Tag Archives: Adventure

#TravelTuesday

Good morning dreamers! Back at it again! Here we are on another #traveltuesday…one of my favorite days. For some reason, it gets me thinking about “Where in the world is Carmen SanDiego”. NO idea why….but that’s how I feel about picking a place to write about. I might start just throwing a dart on the map of the world and see where it lands (hopefully I can actually get it on the map).

Barbadosbeach2

Anyways, enough for a morning rant. Today, I want to focus on Barbados. Yes, famous Rihanna is from there (and I’m sure some other people are as well), but this is one of my parents favorite spots. They love the culture, people, and of course, location. There is also TONS of things to do here…and I mean tons! What I love about this place is that there literally is an activity for anyone. If you want to do nothing and relax, stay at the hotel. If you want to float in the ocean, be my guest. If you want to explore, there are lots of places to explore. See what I mean?

barbados-beach

barbadosunset

So, where to stay? I recommend Crystal Cove Resort. Number one, it’s all inclusive (sorry not sorry but you can’t go wrong doing all inclusive). Yes, it’s a pretty penny worth, but come on, it’s vacation right? And with all inclusive, you don’t have to worry about food, drinks, or tips (hello open bar). Also not to mention, you can literally watch the waves crash from the pool, while sipping a cocktail. I’m in.

BarbadosHotel3

BarbadosHOtel2

Barbadoshotel

Like I mentioned earlier, there literally are so many things you can do here. First stop, Harrison’s Cave. Yes, it’s an actual cave. If you’re into adventure, exploring, and thrill seeking, this is definitely an option for you! You’ll enjoy the limestone caves all from a tram that takes you through them with a guide and story. As this is only an hour adventure, you’ll have plenty of time to lay by the pool and relax after.

BarbadosAttraction

Next, who doesn’t love exploring the forest? Ummmm hello Jungle Book! Hunte’s Garden is a tropical paradise….literally. Filled with thousands of different flora and fauna, it’s definitely a sight for sore eyes. Also, you can spend as much or as little time there as you want. Be on your own island time (my fave). There are also local forests that aren’t as well known, if you dare.

BarbadosHuntes-Gardens-2

Last but not least, Animal Flower Cave. What a name right? You don’t really know what you’re getting yourself into with a diverse name like that. But, don’t be fooled. It got it’s name from the anemones that are in the pools. The cave itself looks directly into the Atlantic Ocean, with pools inside the cave that are deep enough to swim. While you’re there, be sure to stop at the Clifftop Bar and Restaurant for the world famous lemonade.

BarbadosAnimalFlowerCave

barbadosturtle

SO, as you can see, lots and lots to do here! Have you been? Where did you stay? Any other must do’s while you’re here?

 

-TVT

Advertisements
Tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

Malta Monday

Good morning dreamers! I definitely took a bit of a hiatus last week (some weeks you just need a damn break right?). Anyways, I’m back. And per usual, today is Monday and I have an awesome place to share with you! If you’re anything like me, you probably could have guessed 4 or 5 places where “Malta” was, and you were still wrong (obviously geography isn’t my strong suit). Regardless, Malta is an island between Sicily and the North African Coast (pretty perfect spot if you ask me).

MaltaPopeyeVillage

So, Malta is one of those places (like many others that I share) that can be both relaxing yet fun. As you might guess, it’s an architectural dream, filled with ruins, towns on the hillside, and some pretty perfectly colored water. Best time to go is around May (beach season starts end of April and ends just before November). It can get hot there if you go mid-summer so be prepared. You can get there by plane (AirMalta) or, if you’re in Italy (or taking a vacation there), Malta is only about a 90 minute ferry ride from Pozzallo Italy (score).

Malta

Once there, many hotels are located in the country’s capital, Valletta. My recommendation is Hotel Phoenicia. Price ranges anywhere from $100-$275 depending on when you’re going, what type of room you get, so on. But, trust me, it’s one of those places you’ll never want to leave. With it’s historic limestone elements on the property and updated decor, you’ll experience a bliss that you’ve never felt before. Who doesn’t love a pool with a view of the ocean?

MaltaHotel4

MaltaHotel3

As I mentioned, this is a place where you can both relax (hello brunch at the pool and spa days) as well as go out and explore. There are a lot of historic tours that will take you around the island to see some famous monuments, as well as adventures that include sailing, diving and other water activities. Don’t forget to stop and check out the Blue Lagoon…it’s definitely a sight for sore eyes. You can also island hop to nearby Gozo, another great island, for some additional R&R. I’m sorry, you can NEVER have to much R&R…am I right? Ugh, that’s what I live for!

