ASIA

The Beautiful Thailand: Bangkok Edition

During a month long trip throughout Asia I spent a week in Thailand and fell completely in love with it. Thailand is as fun and outrageous as it is beautiful! Known for gorgeous beaches, extravagant temples, and their lady boys. There’s tons of temples to visit, the food is delicious, the people are nice and the nightlife is like no other. Who wouldn’t want to visit Thailand?!? My first stop in Thailand was Bangkok. I stayed at the Peninsula Hotel, which was the perfect choice. It is across the river from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, so it offers tranquility that the city can’t, along with sweeping uninterrupted views (win-win). First thing first, I had to do what every tourist wants to do… go to the restaurant/rooftop bar where the Hangover 2 was taped. Duh! You know, the big dome on a rooftop bar?! It’s called Sky Bar, and it’s the world’s tallest open-air bar, located on the 63rd floor (rooftop) of the Lebua Hotel. We were exhausted after just arriving in Thailand, but we quickly got ready and headed to the Lebua Hotel. Besides the cool dome and the beautiful view, the rooftop also has Sirocco, an incredible Mediterranean restaurant. […]

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MOTHERHOOD

My Greatest Adventure: Motherhood

After a year-long hiatus and a beautiful baby girl, I’m back! Becoming a mother has truly been the greatest adventure of my life. So much has changed, but my desire to travel and see the world has only grown with my desire to share that experience with my daughter. Traveling will be a little slower paced than before, but we are ready to embark on new adventures as a family of 3. There’s lots of updates coming to the blog soon. I have tons of trips I never got around to blogging and so many new adventures planned for the near future. However, I want to start with a quick photo diary of the road to motherhood. Pregnancy Announcement: After 10 years together, almost 5 years married and countless adventures around the world, we decided it was time to try for a baby. To his surprise, I got pregnant rather quickly. Gender Reveal: Then it was time to find out the gender. We were both hoping for a baby girl. Our guests got to place their votes upon arrival…. NUTS or NO NUTS? Pink fireworks shot in the air over the lake…. we were having a baby girl! Then it […]

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NORTH AMERICA

Kauai Adventure Photography Workshop (KAPoW!)

When you have the travel bug, but are 6 months pregnant and Zika is a major concern… where do you go? Of course, you visit Hawaii! A beautiful tropical destination that is Zika free and has tons to see and do. During our recent babymoon, we visited 3 islands: Oahu, Maui and Kauai. While in Kauai, undoubtedly the most beautiful of the 3 islands, we spent an afternoon on a private tour with Kauai Photography Adventure Workshop (a.k.a. KAPoW!). Being pregnant, my ability to venture off to some of the truly secluded spots was limited, but that didn’t stop our guide, Mallory, from finding some less dangerous, but equally stunning places we could visit. We began our tour at Wailea Falls, where a 10-15 minute hike down, got us to the bottom of the gorgeous waterfall. You have to go with someone that knows their way around, because there is no trail to follow. After getting a great shot (and completely soaked from the mist of the waterfall), we hiked back up to the car and then headed over to a beautiful secluded beach that was easily accessible, just a 5-10 minute walk from the parking lot. You name it and this small, private beach had it: beautiful water, […]

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ASIA, HOTEL REVIEW

Indonesia Hotel Review: Plataran Borobudur

When everyone thinks of Indonesia, they think of Bali, but there is so much more to see! Bali is just one of more than 13,000 islands in Indonesia. During our visit this summer, our first stop in Indonesia was the island of Java. I know I’ve stayed at some pretty amazing hotels, but without a doubt, the Plataran Borobudur Resort & Spa is one of my favorites to date. Beyond the spectacular room (which I will get to shortly) and the incredible service, the Plataran is perfectly located in Magelang, Central Java,  just five minutes from the ever famous Borobudur Temple. The next post will be all about our sunrise tour of the temple… there’s way too many amazing photos to include here, but here’s a sneak peek. I refused to go to the other side of the world and not see the Borobudur Temple at sunrise. A friend of mine had done it a few years ago and after seeing her pics, it quickly got added to the top of my bucket list. We flew into Jogjakarta International Airport, the nearest airport to Borobudur Temple, even though it’s over an hour and a half drive. Since we were planning to do a sunrise tour, it was […]

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ASIA, SIGHTSEEING

Temples, temples & more temples (Cambodia edition)

As you already know, I loved visiting Cambodia. Although it’s a great city, the main reason I visited is the same reason you hope to visit… the temples! There’s so many temples to see that you’ll get sick of them before you see them all. But that’s a good problem to have. We planned a 2-day private tour with Angkor Wat Photography. Our guide, Tom Whittaker, was fantastic. He provided just a little history (sorry guys, history really starts to bore me after a while), helped me get incredible photos and showed us around the temples. The best part was that he helped us avoid the crowds, by planning our itinerary around the schedule of the tour buses. Less people means better pictures! What I loved about this tour was the customization. I told them exactly what I wanted to achieve and they delivered. Technically we could have done all of these temples in 1 day, but it was extremely hot and we were exhausted. We even opted to skip the sunrise portion of the tour… A girl needs her beauty sleep! If you want to see more of what we did in Siem Reap, check out my previous post here… […]

