Your Guide to 5 Great Beaches in Palawan, Philippines

Corong Corong Beach, Palawan, Philippines

{This post was written for Albom Adventures by Carmela Kim Alvarez of Let’s Palawan.} Palawan, an island region west of the Philippine archipelago, is a popular travel destination for many reasons. One of the things that sets this island from all other tropical spots, though, is how it is filled with so many beautiful shorelines. […]

Going Ashore in Cabo San Lucas Mexico

The arch in Cabo San Lucas Mexico

The highlight of Cabo San Lucas is El Arco (the Arch) and the nearby Lover’s Beach. As we could see both of these from the Island Princess Cruise Ship, and we have both been to Cabo San Lucas in the past, we opted to skip an excursion, or any type of tour and just go […]

Relaxing in Aruba – A Tropical Cruise Port

Palm Beach on the Caribbean island of Aruba

After three days at sea on the Island Princess, our first port was the island of Aruba in the southern Caribbean.  Famous for white sand, blue water and plenty of sunlight, Aruba did not disappoint. The port is right in town and our time here was pretty short, from 7am to noon. We opted to […]

Anniversary Kiss Under the Sea in Samoa

Kiss Under the Sea

Hubby and I celebrated our anniversary this year in Samoa with a ‘romantic’ kiss under the sea: Just a bit of anniversary photo fun for Wordless Wednesday. Have you tried to kiss under the sea or with a snorkel (it doesn’t work very well)? I link up first at BeThere2Day.  

Fresh Coconut Milk from the Tree of Life, the Coconut Palm

Peeling back the outer shell and coir (fibrous husk) of the coconut

While I have enjoyed fresh coconut milk before, I hadn’t heard the coconut palm called the Tree of Life before visiting the island nation of Samoa. Here, it was explained to us by the owner of Saletoga Sands Resort, the coconut palm is considered the special, as the entire tree can be used: The trunk […]

Jumping Into Vivid Turquoise Waters at To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

To Sua Ocean Trench, Samoa

Waterfalls and cliffs seem to taunt my girls, calling their name and daring them to jump off into the waters below.  It doesn’t seem to matter whether the waters are swirling at the base of a waterfall, crystal clear, or vivid turquoise – my girls like to jump. Hubby and I opted to stay back […]

Treated at a Hospital in Samoa; at least the Scenery is Nice

Waiting area for Hospital in Samoa

Emergency room visits are never fun, yet somehow our visit to the hospital in Samoa left us rolling our eyes.  Thankfully it was nothing serious. It started with a mosquito bite. For just a moment, my teen forgot the rule and scratched the bite on the back of her hand. It swelled up to affect […]

Hiking to Fuipisia Falls – A Hidden Gem in Samoa

The rushing waterfall - Fuipisia Falls, Samoa

Fuipisia Falls is a hidden gem. It’s located on family land in Samoa. Not our family but rather a wonderful Samoan family who took us through the bush and across a creek to see the rushing waterfall in the rain. We spent last week in Samoa. Fuipisia Falls was one of the highlights of our day driving […]

Relaxing in the South Pacific at Saletoga Sands, Samoa

Saletoga Sands Resort

A week in tropical paradise and I am almost too relaxed to write. Departing from our usual travel mode, we enjoyed a vacation in Samoa, a South Pacific island paradise. We adapted easily to relaxation, pampering, and the resort life style, all a far cry from our usual do-it-yourself travels or a home exchange. Following the recommendation […]

Windmills of Mykonos, Greece ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Windmills of Mykonos, Greece

When I think of windmills, I used to think about the Netherlands. However, it is windmills of Mykonos that captured my heart. I have only been to a few of the Greek Islands, but Mykonos is my favorite: The stark white against the blue sky wasn’t only found on the windmills.  We saw it all […]

Island Paradise – Relaxing in the Tropics in Fiji ~ #AtoZ AmaZing Photos

Snorkeling off Malolo Island in Fiji's Mamanuca Islands

We do stop and rest, and my favorite spot is any island paradise in the tropics.  Fiji is always a popular destination from New Zealand, as it is relatively close, affordable and when we leave the mainland we can always find an island paradise.   We visited Fiji in 2004 and 2011. You can read […]