Your Last Minute Holiday Gift Giving Guide For Travelers

Your Last Minute Holiday Gift Giving Guide For Travelers

Just two weeks from now and we’ll all be sipping on egg nog and mimosas, with wrapping paper flung all over the floor, and Frank Sinatra’s Christmas Hits lulling softly in the background. While some of you may have had your Christmas shopping done ages ago, others haven’t even given one thought to the idea. That’s ok: we’re here to help. This last minute Travelers Gift Giving Guide is jam-packed with the BEST gifts every traveller will drool over on Christmas morning.     The Ultimate Last Minute Holiday Gift Giving Guide For Travelers   The Raw Spice Bar   Have a foodie traveler in your life? The Raw Spice Bar is the perfect gift. Customize any monthly package and bring the world right to your kitchen. Each month, you’ll receive 3 freshly-ground flavor packs, ready to be mixed with fresh, local ingredients to create a meal that reflects the unique flavors of various regions around the world. This is the ultimate way to experience cuisine from all over the world in the comfort of your own home.   The DJI Osmo   I am in love with this camera! With all the adventure and outdoor activities we do it’s nearly impossible to film anything without the camera shaking violently. The Osmo is a powerful, handheld video camera that uses top-of-the-line stabilizing technology to deliver a smooth, clean shot every time. With the Osmo, you can enjoy your surroundings without the constant focus on keeping a perfectly steady hand. The Osmo adapts, allowing for perfectly steady, 360-degree video with the convenience of a compact, handheld camera. The Osmo retails...
Let’s Talk Prague! A #TravelShare Chat You Won’t Want To Miss

Let’s Talk Prague! A #TravelShare Chat You Won’t Want To Miss

This post is in partnership with Kanetix.  Prague is one of those magical destinations that will always hold a special place in my heart. Not only is it one of the most beautiful capital cities we’ve ever visited, it’s also where I took my very first solo international trip! The wanderlust that fuels my travels today was very much ignited years ago on that first adventure in the Czech Republic. Besides the nostalgia, one of the things we love the most about Prague is the city’s fascinating history. The largest ancient castle in the world (Prague Castle), the stunning views from iconic Charles Bridge, the 15th century Astronomical Clock that marks each hour…and those are just a few of the most popular tourist attractions! Add to that delicious cuisine, great beer, a laid-back vibe and plenty of free things to do, and how can you not fall in love with Prague? And while Prague might not get as much press as classic destinations like London or Paris, we think it’s one of the best places to base any European adventure. Not only will you have tons to do within the city itself, you’re also always an easy day trip from gorgeous Czech countryside, fairytale-like castles, and even top destinations in Germany! Photo by Chandon via Picasa   So, with that introduction, we’re super excited to host an upcoming #TravelShare twitter chat about—you guessed it—all things Prague! We’re teaming up with Kanetix.ca, Canada’s top travel insurance provider, for what’s going to be an awesome discussion on Twitter about epic experiences in Prague. (After having all our gear stolen on the road a...
14 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Around the World

14 Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day Around the World

  Love it or hate it, Valentine’s Day is right around the corner.   We don’t particularly enjoy all the commercialism that surrounds the holiday, but we do love any excuse to celebrate. So if it means getting dolled up, eating scrumptious food and sipping on good wine… well, we can handle that.   Last year we celebrated Valentine’s Day in Taiwan. Taiwanese celebrate February 14th with fanfare—teddy bears, glittery flowers, and decorations. Stores often have Valentine’s Day discounts. Taipei 101 even lights up with cute hearts. But in addition to the Western date, Taiwanese also celebrate traditional Chinese Valentines Day on the 7th day of the 7th month of the lunar calendar. Honestly we never knew much about this other Valentine’s Day, and from a foreigner’s eye, it certainly didn’t receive as much attention as its Western counterpart.     But it got us thinking. How do other countries celebrate Valentine’s Day around the world?   We set out to the handy dandy Internet to see what we could find. Perhaps not surprisingly, we discovered that many countries celebrate Valentine’s Day with roses and chocolates and perhaps a dinner date; many cultures have embraced the Western influence. Other cultures protest the holiday, some even going so far as to set fire to Valentine’s Day merchandise. And finally, some cultures have looked for a way to make the holiday more their own, finding a bit of balance.   Before we set off, we want to be clear that we haven’t experienced any of these celebrations firsthand; the information was sourced from around the web (you can find the original...
How Saving #JustOneRhino Could Win You A Dream Vacation Of A Lifetime

