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”

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”

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?”

South Africa: A Hike Worthy of Legend

South Africa is a unique nation in terms of its diversity with myriad peoples, cultures, weather, ecosystems, beliefs, and activities. The same can be said for Cape Town, a cosmopolitan gem, one of South Africa’s two capital cities. Cape Town boasts an amazing array of activities geared toward tourist and local alike. To name aContinue reading “South Africa: A Hike Worthy of Legend”

Zimbabwe: A Lesson in the Rules

Recently, we journeyed to Southern Africa on an adventure to experience the cultures and natural beauty of the African continent. One of our stops was an incredible safari lodge in Zambezi National Park adjacent to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The lodge stood alone, several miles out of town overlooking a flourishing watering hole. We spent our several daysContinue reading “Zimbabwe: A Lesson in the Rules”