Portugal: Wine Tasting in the Douro Valley

Porto: Gateway to the Douro Valley Most tourists visiting Portugal begin their journey in Lisbon, it’s capital city. Just a three hour train ride to the north lies Portugal’s second best known city, Porto. This city, aside from being marvelous on its own, is the gateway into the Douro Valley. This remarkable place is famousContinue reading “Portugal: Wine Tasting in the Douro Valley”

Portugal: Top 5 Experiences in Lisbon

We made the decision to travel to Portugal on the fly. After a long year jam packed with many travel adventures, we decided to squeeze in one last week-long trip to Portugal in November. Lisbon, Portugal had come highly recommended. It was described as a city with all the quaint, traditional charms one can expectContinue reading “Portugal: Top 5 Experiences in Lisbon”

Tobago: Cyclists of the Caribbean

“Honey, do you want to come with me to a bike race in Tobago?” “Sure! Where’s Tobago?” “It’s an island in the Caribbean. All we have to do is pay for your airfare. The team is paying for mine and our lodgings for the week.” Team Rio Grande: Aaron had been racing for the RioContinue reading “Tobago: Cyclists of the Caribbean”

Morocco: Sahara Desert Camping Experience

As part of our tour of Morocco, we chose to spend some time in the Sahara Desert, the largest hot desert in the world which spans most of northern Africa. We started our journey in Fes and drove for an entire day to reach Erfoud, a town within one of the Sahara’s precious few oasesContinue reading “Morocco: Sahara Desert Camping Experience”

England: A London Layover Tour

On our most recent trip to Europe, we were fortunate enough to be able to redeem our American Airlines miles for two round trip flights to Italy. Using our miles to pay for the flights greatly reduced the cost of the trip, but we did have to jump through a few hoops to make itContinue reading “England: A London Layover Tour”

Malaysia: Travel Day Nightmare

Anyone who has ever passed through an airport knows that travel days are, at the very least, exhausting. After a good travel day, the excitement of arriving allows people to overcome their fatigue and hit the ground running. On the other hand, after a particularly rough travel day, the phrase “Never again!” is mostly likelyContinue reading “Malaysia: Travel Day Nightmare”

Colorado: Adventure in Your Own Backyard

Every season provides the opportunity for adventure. Summer brings the chance to travel to exotic lands. Winter is the season of holiday trips to visit family. Spring beckons us to escape winter’s grasp with getaways to lush, tropical lands. But Fall, in my opinion, caters to a different kind of adventure. The kind that doesn’tContinue reading “Colorado: Adventure in Your Own Backyard”

Ecuador: You did WHAT in the Amazon?

  “You did what in the Amazon?” my mother asked, her eyebrows sky-high as we regaled my parents with tales of our honeymoon. In a spur-of-the-moment decision, we had chosen Ecuador as our honeymoon destination. The country hadn’t even crossed our minds until I stumbled upon an irresistible trip through Travelzoo, a travel deal watchContinue reading “Ecuador: You did WHAT in the Amazon?”

Cambodia: Mysteries of Forgotten Temples and Fallen Empires

“Why Cambodia?” – We were asked this question multiple times before our trip. The short answer is that we wanted to visit Angkor Wat, the mysterious temple and mausoleum built by the Khmer King Suryavarman II from 1112 A.D. to 1152 A.D. The long answer is that we wanted to go on an archaeological adventureContinue reading “Cambodia: Mysteries of Forgotten Temples and Fallen Empires”

Italy: Lost in the Vatican

Vatican City, the smallest sovereign nation in the world, was a not-to-be-missed site on our trip to Rome, Italy. Aside from the site’s historical and spiritual draw as the home of the Pope and the formidable center of Roman Catholicism, the Vatican boasts a phenomenal collection of art and historical artifacts in the Vatican Museums,Continue reading “Italy: Lost in the Vatican”