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There’s Something About Maui

Aloha!

As I write this, our time on Maui isn’t quite over, and we’ve already snapped hundreds of pictures. It’s overwhelming to sit here clicking through them all because it’s a reminder of how incomprehensibly magnificent and diverse this island is. Such a small place yet so much to see, do and experience.

Pure travel porn.

The Ultimate Train Challenge is Ready for… You!!

This is the announcement that I have been ready to make for months now. The Ultimate Train Challenge was one of my travel highlights in 2011. Lisbon to Saigon — 15,000 miles — all on trains. From the response and encouragement from people during and after that journey, I decided to open it up for anyone else to participate. So, come read about the amazing things you can win by participating, the great sponsors, the fun parties, and the challenge of a lifetime. Thanks!

Up for an African Safari Adventure

Its been way, way too long since I went to Africa. 2009 to be exact. I have promised myself that 2013 will be the year that I get back there and explore. There are so many reasons I can’t wait to get back there, but the animals are right up at the top of the list. They are the most unique creatures you will run into anywhere on the planet and well worth your time and money, just to see them. It is awe inspiring to be in their presence.

The Beauty of Seville in Photos

The first time I got a chance to see Seville, I knew I was going to love it. I have developed a love affair with Spain this year, and Seville is simply one of those cities that I adored from the moment I laid eyes on it. The beauty of the place is plain to see — and the food is fantastic also. Close to Madrid, it should be on the list of anyone that visits Spain.

Time for Some Beach Bars in Europe?

I’ve been in Europe for most of this year and I’m finding that the places have been liking the most are near the coast. There is something about being near the water that just seems to keep me calm and cool, in spite of some of the scorching heat. But let’s face it, one of the other reasons I love coastal spots is that is where the best bars are located. Here are five of my favorites in Europe.

Washington DC Keep it classy!

I really liked Washington DC. I mean, what is there NOT to like? The place is OOZING with history. But by the end of our road trip, I just felt this gaping hole without Shaun. These were places we said we would explore together – just like Chicago. We were looking forward to being museum nuts together. We were going to take silly pictures in front of monuments together.

Awesome Adventures – The Olympics

Last year, we decided to – from time to time – highlight some of our most spectacular past journeys under an “Awesome Adventures” heading. To qualify, the journey has to be the best of the best. There aren’t many.

So far, we’ve only gotten around to sharing details from our visit to Antarctica and our quest to see the Northern Lights. Today, in honor of our All American month and the London Olympics, there’s a new Awesome Adventure to share. Continue reading →

A Perfect (Food!) Day in Portland

It’s time for us to give Seattle a little air and, instead, do a some rambling on-and-on about our second favorite city. Portland, Oregon.

We used to live there, so this bit of Portland love is long overdue.

Don’t Be Trashy

When we were in Dubrovnik, Croatia – which we’ve waxed rhapsodic about multiple times here – there is one thing that really bothered us.

See, we’re not totally biased.

Photo Wrap Up of USA Road Trip

No better time than the beginning of our “All American” month AND the week of July 4th to do a photo wrap up of our three week USA road trip across Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Colorado.

How to Be a Happy Camper

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During this road trip, we’ve lucked out – so far – with top-notch campsites. While we’re not doing any backcountry camping this time around (that will come later in the summer), We’ve snagged some fantastic car camping sites that have been almost as ideal. Continue reading →

Minds Blown by Arches and Canyonlands National Parks

Heading out of Colorado for the last part of our camping road trip, we were exhausted and brain dead (but inspired!). So what did we do? We leaned even further into the madness by frying ourselves in the unrelenting sun of Arches National Park and forcing ourselves to explore Canyonlands National Park at sunrise.

Road Tripping with Our National Park Passport

Let the road trip begin!

We flew into Las Vegas and immediately set out on a small-scale road trip that will have us camping and exploring our way to Colorado. You know we can’t go too long without getting a hit of the great outdoors. So, by the time June rolls around, we’re eager to schedule some camping and hiking.

It’s Official, We’re Not Security Threats

We’re always excited to get back to our home base. This time, though, we were especially eager because we were looking forward to trying out our Global Entry Trusted Traveler memberships upon landing in the United States.

