Vanuatu Islands – What makes them tourism worthy?

Have you heard of Vanuatu? Do you know about the Vanuatu Islands? Do you know where it is? What makes Vanuatu a desirable place to visit and vacation?

Oceanfront walkwayWe were excited to go to Vanuatu, a South Pacific Island nation consisting of approximately 80 islands. Few people who we spoke to had heard of it. The Vanuatu Islands offer Continue reading

Why visit Daintree National Park and Cape Tribulation?

In Queensland Australia

Walu Wugirriga view from Mount Alexandra lookoutA visit to Daintree promises a variety of unique opportunities to see rare flora, fauna, and coastal vistas. Daintree National Park boasts exquisite scenery of waterfalls, gorgeous remote coastline and beaches, and the Mossman Gorge for an experience of Aborigine culture. This park is in the extreme Northern part of Queensland, considered the ‘Wet Tropics’ of Australia. The lush biodiversity with swamps and mangroves, eucalyptus woodlands, various birds, including cassowaries (a beautiful rare bird, and only 1000 left) is an extraordinary experience. Daintree is one of the few places in the world where the rainforest meets a coral reef (Great Barrier Reef).  Check it out … Continue reading

Exmouth Australia – Why is it our favorite Australia destination?

Vlaming Head Lighthouse Ningaloo Coast 360If you love warm temperatures, the ocean, beach and azure blue water, it doesn’t get much better than the North West Cape of Western Australia. If you love snorkeling, diving, and swimming in calm seas, there is nothing like the gateway to the World Heritage Ningaloo Reef Marine Park in Exmouth Australia. Its proximity to the Coral Coast is a draw … Continue reading

Want to See Tasmania’s Coastal Gems, like Freycinet?

Tasmania

Freycinet Tasmania coastal viewWe spent one week in Tasmania where we explored Cradle Mountain, Devonport, Launceston, Freycinet on the east coast, and ended in Hobart. Do you like nature, the ocean, and fresh seafood and produce? We love Tasmania for its wild coastlines, foodie culture with fresh fish and oysters, wineries, locally made cheeses, and organic produce.  Best of all, its Continue reading

Akaroa New Zealand – for beach, wildlife, great seafood

Akaroa New Zealand

Akaroa New Zealand Harbour and cloudy skyWe are wildlife voyeurs and take every opportunity to experience the animals in their natural habitats on all of our travels. When Coast Up Close Wildlife Adventures invited us to join them while we were on New Zealand’s South Island, we planned a couple days in Akaroa New Zealand. So glad we did! See Akaroa with us … Continue reading

Top Sights Around Nashville – History, Art, Music – My Top Picks

Top 10 Things to Do Around Nashville (continued)

Nashville has far too much to offer for one blog post to do it justice. Picking up where I left off in my last post (which covered items 1-4), here’s more of my Top 10 list around Nashville:

5. Walk around Broadway to get the flavor of Nashville
6. Visit Vanderbilt and Centennial Park
7. Check out … Continue reading

Top 10 Things to Do When You Visit Nashville – History, Music, Food

Visit Nashville – Have you ever been?

Nashville was never high on my list since I am not a country music fan. However, I enjoyed it and learned a lot about music history. It was interesting and fun to visit Nashville, and it’s not just country music. It’s blues, gospel, christian music, rock and roll, soul, bluegrass, jazz, R&B, hip-hop, rock, classical and more.  The city has great:

  • Architecture
  • Art collections
  • Beautiful parks
  • Lovely waterways
  • Music

I recommend a visit to Nashville and Continue reading

Buy Fresh Fish in Curacao – Learn Where to Buy Fish from Fishermen

Buy Fresh Fish in Curacao

Curacao - Fresh fish from the local fishermanOne of my favorite things to do is buy fresh fish in Curacao from the fishermen. Not only is it a frugal way to eat great fresh fish in Curacao, it is also a cultural experience and an experience in nature. So do you want to know – Where to Buy Fresh Fish in Curacao? Continue reading

Costa Rica Travel Agents and Accommodations

As you may recall from other posts, our home base in Costa Rica was in Guanacaste, on the Pacific Coast.  Based on Costa Rica Travel Agents and Accommodations available, we chose the Playa del Coco area, and stayed quite a long walk from town at Ocotal Beach Resort.  We chose Ocotal because of the reputation of its dive operation.

Dive Shop recommended by Costa Rica Travel Agent

It is located on a beautiful site overlooking the Pacific, and not far from town by taxi.     Unobstructed View from Costa Rica Hotel Accommodations

Since we planned to dive and brought all of our dive gear, it was more convenient to rent one place for the whole time in Costa Rica. Then we did day trips or overnights to other areas, like San Jose, Arenal, and Tamarindo.  Volcano AheadSome people may think it is crazy to pay for 2 rooms, but it is much easier for us to choose our base, travel from there and only pack what we need.  (See our separate post for More on Diving in Costa Rica.)

Booking Accommodtions + Tours

The Costa Rica Accommodations that we chose for this trip were booked through Continue reading