New Year’s Eve 2020 at The Cove Atlantis Paradise Island in the Bahamas

Living in New Jersey, or anywhere in the northern United States, our winters can be long and cold. So, it is typical for us to find warmer climates to vacation during this time. However, for us traveling in 2019 was somewhat limited since we had worked on remodeling our house during the year. Originally, we ...

Day Trip to Berlin

The area of Germany we lived in was the Rhineland-Palatinate in the southwestern part of the country. By train, we were closer to Paris (3 hours) than to Berlin (5 hours), which is on the opposite side (northeastern part) of Germany. So we only made it to Berlin once; but, it was a fantastic day ...

Returning to the St. Regis Resort in Mauritius

It was love at first sight for Amanda and me with the St. Regis Resort in Mauritius. So much so, that this was our second visit in two years. Our first visit was in 2015 and this was a year later, both while we lived in Germany. For this trip, we flew Business Class via ...

Bula! A Day in Dravuni Island in Fiji

Our second stop when we visited Fiji was to Dravuni Island. The country of Fiji itself contains 330 islands with 110 of them permanently inhabited. There are even 500 smaller islets, so there are many islands to visit. For many decades in the 1700s, European sailors would not step foot on any of the Fijian ...

Spending a Day in the South Pacific Nation of New Caledonia and the Loyalty Islands

The South Pacific Island Nation of New Caledonia was our first stop after leaving Sydney, Australia for the second time. Located about 750 miles to the northeast, we arrived after 2 days of sailing with Holland America. New Caledonia is a French territory with a population of about 278,000 people mostly situated on the main ...

The Mysterious Mayan Ruins of Chichen Itza

In March 2019, I crossed another destination off my bucket list -- to visit Mayan Ruins. We had this opportunity with one of the destinations of our Caribbean Cruise with Holland America. Our ship docked in Cozumel, Mexico, which itself is an island off the eastern coast of the Mexican Yucatan Penisula. We boarded a ...

The Amazing St. Regis Bora Bora Resort

When we decided we wanted to go to Bora Bora, we needed to decide where to stay. There are many options to choose, from the 5-Star Resorts encircling the island to smaller hotels on the center main island. Of course, we chose the former! One resort that makes almost all the Top Lists of Places ...

Traveling to Bora Bora from New York

Did you know it takes 2.5 days of air travel to get to Bora Bora from New York? A strange thing I like to do is study maps and globes... the real kind you hold in your hands and can touch. As a child, it amazed me how large the Pacific Ocean is as it fills ...

Our Top Bucket List Destination – Bora Bora in French Polynesia

One of the most frequent questions our friends ask us regarding our travels is "Where is your favorite place you've been?" The answer to this question has always been difficult because it requires a little more clarity. For example, my favorite European country is Italy. Favorite place to see history is Rome. My favorite cultural ...

Reverse Culture Shock of Coming Home

As we prepared to move to Germany from the United States, we were informed of the dreaded cultural shock roller coaster we could expect to experience: euphoria, homesickness, adjusting, and then accepting normalcy. These aren’t the official categories, but these applied to us. First, you experience a sense of euphoria. Everything is new; your surroundings, ...

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