Last Friday Night (Dubrovnik Edition)

Our love affair with Croatia continues. So much so that – as was the case in Spain – we uncharacteristically became beach/water guys. I guess it’s that we wanted to experience everything. And when, last Friday, that included the opportunity to have our own private swimming/sunning spot for the day, we couldn’t pass it by.

What in the hell is happening to us? Continue reading →

Get Croatia on Your Travel Bucket List

Before even getting off the plane, we knew we’d like Croatia. Our short flight from Spain took place on a particularly clear day, and we could see the jagged, verdant coastline as we flew along it into Dubrovnik.

Staying Fit and Healthy While Traveling

Lately, we’ve been trying to keep things in balance because – as we’ve been saying – the travel dominos have started to fall. We’ve begun a string of travel that, interspersed with everything else in life, will have us on the move for a good chunk of time.

How to Barter Like a Guilty Tourist

We have vacated our dream rental apartment in Barcelona. As I write this, we’re sitting at the airport having a pre-flight, early morning cup of coffee. Yes, we’re back in the game with airlines and their nefarious ways. This time, with a real heavy-hitter, Vueling. You’ve probably heard of Vueling. It’s the airline that hasn’t met a fee it doesn’t like to impose.

Human-Powered Flight Search

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The Best Washington DC Memorial

For years now – with every visit to Washington DC – we tease it. Well, it’s now time to “put a ring” on our pick for the top memorial in this attraction-rich city.

Requisite DC Cherry Blossom Festival Photos

We’re here in Washington D.C. for a bunch of reasons in addition to the advocating we talked about last time.  Despite the fact that nothing about our jam-packed visit has anything to do with the much ballyhooed Cherry Blossom Festival, we happen to be here in the midst of all the pink and white hubbub.

World, Here We Come – Our 7 Super Shots

Months ago, Michael over at Strux Travel was the first to tag us to participate in a project that asks participants to showcase 7 photos – super shots – that fall in the categories listed below.  

Tomorrow, our 2012 travel dominoes start to fall at breakneck speed. We’ve got some fun journies on the horizon. In honor of this upcoming round of amazing adventures, here they are – our 7 super shots from past travel.

A Travel Dream – Show Up at the Airport and Go Anywhere

Last Friday – armed with ‘buddy passes” from our airline friends, a small bag and our mobile office (a backpack) – we showed up at the airport and decided to go to, um, anywhere. Every traveler’s fantasy.

Luxury on a Budget in Rome

We’re back from Vegas, resuming a slower paced, blur-free life.

Here it is, the end of January, and we’re feeling way behind in our efforts to get our travel mapped out for 2012. We’re just starting to make progress brainstorming the outline of possible itineraries. One thing looks fairly certain. No Europe.

10 Tips On How to Find a Cheap Flight

I’m sharing 10 tips that I’ve collected over the years to help you save on flights. Now I am no travel expert when it comes to the best travel secrets out there. However,  I’ve been blogging for a few years, believe it or not, and I’ve read a lot of articles on travel and listened to hundreds of suggestions and I’ve come to learn one thing. What I am good at is organizing those suggestions and tips from other travel experts.

Off The Beaten Path is a Mindset

…we struggle with the whole idea of off the beaten path travel. Isn’t there the opportunity for something “new” where ever you are? Can’t something seemingly ordinary end up being momentous? Any experience – travel related or otherwise – is what you make it. That’s the conclusion we came to at least.

An Interview With Dave And Deb Of ThePlanetD – Canada’s Adventure Couple

For Canada’s Adventure Couple, Dave and Deb, travel is their full-time gig.  As most of us would say, “they’re living the dream.”  Which is true, they really are.  The couple, who both used to work in the film industry, became inspired by travel during their trip to Thailand back in 2000.  From then on, travel defined them more than their careers, and they searched for ways to turn their passion into a lifestyle.  Since their first trip to Thailand, they have climbed, paddled, hiked and biked their way through 5 continents doing everything from cycling across Africa, to driving across Mongolia. Not to mention, their adventure travel blog is on top of the charts, and I can truly say the couple inspire me each and every day.

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