Croatia

Croatia Guide: Dubrovnik

Vibe – touristy, expensive (relatively), crowded, amazing sites. Dubrovnik is one of those cities that everyone should experience once in their life, but after a couple of days you will be ready to move on. Of all the cities in Croatia, Dubrovnik has drawn the biggest tourist crowds, largely due to the popularity of Game of Thrones. It is...
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Mumbai

Dining Out in Mumbai

Eating in India. This is a topic which I am sure has been written about for decades and from so many diverse view points and opinions. First there is such a wide range of prices: one can eat pani puri or pav bhaji for just a few rupees from a street vendor or you could walk a few feet...
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Scottsdale

Guide to a Perfect Girl’s Weekend: Scottsdale Arizona

Scottsdale is a great location for a weekend away with the girls. Think of a day at the spa, followed by happy hour at the pool, foodie-worthy dining in the evening followed by dancing the night away. Scottsdale has something for everyone. Getting there One of the reasons Scottsdale was a finalist for our girl’s getaway was because it...
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Mexico

Cancun or Playa del Carmen

Cancun and Playa del Carmen are two fabulous vacation spots on the east coast of Mexico with vastly different atmospheres. You may be wondering which is the next spot for your vacation getaway so let me start by telling you a bit about each. Playa del Carmen Playa del Carmen is about a 45 minute drive south of the...
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Costa Rica

Six Experiences You Must Have in Costa Rica

I traveled to Costa Rica in May of 2014 and it still remains one of my favorite vacations. Costa Rica is currently in that sweet spot of tourism and development where it is developed enough to be safe and have plenty of established activities without being overrun with tourist like Cancun. You can read my full trip report about...
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Portugal

Portugal: Tips & Tricks

If you have not already please read about our four day trip to Lisbon, Sintra and Porto here. Here are some things we learned in Portugal that may help you plan your trip: Everyone spoke some English Uber is the best way to get around. All the local taxis we took overcharged, even the ones which the hotel arranged...
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Portugal

Portugal Trip – Day 4 – Porto PM

Read Part 1 After a morning of uphill biking we were ready for lunch. The hotel reception had recommended a place which we decided to check out. Unfortunately, We kept getting lost trying to find it and had to keep walking up steep hills. After many attempts we finally found it only to learn it was closed! Lots of...
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Portugal

Portugal Trip – Day 4 – Porto

On Monday we had pre-booked a bicycle tour with Sportours. We were quite tired from all of our uphill travels and I certainly considered calling it off and staying in bed an extra hour or two. However Filipe had been so helpful planning our trip over email that I did not want to be rude and cancel. While I...
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Portugal

Portugal Trip – Day 3 – Porto PM

Read Part 1 After lunch in Porto we had planned to tour the Taylor Wine Caves. When we checked into the hotel in the morning we had asked the receptionist if he thought this was a good plan. He said it was good but warned us about the hills – uh oh… Here we went again walking up cobble...
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Portugal

Portugal Trip – Day 3 – Porto AM

On Sunday we left Lisbon for Porto where we would spend the rest of our time in Portugal. We packed up the room and headed down to breakfast. The breakfast buffet was included with the room and was fairly average. The fruits were canned and there were lots of pastries and breads. The hotel called us a taxi (who...
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