6 Amazing Reasons Why Eloping is Awesome

Thanksgiving and Christmas have always been my favorite holidays. Now we have one more reason to celebrate. While everyone else is out Black Friday shopping, we're celebrating a quiet first anniversary at home. One year ago today I married the love of my life at Holladay House bed and breakfast in Orange, Virginia. We knew from … Continue reading 6 Amazing Reasons Why Eloping is Awesome

What Happens When You Unplug and Connect With Nature

We're all connected 24/7. Selfies, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, Blogging, getting just the right angle, taking the perfect photo, documenting and recording everything. Why? Likes and shares? Even with all that connectivity, something's missing isn't it? It still feels like we're disconnected. How can that be? Because we're not connected with nature. The more … Continue reading What Happens When You Unplug and Connect With Nature

Your Guide to the Epic Mayan Ruins of Coba

The Mayan ruins of Coba are some of the most spectacular and underrated ruins in the Yucatán. While many travelers include Chichen Itza and Tulum in their itinerary, Coba is frequently bypassed. Even with that, Coba can still get on the crowded side. Coba is unique in the fact that you're still allowed to climb … Continue reading Your Guide to the Epic Mayan Ruins of Coba

Valladolid Cathedral

Have A Special Photo to Share? Confession time. Six weeks in Mexico totally changed us forever. We can't wait to visit again. We look at our thousands of photos often. There's no way to share all the photos in blog posts. With that being said, I've decided to restart the photo of the week feature. … Continue reading Valladolid Cathedral

7 Reasons to Avoid Cancun

It's hard to top Tulum as travel destinations go. Maybe that's why our visit to Cancun was such a disaster. Well, disaster is a relative term. We didn't have any terrible things happen to us. However, it was still a pretty bad couple of days.... Everything is Ridiculously Expensive Everyone knows Cancun is expensive right? … Continue reading 7 Reasons to Avoid Cancun

Zamas Resort: How to Find Beachfront Bliss

Looking back on six weeks in Tulum, Mexico we have a lot of great memories. One of the highlights of our visit was our stay at Zamas Beachfront Resort. We were invited for a complimentary stay in an ocean-front bungalow. Below is a recap of what we experienced at Zamas for three blissful days. The … Continue reading Zamas Resort: How to Find Beachfront Bliss

Why You Should Know What Happened on October 10, 732

October 10, 732 It's the date that one man changed everything. Well, maybe not everything, just the course of European history. As a historian I've long known that the Battle of Tours is a key moment in world history. Why doesn't it receive more than a paragraph or two in world history textbooks? I can't … Continue reading Why You Should Know What Happened on October 10, 732

A Disappointing Day at the Grand Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza, studied it, read about it, taught it to my high school students for years. There's no great joy in saying it was the most disappointing of all of our visits to Mayan ruins. Sure the pyramid is impressive, but the site is grossly over-hyped. The hype is probably one of the reasons for … Continue reading A Disappointing Day at the Grand Chichen Itza

The Solitary Beauty of Muyil

Spectacular Mayan ruins, the sounds of nature in its full grandeur, the deepest of blues and the greenest of greens. Would you like to experience these sensations in one place? If the answer is yes, then all you have to do is venture just 10 miles south of Tulum. There you will find the archaeological and … Continue reading The Solitary Beauty of Muyil

Tulum Ruins: How to Have an Awesome Visit

The Tulum Ruins They're amazing, and definitely worth the visit. The Tulum ruins are second in number of visits only to the ruins outside of Teotihuacan. Hoards of tourists from Cancun and Playa del Carmen descend on the archaeological ruins in Tulum every day. By noon the site is so crowded you can't walk around … Continue reading Tulum Ruins: How to Have an Awesome Visit

How to Pack Like an Expert for Long-Term Travel

We're off! Six weeks in Mexico, maybe more. It's agonizing trying to decide what to take, but I finally packed everything in my Osprey Porter 46 and a small tote bag. Joe managed to get six weeks of gear into a Jansport school backpack (I'm jealous!) He's never been on a long-term trip, but somehow … Continue reading How to Pack Like an Expert for Long-Term Travel

A Veteran’s Tips on How to Stay Safe When You Travel

In light of the recent tragedies in Florida, we've spent some time discussing how to stay safe when we travel. Seven years in the military, five two years working for public schools, and travel to twenty countries has taught me a few things on how to stay safe, and how to react in an emergency. Why … Continue reading A Veteran’s Tips on How to Stay Safe When You Travel