4 Common Types of Travelers

Hi everyone! Today I’ve got a guest post from Diana Smith, a full time mom of two beautiful girls and a travel lover. In her free time she enjoys exploring new exciting destinations with her family. Follow her on Twitter at @DianaSmith82!


Whether you are going on an adventure or a family vacation, the truth is that you travel because it feels good. There are several different types of travelers, mainly depending on where they are going and with what purpose. During your travels, you have surely come across some of these people, and you might belong to one of the groups as well. Read more

Festivals You Must Visit in Australia

Hey guys! I’ve got another great guest post from Roxana, Roxana, an adventure loving traveler from Sydney who’s worked in the travel industry as an freelance alternative Sydney tour guide for almost two years. She’s also a blogger/editor at stylebyasia.com and highstylife.com.


Did you know that there are hundreds of festivals taking place Down Under each year? Some of them are small and community-based (e.g. Apollo Bay Music Festival), while others are large (e.g. Falls Festival) and able to bring international performers and Australian stars. The types of festivals range from arts and cultural to music, film and theme-based ones. They are being held across the entire country (which is not a small deal), but the most frequent starting point, especially for foreign tourists, is Sydney, so we too will take it from there. Here are some of the most amazing festivals held in Australia you simply cannot miss. Read more

How to See the Ball Drop Without Standing in Times Square

Hey there! It’s been a while since I’ve actually posted but I can’t wait to talk about my weekend in New York to watch the ball drop! My sister and I came into Manhattan from New Jersey on December 30th and we had a room at the Riu Plaza Times Square. If you’re looking for a hotel near Times Square, this one is a great choice. Literally a block away, next to an outdoor shopping market, and across the street from Pret A Manger.

Anyway, as this was my sister’s birthday/Christmas present from me, we went out for a nice dinner to celebrate and checked out Times Square on the way to The View restaurant, at the top of the New York Marriott Marquis. It was pretty interesting to see how Times Square was already set up – the stages were there and the fencing blocking out the space for the following night. Read more

New Zealand by Train – Discover It on My Way

Hey guys! Today I have a guest post on New Zealand by Marie Nieves. Marie Nieves is a lifestyle blogger who loves unusual trips, gadgets and creative ideas. On her travels she likes to read poetry and prose and to surf the Internet. She is an avid lover of photography and regular author for several blogs. You can find Marie on Facebook or follow her on Twitter and Pinterest.


Once I arrived to New Zealand, I knew that I had to explore as much of it as possible. I’ve never been interested in those regular tours where I was supposed to just follow a tour guide and look around. I wanted to experience this land of green scenery and rocky coasts my way. This is why I opted for the Northern Explorer train trip from Auckland, the largest city of New Zealand, to its capital, Wellington. Read more

A Tour around Beautiful Ireland

I recently returned from a fantastic trip to Ireland! If you haven’t been, what are you waiting for? What a gorgeous country, with fields of every shade of green imaginable. For ten full days we circled the outskirts of the island, seeing cities like Belfast, Kinsale, and of course Dublin, and the beautiful sights along the Wild Atlantic Way. Read more

5 Things You Should Eat While in Sydney

Hey guys! I’ve got another great guest post from Roxana, Roxana, an adventure loving traveler from Sydney who’s worked in the travel industry as an freelance alternative Sydney tour guide for almost two years. She’s also a blogger/editor at stylebyasia.com and highstylife.com.


