What To Do in Mauritius

What To Do in Mauritius

Generally, when I spend a week at a beach front resort, I want to do, well nothing. That’s sort of our way of traveling. But, I was very surprised to find how much there was to do in Mauritius. I found myself learning a lot about the culture and environment of this unique island, more so than I expected. Top Things To Do In Mauritius Exploring a Nature Preserve This was a bit of a surprise for me. It was even more of a surprise that we enjoyed it. Heritage Resorts has a private nature preserve called Frederica. It’s possible to take a Mauritian-style safari, in a 4 wheel drive, purpose-built truck. During our safari, which included a ride part of the way up, and then a one-hour hike, we saw what I termed the “Mauritian Big 5.” Our safari included wild hare, wild boar, deer, pheasant, and the only native mammal to the island – bats. After our hike, they set up a sunset yoga for us. But, the weather did not cooperate. It was rainy and windy. Instead, we enjoyed a little snack with some healthy wellness drinks, while waiting for the sunset over the mountains. After, we took a mini night safari on the way back to the resort, where we saw hundreds of deer under the driver’s lamp. Their alien-like eyes glowed in the dark. Other than getting caught in the rain, it was a lot more enjoyable than I imagined, being that we are not really adventure travelers. Mauritius Food Tour During one warm afternoon, we drove a little over an hour from the...
What To Do In The Maldives

What To Do In The Maldives

As even The Planet D, a notable adventure travel blog couple, has stated, the Maldives is one of the top destinations to visit in 2017. Now, Dave and Deb, I am sure look for something a bit different than we do when traveling. They look for adventure. I am sure a trip to the Maldives for them includes snorkeling, diving, kite surfing, and more. But, we are not adventure travel bloggers. We are luxury travel bloggers. In that vane, we were looking to put together a slightly different list of what to do in the Maldives. Top Things To Do in the Maldives Set The Alarm for Sunrise This was all Eric. I slept in. Sunrise occurs around 6:30 am, and is around a similar time throughout the year because the Maldives is so close to the equator. Many resorts categorize their rooms as either sunset or sunrise. We had a sunrise room at Hurawalhi, but the sunrise was a bit too far to the right for us (meaning Eric) to enjoy it from our deck. At Outrigger Resorts, though, the sunrise was directly in front of our beach villa. Eric was up most morning, with our GoPro, taking some lovely photos and videos of the sunrise. I slept in. Happily. After all, at the top of my list of things to do in the Maldives, was relax. Enjoy Fresh Fish and Seafood Only two food items are naturally found in the Maldives: fish and coconuts. One of the main staples of Maldivian cuisine is a tuna coconut curry. In addition to the curry, fish and seafood is plentiful...
Maldives Travel Guide – How to Travel to the Maldives

Maldives Travel Guide – How to Travel to the Maldives

We were a little, well, lazy, when it came to figuring out how to travel to the Maldives. We obviously where able to figure out how to travel from Bangkok to the Maldives. But, we didn’t really look much beyond that. We trusted the luxury resorts in the Maldives would take care of things. And, for the most part, they did. In the end, though, we needed a little more than that to handle Maldives travel. Here are our Maldives travel tips. What Airlines Travel to the Maldives There are plenty of full service and budget airlines that fly to the Maldives. We flew Air Asia through Kuala Lumpur, which was the cheapest option with the fewest layovers. It did mean, however, an overnight flight back to Kuala Lumpur. The best way, however, to fly to the Maldives is to fly on one of the Middle East airlines, like Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways, or Etihad. From Europe this means it is possible to arrive in the Maldives after only one stop. That’s even possible from the US from some of the Middle Eastern gateways, like New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other major cities. This actually means that if you are in one of these main gateway cities, Maldives travel is a lot closer than you think. That’s a good thing. All international flights arrive and depart from Malé, the capital of the Maldives. It is necessary to  transfer to your resort in one of three ways. Some resorts, like the Four Seasons, are within a quick boat ride from Malé. Other resorts are close enough to Malé that their...
5 Cruise Misconceptions Debunked!