MaltaHOtel2

MaltaBlueLagoon2

Anyways, have you guys been here? It’s definitely on the list of places to go for me when I hit up Southern Europe. Where did you stay? What activities did you do?

 

-TVT

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

#TVT Thursday

Good morning dreamers–downhill from today on! Per usual, Thursday’s have been focused on the #theory side of #tvt and how it evolved. At this point, I feel like you all understand what it’s about…occupying your mind with things you love (while doing the things you have to do) to make your day better. Focus on yourself, entertain your dreams, think positive thoughts (hello 1st grade theory), and good things will happen. Not wave your want type good things, but you’ll feel better. Like inside you’ll be more relaxed, in tune with your dreams and aspirations, blah blah blah. So enough of that for today…I’m not in the most “spiritual” mood, but more just want to talk about what I love…travel.

So, today is also the infamous #tbt which is almost obligatory to write about. In the spirit of typically writing about sunny beaches, I decided to take a spin on this and talk about one of my favorite places, Lake Tahoe. Well, yes, technically there is a beach, but it’s not the beach you’re typically used to. If you’ve been here, you know what I mean. One of the most famous lakes that borders California and Nevada, this place is a great (and I mean great) mini vacation (4 day minimum) if you’re looking for a simple place, off the beaten path, not FLOODED with tourists (yes, there are tourists), and that offers lots to do, this is a great spot for you.

Tahoemain

I obviously recommend going during Spring or Summer (warm weather is my jam for multiple reasons which we can get into another time). For one, the water is actually swimmable. What fun is a lake if you can’t go in it right? Also, the hikes there are amazing…like really really amazing. I’m talking fresh scent of dirt (oddly a refreshing smell to me), cool breezes, shady trees, beautiful scenery, you get it. Not to get all tree hugger on you, but it is a great place for hiking, especially if you’re into the forest type of stuff.

TahoeHike

One of the great things about lakes is there are so many activities that you can do. Swim (give me a floatie and a beer and I’m set for the day…errr well maybe an 30 minutes before I need a refill), SUP (stand-up paddle board), kayak, snorkel (not sure how many cool fish you’ll see, but still an adventure nonetheless), and of course, boating and other water sports.

TahoePaddle

TahoeKayak

Also, there are two parts to Lake Tahoe…North and South Shores. The North Shore (located on the California side), is more low-key, relaxation, explore nature type of vibe. The South Shore is more adventurey and is a good spot for first timers because there are a plethora of activities. Still, I prefer the North Side. Not because it’s in California, but when I go on vacation, I actually like to relax and decompress. Get my mojo back you know? It’s kind of hard to do that with thousands of screaming kids around because they got drenched by a wave or lost their goggles–you know? Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE kids, but I went on a vacation because I needed to relax, which, screaming to me, is not relaxing.

TahoeSunset

There’s a couple options when it comes to where to stay. There are a few number of hotels on the North Shore that are respectable, for example Cedar House Sport Hotel, but I would recommend doing a #vrbo or #airbandb because you’ll get closer to the water (or in the mountains, whichever you prefer), will have more space, and the price is right. Check this one out: https://www.vrbo.com/763243 (hey why not bring some friends and have this place for a few days?). Cut your cost in half…literally!

TahoeVRBO

TahoeJacuz

So, as you can see, Tahoe is a great escape for just about everyone. Whether you simply just want to float away with a beer in hand (champagne for me), explore the mountains, or have an adventure on the water, there is something for everyone here! Have you been? What did you do? Any local spots to check out?

 

-TVT

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Waikiki Wednesday

Good morning dreamers! Half way through the week–wow that kinda went by fast don’t you think? In the spirit of my #Hawaii trip coming up, I thought it was appropriate to continue to explore Hawaii with everyone. Again, as you know, I “love” those alliterations (not really but they just seem to get me thinking), so here we are at #Waikiki #Wednesday.

