How to Not Tour Isla Mujeres During a Hurricane

Isla Mujeres The Island of Women. Fifteen minutes by ferry from Cancun and you're there. It's rumored to be one of the most beautiful spots in the Caribbean Sea. While this small Caribbean island is truly beautiful, it's also one of the places that I've experienced true fear while traveling. The trip to Cancun didn't go well … Continue reading How to Not Tour Isla Mujeres During a Hurricane

A Quick Guide to the History of Salisbury, England

The moment I sunk into the warm mismatched chairs at The Haunch of Venison, I knew that Salisbury was a special place. Sitting down for a hearty meal of soup, bread, and beer in a city so old makes modern problems seem trivial. My thoughts were not on myself, but rather on who was there before … Continue reading A Quick Guide to the History of Salisbury, England

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

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

Coming Back is the Most Difficult Part of the Journey

Six Weeks in Mexico, Wow! Now that we've been home exactly 10 days I can tell you, staying positive at the end of a trip is harder than ever. All I've ever wanted to do my entire life is travel and see the world. Now that I'm doing that, now what? We had an awesome … Continue reading Coming Back is the Most Difficult Part of the Journey

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

How to Stay Positive at the End of a Trip

This trip to Mexico has changed our lives. We've discovered a few important facts during our month in paradise: We don't need much to be happy. Anyone can travel. There's more to life than accumulating "things." Every day isn't going to be perfect. The only constant is change. Something strange happens at the half-way point of … Continue reading How to Stay Positive at the End of a Trip

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