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ASIA, HOTEL REVIEW

Siem Reap, Cambodia

The obvious reason to visit Siem Reap, Cambodia is Angkor Wat and all of the amazing temples… but there’s much more to enjoy than just that! If you’re planning to visit Cambodia, make sure you stay for at least 4 or 5 days so you can really enjoy the city. During our visit, we stayed at the Golden Temple Residence, a beautiful boutique hotel, with some of the best service I have ever experienced . And the best part is that rooms are about US$80-90 per night (during July 2016, when I visited). Yes, you read that right! The service began from the second we landed. Someone from their staff was waiting for us at the airport. There was also a driver, in a Lexus SUV, waiting to drive us to our hotel. As soon as we got in the car, they offered us each a beer and a bottle of water to enjoy during the short ride. As soon as we arrived at the hotel, they had a tray of snacks, tea and cold towels for us while we checked in. (All of this is included with your room at no additional cost!) Travel Tip: There’s 2 main currencies in Cambodia- The […]

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NORTH AMERICA, SIGHTSEEING

Swimming pigs, sharks & so much more in Exuma, Bahamas

Looking for the perfect getaway with equal parts relaxation and adventure, for any age group? On top of that, add in some of the coolest things you’ve ever seen, like swimming pigs. I know, Exuma sounds like a dream come true- it is! Exuma is a chain of 365 islands (also referred to as cays) in the Bahamas, most famous for their swimming pigs and crystal clear waters. It is not the easiest to get to, so it has been on my bucket list for a LONG TIME. Exuma is not all that far from Miami, so we could technically go on our boat, but we’re not familiar with the islands, and in retrospect, having a local guide made all the difference. Before all the details, here’s a quick recap of an incredible weekend….   Beach House in Great Exuma We flew into Great Exuma (the largest of the islands) from Miami on a charter plane, since there wasn’t a whole lot of commercial flight options from Miami and we were a rather large group. Upon arriving, we went straight to our beautiful beach house with a private beach. We spent the first 2 days relaxing at the house and eating delicious food, prepared by an incredible local chef, Shariqua […]

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ASIA, HOTEL REVIEW, SIGHTSEEING

Cruising in Vietnam

Few places in the world are more incredible in person than in pictures… Bai Tu Long Bay (aka Halong Bay) is one of those places! I was expecting to arrive somewhere beautiful, but being there and looking around just blew me away. The only other time I have felt that way was in the Greek Isles. If you’ve been to Santorini, you get it. During our month and a half long trip throughout Asia and Australia, we spent a few nights in Vietnam. I have always seen incredible photos of Halong Bay, so Vietnam was at the top of my list when planning this trip. When researching Halong Bay (I book almost all of my trips on my own, so I do a TON of research), I discovered that the best way to really see Halong Bay was on a cruise. The cruise that I fell in love with actually cruises Bai Tu Long Bay, instead of Halong Bay. After further research, I learned that Bai Tu Long Bay is immediately Northeast of Halong Bay and it has the same landscape with less crowds. Sounded like a win-win to me! Often times people refer to Bai Tu Long Bay as Halong Bay due to their proximity and very […]

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HOTEL REVIEW, SOUTH PACIFIC

St. Regis Bora Bora

If you’re looking for a perfect honeymoon destination… look no further! The St. Regis Bora Bora is heaven on earth. Bora Bora has amazing weather year round and the overwater bungalows are your own little piece of paradise. We spent 4 nights at the St. Regis and we loved every second of it. It is the most picturesque place I’ve ever seen… literally everywhere you look it’s another incredible picture waiting to be taken (I’m sure you’ll notice with my photo overload). The service was also top notch. Each bungalow included it’s own private butler that would help with anything… he even brought us floats from the beach so we could have them in our bungalow. My only complaint was the food. It was just alright, and it wasn’t cheap. However, that seemed to be the case almost everywhere in Bora Bora. There’s not a ton of options available, so you just have to deal with it. The liquor isn’t cheap either, so I suggest buying it at duty free on the way. A bottle will cost you 10 times as much in Bora Bora, so it’s definitely worth bringing along. Here are some of my favorites from our 4 nights at the St. Regis […]

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SIGHTSEEING, SOUTH PACIFIC

Exploring Bora Bora

On our third day in paradise, we wanted to explore beyond our gorgeous overwater bungalow and see how the locals live, so we scheduled a private all-day tour with Moana Adventure Tours. At 8:30 in the morning a boat picked us up at our hotel to begin our tour. We were transferred over to the mainland, where we met up with our guide at Moana’s office.   When we arrived, there was a minor misunderstanding. They thought that we would be riding jet ski’s first, but we thought that we would be doing the land tour first. We hadn’t planned accordingly and we didn’t have clean clothes to change into, so we preferred to leave the water activities for last. The owner was extremely understanding and quickly made the changes necessary for us. While we waited for our guide to arrive for the land tour, we spoke to the team at Moana and really learned about the island. Bora Bora is so small that there isn’t even a hospital on the island. How crazy is that? They say that expecting women have to go to Papeete about a month prior to their due date so that they’re near a hospital when they […]

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