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2019 Travel Bucket List South Africa – Where to Holiday THIS Year

Our 2019 travel bucket list South Africa, comes laden with surprises. Think you know South Africa? Think again… South Africa’s vastness means there are endless nooks and crannies lurking in amongst which you’ll find surprising mountain passes, caves, hamlets, little towns, or even whole cities that deserve a closer look. Scroll your way through our […] The post 2019 Travel Bucket List South Africa – Where to Holiday THIS Year appeared first on South Africa Travel.
Tags: Travel, South Africa, East London, Destinations, Springbok, Cederberg, Clarens, Ten (10) to Inspire, Greyton, Kaapsehoop, Sabie, Cape Overberg, Nieuwoudtville


Mexican Riviera Cruise Ports – Highlights and My Favorite Experiences

Sailing along the golden coast of Baja California has long been one of the most popular cruise itineraries – just watch reruns of “The Love Boat” if you don’t believe me. So when Crystal Cruises approached me about sailing with them in this near perfect part of the world, I very quickly accepted. Sailing from Puerto Vallarta to Los Angeles, most of the trip was along the shores of Baja California, an area that was completely new to me. Over the course of a week I enjoyed the many ports of call ...
Tags: Travel, California, Mexico, Americas, Los Angeles, San Diego, Cruising, Pacific Ocean, Destinations, La Paz, Baja California, Puerto Vallarta, Planes Trains Ships, El Faro, Mazatlan, Anaheim


Guadalupe, Gateway to the Dunes

Guadalupe Calif was once the location for a Hollywood blockbuster. This sleepy town in Santa Maria Valley has a Hollywood connection buried for 60 years.
Tags: Travel, Hollywood, California, Destinations, Santa Maria Valley, GUADALUPE Calif, Guadalupe Gateway


Detroit: Fueling up on Car Culture in the Motor City

Detroit, Motor City. A journey to the many museums and shrines to the automotive industry has a mechanic in car heaven, during a tour of Detroit, Michigan.
Tags: Travel, United States, Michigan, Detroit, Destinations, Motor City, Detroit Motor City


How to Visit and Enjoy Washington, DC In Spite of a Government Shutdown

No matter where you live, by now you have no doubt heard about the shutdown of the Federal Government across the U.S. The effects of this closure are many and widely felt but today I’m not going to talk about the politics of it. No, instead I want to share why now is actually a great time to visit Washington, DC and what the city has to offer in spite of the shutdown. Believe it or not, there’s a lot to experience and since 1) it is January and 2) visitors may think there’s not much to experien...
Tags: Travel, Congress, Washington, US, Washington Dc, National Mall, Michelin, Dc, Destinations, Metro, Dupont Circle, Georgetown, District, Jefferson Memorial, Washington Monument, U Street Corridor


Ticao: A Standout Island in the Philippines

Ticao, a small island in the Philippines, has something---it's like a distillation of the friendly Philippines vibe, with generosity, easy living and fish.
Tags: Travel, Asia, Philippines, Destinations, Ticao


Chicago’s Must See Riverfront

Chicago's riverfront has made incredibly exciting developments in the expanding city. Addition of family friendly activities and accomodations.
Tags: Travel, Chicago, Illinois, Destinations


A Disneyland Christmas – Tips and Lessons From My Holiday Experience

Planning a Christmastime trip to Disneyland can be a little daunting for anyone, especially for someone like me who is new to all things Disney. After an incredible, albeit brief, experience in the Happiest Place on Earth earlier in the year, I was excited to experience the park during the December holiday season. After a lot of research, I knew that Disneyland takes Christmas very seriously and in addition to all of the normal attractions, I couldn’t wait to enjoy the special events and foods ...
Tags: Travel, Disney, Los Angeles, Earth, Marriott, Luigi, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney, Destinations, Anaheim, Disney Parks, Hyatt House, Disney California Adventure, Disney California, Disneyland Resort Disney


19 Places to Travel in 2019

It’s a new year, which means it’s time for fresh new perspectives! What better way to gather perspective than to travel the world? A chance to explore places and cultures, and meet people unlike yourself. At AirTreks, we believe that travel is the pathway to transformation. What does it take to get started on stepping out and into the world? A spark of curiosity, a willingness to step outside of your comfort zone, and a dose of inspiration. That last part is where we come in! We pinged our trave...
Tags: Travel, Asia, South Korea, Europe, Russia, Barcelona, Rome, Thailand, Unesco, Malaysia, Pakistan, Santiago, Chile, Morocco, Mexico City, Dubai


France: What’s New in Normandy for 2019

Normandy is expecting to welcome many new things, with open arms, in 2019. Normandy is no place short of activities and attractions for tourists to relish.
Tags: Travel, France, Normandy, Destinations


Stay in the Middle of the Magic at the Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim

