the pros and cons of a norwegian cruise

I’ve decided that there are two types of people in this world: those who love cruises and those who don’t. After taking our Scandinavian cruise this summer, I’ve decided that I am most likely NOT a cruise person. That’s not to say I disliked every part of the cruise, but it definitely won’t be my preferredContinue reading “the pros and cons of a norwegian cruise”

new orleans travel guide: skip the oak alley plantation tour

We escaped the heat of New Orleans (well, a couple of degrees, anyway) for a few hours when we visited Oak Alley Plantation. The grounds are lovely. Manicured lawns, beautiful flowers, old, towering trees. We grabbed some alcoholic lemonades, checked out the shop, and had some delicious gumbo at the restaurant, before our guided tourContinue reading “new orleans travel guide: skip the oak alley plantation tour”

new orleans travel guide: st. louis cemetery no. 1 walking tour

One of the most interesting and unique aspects of New Orleans is that they can’t actually bury their dead. Because they’re so far below sea level, the bodies, if buried, would sooner or later all emerge from the swampy soil, so instead, they bury those lost above ground in what they call “cities of theContinue reading “new orleans travel guide: st. louis cemetery no. 1 walking tour”

new orleans travel guide: the national wwii musem

The day after our late-night ghost-hunting tour, we had a late start. (Late as in, we missed breakfast altogether, which wasn’t a problem for Amanda, but is blasphemous for this breakfast-loving girl!) We decided we would go to the National World War II Museum that day. Amanda was a little skeptical about the awesomeness ofContinue reading “new orleans travel guide: the national wwii musem”

new orleans travel guide: the ghost-hunting tour

So you may be wondering how we settled on New Orleans for our Girls Trip 2018, and the answer is that it all started with the idea of a ghost tour. I get emails every week from TravelZoo, and one week several months ago, Savannah, Georgia, was the highlighted destination, with ghost tours being oneContinue reading “new orleans travel guide: the ghost-hunting tour”

new orleans travel guide: two chicks’ brothels, bordellos, and ladies of the night walking tour

A few weekends ago, my friend Amanda and I jetted down to New Orleans for a five-day girls’ trip. When we were first contemplating where we would go for our girls’ trip this year, we almost nixed New Orleans because we didn’t know how safe it would be for two women to be wandering aroundContinue reading “new orleans travel guide: two chicks’ brothels, bordellos, and ladies of the night walking tour”

a perfect weekend in new york by way of jersey city

Oh, hey there. It’s been a little while, hasn’t it? My writing mojo’s been missing, so I was just taking a little break, zooming through books, and planning our end-of-the-year escapades to Australia and New Zealand. (I’m not counting down the days, not at all.) But now I’m back, and I’m going to tell youContinue reading “a perfect weekend in new york by way of jersey city”

hawaii travel guide: pearl harbor

Like many people, I am very interested in World War II. It’s a fascinating, if not completely bonkers, section of history, and I gobble up pretty much anything that has to do with it—be it historical fiction (like All the Light We Cannot See), or actual biographies (like Unbroken), or films (like The Imitation Game or Valkyrie)—the listContinue reading “hawaii travel guide: pearl harbor”

hawaii travel guide: do the big island circle tour

Hawaii’s been having a rough time, you guys. First the flooding in Kauai, and now the earthquake and subsequent eruption of Kilauea Volcano on the Big Island. It’s a far cry from how the Big Island looked a little over a year ago when the hubs and I spent a day there. And because weContinue reading “hawaii travel guide: do the big island circle tour”

kauai, hawaii travel guide: kayak and hike along the wailua river

Kauai has a lot going for it: It’s stunning, the weather’s perfect, and it offers a lot of different outdoorsy activities for when you feel like balancing your chill beach time with, you know, adventures of the physical variety. (If you don’t like being outdoors, though, maybe Hawaii isn’t your dream destination—which makes me sadContinue reading “kauai, hawaii travel guide: kayak and hike along the wailua river”