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50 Photos that tell our 2018 story

Year in Review: 50 Photos from our 2018 travels Every year we have good intentions to write our ‘Year in Review’ posts before the year is complete. And, every year, we fall short of this goal. This year was no different. We had a wonderful end to the year and have spent the past week catching up and getting our lives back on track. 2018 will go down as the milestone year. We celebrated 10 years of marriage with a vow renewal ceremony on the beach in Mexico. We celebrated Cameron’s 40th birt...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Europe, Photography, Mexico, Toronto, Spain, Canada, Portugal, Cameron, Miami, Vancouver, Victoria, Connor, Whistler, Quebec

Off the Grid in Belize With Island Expeditions

What does the word "luxury" really mean when you're heading to Belize? This is, after all, a country where nature is the main draw and there are exactly zero international luxury hotel chains. (Just a lot of really nice independent ones.) There are places where you will get turndown service, a driver in a nice SUV, or a villa with a view, but you can get those things almost anywhere around the world. We think the best reasons to come to Belize are the experiences, especially the ones that brin...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Central America, Caribbean, Adventure Travel, Belize, Kayaking, Awesome View, Travel Life, Luxury Travel Features, Adventure Tours, Off The Grid, Glover, Snorkeling, Belize adventure, Belize With Island

Conchs may soon extinct in Bahamas

If you visited the Bahamas and bought a pretty conch shell as a souvenir, hang onto it tight. The archipelago is known for its large conch population, but that’s exactly where the creatures are finding it difficult to reproduce. Many conch communities have been devastated by overfishing, making reproduction, an already-demanding affair for these sea slugs, extremely difficult. Some studies even suggest that Bahamian conchs could be extinct within 10 years. The extinction of the conch would be...
Tags: Travel, Florida, National Geographic, Bahamas, Caribbean, All, Overfishing, Bahamas National Trust, Conchs, Bahamas Department of Marine Resources, Kough, Shelly Cant Woodside

One Two Free: How To Maximize Rental Car Rewards with National Car Rental for Your Next Vacation

The following post is sponsored by National Car Rental but, as always, all thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. Travel has always been an obsession of mine, even when I wasn’t a full-time blogger. Working a traditional job, I thought every day about how to maximize both my precious vacation days as well as points and miles to use on those personal trips. I travel a lot for work as a full-time blogger, so over time I have gradually built up enough points and miles to use for one big person...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Latin America, Caribbean, Top Travel Tips, Emerald Club, National Car Rental, National Car Rental 's Emerald Club, Qualifying Rental

The spiciest cuisines in the world

The chile pepper is as divisive a food as there is. People can either handle the heat and enjoy the pain, or they avoid every bit of pepper like it’s the plague. The group of people in the middle know their limit and stick to the devil they know. When traveling abroad to a chile-pepper-loving country, however, you can be in for a fiery surprise. Every chile pepper — from China to Ethiopia to Peru and back — originally comes from Central and South America. The plant spread around the world dur...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, China, India, Africa, Thailand, South Africa, Chile, Ethiopia, Peru, Kenya, Jamaica, Mozambique, Caribbean, Karnataka, All


Nicaragua officially the republic is the largest country in the central Americas isthmus bordered by Honduras to the NW the Caribbean to the east costa Rica to the South and the pacific ocean to the SW. Managua is the capitol and the 3rd largest city i
Tags: Travel, Honduras, Nicaragua, Caribbean, South, Managua, Rica

Top 10 Reasons Why I Like AmaWaterways

Because there are river cruises…and then there are river cruises. Just like Caribbean cruises, Europe river cruises visit almost the same ports and cities. With so… The post Top 10 Reasons Why I Like AmaWaterways appeared first on Cruise Maven.
Tags: Travel, Europe, Featured, Rivers, Caribbean, River Cruises, River Cruise, Danube River Cruises, AmaWaterways, AmaWaterways Europe river cruise