5 Cruise Misconceptions Debunked!

Breaking Down 5 Cruise Misconceptions on a European River Cruise We’ve always prided ourselves on the fact that we’ve never been on a cruise. Technically, we can’t even make this claim due to a not so fab two night Yangtze River cruise we took in China back in 2009. But, I don’t think it counts. I mean a real cruise. One with a cruise director, buffet meals, and pre-arranged activities, on a boat with a bunch of other people. I’ve always stuck my nose up a bit at cruise goers, that was until our recent French river cruise experience. Yes, Viking River Cruises hosted us on this experience. And I’m glad they did. I never would have thought of doing this type of river cruise otherwise. We not only had a great experience, but it certainly dispelled some of the misconceptions I had about cruising in general. 1. Cruise Misconceptions: Cruise Ships are Crowded Close your eyes and say the words “cruise ship” and what images pop into your head? For me, it’s always been large cruise ships, the size of a small city, where it’s nearly impossible to find a lounge chair near the pool. Where I would be one of a thousand people clamoring for a server’s attention at dinner. I knew this wouldn’t be our experience on a European river cruise. First, the rivers can’t hold ships that big. There were less than a hundred staterooms on our Viking Buri longship. On our cruise, from Avignon to Lyon, I believe there were about 150 passengers on board. That meant there were always seats available at dinner,...
How to Survive Your First American Road Trip

How to Survive Your First American Road Trip

When we came up with the crazy notion of driving across the Southeast on a culinary road trip, the first thing we started concerning ourselves with were destinations. What cities did we want to explore for the best food. Then it dawned on me. We’ve never taken a road trip like this before, so how well prepared were we to take our first American road trip? Turns out, not so prepared. But after spending 6 weeks zooming across the Southeast US on our #USChowDown, it turns out, we’ve learned a thing or two about surviving an American road trip. 5 Tips for Surviving Your First American Road Trip Tip 1: Find a Comfortable Car For many Americans, bigger is always better. For us, that is just not the case, despite the fact that Eric is over 6 feet tall. We worked with Kia America during our road trip, so we were blessed that we did not have to rent a car for our 6 week road trip. Initially, Kia offered us a Kia Sedona, which looks like a cross over between a minivan and an SUV. Most people would jump at the chance to drive a comfy SUV on an American road trip. For us, though, we are used to small cars. We’ve never owned an SUV. This was not the time to start. So, we asked for something smaller, and they offered us the Kia Optima. It was a sedan that was still a lot bigger than we are used to, particularly because most of our rental cars are small European models. But, it was comfy, even on our...
What to Do in Chengdu

What to Do in Chengdu

I’ve said it before, and I will say it again. Before going to Chengdu, China, I had no idea what there would be to do in Chengdu. I associated Chengdu with pandas, spicy food, and nothing more. I was stunned to learn just how much there is to do in Chengdu. So What is There To Do in Chengdu? Check out our YouTube Video of what to do in Chengdu: Of course I will say some of the must dos in Chengdu include pandas and spicy food, but there is more to do in Chengdu than that! This is just a little teaser on what there is to do in Chengdu, because I will be sharing a lot more details on a lot of these experiences over the coming weeks. So, if this list doesn’t provide enough specific information, stay tuned! Experience Panda Conservation There are several ways to see the pandas in Chengdu, including visiting some of the panda parks that are only thirty minutes outside of Chengdu. We figured that this could be our only trip to hang with the pandas in Chengdu, and we wanted to make the most of it. We wanted to get up close and personal, and we did. We arranged a day as volunteers with the Dujiangyan panda base, about 90 minutes outside of Chengdu. It was a full day program, cost $100 a person, and was well worth it. We got right up close to the pandas and had a much more interactive experience than some of the other panda centers. In order to volunteer, it is necessary to contact the...
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