WaikikiSurf

Waikiki is one of my favorite places in Hawaii. Yes, I have not been “everywhere” in Hawaii, but it’s still a fave. I think because you get a little bit of everything when you go here, it feels like a perfect getaway. You can relax at the beach, pool, or spa (pick your poison), enjoy the fun nightlife in downtown, or enjoy nature’s beauty and view waterfalls, waves, and animals. So literally when I say there’s a little bit of everything, I totally mean it.

waikikisunset

So first things first, where to stay? Again, everything is dependent on your budget. But, if you’re looking for a good hotel that’s not dingy but won’t break your bank (in my eyes), I say the Sheraton for multiple reasons. The hotel grounds are insanely gorgeous (ummmm hello paradise), the people there are also welcoming and friendly, it’s situated on basically it’s own private cove, and is centrally located to a lot of things. So that’s a yes in my book. Their pool = amaze. Literally. Take a look for yourself. I can see it now, floating in the pool, fruity drink in hand, listening to the waves crash, getting some awesome sun and being totally relaxed. Yes, perfection in a nutshell.

WaikikiSheraton

So besides lounging and relaxing at the pool all day, what else to do? Well, obviously, go to the beach. There’s an awesome beach right out front the hotel if you’re not up for driving or simply just want to have a casual day. Or, take a little drive up to Hanauma Bay State Park. Trust me, one of the best #snorkeling spots you’ll ever go to. I’m talking turtles, fish, you name it literally within a hands distance to you. The colors underwater of fish, plants, and everything else are truly remarkable. If you haven’t been, I highly recommend it.

hanauma-bay

Or, if you’re up for another trip, head on up to the #NorthShore. For a little more laid back vibe, you can explore the little town, get some delicious shaved ice, and check out the famous #Pipeline. The North Shore gets more rain than the south side of the island, so the lush tropical landscape is also a plus. It’s not as touristy up there and they do have some pretty mellow beaches that you can check out. You will see a few tourists up there to see the North Shore, but it’s mostly locals and home owners that visit.

NorthShore

If you’re up for activities, there are tons (and I mean tons) of hikes in Oahu with insanely gorgeous views. I’m talking waterfalls, views of the entire city, you get it. First up, Land of A Thousand Waterfalls (yes, that’s really the name, and you’ll see why). Think of paradise in a jungle with waterfalls everywhere. Green lush landscapes, crystal clear waters, and seclusion (that’s my paradise for sure). Next? Oneawa Hills. Yes, a little strange of a name (more so hard to pronounce than strange), but another beautiful place to go. It’s probably a 2-3 hour adventure depending on how quick you walk, how long you take breaks, that sorta thing. But it’s more of a hidden gem on the hike side.

thousand-waterfalls-oahu-hawaii

oneawa hills oahu

Now that I’ve shared how many different things you can do in Waikiki, are you going to go? The versatility of activities is rare, making this an awesome destination for travel. Have you been? Do you have any secret spots?

 

-TVT

Tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Where to Wednesday

Good morning dreamers! Half way through the week–happy hump day! All down hill from here…am I right? Where to #Wednesday…where in the world do I want to go? Well everywhere, duh, but today I’m going to focus on somewhere in particular that many people don’t know about. Caye Caulker. Located in #Belize, this #island is not highly widespread to #travelers, but doing a little research, this place is a local gem! I’m talking beautiful #beaches, colorful #culture, and nothing but crystal clear #waters.

colorful-cayecaulker-belize

So step one…getting there. Once in Belize, you can either take a 30 minute water taxi from San Pedro (roughly $25) or a 15 minute flight. In my opinion, the water taxi is the way to go because who doesn’t love looking down the sparkling ocean and enjoying the breeze? Side note, Caye Caulker is located only 1 mile from the Belize barrier #reef–major plus for you #divers and #snorkelers out there!

cayeca

Where to stay? My vote is the Iguana Reef Inn. Not only is it a great location, but it’s extremely well kept. Located right on the water’s edge, the# resort offers an old style #Caribbean feel with some cultural #charm. There is free breakfast every morning (who doesn’t love that?), a private #beach, tons of# hammocks and a salt-water #pool. Total winner in my book.

iguanareef

This island is full of #nightlife, dining experiences and #activities that are #perfect if you’re looking for your next adventure. Not only can you totally relax here (hello spa day), but you can have the best of both worlds and dive into your #explorer side. The hotel offers tons of packages including scuba diving, snorkeling, #fishing, #sailing, as well as excursions a little inland in Belize that offer some insight into the #history of this magical place. I don’t know about you, but a vacation that offers relaxation and adventure is pretty much my dream!

Caye-Caulker-A-Distant-View1

What do you think? Have you been here? I want to know!

 

-TVT

Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,