Part 1: The Beauty of Yakushima Island

 Trip date: June 24 – July 10, 2016

Part 1 of 3 will cover our first destination in Japan – Yakushima Island. We spent four days here.

Part 1: The Beauty of Yakushima Island

In love with the peaceful vibe here.

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Winter in Europe: Advice and Takeaways

Trip dates: December 26 – January 9, 2016/2017

Overview

I feel a little toughened up after spending two, blistering cold weeks of traveling around Europe with 20-30 degrees weather. I guess give it another week, and I’ll be back to involuntarily commenting on how “cold” the weather is, at barely under 60 degrees (*rolls eyes at myself*).

In the process of planning this winter trip to Europe, I did mentally prepare myself to embrace it…thinking of beautiful European architecture or landscape blanketed with snow, colorful lights dancing across narrow, cobblestone streets, and Love Actually moments playing in my head. I was quite looking forward to a winter wonderland! However, truth be told, the weather could still be such a determinant factor in how comfortable you are during the trip. So, I learned to scrap any expectations of a magical, winter Europe trip (although some parts still were!) and to undertake a more spontaneous mindset. 🙂

Our general itinerary consisted of (and in more details below): Iceland —> Scotland —> France —> Germany —> Sweden.

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Off the Beaten Path to the Hidden Beach of Las Islas Marietas

Trip Date: April 2016

Watch my short video of the Hidden Beach!

Recap

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.

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