NORTH AMERICA, SIGHTSEEING, TRAVEL TIPS

MOST INSTAGRAMMABLE SPOTS IN THE BAHAMAS AND HOW TO FIND THEM

If you’re dreaming of a trip to the Bahamas its probably because you’ve seen some amazing pictures. The Bahamas is full of Instagrammable spots you can’t find anywhere else. But the Bahamas are huge. Where are those amazing spots you don’t want to miss? I’ll share with you some of my favorite spots and how to find them. Swimming Pigs Probably the most Instagrammable spot in all of the Bahamas is Big Major Cay in the Exumas, home of the famous swimming pigs. This beach is better known as Pig Beach and is completely uninhabited by humans and only accessible by boat. As soon as you arrive, the pigs swim out to your boat hoping to be fed. Please be aware that the pigs are known to get a little aggressive. If you want to see them, you can go on a private boat or with a tour from another island in the Exumas. As of recently there’s tours from Nassau as well, but expect it to be a very long day. Stingrays at Honeymoon Harbour Honeymoon Harbour is a small uninhabited beach South of Bimini, famous for their clear waters and stingray encounters. The stingrays are used to being […]

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KID-FRIENDLY, MOTHERHOOD, NORTH AMERICA, SIGHTSEEING

where to take your kids this summer in miami

This week I teamed up with the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) to visit some kid-friendly places around Miami. I always forget to get out and explore in Miami because it’s my hometown. But the truth is that Miami is full of great activities for the whole family. If you’re a mom living in Miami that needs some new ideas to keep the kids entertained during what’s left of summer break or a mom visiting Miami with your kids, these 3 places are definitely worth a visit! Miami Children’s Museum Our first stop was at Miami Children’s Museum and I can’t believe we hadn’t been yet. I assumed my daughter was still too young (she just turned 2), but I was sooooo wrong. It is nothing like the museums I remember visiting as a kid. This museum was fun, interactive and honestly, just so cool!  Miami Children’s Museum has 2 floors of exhibits, each with its very own theme. Our favorites exhibits were the Music Makers Studio, the Multi-Sensory Room and the All About Art exhibit.  The Music Makers Studio has a huge piano that you play when you step on it. We spent quite some time running […]

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NORTH AMERICA, TRAVEL TIPS

Tour of Our School Bus turned Tiny Home – 2 Cool 4 Skool Bus

I haven’t been as active as I would like lately, but it’s for a really good reason. My husband and I have been working on converting a school bus into a tiny home so we could travel in it during the summer. It’s finally ready to share with you, but first let me tell you the story of how this ever even happened…. Last summer my hubby and I discussed planning a road trip the following summer. He looked into buying an RV but I wanted to remodel it and “make it pretty”. One night he gets home and says, “What do you think about buying a school bus and turning into a vacation home on wheels?” I kinda laughed at him, but said I would consider it. The next day he asks me if I wanted to drive up to Tampa, Florida just to check out some school buses. We were going just to look and see if he would even fit in them (he’s 6’2), or so he said. Well I packed a duffle bag and loaded the baby into the car at 8pm to drive up to Tampa. The next morning we drove around, saw some buses […]

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MOTHERHOOD, TRAVEL TIPS

Traveling with a Baby: My 5 Essential Items for the Flight

If you’ve been following me on Instagram (@TheTravelingRed), you know by now that my 1.5 year old daughter has flown a lot. With over 20 flights under our belt, this mommy has learned what we need for flights and what we really don’t. Here are my 5 travel essentials for flying with a baby. # 1 – An iPad with an iGuys case, which is just a childproof case for the iPad (buy it here). Her case has handles making it easy for her to hold, it stands up on its own and it offers protection in case it falls. However, just an iPad isn’t enough, you have to stock it up with stuff to watch and games to play. Since there isn’t always wifi available inflight, I downloaded the Wayo app and purchased Little Baby Bum videos. If you’re not familiar with Little Baby Bum, it’s a series of nursery rhymes for kids and my daughter loves them! You can purchase and download videos that are about an hour long (purchase them here). These save us when there’s no wifi available. # 2 – A harness for the airplane to keep her safe. Often times I buy my daughter […]

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ASIA, TRAVEL TIPS

5 reasons you should visit Jordan now

This past summer I visited Jordan for the 2nd time and fell even more in love with it. It has quickly become one of my favorite places to visit and I cannot wait to return. If Jordan isn’t on your bucket list, here’s 5 reasons why it should be… 1- Jordan is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever visited, and there’s so many things to do. In Jordan you’ll find busy city life, incredible dessert views and lots of fun beach days. During our last visit, we spent some time in the city (Amman), floated in the Dead Sea, drove all the way down to the Red Sea for some beach days in Aqaba and enjoyed the stunning dessert views in Petra. I chose to skip the overnight stay in a luxury tent in Wadi Rum because I had my 1 year old daughter with me, but I am definitely going back just for that. 2- Jordan has the Dead Sea and everyone should float in the Dead Sea at least once in their lifetime. The Dead Sea is a salt lake that’s nearly 10 times as salty as the ocean. The high salt content makes your body […]

