Monthly Archives: August 2016
Whether you’re traveling for your honeymoon or just looking for a romantic getaway, island destinations offer fun and romantic ways to spend time together. As two people who have made it their mission to scour the globe for the best island destinations, we’ve narrowed down our list to ten of our favorites. Here are ten tropical islands that are perfect for couples travel.
This little island is lush with sugarcane fields, tea plantations, and hidden villages to explore with your honey. One attraction lets you walk on the bottom of the ocean with a unique helmet which allows you to breathe normally underwater no scuba training required.
We stayed at the Four Seasons and the St. Regis while on the island and both of these resorts are the epitome of romance. I recommend staying at both resorts, that way you can experience two different sides of the island.
Snorkeling or Scuba diving enthusiasts can enter the undersea world of Bonaire, which is one of the best places in the world to get your Scuba certification. If you and your partner are sporty, you can learn to windsurf. Wildlife enthusiasts will find over 200 species of birds, and history buffs can see some Caquetio Indian drawings.
Sand Dollar Condominiums offers comfortably-decorated studios and apartments all with sea views. If you prefer a hotel that is steps away from some of the best diving on Bonaire and has excellent Scuba instructors, Buddy Dive Resort is your place. We absolutely loved our stay at both of these places.
Perfect for honeymoon travel, Aruba hosts restaurants that give you a private dinner with your feet in the warm sand or water. Try tandem parasailing or have a romantic horseback ride on the beach. Drive up to the California Lighthouse to enjoy scenic vistas while staying cozy in your car.
Palm Beach is where you will find a plethora of romantic hotels. Aruba Marriott Resortknows how to cater to couples and the views from your balcony will take your breath away. This resort will always hold a special place in my heart.
Traveling to Canada in the winter should not be overlooked just because of the climate. With the right gear, you can stay warm and toasty in almost all weather conditions. I’ve had to learn the art of layering and after hours of research as well as some trial and error I’ve come up with the perfect winter packing list.
I was able to test out my new gear in Jasper National Park last month and I’m happy to report that I stayed warm and dry even in negative temperatures. If you are planning a winter trip to Canada, you’ll want to keep these packing and layering tips in mind before you leave on your adventure.
WOMEN’S WINTER PACKING LIST FOR 7 DAYS IN CANADA
I cannot stress how important it is to invest in quality base layers. The best material for base layers is either merino wool or synthetic materials such as polyester, polyethylene, and microfiber-based fabrics. Icebreaker’s clothing is expensive because they use merino wool, but I look at these pieces of clothing as an investment. I won’t have to buy them again for many years.
You can find less expensive base layers if you are on a tight budget. This one is less than $20 (which I also own and love) and it contains a blend of synthetic materials.
Tip You want to make sure this layer is snug on your body.
- 2 Moisture Wicking Long Sleeve Tops I wore the same base layer every day for 6 days and I never noticed a smell to it. However, recommend packing 2 for longer trips, just in case.
- 1-2 Pairs of Merino Wool Leggings A cheaper option would be these fleece-lined leggings, which is what I bring on all of my trips.
- Sorrel Boots: These combined with my wool socks kept my feet warm all day.
- A Cute Pair of Ugg Boots: You won’t want to wear snow boots all day and these are great for the plane too.
Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo make up Los Cabos, resort corridor with exclusive beaches, preserved natural spaces, and an adventurous nightlife. If you’re planning a trip to this luxury destination and you should, here’s everything you need to know to get started:
TRANSPORTATION IN CABO
Typically, it’s easiest to fly into the Los Cabos airport (SJD) unless you are already in Mexico. Some hotels offer shuttle service to and from the airport, but to really see the best of Cabo, you’ll want to rent a car. We have found the best rental car prices onRentalCars.com, which searches all of the rental car agencies.
Keep in mind that liability insurance is mandatory when renting a car in Mexico. Loss Damage Wavier (or collision damage) is not mandatory, but before you decline this insurance, make sure your auto insurance or credit card insurance will cover you in Mexico.
If your hotel does not offer shuttle service and you do not want to rent a car, Transcabo offers airport shuttle service starting at $29 USD per person. If you are adventurous and on a very tight budget, it is possible to take the bus from the airport. See more details here.
WHERE TO STAY IN CABO
Casa Del Mar in Cabo San Lucas:
Casa Del Mar sports rooms with ocean view terraces, teak furniture, and marble bathrooms. It’s a paradise of fountains and pools, and has its own private beach and championship golf courses.
This luxury boutique hotel is newly renovated with three gourmet restaurants on site. Each menu features a selection of organic ingredients from their vegetable and herb garden. With impeccable service, saltwater pools, a swim up bar, and stunning ocean views, this 5-star resort has something for everyone.
El Ganzo in San Jose del Cabo:
Art and culture enthusiasts will find live musical performances and curated art exhibits at the Hotel El Ganzo. You’ll always feel avant-garde surrounded by the unique, custom-crafted decor. This adults-only hotel invites artists to come and share their art on the interior and exterior walls of the hotel which creates a truly one of a kind experience for their guests.
El Ganzo offers sustainable farm to table cuisine at its three on-site restaurants, including its private beach club with one of the area’s few swimmable beaches. The rooftop infiniti pool and glass hot tub overlooking the marina is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
ESSENTIAL GEAR TO BRING ON YOUR CABO VACATION
The weather in Cabo is comfortable year round, ranging from the mid-70’s in the winter to the mid-90’s in the summer.
Wetsuit – If you are visiting in the winter months and you plan to do some diving or snorkeling, you may want to bring a wetsuit. I love this spring suit for snorkeling because it keeps me warm and provides sun protection. For diving in the winter, you will most likely want to bring a 2/3 or 3/4 full wetsuit. I get cold easily when diving, so I prefer the 4/3 suit. Wetsuit Wearhouse has some great deals on full and short wetsuits.
Photo Equipment I highly recommend bringing a GoPro for underwater photos (or selfies!) and a nice camera for whale watching. (See our complete travel camera buying guide here.)
Clothing Don’t forget to bring a light cardigan or sweatshirt and long pants if you visit during the winter months. Sandals or flip flops and a swimsuit are a must any time of year.
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Traveling to Europe can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t need to be! If you keep these ten things in mind, you’ll be a smarter and more relaxed traveler, so you can just sit back and enjoy the ride.
CALL YOUR CREDIT CARD COMPANY
If you don’t call your credit card company before traveling, there’s a good chance that their security teams will see some red flags when your card is suddenly used in Italy. Go ahead and let them know you’re traveling so that you don’t have any issues paying for important items such as train tickets and hotel rooms or purchasing unique mementos throughout your trip.
A RAIL PASS CAN SAVE YOU MONEY
A Rail Pass is a great way to travel to multiple locations in one trip without spending tons of money. Plus, if you haven’t experienced travel by train before, that in itself is an adventure. However, if you plan to purchase one, it is cheaper to buy it online and easier to have it delivered to your home address – rather than dealing with it on your trip.
MAKE RESERVATIONS IN ADVANCE
Sure, taking a gamble might work out, but making your reservations in advance, especially during peak travel season, is the smart way to make sure that your trip goes the way you want to and that you’re staying at that quaint hotel by the river instead of the fifth one on your preferred list. Booking airfare and hotels in advance also oftenensures that you’re getting the best price.
DON’T OVER PLAN
The urge to do and see everything can be overwhelming, but who wants to spend most of their vacation in transit? If you overload your days, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up doing even less than you want because you’ll get burnt out. Make sure that you allow sufficient time for sleep and adequate rest between activities. Your body will thank you, and at the end of the trip, you’ll find that you’ve had a more fulfilling experience.