Samoa - Digitally Disconnect in this South Pacific Paradise

Samoa is easily accessed from New Zealand and Fiji, but also from Hawaii. We didn’t know much about Samoa before heading off, except that it was supposed to be cheaper than other South Pacific islands but with the same amazing beaches and crystal clear waters. Once we landed we were quickly greeted with those crystal clear waters and were immersed in their culture, colors and tropical heat.

Aloha is a Lifestyle: Our two night stay on Waikiki Beach

Despite our short trip to this beautiful island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, we had an incredible time exploring its stunning landscapes, beaches, and crystal clear waters, as well as indulging in scrumptious food, from Hawaiian bbq to shrimp scampi from a food truck, fresh poke caught that day, and to die for malasadas (fried doughnuts filled with custard).

Lake Titicaca: From 1920s-Styled Railcar to Preserved Bolivian Island of the Sun

When we started to think about our South America trip I knew two things - I wanted to visit Machu Picchu and the Bolivian Salt Flats. Eoghan had done more research and mentioned Lake Titicaca and Isla Del Sol to me and I automatically said yes because they were near a body of water. Little did I know that Lake Titicaca is the highest navigable lake sitting at 12,500 ft above sea level and that it has crazy weather patterns - like waterspouts that suck up water from the lake in a tornado-like fashion. However Lake Titicaca and Isla Del Sol ended up being our FAVORITE part of our whole entire trip. We highly recommend taking the Peru Rail train from Cusco to Puno and then visiting Copacabana and Isla Del Sol. Let’s first dive into the train ride from Cusco to Puno.

Cusco: Where to Eat and What to Do

Cusco offers a lot in a small area. Walking around the desirable area of Cusco will take a half-day to a full-day depending on your level of enthusiasm to explore every nook and cranny of every market and street. We enjoyed the cobblestone streets and old buildings that were vastly different from busy downtown Lima. Follow along below for tips on our favorite restaurants, cafes, and shopping areas.

Heart Pavlovas : My New Favorite Dessert Recipe

One of the first things I asked Eoghan when we started dating was “What is your favorite dessert?” I was expecting the typical answer of brownies, chocolate chip cookies, or hoping for my favorite pineapple upside-down cake — but he answered with pavlova. Wanting to seem cool and as worldly as him I was embarrassed to ask “what on earth is a pavlova?!” But since I knew I wouldn’t be able to fib my way through that conversation I flat out asked.Turns out it is a New Zealand dessert that is named after a Russian ballerina. Duh! It is pretty much like a large meringue cake that has a crispy outside and marshmallowy inside. You use vanilla extract instead of almond so I find it outrageously delicious.

Guadeloupe Travel Tips : A Tale of Two Islands

If you haven’t heard of Guadeloupe or have the faintest idea where it is, we don’t blame you - neither did we. Guadeloupe is a sun-soaked overseas French territory that is a group of islands (the main island resembles a butterfly) that lies between St John’s and Dominica. The tropical nation feels relatively untouched by tourism, which is a welcome sight for those escaping their busy concrete jungle lives. Brush up on your high-school French because it will go a long way to helping you get around and interacting with the friendly local people. Follow along below to learn about how we filled our four day + three night trip to this beautiful island.

Sri Lanka Travel Tips : Tropical Paradise in the Indian Ocean

Sitting in the Indian Ocean lies a beautiful island that is about the size of California, otherwise known as Sri Lanka. It is a magical place that is filled with jungle hiking, fields of tea plantations, rows of fruit trees, fields of elephants, and miles of stunning beaches. Sounds magical, amrite? Get ready to start a new pin board because we are sharing our top ten favorite places in Sri Lanka that are a must on your trip.