Why you need to visit French Guiana

During the 2014 World Cup , French Guiana got the geographical equivalent of 15 minutes of fame. A place a good portion of the world didn’t know existed, much less could find on a map, was highlighted in numerous maps of World Cup stadiums around Brazil, as well as the subject of a number of “interesting places to travel around the World Cup” stories in the months leading up to the event. And that was the last most of the world thought about it. It’s not the world’s fault, really. Getting to t...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Florida, US, Paris, Italy, Avis, Brazil, New Orleans, South America, Laos, Caribbean, Martinique, Buenos Aires, Canary Islands, Cacao

Norwegian liquor travels the world

People have different definitions of what it means to be well-traveled. For some, it means a big portion of your time is spent exploring new places. To others, it simply means racking up passport stamps. Every drop of Linie Aquavit, a spirit from Norway, is well-traveled regardless of how you define it. In fact, all of the Linie sold since 1821 has seen more of the world than the vast majority of humans. Before being bottled, Linie is aged in 500-liter barrels that previously held Oloroso she...
Tags: Travel, Japan, New York, Instagram, Australia, Kentucky, Scotland, Singapore, US, New Hampshire, Norway, Scandinavia, Baltimore, Panama, Caribbean, Tacoma

Best places to travel this February

Though for much of the world February is the cold, barren home stretch of winter, it’s also one of the cheapest times of the year to travel since everyone is still feeling the burn in their wallets left by the holiday season. Well, what are a few extra hundred bucks on the Amex if it means killer flight deals and almost no crowds? While Carnival and Mardi Gras fall in early March this year, plenty of Carribean destinations will be kicking off their celebrations early in February, giving you a...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Hollywood, Travel Planning, Kentucky, Oregon, La, Los Angeles, Taiwan, Antarctica, Finland, Willamette, Nye, Vancouver, Lapland, Vietnam

What to do in the Canary Islands

The Canary Islands are mostly known as a tropical vacation getaway. This archipelago of seven main islands and several smaller ones, owned by Spain but lying off the coast of West Africa, attracts European travelers looking for sun, sand, and, of course, an epic party scene. Many travelers, however, miss out on what makes the islands truly unique. Unlike most Caribbean islands, the Canaries are rugged and volcanic, with black sand beaches and even desert-like landscapes. Sure, you could book...
Tags: Travel, Africa, Spain, Atlantic, Tenerife, West Africa, Airbnb, Caribbean, Canary Islands, Gran Canaria, All, Sahara, Playa, Fuerteventura, Paolo, Teide Observatory

JetBlue ‘Hamilton’ sweepstakes

Seeing Hamilton on Broadway is great, but seeing the hit musical in Puerto Rico is better. Starting January 10, JetBlue is offering a daily sweepstakes that might just land you free show tickets, as well as a free last-minute vacation to Puerto Rico. As a sponsor of Hamilton on the Caribbean island, JetBlue is giving five winners — and a companion of their choice — a free flight to Puerto Rico, premium tickets to Hamilton, and a one-night hotel stay in San Juan. The retail value of each gra...
Tags: Travel, Broadway, Jfk, Jetblue, Caribbean, Sweepstakes, Hamilton, Jfk Airport, Puerto Rico, San Juan, All

Kayak travel hacks best times to fly

Getting tips on travel is kinda like getting dating advice from relatives at a wedding. Every time you look up, someone is offering some sage wisdom about how to time it right, avoid the pitfalls, and get the most for your money, so to speak. And listening to all of it gets you so overwhelmed that you just wanna say “forget it” and stay home with a bottle of Chianti and Netflix. Of course, unlike with dating, the travel world has actual, quantifiable authorities who base their advice on more ...
Tags: Travel, Netflix, Mexico City, Middle East, Shirley, Houston, Travel Hacks, Caribbean, Kayak, All, Disneyworld, Europe Asia, Chianti, North America South America, Kayak Travel Hacks, Travel Hacker Guide

Where to travel by zodiac sign

Maybe you think astrology is stupid. Maybe you think it’s a bunch of hippie-dippy junk science people use to excuse bad behavior. “Well you should have known I was going to was going to cheat on you, Janet. I’m a Scorpio!” Ok, well put that aside for a second. Because if you buy into astrology — if only for the time it takes to read your horoscope — it can be pretty entertaining. And sometimes, surprisingly accurate. Besides, even if you’re not into astrology, there’s a good chance someone yo...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Instagram, Montana, Mexico, La, Israel, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, America, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Barcelona, Colombia, Thailand, Maine

