The Highlights of Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Highlights of Dubrovnik, Croatia

This post was last updated on September 5th, 2017If you’re planning a visit to Croatia, then chances are Dubrovnik has a spot on your travel itinerary. Considered by many to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, Dubrovnik offers stunning views, picture-perfect beaches, fascinating medieval architecture and plenty of adventure activities. Dubrovnik is also home to many locations used to film Game of Thrones, attracting quite a few travelers whose sole purpose of visiting is to see the real-life settings behind the hit T.V. show. Given its fame, beauty and UNESCO World Heritage status, it’s hardly a surprise that Dubrovnik also gets tons of tourists, especially within the Old Town. To be honest, knowing very little about Croatia prior to our road trip, I was shocked by just how touristy the city felt. Dubrovnik is still well worth the visit, but try to avoid peak season and know you’ll likely be sharing the views with many other tour groups.     The Start To Our Croatia Road Trip   After picking up the rental car in Split, Dubrovnik was the first destination on our road trip itinerary. The drive from Split to Dubrovnik is gorgeous, much of it hugging the coastline. Keep your passport handy, because you’ll even get to pass through Bosnia for a few miles!       Our rental car was courtesy of Nova Rent A Car, and we could not have been happier. The car was brand new and super easy to drive throughout Croatia and Slovenia. If you’re visiting these two countries, you really want to have your own wheels. The most...
Polar Diving – Next-level Diving Destinations and Tips

Polar Diving – Next-level Diving Destinations and Tips

This post was last updated on July 13th, 2017It’s true of just about any hobby, sport, profession, or other pursuit – you’re never going to truly grow unless you’re willing to step out of your comfort level. For experienced divers, that means finding new locations with new challenges and rewards – and nothing offers more new diving challenges or rewards than a plunge into the waters of the world’s Polar Regions. New challenges As an experienced diver you’ll already be familiar with the more common risks – the currents, equipment faults, and so on. However, polar dives add on a couple more elements that require some extra caution. Decompression events First, decompression chambers are few and far between. Larger cruise ships (as opposed to smaller sailing vessels and yachts) will have medical aid aboard, but they’re not going to be equipped to handle a decompression event. Depending on your location, the necessary facilities (and crisis-equipped medical facilities in general) may be hours, or even days away. So if you feel the overwhelming urge to stunt deep dive, fight it, because you’re not only putting yourself in danger, but your guides will also be at risk as they attempt to aid you. You’ll find that most Arctic and Antarctic cruise dives set a limit of around 20 metres (60 feet). Ice Ice has a habit of shifting around when on water. Ice bergs can seem fairly dependable and solid, especially when you’re viewing their massive beneath-the-water bodies, but all ice bergs present the risk of rolling. Ice sheets can sometimes present the illusion that they’re fairly stable, they make up...
Highlights From Our Spectacular Portugal Road Trip

Highlights From Our Spectacular Portugal Road Trip

This post was last updated on July 11th, 2017   We will never forget our honeymoon road trip across the USA, cruising around Costa Rica with the top down on our Jeep, winery hopping in Chianti region of France or gawking at the Fjords in Western Norway, having your own set of wheels adds a whole new sense of freedom while traveling. And Portugal was no exception.     While it is possible to reach some of the main cities by train, we much prefer the freedom of being able to go where you want, when you want, and there are plenty of spectacular destinations to explore throughout Portugal that would have been virtually impossible to get to without a car. We got a fun little hatchback from Booking Group which had more than enough umph to get us everywhere we needed to go. We’ll be diving into more depth about how to see and do the highlights in each of these locations yourself so stay tuned. We highly recommend turning your Portugal vacation into a road trip adventure. The most spectacular landsapes we saw were out of our car windows. Take a look below for more details! Highlights From Our Spectacular Portugal Road Trip   Lisbon   Unfortunately, due to a mix up of our airline carrier, we arrived in Lisbon 36 hours later than we had planned. This gave us only about 3 hours to explore the country’s biggest city. So we headed straight for the best of the best, Belem, to see the Monument Of Discoveries, the enormous Monastery of Jeronimos and the Belem Tower. But...
How To See Lava on Hawaii’s Big Island: Kilauea Volcano

