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Sargassum seaweed on the beach

Sargassum Seaweed in the Caribbean: Will it ruin my beach vacation?

Updated: March 4, 2020 The first time we encountered that mass of seaweed known as “sargassum” was in Barbados in 2015; it seemed to have appeared from nowhere and just kept coming every day, making it unappealing to swim in the ocean and lounge on the beach where we were staying. Since then, we’ve been…
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March 1, 2020 61
Routing on our flight from DPS to IST on Turkish Airlines in business class on the 787

Review: Turkish Airlines 787 Business Class from DPS – Denpasar Bali to IST – Istanbul Turkey

Turkish Airlines started their Dreamliner 787-900 service on select international routes over the summer in 2019. These newly acquired 787s allowed Turkish Airlines to expand their fleet and to modernize their business class product. In November 2019, we flew on Turkish Airlines ‘ new 787 in business class from DPS – I Gusti Ngurah Rai…
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February 26, 2020 2
Jason boarding the airplane with his Thule bag in backpack format

Heavy Thoughts on Packing Light: Carry-on Packing Tips

What do you pack into a carry-on when you will be traveling for close to 3 weeks and visiting 4 destinations with different weather conditions? It is not the first time we have been challenged with “Heavy Thoughts on Packing Light” and it will not be the last! In this post, we share tips and…
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February 13, 2020 3
Dining area at Ulekan

Indulge: A Review of Ulekan Indonesian Food in Canggu Bali

Ulekan is an Indonesian restaurant located in Canggu; you can reach this restaurant easily from Seminyak as you do not need to cross the infamous Canggu Shortcut. Ulekan is part of The Good Brotherhood which includes the following restaurants: Watercress, Milk & Madu, The Common, Bangkok Hustle, Shmurger Burger. During our travels to Bali, we…
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January 27, 2020 0
The Slow - Pool Villa

Stay – A Review of The Slow in Canggu Bali

We have been meaning to go back to Bali and stay in Canggu but have been hesitant due to the availability of accommodations. We prefer booking and staying at hotels instead of AirBnB and independent villas due to some of the issues we have had in the past and while Canggu has become overly commercialized,…
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January 26, 2020 0
View towards the pool

Marriott Titanium Annual Choice Benefit: What We Chose and Why

As a Marriott Titanium member, you get to choose one Annual Choice Benefit before January 14 or it defaults to Suite Award Nights. Here is a list of the choices: 5 Suite Night Awards™ One Free Night Award Gift Gold Elite status 40% off Heavenly™ Bed mattress 5 Elite Night Credits $100 charity donation Of…
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January 23, 2020 0

Plan: 3 Days in Porto Portugal

Last Updated: June 3, 2020 COVID-19 Update: Portugal has re-opened to tourists from certain countries as of June 1st. TAP Air Portugal is scheduled to resume flights to North America on June 4, 2020. Overview: The last stop on our recent around the world trip this past November was Porto, Portugal! Having really enjoyed visiting Lisbon…
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January 21, 2020 2

Overtourism: Did “Eat Pray Love” Ruin Bali?

Last Updated: January 24, 2020 Overtourism is becoming a problem in many tourist destinations around the world and it has been getting more coverage in the media the last few years. One place that we love and have visited where overtourism is a problem is the island of Bali in Indonesia. In the last few…
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January 20, 2020 12

Stay – A Review of The Guild, Tribute Portfolio in San Diego

The Guild is a new Category 6 Tribute Portfolio Hotel in downtown San Diego. Formerly an Army-Navy YMCA building built in the 1920s, a major renovation project was completed to modernize the building as a luxury boutique hotel while preserving elements of the past. The hotel has 8 floors, 162 rooms that range from 185-1808…
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January 17, 2020 0
Max on a bridge in Chicago

The 7 Things We Love About Chicago Illinois

We have fond memories of visiting Chicago from back when we lived in Southern Ontario and always love to visit the windy city! Thankfully, you can fly to ORD – Chicago O’Hare on Alaska Airlines from YVR – Vancouver through SEA –Seattle-Tacoma airport which makes it a nice and easy place for a weekend getaway…
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January 15, 2020 0