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HOTEL REVIEW, NORTH AMERICA

Hotel Review- Beachcomber Cottages on Vilano (St. Augustine, Florida)

Born and raised in Miami, Florida, I hate to admit that I had never been to St. Augustine. Just a 5 hour drive from home, one of the oldest cities in the United States, is such a great place to visit. During our new years trip to the mountain, we decided to stop in St. Augustine for a night and I was pleasantly surprised. I booked a beach cottage in Vilano, which is right over the bridge from St. Augustine. The Beachcomber Cottages on Vilano (link to the hotel’s website) are a hidden gem. A beautiful private beach, a charming little cottage, impeccable service and attention to detail, all just a 10 minute drive from historic downtown St. Augustine. It’s really the best of both worlds! We stayed in the Sandpiper Suite, a beautiful room with every amenity you could ever need…. king size bed, dining table, fireplace, little kitchenette, coffee maker and an amazing bathroom. What I loved most about this place was the incredible attention to detail… our bathroom was stocked with plush bath towels (they might be even better than what I have at home), makeup wipes and even a black makeup towel. Right outside our door […]

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MOTHERHOOD, TRAVEL TIPS

Traveling with a Baby: Packing List

Moms are always terrified about a baby’s first flight, because we all know how disastrous it can be. If you follow me on Instagram (@thetravelingred) then you’ve noticed that my 1 year-old has traveled quite a bit. I get asked about traveling with her all the time. By 14 months old my daughter had been to 4 continents (yes, continents) and on a total of 16 flights… so I would say she’s a fairly experienced traveler. Being properly prepared for a flight is crucial if you want it to go well. Here is my packing list, split into 2 categories: what I carry on and what I check in.  Even if you don’t check in a bag, I would suggest keeping the carry on items separate, so you can put that bag under the seat in front of you. You want these items to be accessible during the flight. WHAT TO PACK Carry On Bag: Entertainment: small toys & iPad Diapers Wipes Changing Pad Disposable Bags Food & Snacks Feeding Essentials: bib, nursing cover, bottle/formula, baby spoon, etc. Drinks: bottle and/or sippy cups Change of Clothes (for everyone) Swaddle or Blanket Medical Items: medications, thermometer, nose aspirator, diaper rash cream, […]

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EUROPE, HOTEL REVIEW

Hotel Review: Otivm Hotel Rome

During my trip to Italy this summer, the first stop was a quick visit to Rome. I only had 2 days to see the city (which quickly became 1 day when I missed my connecting flight). When on a tight time constraint, picking the perfect hotel is crucial. I stayed at the Otivm Hotel and highly recommend it. Here’s why…. Perfectly Located The Otivm Hotel is right between the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain & the Pantheon, the three most popular things to see in the city. No more than a 10 min walk to each. Even the Vatican is walkable, but I would take a cab for that (especially if you visit during summer when it’s super hot). Being close to everything saves you tons of time. Rooms are Spacious In Rome hotel rooms are tiny. Actually, in Europe as a whole, hotel rooms tend to be tiny. Not at the Otivm Hotel. My room was super spacious, which was wonderful for my hyper toddler, she had space to run around and play. Budget Conscious My room was $264/night during the summer. For a large room in a great location, that’s a steal! Rooftop Bar After a full day of […]

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MOTHERHOOD, TRAVEL TIPS

Traveling with a Baby: Lap Child or Purchase a Seat

Children under the age of 2, fly for free if they do not require their own seat (on international flights there’s some fees they must pay). There’s huge savings by not having to purchase another seat, but there’s also several downfalls to traveling with a baby on your lap. As it is, airplane seats are tight, add in a rambunctious toddler and it could be a disaster. Here’s everything to take into consideration before making the decision. Cost: This is usually the most important factor. Sometimes flights are extremely expensive and it’s just not worth it. Other times, flights are affordable and it’s not a big deal. There’s no number that I draw the line at. It really depends on your budget and what you prioritize. Duration of the Flight: It’s easier to keep a kid confined and entertained on a short flight. Long flights become more of a struggle. I usually buy my daughter her own seat, however on short flights if the seats are expensive, I will just opt to carry her. I can manage dealing with her on top of me for a couple of hours and I’d rather spend that money on something else. Seat Selection: This is […]

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ASIA

Thailand: Railway Market & Floating Market

While in Bangkok, we took a day to explore the outskirts of the city, particularly the markets. Bangkok is known for some really interesting markets. First we visited the Railway Market, where a train literally passes right through the middle of the market, and then the floating market, where everything is accessible only by water. More on both of those shortly…. For our markets tour, our guide was Nadia and I have to tell you- she gave the best tour ever. I had a tour with Nadia a few years ago and had the best time. We ended up becoming Facebook friends and staying in touch. Since then she has taken several of my friends on tours and they all have the same reaction- she’s awesome! I strongly suggest using Nadia when you visit Bangkok. She can show you around the city or take you to the markets like she did with us. (By the way, I paid full price for my tour. This review is solely based on my experience during the tour.) You can contact her via email nadiatourguide@hotmail.com. Just try to not steal my dates for when I return to Thailand hopefully next year. (That’s Nadia buying […]

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