How To See Lava on Hawaii’s Big Island: Kilauea Volcano

This post was last updated on August 30th, 2017If you’re traveling to the Big Island of Hawaii, then you won’t want to miss the mesmerizing opportunity to see lava as it flows across a lava field and pours into the ocean. We weren’t really sure what to expect before our most recent trip, but seeing lava on the Big Island turned out to be one of our favorite things we did!     Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes on Earth, has been continuously erupting since 1983. Most often, the lava flow is slow and gentle; if you follow proper precautions and regulations, it’s safe and fascinating to get up-close to the show! That said, there are definitely a few tips and tricks to follow to ensure you make the most of seeing lava on the Big Island. Here’s what we learned from our latest lava adventure in Hawaii:   How To See Lava on the Big Island: Kilauea Volcano   There are numerous tours that will take you to see Kilauea’s lava flow, but it’s also easy to go the DIY-route. To start the adventure, head to the popular Kalapana Viewing Site, about 45-minutes from Hilo. Here, you’ll have the option to hike 9-miles roundtrip down a hot gravel road, or rent a somewhat uncomfortable bike from one of the many vendors in the parking lot. We opted to bike, which we highly recommend. You’ll find heaps of bike rental stations around the parking area, and it makes the trek to and from the lava viewing area much more manageable.      Insider Tip: Expect to pay...
Kalymnos Travel Guide: What To Do On Our Favorite Greek Island

Kalymnos Travel Guide: What To Do On Our Favorite Greek Island

This post was last updated on April 18th, 2017   Greece is one of those magical destinations where we feel like you can’t really go wrong no matter which island you choose. Santorini is as romantic as can be, with its iconic whitewashed buildings and dramatic caldera. Rhodes has a rich history, beautiful beaches and one of the best-preserved fortresses in the world. Then, of course, there’s the mainland and Athens—a city a bit rough around the edges but which we thoroughly enjoyed exploring. Yet of all the spots we visited in Greece, our favorite was without a doubt the small but beautiful island of Kalymnos. Kalymnos is a relatively off-the-beaten-track destination in Greece. Both Greeks and tourists seemed a bit surprised when we said Kalymnos was on our Dodecanese island hopping itinerary—and even more so when we said we fell completely in love with it. If you’re looking for raving nightlife and fancy clubs, then Kalymnos isn’t for you. But if you’re after a unique Greek experience that offers plenty of adventure, cuisine and beauty, then we think you’ll love Kalymnos just as much as we did. Here’s everything you need to know to start exploring this fascinating spot.     Your Ultimate Kalymnos Travel Guide An Introduction To Kalymnos The first thing you’ll notice about Kalymnos is its striking beauty, with dramatic crags and mountains, dazzling deep blue water, and a much greener landscape than its neighboring islands. It’s the ideal setting for adventure—and as a result is a popular destination for rock climbing, hiking and more (which we go into detail about below.) When arriving at...
7 Must-Visit National Parks In Costa Rica

7 Must-Visit National Parks In Costa Rica

This post was last updated on March 10th, 2017This post is brought to you by Luxury Resorts.     One of the top reasons to visit Costa Rica is to witness the country’s diverse flora and fauna. And with some 5% of the world’s biodiversity, often all it takes to experience Costa Rica’s natural abundance is looking out your window. No matter how many times we spot toucans in our garden or hear howler monkeys calling out in the distance, the wildlife in Costa Rica just never gets old. And one of the best ways to appreciate the country’s natural beauty is with a visit to any one of its National Parks. An astonishing 25% of Costa Rica is protected in wildlife parks or reserves. That means that whatever region of Costa Rica you’re planning to visit, there is more than likely a great National Park nearby. We’ve yet to visit each of the country’s 27 National Parks, but we are doing our best to cross them all off our Costa Rica bucket list. In the meantime, here are our favorite seven spots we have visited—it should be enough to get you started on your own adventures through Costa Rica’s National Parks! Pro Traveler Tip: Luckily, there are plenty of stylish accommodation options nearby most of the parks. We prefer luxury accommodation or glamping to sleeping bags any day. These Costa Rica luxury resorts look particularly awesome.   7 Must-Visit National Parks In Costa Rica   1. Arenal Volcano National Park     While it no longer smokes, Arenal Volcano is still a site to behold—especially if you’re lucky...