Aquarium of the Pacific

 

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If you’re looking for affordable, family fun in Southern California then visit the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. My wife and I went several months ago and are planning on going again. If you’ve seen the hilarious Al Brooks, Sharon Stone movie, The Muse, then you will have seen a glimpse of this wondrous place. If you want to read about our adventure and how we got discounted tickets CLICK HERE.

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Sailing Catalina Island

Boating Santa Catalina Island, California

Sailing Catalina Island

I’m finally planning my trip to Catalina Island! After all of the glowing reports I’ve heard from the people that have been there, I’m raising anchor and setting off to see for myself.

What’s so GREAT about Catalina Island?

Good question! Well, I haven’t been there yet but, according to other visitors, pretty much everything is great about Catalina. There’s an old casino there that was opened in the 1920’s and just looks gorgeous.

Hiking

There’s a bunch of hiking trails all over the island and because nearly the entire place is managed by the Catalina Island Conservancy, it’s completely pristine. There are even herds of buffalo roaming the place that were transported there when some early western movies were shot there.

Diving and Snorkeling

Dozens of amazing dive spots pepper the coast where you can observe a myriad of different marine creatures including spotted harbor seals and the beautifully golden Garibaldi.

Camping

Campers flock to Catalina not just for it’s natural beauty but also because it has some extremely secluded campgrounds that offer extreme privacy. Many of these campsites can only be reached by boat or kayak, now how’s that for secluded!

Kayaking

Kayaking and kayak-camping is an extremely popular activity on Catalina. There are some great sea caves that you can even paddle right into when the conditions are right.

More to come!

Read about me preparations in detail HERE.

Say Gudday to Tywyn Beach, Wales

Beaches in Europe

When you think of fabulous beaches, Wales, in the United Kingdom, isn’t exactly the first place that springs to mind but, roving reporter Heather, thinks you’re missing out by overlooking this unique place. Heather used to spend her her childhood vacations enjoying this picturesque beach along with her “extremely British family”. Find out why she remembers these vacations as some of the best days of her life by reading her full article HERE.

Say Gudday Greece

This is Spartaaaa! And Athens and many other wonderfully beautiful places in Greece. Use our online, interactive map to help you plan your trip here. See exactly where the best things to see and do are. CLICK HERE to visit the map in Google maps.

Family Fun in Rome, Italy

travel guide for Rome, ItalyAn incredible guide to seeing Rome with kids in tow.

Rome is a fantastic city , and every summer millions of tourist come to visit. However, Rome is not an easy city for smaller children. Going for sight-seeing is very tiresome, especially during the hot summer. Try to plan a few activities for children, in between. Here are some suggestions on things for chlidren to do in Rome. Some are great for a half-day visit, others really need a full day. Read the full guide HERE.

Amusement park in Rome, ItalySince you’ll be in Rome with your kids, why not go to Rainbow Magicland, a new amusement park that just opened in May 2011. Great rides like the Flying Island, fantastic shows including the Winx Club (three times a day),  water rides (so remember to bring sunscreen and bathing suits) and a host of other fun things for the whole family (see The Candy house pictured left). Read all about it HERE.

Water park, Rome, Italy, Europe

ZooMarine is a great mixture between zoo, amusement park and swimmingpool. People walk around in bathing-suits and flip-flops, everybody is really relaxed. We went a Friday in August, the busiest vacation period in Italy. Although plenty of people, it never felt crowded, there was enough place for everybody. Have a look here to see what to expect when you go there! Read the full account HERE.

Colosseum, Rome, ItalyThe Eternal city, the Sacred city, the Capital of the World. Rome has many names and many roads lead to Rome! Few cities are so well-known and loved as Rome. Rightly so, since it is bursting with art, history and architecture. You can spend months and years and still find new things to see. But Rome is so much more than ancient monuments and art. There is another side of Rome. Read the local tour guide HERE.

Saint Thomas & Saint Croix tout guide, Jackie Sonia

virgin islands tour guideGudday! I was fortunate enough to grow up in paradise on earth, the U.S. Virgin Islands. Growing up on the island of St. Croix was magical. Since I was born in St. Croix, that is my true hometown. However, I can claim St. Thomas as my hometown, too since my younger years were spent in St. Thomas. Sometime during my middle school years, my family moved to St. Croix where I attended catholic school. However, we would go back and forth from one island to the other as we had families on both islands and my dad worked in St. Thomas. My grandma’s house was a hop, skip and a jump away from a lagoon in St. Croix. many a days we would trek there to catch crabs and swim. One of my fondest memories is of the family picnics we used to have at Cramer’s Park. The whole family would gather together, bring side dishes and my uncles would cook a pig right there on the beach. We [kids] would be in the water just splashing around and having fun. It sounds strange to say, but living on a beautiful island surrounded by all that crystalline blue water, many of us couldn’t swim a stroke.

snorkeling in the U.S. Virgin Islands

I would love to tell you anything you want to know about my beautiful home including how to get here, where to stay, what to eat and what you must do while you are here. I’ll also tell you the cheapest ways to get the most bang for your buck! Just ask me and I’ll tell you anything you want to know!

Read my overview of St. Croix and St. Thomas article HERE. For specific information or more details on any aspect of island life or travel, just ask me, I’ll be glad to tell you. Now get down to the U.S. Virgin Islands and come Say Gudday!

Backpack 101

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Learn how to choose the right backpack for you and your activities from Videkpridek’s informative article on the subject. Good, practical information and tips from an experienced expert. Read it HERE.

Also read MysticTurtle’s article on top selling backpacks for hiking. She has backpacked the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail in 2001 and the 700-mile International Appalachian Trail in 2003 so, if you’re looking for advice on choosing a backpack, she’s the lady to listen to. Read her reviews HERE.

MysticTurtle reviews the military MOLLE backpack HERE.

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