Trip Date: April 2016
Watch my short video of the Hidden Beach!
Before our trip to Puerto Vallarta (Punta Mita to be specific), I came across a post about the Hidden Beach of Marietas Islands on Pinterest, the site for a lot of my travel discoveries. I scrolled through the pictures, and they looked amazing! I didn’t look into how accessible it was because our intention was to stay inside our all-inclusive resort the whole time and chill pill it out. Funny enough, we talked to a couple at dinner on the first night, and they recommended we take a tour to Marietas Islands/Hidden Beach. The tour could be booked through the resort. With that said, it was a done deal.
Trip date: April – May 2015
To preface this post, I’ve been dragging my feet a bit to write about the Philippines, almost not wanting to. The main reason is that the health gods decided to punish me with all sorts of illnesses for the majority of the trip, so I wasn’t able to enjoy it all without feeling like death. Despite the suffering, I still pushed myself to experience this beautiful country. We explored a bunch of different areas from the mountains to the countryside to beach islands to the city that I can’t NOT share with the world. No pain, no gain, right…
This trip came to fruition when Nicholai’s parents asked if we wanted to go to the Philippines to attend his cousin’s wedding. He still has a ton of family back there and hasn’t been back since he was a teenager. So, we thought this is the perfect occasion to make a trip out of it.
Trip Date: May 2015
It’s been a good nine months since Nicholai and I were in Japan, but I’m excited to write about it and share all the goodies about our favorite country so far! Japan was actually the second leg of our 2-week trip to the Philippines/Japan, and we only stayed for about 3 full days but instantly fell in love. Read on for a list of things to do if you have 3 days in Japan!
Trip date: January 2016
The Windy City
Chicago was absolutely freezing. Thankfully, the one day we spent exploring was a tolerable 40 degrees..as opposed to the day after at near 0! We Ubered everywhere on that day because I don’t think I would be alive right now if we were walking for more than five minutes. Despite the cold, I loved the city. I mean, come on, being in downtown with all the cool buildings and eating at the foodie joints did not disappoint.
We stayed at Hotel Chicago, Downtown Autograph Collection, which conveniently placed us close to the attractions/sites that we wanted to see. This is the first hotel, in a while, that I was thoroughly impressed with – modern and sleek style, spacious layout, and a cool vibe. I felt extremely comfortable my whole stay there and would definitely book them again. It was also affordable at around $100/night. Granted, it was probably cheaper during this low-travel season to Chicago so I’m not sure what prices are during peak season.