With nearly a month in New Zealand, it was hard to know just where to start. Each island is different in so many ways. What to see first and when? In the end, we decided to work logically by starting all the way north (well, almost) on North Island and working our way south. And since international flights land in Auckland, on the North Island, it really seemed to make a lot of sense to stick with this plan.
When people think of Arizona, they usually think of spartan land dotted with cacti and perhaps an occasional tumbleweed. Sometimes they remember its the home of the Grand Canyon. But what they may not realize is Arizona is full of amazing natural wonders and jaw dropping beauty. The Havasupai Falls are one such wonder.
The Havasupai Falls have been on my list forever, but somehow or another (usually the inability to obtain permits), we never made it there. This year we decided it was THE year, no matter what. Turns out, it was worth the wait!
When my husband asked if I wanted to tag along for a conference trip to San Diego, I didn’t hesitate for a second! I’ve visited a few times and San Diego has always been an enjoyable time. My previous trips typically involved spending the majority of my time on Coronado Island with a venture or two into the Gaslamp Quarter. This time, I resolved to venture out and explore other parts of this lovely city, skipping some of the typical touristy sites (been there, done that).
When we decided to move from North Carolina back to Phoenix, we had nearly two months before starting our new jobs. Of course, I saw this as a huge opportunity to plan an epic adventure! Where to go? The choices are ENDLESS. I felt almost overwhelmed trying to decide. India? Southeast Asia? South America? Australia with a side trip to New Zealand? Initially, we settled on the latter. So I set off asking everyone I knew who had been to either, or more rare, both to get some recommendations.
This past weekend I was in Los Angeles (LA) for the Create + Cultivate Conference. This wasn’t my first time in LA, so this trip wasn’t about doing all those “must do” touristy things. Been there, done that. Now when I visit, I like to do things that are less tourist oriented and more “local” minded. Read on to learn about some less typical LA things to do. To find out about my Create + Cultivate experience, click here.
Mostar, Bosnia-Herzegovina: Probably the most frequented city in Bosnia-Herzegovina by tourists. In fact, it’s probably the only real stop the majority of tourists make here. And more than likely, if you are visiting Mostar, it’s as a day trip from Croatia. This was the case for me & my companions as well. Let me tell you why you should make time to visit Mostar, but also perhaps spend a bit more time elsewhere in this captivating country.
Sometimes I feel like my trips are really more like reconnaissance missions. I have a short amount of time to scout things out & almost always leave thinking “I am going to have to come back and spend more time here”. Montenegro is certainly one of those places. It’s small, but is rich in not only breathtaking scenery, but history. It’s easy to leave it as a day trip from somewhere like Croatia. This is what we did. But I really wish I could’ve had a few more days to explore this tiny but mighty country!
Croatia has been on what I call my “short” bucket list for some time (because I have a short list & an insanely long one). Even before the Game of Thrones craze (P.S. I am totally addicted!), it was on my list. I will just warn you now that pictures cannot do this place justice. You will likely find yourself booking a plane ticket to see it for yourself!
After a year of craziness at our house (move across country-again, new jobs, new house, major remodel…you get the picture), we decided we wanted to take a truly relaxing vacation. Like a do nothing type of vacation. A “press the reset button” type of vacation. Picture: turquoise blue water, toes in the sand, and an umbrella drink in hand (oh, and maybe a hammock to nap in). We scoured the internet, asked our friends for suggestions, and checked flight times and prices. After hearing about its famous Grace Bay (12 miles of uninterrupted sand meets water) and fantastic snorkeling & scuba diving, we settled on Turks & Caicos. We were quite sure this place would make our sun block laden dreams come true.
Don’t worry if you said something like “Where & what?”; you are not alone! That is pretty much the same reaction we got from everyone when we told them where we were going! For those of you unfamiliar with Turks & Caicos (TCI), it is a group of 40 small islands just southeast of the Bahamas. In short, many consider these little islands as some of the best the Caribbean has to offer.