Top 10 activities in the Galapagos you can do by yourself after your cruise

The Galapagos Islands are one of the most beautiful and most sought-after places in the world, and one of the best ways to visit the Galapagos and get the most of your visit is a Galapagos cruise with a great itinerary.

As cruises have certain limitations like set departures and a limited number of passengers that can go on board, sometimes finding one is not an easy task.

So if you are either having trouble to find a cruise for you or looking forward to spending some extra days at leisure here are some recommendations:

Las Ninfas Lagoon, Santa Cruz Island

If you are looking for somewhere quiet and new during your stay in the Galapagos, then you can’t miss Las Ninfas Lagoon. This mangrove complex is a beautiful place where you can spot birds, fish and sea lions...


Things do to in San Jose, Costa Rica – After Your UnCruise

San José, Costa Rica is often skipped over when people visit this beautiful Central American Country, but it is worth spending at least a day or two exploring this historic city.

We did exactly that after our UnCruise from Panama to Costa Rica.

San Jose is the Capital city of Costa Rica and it is busy. It can be overwhelming when you first arrive. People fill the various walking streets and restaurants are packed.

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But once you look past the congestion and chaos, you’ll discover a cultural city filled with plenty of things to do.

These are our recommendations for things to do in San Jose if you stick around before or after your escape to one of Costa Rica’s tropical beaches.

Things to do in San Jose Costa Rica

San Jose

San Jose

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5 reasons to join the Carnival revelry in Brazil

One of the most anticipated parties on Brazil’s calendar, Carnival has, over the centuries, become an integral part of national culture. However, it is neither a Brazilian invention nor is it celebrated in Brazil only. In fact, Carnival dates back to Ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome. In Brazil, the revelry began in the colonial period with Entrudo, a festival introduced by the Portuguese and celebrated by slaves in the colony. Then came the cordões (street blocks), dancehall parties, corsos (parades), and samba schools, which, especially in Rio de Janeiro, have taken on the look of a major production and have enchanted the whole world for decades. But there’s more to Carnival than just samba: it includes other traditional cultural and regional manifestations such as afoxés, frev...


A visual guide for things to do in Quito, Ecuador

UNESCO declared Quito the first World Heritage city because of its city center. Quito preserves a large number of historical sites and artifacts that people can visit and view today.

Quito not only has its own unique artistic expression through a unique Baroque style, which means that indigenous people have adapted and reinterpreted the Baroque style brought by Spaniards during the colonial period. As a result, during the Royal Audience of Quito, the Quito School was developed as a significant and influential artistic movement.

Is a trip to Quito in your future plans and are you looking for things to do there?

If you’re a visual learner, you might like to check out this hand-painted infographic from Illa Experience Hotel, the experiential place to stay in Ecuador’s capital...


Tips for Traveling Amsterdam on a Budget



Beyond the smoky coffee shops and seedy red-light district, Amsterdam is a dynamic city. A cycling paradise with a fascinating history, this Northern European city is an essential stop.

It was so hard to narrow it down to the top ten things you must do in Amsterdam and it’s really one of those cities you can come back to time and time again. And, of course, you’ll want to venture through the rest of the Netherlands as well!

Whatever you do and wherever you go, one thing is going to strike you about Amsterdam: it’s expensive!

Your euro just doesn’t stretch as far here as it would in Madrid or Rome. However, you still can have an unforgettable adventure without breaking the bank!

Here are a few of my key tips for traveling Amsterdam on a budget!


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The long-delayed Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) will finally open its doors in 2020

Whether you are planning on traveling to Egypt this year or you’re a big fan of Egyptology, you may have heard of the opening of the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM). It’s one of the most anticipated openings in the world when it comes to museums and tourist attractions. After a couple of delays, GEM is slated to open its doors to the public this year.

According to the Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, Khaled Al-Anani, the Grand Egyptian Museum is set to open at the end of 2020 and its initial ticket pricing for foreigners has been set at EGP 400 ($US 25) and EGP 200 for students ($US 12.5) according to Daily News Egypt.

Grand Egyptian Museum

Grand Egyptian Museum

The Grand Egyptian Museum… Egypt’s gift to the world

The Egyptian Minister of Tourism and Antiquities officially presents the Grand Mu...


Tips for Visiting the Dead Sea in Jordan

Dead Sea in Jordan

Dead Sea in Jordan

The more I visit Jordan, the more I fall in love. When I visit (and when most other folks visit) a trip to the Dead Sea is one of the top things…and for good reason!

While the Dead Sea is often associated with Israel, it’s actually on the border of Israel and Jordan (Jordan to the East, Israel to the West).

Did you know that it’s the lowest point of land on Earth at over 400 meters below sea level? Oh, and fun fact: it’s got over 30% salinity (that’s the salt to water ratio…about 10 times more salt than typical seawater!), because the water is so dense that’s what allows you to effortlessly float.

Although I like to take my time, you really don’t need more than one night.

So if you’re trying to fit a bunch of things into your Jordan itinerary—do not fret...


4 of the Best Day Trips from Tokyo

It’s no secret that Tokyo is a tantalizing explosion for all the senses. It is a place where you can watch sumo wresters’ practice at a stable, belt out a song at a karaoke club, attend a show at the famous Robot Restaurant or eat fresh seafood at Tsukiji Fish Market. Though there is no shortage of fun things to do in Tokyo, you may want to escape the bustle of the big city to delve deeper into Japan, and you don’t have to go far to do it. The amount of day trips from Tokyo are plentiful, which make it the perfect base for any holiday. These best 4 are not only easy to get to, but also offer the perfect balance of Japanese tradition, outdoor adventure and delicious food.


Kanagawa Prefecture

Located just an hour southwest of Tokyo, the Kanagawa Prefecture draws visitors for its...


Compelling Hawaiian-inspired dining in Oahu

Oahu, the gathering spot of the Hawaiian Islands, has become the center point of exceptional dining experiences. While most people who visit Hawaii might want the cultural experience of a Luau, the fusion of cooking styles and cuisines make this a one of a kind destination. Expect dishes where Hawaiian culture meets international influence. And with the number of visitors, restaurants are incredibly competitive with you being the dinning winner.

Life’s A Beach Wine Festival

Hawaii has roving wine and food festivals that span almost six months on the various islands. With a sunset view, the Life’s A Beach combines a variety of wines and dishes (dense on the meat and fish ingredients), into an evening, which is a total event with on the water entertainment and fireworks...


The Best Babymoon Destinations Around the World

best babymoon destinations

The Best Babymoon Destinations

Hey, future mama! Are you ready to carve out some time for yourself before the little one comes along? You need a babymoon just for you and your partner. It’s prime time to cherish the little moments before you hear the pitter-patter of little feet!

Planning a babymoon?

Let’s go through the basics to figure out what’s best for you. For babymoons, most ladies find the second trimester to be the best time to travel because the morning sickness is (typically) behind you but it’s still easy enough to get around.

Do keep in mind that airlines do often require a medical certificate to travel after 28 weeks, and the travel window closes around week 36...