Share a tip on affordable winter sun for the chance to win a £200 hotel voucher

Tell us about budget ways to dodge the rain and cold – destinations, things to do and places to eat and stayWith Christmas and New Year over, the months ahead can seem a grind of grey skies and cold winds. So we’d love to hear about ways you’ve escaped the British winter – without spending a fortune.You may have basked in January heat in the Canaries or southern Med, soaked up souks in north Africa, or snagged a bargain flight to a balmy destination in Asia. We’re looking for budget breaks, so t...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Africa, Caribbean, South America Tell

How The U.S. Government Shutdown Affects Traveling Americans And Visitors From Abroad

The United States Federal Government has been partially closed since December 22nd, indefinitely, until the Congress with the president’s approval can pass a budget to allocate funds for several major agencies. Since government shutdowns like the one in Washington DC are exceedingly rare elsewhere in the developed world, the procedures and cutbacks pertaining to services, travel or otherwise can be unclear. Many are ad-hoc to an extent; based in part on how long the showshutdown will last. For ...
Tags: Travel, Money, Congress, Washington, Mexico, Advice, Wikipedia, New York City, US, Nasa, Austin, United States, Washington Dc, Treasury, Tsa, State Department

What to do in Puerto Viejo

The beach town of Puerto Viejo de Talamanca is located on the Caribbean coast of beautiful Costa Rica. The African slave trade forcefully brought people here in the 16th century when slaves accompanied Spanish colonizers and were made to work on cacao plantations. When African descendants in Puerto Viejo were emancipated after slavery was abolished in 1923, they were joined by Afro-Caribbeans from Panama, Nicaragua, and Colombia, and formed settlements along the coast. Today, the unique Afro-...
Tags: Travel, Colombia, Costa Rica, Latin America, Caribbean, All, Salsa Brava, Puerto Viejo, Panama Nicaragua, Bribri, International Surfing Association, Playa Negra, Cahuita National Park, Ancel, Misael, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Crystal Cruises: What The Luxury Cruise Experience is Really Like

In 2003, I boarded a large cruise ship on a sailing of the Western Caribbean. I call this itinerary a training wheel cruise for would-be travelers because they offer a good first insight into what the experience is all about. Since then I’ve been on many other cruises in nearly every corner of the world, averaging at least one or two a year. It’s not how I always decide to travel, but it is a style I enjoy and over the years I have fine-tuned what it is I like and don’t like about certain compa...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, Los Angeles, Antarctica, San Diego, Michelin, Cruising, Pacific, Caribbean, Crystal, Crystal Cruises, La Paz, Baja California, Puerto Vallarta, Planes Trains Ships, Cabo San Lucas

My Year in Travel 2018

2018 has been my best travel year to date. 8 trips around 13 countries most of them I haven't gotten round to sharing here so I'll do a round up now.January brought my first trip to the Caribbean with a weeklong cruise round the Eastern Caribbean.
Tags: Travel, Caribbean

The best family trips for 2019

It’s the start of a new year, and that means it’s time to make some family travel resolutions and start planning. Whether you want to explore more national parks and state parks, introduce the kids to urban culture in cities like New York, or take them overseas — say, to New Zealand — these are our favorite family travel destinations for the year ahead. 1. Bozeman, Montana Photo: Jeremy Janus Photography/Shutterstock Head to Montana for spring break, and you’ll still catch plenty of spr...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Europe, New York, Sweden, California, Montana, Mexico, New York City, US, America, Tenerife, New Zealand, West Coast, North America, Seattle

Best new hotels to check out in 2019

Whether it's for business or pleasure, travelers these days are savvier than ever about their hotel choices. They demand ultraluxe amenities, show-stopping design, Instagrammable views and unparalleled comfort. Circulation-boosting pillows, anyone?And that's just for starters.Luckily, the newest batch of hotels and resorts have stepped up to the travel challenge.From castaway-chic bungalows in the Caribbean and the Maldives to sleek hideaways in the hearts of Paris and Barcelona, we've ha...
Tags: Travel, Barcelona, Paris, Maldives, Caribbean

