Category Archives: Activities

Exploring Iceland’s Golden Circle

Guest Post by Miranda at Spend Your Days

Iceland has rightfully garnered attention from visitors wanting to get a glimpse of its otherworldly landscape.  When “otherworldly” is just a hop, skip, & a jump away from both Europe and North America, well… you go!

With a four-day holiday weekend fast approaching, I played my own version of Spin the (Travel) Bottle, and cheap airfares determined that I would be getting cozy with Iceland.

The most popular way to experience the beauty of Iceland is via road trip- most notably by way of the Ring Road that encircles the country.  Because my long weekend visit didn’t allow for a complete Tour de Iceland, I chose to focus on the southern part of the country.

Happily, there’s a mini “highlights of Iceland” circuit for visitors who, similarly, do not have a week to languish in far-off lands.  Iceland’s Golden Circle is perfectly made for stunning natural scenery jam-packed into an extended weekend.

Stop #1: A Day in Reykjavik

Nearly all Iceland expeditions begin and end in Reykjavik.  As the most compact European capital, I was still surprised to find that Reykjavik is “do-able” even in a single day!  Especially during the months of June through August, when the famous Midnight Sun lights the sky till the wee hours of the morning.  Speaking of which- remember to bring a sleeping mask if you’re a light sleeper.  It’s decidedly odd trying to fall asleep at 11pm… in broad daylight.

Pay a visit to the iconic Hallgrimskirkja Church, stroll the shopping streets of Laugavegur, munch on a kleina pastry at a café in Austurvollur square.  Reykjavik is a fun and satisfying city to just be, without feeling the need to check a bunch of touristy schtuff off your list.

Prir Frakkar Restaurant, Iceland

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Herculean Travel Guide

Guest Post by Will at The Luxe Travel.

Lassithi Plateau

Lassithi Plateau

The Mythological Gods of Greece are in my opinion one of the most intriguing pieces of history this world has ever seen. They capture the imagination of people of all ages and for many era’s they have been idolized, from the famous State of Zeus sculpture by Phidias to the motion picture Wrath of the Titans by John Leibesman. Continue reading

The Best of Oahu

Guest post by Jessica at Turquoise Compass

The Accommodation - Polynesian Hostel Beach Club

The Accommodation

Arriving in Hawaii was a dream come true! Although it took great effort to get there, the trip was worth it. Every day I was amazed by what I saw on the island of Oahu. I stayed at the Polynesian Hostel Beach Club in Waikiki which was conveniently located a couple blocks from the beach. The rooms are secured with key cards. Each bed has its own locker to use with your own personal lock. The dorms itself are basic, but clean. The hostel offers free breakfast of granola bars, oatmeal, and bananas. Basic enough, but a nice addition. Free is free in my books! Continue reading

Cruising the Caribbean

Competition at the pool

Competition at the pool

Cruising is a fun way to enjoy a vacation and still get to stop off at different ports to explore, and you only have to unpack once! My friend and I took a five night Carnival Cruise from New Orleans with three stops and we picked our shore excursions of Xel-Há, Tulum and a snorkeling catamaran cruise in Cozumel. Continue reading

Xel-Ha – The World’s Largest Natural Aquatic Park

Xel-Ha

Xel-Ha

Xel-Há is a 22 acre natural aquatic park in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Visiting Xel-Há as a cruise ship excursion, as my friend and I did, is not a good idea. Knowing all of the wonderful activities I missed really hurts! I think you could spend two or three days here to really have the time to explore everything. One full day for sure, minimum. Continue reading

Ancient Mayan Ruins of Tulum

Temple of the Frescos at Tulum

Temple of the Frescos

The ancient ruins of Tulum are situated 39 feet above the turquoise waters of the Caribbean in Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula. Tulum was at its peak between the 13th-15th centuries AD and was one of the last Mayan cities. It is surrounded on three sides by rock walls and the fourth side by the ocean. The word Tulum means “wall, trench, or fence” in Maya, and was an ideal location for sea and land trade routes. Continue reading

Unique Travel Opportunities Await in Bulgaria

Guest post by Sher BonDurant.

Canoodling with nature and animals at Wild Thyme

Photograph by Evelien Bogaart at www.earthtracks.nl
Canoodling with nature and animals at Wild Thyme

I’m obsessed with Europe and explore new countries in this fascinating continent every year. Even though I knew nothing about Bulgaria, I considered traveling there this past spring. Continue reading

Diving in Cozumel

Divers at Paso del Cedral dive site in Cozumel, Mexico

Divers at Paso del Cedral

Cozumel was my first an only dive trip, and it was fantastic. I am still a beginning diver since the time in between my dives is so long and I’ve done just under 30 dives. Pretty weak. When I went to Cozumel, my biggest fear was the regulator coming out of my mouth. During my certification Continue reading

Snapshot Saturday 2013 #19 – The London Eye

London Eye

London Eye

The London Eye is the tallest Ferris wheel in Europe at 443 feet and it was built in 1999. It was officially opened by Tony Blair on December 31, 1999 but didn’t open to the public until March 9, 2000. They have many different options for your experience, from the standard ticket, to a wine tasting experience, Hotel Chocolat tasting experience, champagne experience or you can book an entire capsule for your special event.

Eating Our Way Around Cannon Beach

Tuna Sandwich at Morris' Fireside Restaurant

Tuna Sandwich at Morris’ Fireside Restaurant

I recently spent the weekend at Cannon Beach, Oregon and one of best parts of the trip was all of the food we enjoyed. One of our first meals was at Morris’ Fireside Restaurant, the service was a little slow since it was a very busy weekend with all of the people flooding to the coast for the warm weather, but that was understandable. Continue reading

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Haystack Rock and The Needles at Cannon Beach

Haystack Rock and The Needles at Cannon Beach

This post will mostly be photos from my last trip to Cannon Beach, Oregon. Cannon Beach is a cute little tourist ocean side town located 80 miles west of Portland. Cannon Beach was incorporated in 1957 and has a population of about 1,700 with 750,000 visitors annually. Continue reading