Off the CA 1 Highway on the outskirts of Santa Cruz is Wilder Ranch State Park. The sign shows the different birds you’ll encounter on your walk. The waves here were fun to watch. On occasion, the water splashed high enough to where we were standing. An isle of cormorants […]

Visiting Wilder Ranch State Park in Santa Cruz, CA


Black Friday sale! Midnight sale! Up to 80% off!   When the radio and TV scream of the next greatest sale and our movie theaters peddle the wares of their advertisers, it’s easy to get caught up in a shopping frenzy. New iPhone? New voice command gadget? New tablet? Check […]

Cut The Crap and Budget For Your Trip!



I never book airfare on my first search. I am a bargain hunter, and I will scour multiple sites for the best price and the best times to accommodate our schedules. One trick I learned recently (and could have greatly benefited from had I learned it earlier!) is to book […]

How To Score Cheap Domestic Flights When Traveling Internationally


Refreshing beverages made from fresh fruits. The fruits of the sea. A big menu with lots of variety. A beautiful view of the lake and volcano. Josephine’s easily wins as my favorite place to dine in Tagaytay. Visitors bee line to the patio with amazing views of the lake and […]

Josephine’s: My Favorite Restaurant In Tagaytay, Philippines


Most visitors to Taal Lake are aware of the more common tourist destinations there: bulalohans (restaurants that serve bulalo), Taal Lake, the crater and volcano, the cliffside restaurants that line Nasugbu and Calamba Highways, and Sky Ranch. What many visitors miss, however, is this hidden gem on the southwestern side […]

Visiting Taal Basilica in Batangas, Asia’s Largest Catholic Church



Tours have a stigma of being too restrictive. Tight schedules and early morning pick-ups, the lack of friendliness and cohesiveness of the group, and long travel times are some of the reasons I’ve avoided booking tours. While I still generally avoid group tours because I love to set my own […]

To Tour Or Not To Tour – 5 Pros and ...


Live in the moment. I get all of that, trust me. So, even though you may see me fumbling with my phone and spending extra time swapping out my lens, it’s for a good cause: memory preservation. I want that photo of the sea of jellyfish, and I want that […]

8 Essential Items For Travel


I wholeheartedly recommend using AirBNB for accommodations domestically and internationally. Before you book your first getaway, there are a few things you should know. AirBNB Fees Upon booking, AirBNB charges a percentage-based service fee for using their service. If you need to cancel your reservation, the refunded amount will depend […]

What You Need To Know Before You Use AirBNB



Let me tell you why I absolutely love Airbnb.   More Space Most standard and “deluxe” rooms at an American hotel are roughly 325 square feet. That’s a rectangular room roughly 13′ wide and 25′ long. In this small room are a king or queen bed or two with usually […]

Why You Should Use Airbnb


Directions to the turtle-saving site are ambiguous, so I was a bit apprehensive about trying to find the site and getting there on time. Located on the east side of Cozumel, the meet-up is at San Martin beach, which doesn’t show up on Google Maps. The map below shows Playa […]

Directions to Save Sea Turtles – Cozumel, Quintana Roo, Mexico


Pronounced “ka-cha-pa”, this small eatery in the heart of Playa Del Carmen is a definite must visit. Featuring Venezuelan fare, Kaxapa Factory offers sweet, savory, and a ton of flavor in every single one of their dishes. We ordered three of the main dishes on their menu and were delighted […]

Kaxapa Factory, Playa Del Carmen, Mexico – Restaurant Review



While there are plenty of upscale options (think Oh La La or Pavo Real by the Sea), perhaps the best and our favorite places to eat at are the local taquerias. You won’t find them on Quinta, as this street is mostly lined with midscale, casual dining, and chain stores, […]

Budget Eating In Playa Del Carmen, Mexico


If there’s one food I miss the most from our travels in the Yucatan, it’s the delicious salbute. It looks like a taco, feels like a taco, but with one major difference: Its shell is deep fried. The carne de res style, which is ground beef, was my favorite. Although […]

Yucatan Style Tacos: Salbutes


If there is one activity that was the highlight of our trip to the Riviera Maya, it was saving baby sea turtles! This was such an awesome experience. Getting to the release site is a cinch. You can get there by renting a car, taking a taxi, or even biking […]

Saving Baby Sea Turtles in Cozumel