20 Tips for Traveling Alone for the First Time

Is this the year you will finally take that first solo trip? I was probably like you 12 years ago obsessing on how I was more intimidated than excited about traveling alone for the first time. In 2006 I left my corporate career to take a career break and travel around the world for a year primarily solo. I had never undertaken anything like this before and wasn’t an experienced traveler. The fear of traveling alone for the first time poured out of me in the form of tears. As my sister left me in...
Tags: Travel, Google, Germany, India, San Francisco, Spain, Ireland, Nepal, Santiago, Morocco, Italy, State Department, Google Maps, Caribbean, Solo Travel, First Time

Matador staff's favorite trips 2018

The Matador staff is based all around the world, which means we’re a well-traveled bunch. In 2018, team members went across the globe — sometimes for fun, sometimes for work, and sometimes for a mix of both. We explored the polar-bear-filled north and surfed the coast of Spain. Some of us went to cities; others took on the great outdoors. Some of us got to know our own backyards a little better. All of us took along our one piece of gear we can’t travel without. If you want a guaranteed amazi...
Tags: Travel, Europe, New York, Indonesia, Southeast Asia, America, Spain, Barcelona, Thailand, Atlantic, Egypt, Malaysia, Santiago, Idaho, Hawaii, Galicia

12 Amazing Things to do in Cartagena

Located on Colombia’s Caribbean coastline, Cartagena was founded in 1533. It was one of the main ports from which gold and silver poured back to Spain and at which enslaved Africans arrived in South America. Consequently, there are lots of historic sights on show. Because Cartagena was vulnerable to pirate attacks, its Old Town is
Tags: Travel, Spain, Colombia, South America, Caribbean, Old Town, Cartagena

Man sets out to cross Atlantic

If Colin O’Brady’s epic traverse of Antarctica wasn’t enough action for you this week, 71-year-old Jean-Jacques Savin has just set out to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a barrel. The Frenchman, a former military paratrooper, left Spain’s Canary Islands yesterday with the aim of traveling 2,800 miles to the Caribbean in just three months. The barrel is about 10 feet long and seven meters wide, with a 64-square-foot living space containing a bed, kitchen, storage, and a small porthole in the botto...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, UK, Spain, Atlantic, Antarctica, Caribbean, Canary Islands, All, Atlantic Ocean, Colin O'brady, Savin, BBC News More, Jean Jacques Savin, Barrel Riding, Tonneau Facebook Savin

British cruise ship entertainer missing after falling overboard in Caribbean

US coast guard searching for Royal Caribbean crew membe
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My Favorite 2018 Travel Experiences

It’s that time of year again, when we all reflect on the previous 12 months and for me that means reflecting on the great travel experiences I was fortunate enough to enjoy. This list is more than just about far-flung locales, it’s about travel experiences that were special, many times unique and oftentimes just a whole lot of fun. Sure, we learn and grow as people when we travel, but the experience is also supposed to be fun and for me, these moments were amongst the best I enjoyed in 2018. I...
Tags: Travel, Asia, China, Germany, India, Disney, Los Angeles, Chicago, Thailand, Ireland, Alaska, Diana, Iceland, Disneyland, Bavaria, Caribbean

How to Become a House Sitter and Never Pay for Accommodation

Updated: 12/24/2018 | December 24th, 2018 A lot of readers were interested in learning more about house-sitting (watching people’s houses while they’re away in exchange for free accommodation). I’ve never done it, but Dalene and Pete from Hecktic Travels do it all the time, so I brought them in to talk more about the subject. Enjoy! As I write this, I’m sitting in a comfortable leather recliner in front of three large bay windows. In my view are tall pines covered in healthy green moss, as wel...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, London, Australia, Accommodation, Ireland, House, House Sitter, Manhattan, Honduras, North America, Travel Tips, Skype, Caribbean, Harlem

Mexico Cancun and Playa del Carmen

Love the amazing cenotes and the good food. The the Caribbean blue of course.
Tags: Travel, Caribbean, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico Cancun

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