My head hit the pillow and I snuggled down into a soft cloud. Oh My goodness this bed is comfortable. I felt the exhaustion drain out of my body and my last thoughts before slipping into dreams of magic carpet rides was, “Oh this is exactly what the body needs after a long day at Disneyland.” And then at 5:05 I woke up. No alarms needed. I felt refreshed, alert and in awe of how I had slept like a log (not a baby as they don’t sleep). The girls had succumbed to the comfort that evening as well....
Tags: Travel, Usa, Pinterest, California, Disney, Los Angeles, Starbucks, Theme Parks, Snow White, Marco Polo, North America, Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Sam, Pluto


Brief Look at the New Tropical Hideaway in Disneyland

On my recent trip to the Disneyland Resort in California, I was lucky enough to be in the park when the newest restaurant offering opened – the Tropical Hideaway. Since it was brand new, I had to stop by for lunch and I’m thrilled that I did. Located in Adventureland between the Jungle Cruise and Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room, the quick service restaurant has a fun and exotic vibe that I resonated with right away. There’s no doubt that the epic popularity of the frozen treat the Dole Whip h...
Tags: Travel, California, Disneyland, Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney, Destinations, Good Eats, North America/hawaii, Dole, Adventureland, Tropical Hideaway, New Tropical Hideaway


6 Reasons to Stay at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale

If you follow us on social media, or on the blog, you might have seen that our stay at the Westin Kierland Resort and Spa in Scottsdale was to surprise my visiting family from Australia. Westin Kierland Resort Scottsdale We flew into Phoenix from our home in Raleigh, but they weren’t expecting to see us until two weeks later in Los Angeles for our trip to Disneyland. They were in Scottsdale staying at another hotel down the road to kick-off their four week USA road trip, so I thought why not...
Tags: Travel, Usa, New York, La, Los Angeles, Usda, Arizona, Las Vegas, North America, Grand Canyon, Destinations, Piper, Scottsdale, Phoenix, Raleigh, Sedona




Samantha Brown: The Most Recognized Woman in Travel TV

An interview with Samantha Brown, the most recognized woman in travel television. Hosting "Places to Love" on PBS and running a stylish luggage line.
Tags: Travel, Pbs, Samantha Brown, Destinations, Womens Travel, Women's Travel


How to save on New Orleans Attractions with the New Orleans Sightseeing Pass

I totally geek out on discounted attraction passes. Why? Because I love tours. They offer you insight into the local history and culture that you may not necessarily pick up on your own. Sometimes you can. You can spend hours wandering and reading plaques, but that can be an exhausting experience. Depending on your mood for the day (and distractions) you may only take some of it in. And you don’t get the local lore and myths woven in – those stories that leave you wondering if you’ve just been h...
Tags: Travel, Usa, New York, US, Best, New Orleans, Airbnb, Lafayette, Louisiana, North America, Travel Tips, Family Travel, Destinations, Mississippi River, Savannah, Williamsburg


6 of the Top Ecotourism Destinations in South Africa

Ecotourism destinations in South Africa are some of the most beautiful in the world. The country’s natural areas are conserved in a series of UNESCO world heritage sites, nature reserves and national parks, which is why South Africa makes it onto the list of the 17 most megadiverse countries in the world. Fact: South Africa […] The post 6 of the Top Ecotourism Destinations in South Africa appeared first on South Africa Travel.
Tags: Travel, Unesco, South Africa, Attractions, Destinations, Ten (10) to Inspire


19 Places You Should Visit in 2019

2018 is now officially over, thank goodness, and since this is the start of the New Year I thought I would share some of my top travel picks for 2019. Some are obvious choices, others a little more unexpected but all are amazing places to discover for one reason or another. Also, these are in NO PARTICULAR ORDER. I don’t want to see anyone complaining that one destination is ranked higher or lower than another one; they all have my love and admiration. Non-Coastal USA I explored a lot of my ow...
Tags: Travel, Asia, Europe, Usa, Australia, China, Germany, Southeast Asia, India, Africa, Disney, US, America, Colombia, Thailand, Frankfurt


Best Tips for Planning a Trip to the Grand Canyon With Kids

If you are planning a trip to the Grand Canyon with kids, you are in the right place! In September we enjoyed an unforgettable two day Grand Canyon vacation as part of a four week road trip with my visiting family from Australia. My kids with my sister and her husband and daughter My parents, sister and her family flew into Phoenix from Sydney where I met them after flying in from our home in Raleigh, and high on their wish list was a family trip to the  Grand Canyon Arizona! Caz and I previ...
Tags: Travel, Utah, Usa, Colorado, Australia, La, US, America, Williams, Bill Clinton, Arizona, Sydney, Paul Mccartney, Las Vegas, Nevada, North America


Best unexpected travel destinations

Classic destinations like Barcelona, Tokyo, and NYC rack up huge numbers of visitors every year — and show no signs of stopping. While those cities no doubt deserve spots near the top of your travel bucket list, sometimes it’s the underdog that really takes your breath away, particularly if that means getting somewhere special before the masses. From way up north in Finland to the American South, here are 10 surprising destinations we loved in 2018 and will continue to rave about in the new y...
Tags: Travel, Silk Road, Asia, Africa, US, Macedonia, Arctic, Angola, Finland, Kenya, Santa Claus, Uzbekistan, Miami, Napa, Lapland, Moldova