How Saving #JustOneRhino Could Win You A Dream Vacation Of A Lifetime

Ever since I could remember, I have always wanted to go to Africa. Over and over as a child I watched Simba, Pumba and Timone frolicking around the Savannah, surrounded by zebras, giraffes, and elephants, and dreamed of seeing them one day in the flesh. And of all the amazing African animals to see, rhinos were always at the top of my list. I had a secret fascination with these temperamental animals. After all, they are the closest things to unicorns we have left!     So you could imagine how shocked I was when I learned that according to the South African Department of Environmental Affairs, one rhino is killed every 7 hours and poachers killed over 1020 rhinos in 2014 . That’s right. We lost over a thousand rhinos to the illegal killing and selling of an endangered species. At the current rate, rhinos will almost certainly be extinct within the next 20 years. You and I may very well live in a world where there are no rhinos, and that’s not a world I want to be a part of.    Photo Courtesy of Susan Portnoy  Photo Courtesy of Susan Portnoy   Fortunately, there is hope. The Rhinos Without Borders project is led by National Geographic Explorers In Residence Dereck and Beverly Joubert. It has made its mission in 2015 to move 100 of the rhinos from highly poached regions of South Africa to well-protected areas in Botswana, which has some of the lowest poaching rates in Africa. To ensure the future survival of Africa’s wildlife, Botswana is forming a “Tusk Force.” The Tusk Force comprises of hand-picked members of the...
20 Epic Travel Experiences We’ll Never Forget From 2014

20 Epic Travel Experiences We’ll Never Forget From 2014

Today marks our final post of 2014! It’s honestly a bit weird, primarily because this past year has been utterly fantastic, but also because we have a lot of new and exciting changes coming up in 2015. We’re incredibly excited to go forward and make the most out of each and every day that the New Year will bring. And of course, we’re practically bursting at the seams to share with you all of our upcoming life changes. But before we look forward, we wanted to take a couple of extra moments to look back—to reflect on 2014, on our favorite adventures, and on our most beautiful memories. We feel so blessed to have been able to share these experiences with all of you, and we hope you’ll enjoy reminiscing with us a bit! If it can inspire you to go out and have more adventures of your own in 2015…well, that’s even better! As always, we’re insanely grateful to have such a great group of readers to share our stories with. Happy, Happy, Happy New Year! Look forward to sharing more wonderful adventures together in 2015!   And now here it is: our 20 most epic travel experiences from 2014 :)     1. Humpback Whale Watching In San Pancho, Mexico   We began 2014 in the small, friendly beach town of San Pancho, Mexico. We fell in love with the community, the people, the dogs, the sunsets, the food, the yoga and the surf. It’s the type of place we could see ourselves living in permanently one day. And while we made countless wonderful memories during our...
Our Holiday Gift-Giving Guide For The Stylish Adventure Traveler

Our Holiday Gift-Giving Guide For The Stylish Adventure Traveler

As we’re writing this gift-giving guide from hot and sunny Costa Rica, it’s hard to believe that the holidays are just around the corner. So far all we’ve done to get ourselves in the holiday spirit is partake in an obligatory viewing of Love Actually, my favorite Christmas movie of all time. Luckily in one week we’ll be back in good ol’ North Carolina, at which time I fully plan to binge on cookie baking and carol singing. If things get really crazy, we might even make a gingerbread house. And if all that fails to get us festive, then we’ll have our NYC getaway over Christmas and New Years Eve to do the trick! With Christmas shopping in full swing, we decided to join the blogging masses and craft a custom A Cruising Couple Holiday Gift-Giving Guide. If there’s a stylish adventure traveler in your life (or really any type of globetrotter you care about) then we’re sure there’s something on this list they’d be thrilled to receive! Note: We were not contacted by or compensated for including any of these products in the list. Some links are affiliates, which mean we receive a small percentage of any purchase at no extra cost to you. We’ve only selected those items we would love for Santa to personally deliver to us.     For The Active Traveler     GoPro We’ve been lusting over all of the GoPros since we first began travel blogging. We’ve yet to invest in one ourselves, and we’re really not sure why. It’s an essential for any traveler who regularly finds themselves immersed in...