Travel Visas: What Cruisers Need to Know

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How to Choose the Best Shore Excursions for Your Cruise

Booking a cruise comes with a moment of excitement. You've done it! You waded through all the options and prices and websites. You are going on a cruise. Now what? Almost as soon as your fingertips leave the keys, you start to think about all the fun things you will...

21 Ways Luxury Cruises are so Un-cruisey

Luxury Cruises Go Beyond the Cruise Norm No tipping. On luxury cruises, tips are usually either included in the cruise fare (without any break down) or are added to your bill automatically. This is a trend across all levels of cruising but has been...

Updated! Scuba Diving Bonaire on the Cheap

If you scuba dive you have no doubt heard of Bonaire. You've probably dreamed of Bonaire. The island in the deep Southern Caribbean, neighbor to Aruba and Curacao, is ringed by one of the most protected reef systems in the world. The reefs have been...

It’s Cherry Blossom Season!

Everywhere you turn it seems there's another sign of spring. The daffodils are beginning to open and trees are budding—especially the cherry trees. I recently had the opportunity to compile a list of fifty places around the world where you can celebrate...

#TravelTruth: Everybody’s a Travel Writer

I have a love-hate relationship with those pop-up Facebook memories. I love seeing what went on in my life three years ago, eight years ago, or last year for that matter. What I hate is that my posts lack depth. There is usually only a photo and a line or...

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Purposeful Travel Made Easy

Purposeful Travel Sounds Complicated When you think of purposeful travel, what comes to mind? To me, it sounds like it must involve soul searching, dirt digging, and world changing. I think the term has taken on that meaning when referring to voluntourism...

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Travel Visas: What Cruisers Need to Know

This is not a sponsored post. I have not been paid to...

How to Choose the Best Shore Excursions for Your Cruise

Booking a cruise comes with a moment of excitement. You've...

21 Ways Luxury Cruises are so Un-cruisey

Luxury Cruises Go Beyond the Cruise Norm No...

Updated! Scuba Diving Bonaire on the Cheap

If you scuba dive you have no doubt heard of...