You Need to Know to Travel Safely to Europe This Fall: Tips From Pre-departure Through Return From My Recent Trip to Italy
International Travel

You Need to Know to Travel Safely to Europe This Fall: Tips From Pre-departure Through Return From My Recent Trip to Italy

My recent trip to Italy was wonderful, but there are several things you need to know before traveling there or anywhere in the European Union. My biggest tips are do your due diligence before trip and be kind traveling and during trip.  Know the requirements for the European country you’re going to ahead of time. … Continue reading

How to Pack for 9 Days in Italy in a Carry-on and Backpack
Go Gear / International Travel

How to Pack for 9 Days in Italy in a Carry-on and Backpack

I’m a carry-on traveler. Rarely do I check luggage. On my recent 9-day trip to Italy I traveled with carry-on roller bag and backpack. That’s my usual travel gear for a weekend up to a two week trip. Admittedly, it’s easier to travel in a carry-on in summer since you don’t need jackets and sweaters. … Continue reading

New River Boat Tour to Lamanai Mayan Ruins in Belize
Explore The Outdoors / International Travel

New River Boat Tour to Lamanai Mayan Ruins in Belize

Lamanai means submerged crocodile.  You get to the Mesoamerican archaeological site by taking a boat up the New River, which runs north in Belize.  Lamanai was settled around 900 BC and occupied into the 1800s, making it one of the oldest continuously occupied Mayan sites in Belize.  There are also the remnants of two 16th … Continue reading

Snorkeling in Bacalar Chico in Belize
Explore The Outdoors / International Travel

Snorkeling in Bacalar Chico in Belize

I love to snorkel, and the journey it takes to get to and from a beautiful coral reef. While I was staying at Orchid Bay in northern Belize, I got to go on a fun-filled day of a boat ride, dolphins, snorkeling in a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and eating fresh ceviche on a sandbar … Continue reading

From Noodles to Hiking: My 48 Hour Adventure in Taiwan
3 Day Getaways / International Travel

From Noodles to Hiking: My 48 Hour Adventure in Taiwan

I fell in love with Taiwan in 48 hours.  During the pandemic, I’ve been dreaming of traveling to exotic places.  Taiwan is on my short list of places I hope to visit again.  Here’s how the country wow’ed me. It was a whirlwind trip to a faraway land that had me yearning for more time … Continue reading