2016 Photo Highlights: 4 Continents, 9 Countries, Lots of Transition

Mandala Suci Wenara Wana Sacred Monkey Forest Sanctuary in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

In February, when both our girls said goodbye we wondered what our empty nest would be like. After 18 years of living, learning and travelling together as a homeschool family of four, would hubby and I have anything to talk about once the girls left? The answer is yes. We rose to the occasion, to […]

Seattle Itinerary: Top 10 Things to Do in a Weekend Visit

The Seattle Aquarium is one of the top 10 Seattle highlights

Located on Puget Sound in the Pacific Northwest, Seattle reminds me a bit of our current home city, Auckland. Both are surrounded by water, mountains/forests, and green park lands. The nearby evergreen forests in Washington are massive, thus giving Seattle the nickname of “Emerald City.” To hit the highlights, we have created a Seattle itinerary. We had a Seattle CityPASS. […]

Reflections of an 18-Night Princess Cruise – Is It for You?

The Island Princess cruise ship docked at the port of Puntarenas in Costa Rica

Have you ever wondered what it is really like on a cruise ship? Is it relaxing, invigorating and fun OR boring, crowded and just one giant food fest? We recently disembarked from an 18-night cruise on the Island Princess, a mid-sized ship in the Princess cruise fleet. This is our longest cruise to date and one that […]

Eating Onboard: How to Cruise Without Gaining Weight

A dinner time favorite, I loved this scallop dinner when I sailed with Princess cruises.

I am pleased to say that I gained very little weight after 19 days eating onboard the Island Princess. We sailed from Fort Lauderdale through the Panama Canal and up to Vancouver. If you have never been on a Princess Cruise ship before, I am here to tell you the food is expertly prepared, appetizing, […]

Highlights of Chicago in a Day

Picasso sculpture in Chicago Illinios

Chicago is one of my favorite cities to visit, as well as being my city of birth. Loaded with fascinating things to see and do, it is impossible to see all the highlights of Chicago in a day. Unfortunately, that was all we had last month, so we made some hard choices. Dividing the city […]

Our Favourite Wellington Restaurants

Salad at Karaka cafe in Wellington New Zealand

Wellington restaurants have it all. Our favourites are generally comfortable, somewhat casual, and always serving great food. The city offers traditional, international, and eclectic options. Wellington may be a city known for its coffee but take a look at some of the food we tried at several Wellington restaurants and see if you agree it is also a city for […]

Enjoy These Far North Restaurants in New Zealand

Mangonui Fish Shop is a landmark amongst the Far North restaurants in New Zealand.

Traveling to the top of New Zealand’s North Island means going rural, but if you know where to look, there are plenty of great Far North restaurants. From fast food to fine dining, we covered the full gambit of options on our recent road trip.  Here are our top three favourite Far North restaurants in order from east […]

Four Stunning Waterfalls: Auckland to KeriKeri, New Zealand

Waterfalls on the North Island of New Zealand

Driving north from Auckland, it took only minor detours to see incredible waterfalls. It didn’t take long to remind us that New Zealand landscape is some of the most vibrant and dramatic in the world. It’s not just the South Island that one must visit for the natural beauty one expects to see in New Zealand. We took our time as we headed to […]

Sarah’s Sunday Snapshots #38 – 2015 Photo Highlights

Leaves, Kapiti Coast in Wellington, New Zealand. Copyright Sarah E. Albom 2015; for more photos of Wellington, visit the blog

Wow, it’s 2016 already! Time feels like it just flew by last year. Although this is technically my first post of the new year, here are my (Sarah’s) 2015 photo highlights, the majority are from New Zealand (links to each article the photo can originally be found on are in the descriptions): Lips of Temptation […]

2015 Auckland Festival and Event Highlights: A Photo Review

New Zealand Stopover of the Volvo Ocean Race Around the World - an Auckland festival of fun

Auckland is a fun city that knows how to throw a party. As the year winds down, I thought I would share photo highlights, starting with some of the Auckland events we attended in 2015. See if you can guess which was my favorite Auckland festival. (My highlights series will also include the best of Sarah’s Sunday Snapshots and my […]

Dining or Adventure: 5 Ways Up the Auckland Sky Tower

Leaping off the Sky Tower in Auckland New Zealand

Whether an adventure seeker, diner, photographer, tourist or Aucklander, the impressive views from the top of the Auckland Sky Tower are a must see in New Zealand’s largest city. Standing proud at 328 meters, it’s the tallest man made structure in the southern hemisphere. The 360 degree awe-inspiring views from any of the upper levels […]

Highlights and Reflections of Amazing Auckland from #AtoZ

Amazing Auckland from AtoZ - highlights and reflections

New Zealand’s largest city, my current home town, is often seen as a starting or ending point rather than a destination of its own.  Exploring it in depth, I chose “AmaZing Auckland” as my theme for this year’s AtoZ blogging challenge, which finally comes to an end with this reflections post. If you missed any […]

Samoa Highlights: Top 10 Things to Do (And Driving Tips)

Samoa Highlights

Adventure is around every corner on beautiful Upolu, the main island of Samoa. While we came for a break, we found our selves stopping to swim into a cave, jump into a trench, feeding turtles and visit an author’s home.  Upolu is the main island of Samoa and home to it’s capital city Apia.  Despite our […]

Top 10 Around the World Travel Highlights

Sahara desert

As 2012 comes to an end, and our recent travels are still fresh in my mind, it  seems like a good time to post a few around the world travel highlights. Top 10 Around the World Travel Highlights Visiting ancient locations including the Army of the Terracotta Warriors (China), Climbing the Great Wall of China, […]