’s even a link for beginners. Travel Fish could not make finding this information any easier.

The features I find the most helpful are the forum, free guides, and i-Phone apps. I relied heavily on this site while I spent three and a half weeks in Asia over the summer, and I felt prepared and informed my entire trip. If you plan on visiting any of the countries in Southeast Asia, I highly recommend a visit to Travel Fish.
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