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5 Reasons to Travel with Others

In my last post I wrote about the awesomeness of traveling on your own, but there are some definite benefits of traveling with other people, too. This post is dedicated to the joys of sharing travel experiences with friends and family! 1. There is Always Someone to Watch Your Bags This is an excellent reason to… Continue reading 5 Reasons to Travel with Others

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Swarming Saigon

Originally published on 7 January 2016. Yes, SWARMING! That is the best word I can think of to describe the traffic in downtown Ho Chi Minh City most hours of the day. After a bit of pool time on Wednesday afternoon, Steve and I decided to venture out to the Museum of Ho Chi Minh… Continue reading Swarming Saigon

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Valiant Vilnius

Do you dream of a castle on a hillside? Elaborate buildings that are truly works of art? Old world charm? Little churches on every corner? Then you’ve been dreaming of Vilnius, Lithuania. It’s not a fairytale land, it’s real! Arriving at the Vilnius airport was easy. Since we had a layover in Frankfurt and entered… Continue reading Valiant Vilnius


5 of My Favorite Things: Alexandria, VA

It’s my birthday! So today I’m highlighting my most favorite city in the world, the city I chose to live in for four beautiful years, Alexandria, Virginia. If you love fantastic food, beautiful views, farmers’ markets, or romance, Alexandria might be the place for you! Here’s a quick list of my top 5 favorite things… Continue reading 5 of My Favorite Things: Alexandria, VA


Galapagos Island Hopping Tour

Originally published August 2015. Updated April 2020. Welcome back! Friday dawned early for us. That’s a nice benefit of being two hours behind where your body thinks you are; you wake up early and get going with your day! We went down for breakfast, and can you believe they had banana cake for breakfast? And… Continue reading Galapagos Island Hopping Tour


Day 1 in the Galapagos Islands

Originally published right after our trip in August 2015. Updated April 2020. We arrived! Now to pay to get in. Even though people actually live on some of the islands, the whole archipelago is a national park, and you have to pay $100 per person (cash) to visit. Fortunately, we knew that in advance and… Continue reading Day 1 in the Galapagos Islands


Nine Hours in Quito

Originally published 16 August 2015.  Welcome, friends! Or shall I say, bienvenidos, amigos! My Love has whisked me away for the birthday trip of a lifetime to… The Galapagos! But first we needed to make a stop in the world’s highest capitol city: Quito, Ecuador! Off to Dulles (the DC airport closest to us)! Next stop, Houston!… Continue reading Nine Hours in Quito


Three Nights in Bangkok

“One night in Bangkok and the world’s your oyster The bars are temples but the pearls ain’t free You’ll find a god in every golden cloister And if you’re lucky then the god’s a she” —One Night in Bangkok, Murray Head So what if you spend three nights in Bangkok? Find out what happens below! The trip… Continue reading Three Nights in Bangkok

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Last Days Down Under!

Originally published on 17 August 2013. It’s our last day in Cairns, and it’s time for breakfast! We found a place near the Esplanade with a buffet that reminded me of Ireland’s breakfast because it included baked beans! Also on the buffet were stewed tomatoes with Italian herbs (so it tasted like spaghetti sauce), eggs, sausages,… Continue reading Last Days Down Under!