Port # 6- St. Maarten/St. Martin

DESTINATION: St. Maarten/St. Martin, Caribbean 5 THINGS TO SEE AND DO HERE: Grab a drink or lunch at Sunset Beach Bar while you wait to watch the jets take off and land over Maho Beach.  Take a circle island tour and see both the Dutch and the French sides of the island. (If you collect foreign coins like…

Dolphins and Monkeys-Port #5- St. Kitts

After spending an adventure filled day in awe of the natural beauty of St. Lucia, Dustin and I headed up to St. Kitts. We woke up early and again watched the sun rise over the islands as our ship approached Port Zante, which is just outside of the capital city of Basseterre.   I was particularly excited…

A Perfect Day in St. Lucia-Port #4

When imagining tropical paradise, my mind has always bounced between a colorful collage of images that I have seen online of Bora Bora, Fiji, Hawaii and St. Lucia. All of those places have always been high on my bucket list of places that I want to visit. A few months ago, I was casually looking at vacation packages online (as I frequently…

A Once-In-A-Lifetime Experience in Barbados- Port #3

After leaving the picture perfect island of St. Thomas, we spent a full day and night at sea travelling south to Barbados. When researching the island prior to our trip, one excursion in particular stood out to us both that completely surpassed the others. We found a company called Atlantis that gives tours in a genuine underwater…

Southern Caribbean Cruise- Port #2- St. Thomas, USVI

Almost all of the sailing between islands during our cruise was done at night. We left Puerto Rico at 10pm on our first night and woke up in St. Thomas, which is part of the US Virgin Islands, around 7am. For someone who likes to travel as much as me, it was a magical feeling going…

Southern Caribbean Cruise-Our Ship, Carnival Fascination

After spending a day in Puerto Rico before our cruise left, it was finally time to board our ship and get the real vacation started! We had been so anxious for months leading up to this trip so it was exciting to finally be experiencing it! When I booked the trip, I noticed an option to…

Southern Caribbean Cruise-Port #1- Puerto Rico

For Dustin’s birthday this year, I wanted to do something special. He is always going all out for mine (like a year and a half ago for my 30th birthday when he booked us a room on the Grand Canal in Venice to celebrate). So this year, I planned something big! I knew how much Dustin has been itching…

Agawa Canyon/ Mackinac Island

A few years back, Dustin and I took a couple days off of work and went up north for a nice long weekend getaway. We drove about 5 1/2 hours to Sault Ste. Marie where we caught a train to take us to through Algoma Country and the Canadian Shield to Agawa Canyon, so we could enjoy the…

First Glimpse of the Pacific- Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

Three and a half years ago, Dustin and I took a trip to Costa Rica. We spent the first half of the trip zip lining, rappelling down waterfalls and adventuring in La Fortuna and then moved on to the coast for the second half of our trip. We had purchased a vacation package which included airfare…

Exploring Antigua, Guatemala

*Some of the photo credits go to my friends from the trip: Beca, Jessica, and Jenna, and my Dad, Gary* On the final day of our voluntourism trip to Guatemala, we were able to spend a day sightseeing in Antigua, Guatemala. I had never even heard of this jewel of a city before my trip…

Sharing the Love- Voluntourism in Guatemala

In October this year, I had the privilege of joining my dad and a lovely group of people from Shoreline Church in Monterey, California on an eye-opening humanitarian mission trip to Guatemala. I call it a “voluntourism” trip because after all of our volunteer work, we were able to sightsee a bit. I went on a mission trip…

New Year’s Eve in the Big Cherry

A lot of people associate New Year’s Eve with “The Big Apple”, or New York City, because of the festivities held there in Times Square each December 31st. This year, instead of doing our usual routine of going out in our hometown, we decided to try something different, because the local celebrations had been pretty sleepy the…