A Preview: Belize and Guatemala

Every winter I try to escape the cold and go somewhere warm. Last year I escaped to a balmy Portugal as a belated birthday getaway, but this year Mark and I decided to do a bit of a bigger trip. We settled on Central America, a region I am eager to explore more of, and after realizing Costa Rica might break our budget, we decided Belize (with a short side trip to Guatemala) would be just the right fit. Continue reading “A Preview: Belize and Guatemala”


7 Easy Ways to Save Money on a Cruise

A cruise at first look may seem like a good deal, that is until you get on board and feel overwhelmed with the extra costs for beverages, excursions, and activities.

Rather than feel like you’ll break the bank, here are seven easy ways to keep your wallet happy while still enjoying your cruise vacation.

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How to Spend a Day at 6 Caribbean Cruise Ports of Call

When Mark and I booked our week-long cruise of the eastern Caribbean, one of the main draws for us was that it had five ports of call –  St. Thomas (USVI), Barbados, St. Lucia, St. Kitts, and St. Maarten – plus our departure port of San Juan, Puerto Rico. I’ve always been a proponent of fast travel – maximizing what I experience in a destination in a short period of time – but even one day in each port of call was a challenge for me. Nevertheless, we tried our best in each location to see it as fully as possible – with varying degrees of success – and I’ve outlined what we did each port of call below. Continue reading “How to Spend a Day at 6 Caribbean Cruise Ports of Call”