Pasta Recipe: Easy Spaghetti Carbonara with Bacon

I LOVE PASTA After visiting Italy for the second time, I felt a strong need to share my love some of my favorite Italian pasta dishes with friends—especially carbonara. The only problem is that making carbonara can get tricky. But you know me—I can find a...

Milan: The Duomo and the Galleria in Photos

The city center in Milan is a photographer's dream. The architecture unfolds detail by detail, changing subtly with every hour of changing daylight. This is a post for The Weekly Postcard Blog Link-up. Find other great travel posts by clicking on the badge...

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...

#TravelTruth: 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...

Gear Up! For Snorkeling

Note: This post contains affiliate links. Specifically, the photos and some text may link to products on Amazon.com. Read our policy here. Fins for Snorkeling There are two basic types of fins available, open-heel and full-foot. If you dive and snorkel or are serious...

Catch Up on Our Travel Pulse Stories

Stories on Travel Pulse These are often the first stories we write when we return home, mainly because Travel Pulse excites us. We hope it does the same for you. Our spring travels took us back to Bonaire to see the new Marriott Courtyard, which we adored. We also...

Shore Diving on Bonaire

Is shore diving right for you? Self-guided shore diving adds a whole new dimension to your diving repertoire. It's inexpensive and leisurely. You start and finish on your own schedule, seeing what you want to see, not what a dive guide wants to show you. If that...

PADI Women Scuba Diving Update

An Update from PADI My recent story about why women should learn to scuba dive got the attention of a spokesperson from certification agency PADI. It seems that my stats on women divers were old. More women are learning to dive every year. Yay! And PADI is determined...

New Sony Xperia XZ Premium vs. Travel Writer

Sony Xperia XZ Premium Travel Writer Review It seemed like fate when Best Buy asked me to review the new Sony Xperia XZ Premium phone since I have been writing a bit lately about smartphone photography and travel photography in general. This phone is set to take...

Why Scuba Dive? 12 Reasons Women Should Learn to Dive

Why I Learned to Scuba Dive I learned to scuba dive twenty-five years ago. I did it because I had a love/hate relationship with snorkeling. I desperately wanted to see more of the ocean and the animals that live beneath the waves, but snorkeling didn't get me close...

10 Things You Need to Know About Cruise Ship Scuba Diving

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Breaking Bread and Barriers: Lunch with a Slovenian Millennial and a Vintner

Is there such a thing as too much Slovenian...
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Cruising 101: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Cruising, But Were Afraid to Ask

Cruising 101: You Don't Know What You Don't...
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