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


Herefordshire and the Wye Valley in Central England

Hereford is more than a cathedral, ancient documents, and a breed of beef-cattle. It’s a city in the county of Herefordshire England, 16-miles from Wales.
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, Hereford, Destinations, Herefordshire, Central England, Wye Valley, Herefordshire England, Historic Travel


Disneyland at Christmas – Very Rough First Thoughts

I had intended to write a much longer post, and I will, but then I had to deal with flight delays and, well, that longer post isn’t going to happen today. However, I didn’t want the holiday to pass without at least sharing a little bit of what my very remarkable experience at Disneyland was like just a few days before Christmas, so here’s a small taste. It wasn’t my intention to be at Disneyland the weekend before Christmas, but I’m so glad it turned out that way. I was on a cruise that ended i...
Tags: Travel, La, Disney, Los Angeles, Disneyland, Destinations, Anaheim, Disney California Adventure


A Dream Disneyland Trip (Things to do in Disneyland, Anaheim)

We went to Disneyland® Park for 10-days with my Dad’s side of the family. It was so awesome, and I’m excited to share our dream Disneyland trip with you. But we didn’t just have a couple of family members with us, we had a whole crew. 15 people to be exact! Meeting Mickey Mouse with all my family Yep, that’s right. Four cousins, two Aunts, two Uncles, a boyfriend, and Nan and Pop ( Grand Parents) and us. As you could probably tell, we didn’t get everything done. So Savannah and I have an exc...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Maleficent, California, Disney, Haunted Mansion, Earth, Brooklyn, New Orleans, North America, Pixar, Disney California Adventure Park, Disneyland, Pluto, Belle, Donald Duck


10 Epic South African Highlights You Can’t Ignore

First time visitor to South Africa? These South African highlights are for you. Because whilst there are many other attractions and beautiful places, it’s these 10 South African highlights that will give you a real taste for the country. Exploring South Africa can take you from hip and trendy cities to deep into the star-studded […] The post 10 Epic South African Highlights You Can’t Ignore appeared first on South Africa Travel.
Tags: Travel, South Africa, Attractions, Destinations, The Garden Route, Kruger National Park, Drakensberg, Wild Coast, Ten (10) to Inspire, Epic South


Best Beach Cottage Holidays in South Africa

Beach cottage holidays in South Africa – One can’t help but bring to mind beach cottage holidays when one thinks of South Africa. Beach house stays that include rickety wooden walkways down to white, sandy beaches that stretch for miles… The country has kilometres of coastline, much of it given over to holiday villages and […] The post Best Beach Cottage Holidays in South Africa appeared first on South Africa Travel.
Tags: Travel, Accommodation, South Africa, Destinations, Atlantic Seaboard, Namaqualand, Ten (10) to Inspire, Cape West Coast, Best Beach Cottage Holidays, South Africa Beach


Italy: The Best of Basilicata

The best of Basilicata can be found in the hidden gem of Matera, Italy's "Best Kept Secret." Cave dwellings, hilltop towns and ancient history.
Tags: Travel, Europe, Italy, Destinations, Basilicata, Matera Italy


My Easy Love For Santa Fe, New Mexico

I’m a planner by heart, and spending months outlining every day of my drive along Route 66 was almost as much fun as the trip itself. Almost. Although our pace was speedy, there were a few spots along the way where I knew I wanted some extra time to explore, like Santa Fe. I had never been to New Mexico before and I was excited to explore its many quirky spots, including its capital city. Thankfully, I was correct in my assumptions about Santa Fe, and my time there quickly became a highlight of ...
Tags: Travel, Usa, Mexico, US, Unesco, New Mexico, Santa Fe, Destinations, Santa Fe New Mexico, Taos, La Posada, La Posada de Santa Fe, Santa Fe La Posada, Santa Fe Loop, My Easy Love For Santa Fe New Mexico, Taos Taos Long


One Trip, Two Cities: Experiencing the Best of Manchester & York

To be fair, there’s just such an incredible diversity of places to visit in Northern England that a trip could be enjoyed assembling any number of different cities and towns. I just happened to visit Manchester and York, which is what I want to share today. Although they’re separated by a short and easy 1-hour train ride, the two cities could not be more different, offering a great balance for would-be travelers. York I always knew I’d love but Manchester won me over when, frankly, I wasn’t so ...
Tags: Travel, Europe, UK, England, Liverpool, Manchester, Yorkshire, Belfast, John, William, Visitbritain, Northern England, Clifford, Destinations, York, Andy


FICO Eataly World in Bologna is a Gastronomic Celebration

Bologna Italy, the center of the country and its capital of gastronomy has a new attraction for foodies, the FICO Eataly World, on 2.5 acres of land.
Tags: Travel, Cooking, Europe, Sustainability, Italy, Bologna, Destinations, Vegetarian, Bologna Italy, Gastronomy



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