In the recent years, the ease and comfort of travel and the drop in the prices of international transport have given rise to new, specialized kinds of tourism. One of the most popular touristic innovations seems to be the foodie tour. After all, who doesn’t love eating? New and exciting flavors from around the world have been more and more available everywhere, but there’s nothing better than trying them out in their authentic state, straight at the source. Australia’s vibrant foodie scene combines a whole range of interesting influences to create a unique Australian cuisine. Here are the delicacies you mustn’t miss when visiting Sydney. Read more

Why Croatia Should Be on Everybody’s Bucket List

I’ve got another great guest post from Nicole Noel, a lifestyle blogger at HighStyleLife. She is passionate about travelling and healthy living. She loves exploring new things and sharing her ideas with others. You can find her on twitter and FB


Tucked in between Central Europe, Southeast Europe, and the Mediterranean lies a country that hides beautiful natural wonders, amazing coastline that attracts A-list celebrities, around thousand of different islands with breathtaking scenery, and finger licking gourmand specialties. With locals being incredibly laid-back and welcoming, it is literally paradise on earth. Croatia is the name of this Adriatic queen and it has a distinctive charm that beats the exotic destinations such as Bahamas or Tahiti. With its rich history and close connections to Italy, it will make you fall in love with its melodic language and different dialects (have you ever heard the Dalmatian accent?), with incredible wines and cuisine, and its sea that I swear has rejuvenating properties. Croatia selflessly invites you to adopt that special mindset I’m convinced only people that live by the sea cultivate. Here are its highlights that shouldn’t be missed. Read more

Checking Out the Iberostar Grand Paraiso

After four nights at the Valentin Imperial Maya, my boyfriend and I spent a few nights just down the road at Iberostar Grand Paraiso. This is one of the fanciest and most expensive resorts that I sell to clients, so when I won three nights at a convention last year, I intended to take full advantage. Needless to say, my expectations were HIGH.

Since I won the stay, I didn’t get my choice of room category and therefore was just expecting a standard room. However, when we got there we got an oceanfront upgrade! Sweet.

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We had an amazing balcony right on the ocean… too bad it was too hot to enjoy!

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Yes, please.

We were ready for three nights of bliss, but I have to say there were some little things that just didn’t quite work for me there. First of all, I was mostly disappointed in the breakfast. Coming from the Valentin where there was freshly squeezed juice each morning, the juice at the Iberostar was downright awful. Tasteless and from a can, Kool-Aid would have been better. Other than that the food was fantastic, but that made a big impact on me.

Otherwise the resort was just a bit too… hoity-toity for us. A week here normally costs about $5k or more, so you can understand that they set pretty high standards. The clientele, of course, are the type that are typically older and retired, so we really didn’t talk to other guests at all.

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Decorations are cute but I hate those ugly bedspreads.

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Getting ready for dinner.

The food at the Iberostar, however, was downright fantastic in comparison to the Valentin (not that the Valentin had any bad food). Our first night’s room service dinner was great, and our second night at the gourmet restaurant so SO GOOD. I had some scallops (my favorite food) and lamb shank, and I’m not sure which I liked more. Once again we ordered every dessert and we weren’t sorry.

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Even though I wasn’t completely in love with the Iberostar like I was with the Valentin, our three nights there were way too short. It was our first time having a week long vacation together and every day was better than the last.

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Last day enjoying the beach 🙁

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No more daily crab for a looong time 🙁

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Our highlight of our stay at the Iberostar – found this guy crawling around my clothes in the bathroom!

Would I go back to the Iberostar Grand Paraiso? Probably not. Even though it was adult-only, it’s part of a larger campus of resorts that are all family-friendly, so you can bet the beach was still crawling with kids (I like my pool bar child-free). I also hated that we had to make advanced dinner reservations, and when working on that it can be very annoying as most of the time the restaurants you want are never open when you want them. The Valentin was reservation-free.

I just liked the vibe at the Valentin better, too, as we found more people to talk to and the staff more approachable.

Thanks for the overall lovely visit, though, Iberostar! You have a great product but it just isn’t quite for me. 🙂

4 Nights of Bliss at Valentin Imperial Maya

Well, I’ve found my new favorite resort. My (lucky) boyfriend and I spent half a week at the amazing Valentin Imperial Maya in August. I’m a travel agent and we sell this resort quite frequently, so I had enough points to score four nights in a Diamond Suite. To get an idea of what this place looks like, here’s a Youtube video I found of the room. Read more

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