HIKING BETWEEN VILLAGES IN CINQUE TERRE

In this weeks travel video, I’m sharing my tips and experiences with The Cinque Bellas in Cinque Terre, Italy.

Four wonderful women traveled with me last year to central Italy, and we spent 4 incredible days in Cinque Terre. These 5 towns of Riomaggiore, Manarolo, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monte Rosso became popular in the 1970’s after a travel writer raved about these quiet villages in his travel books. Today, Cinque Terre is a World UNESCO Heritage site and is visited by 2.4 million people each year. Yikes, that’s a lot!

When it comes to what to wear on these hikes, you can get away with Chaco’s or Keens instead of hiking boots. (Here are my favorite shoes for this type of trip.) I also recommend wearing a wicking sports bra for us ladies and to bring a compact cooling towel, like this one here, as it gets quite warm once the sun comes out.

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VISITING CINQUE TERRE BY BOAT

Are you visiting Cinque Terre, Italy for the first time? Why not see it by boat! This is my travel diary of Cinque Terre. Subscribe for more laid back luxury travel and inspiring travel vlogs!

Have you ever dreamed of having wine on a boat in Italy? You can! I’m so excited to share with you my experience with ‘Hello Cinque Terre’. If you want to see the Cinque Terre villages, this is the way to do it! We started in La Spezia and went on a tour to beat all other Cinque Terre tours. The cities we saw included Riomaggiore, Manarola, Portovenere, Vernazza, and Monterosso. We drank wine in the mediterranean, went swimming, and relaxed as our amazing guides took us around. This is our trip with Hello Cinque Terre. I hope you enjoy!

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RAMON’S VILLAGE RESORT REVIEW

Today, I’m taking you on a tour of the BEST place to stay in Belize: Ramon’s Divers Village! If you’re looking for a Belize vacation package, look no further. Subscribe for more laid back luxury travel and inspiring travel vlogs.

Belize resorts (all inclusive or not) are a dime a dozen, but they are NOT all created equally! Ambergris Caye is my go-to island. Why? Well, it is close to the famous Blue Hole dive spot where you can see nurse sharks and other exotic fish. It’s great to go for a Belize honeymoon or for a family Belize vacation package. Ramon’s Dive Resort is also one of the most popular hotels in San Pedro, Belize, but it never feels overcrowded. If you’re traveling to Belize, keep watching!

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SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS

SWIMMING WITH WHALE SHARKS

 

Today, I am crossing off an adventure bucket list item. It’s whale shark season in Isla Mujeres Mexico and that means it’s prime time to see the 18 meter long whale sharks! I took two trips out with Serious Diving and here are my best tips if you decide to go on a whale watching trip. Stay tuned to the end of the video for some amazing close-up shots of the whale sharks from my GoPro. There is even one of the sharks bottling. Here are the Top 9 Tips to know before you go swimming with whale sharks!

About the Trip

In Isla Mujeres, there are several companies that will take you out on a speed boat to take you to the whale sharks! I went with Serious Diving and had a fantastic experience. The way it works is you boat out to the destination, jump out two at a time with a guide  while one guide stays on the boat. Each groups spends about 3-5 minutes in the water scoping out the sharks, then 2 people climb out of the water, 2 jump in. You usually get to jump in about 3 times with the whale sharks. On the way back, you go snorkel at one of the reefs for about an hour, then typically you go to a cove and have a ceviche lunch. That’s it! Now it’s back to the dock.

Airports to Fly Into

You’ll want to fly into Cancun Airport. From there, you can take a taxi to Puerto Juarez. It took about an hour in traffic to get to the port. The crossing takes 15 minutes. (Go with Ultramar).  It costs 300 Mexican Pesos each way and runs 5 am to midnight.

Where to Stay

I stayed at the Privilege Aluxe for $300 a night. It’s not cheap, but it IS an all inclusive hotel with really good food. (They even have a romantic restaurant on the beach!)  It’s on the North end of the island. Bottom line: the services were spectacular, they have a beautiful pool, and even a private beach!

When to Go

Whale Shark season is mid-May through September. According to Serious Divers, the best time to go is July and August, and it is ideal to go during the full moon. If you go then, you are more likely to see the most amount of whales.

I went in late August. The first time I went, the sitings weren’t that great. I had the opportunity to jump in 3 times and 2 of the times I only saw manta rays. We went out again the next day and it was spectacular, I jumped in 5 times and the I saw a gigantic shark bottling (vertical eating from the surface of the water). Moral of the story: you never know what you’re going to get!

TIPS

  1. Get on an early boat.
  2. Be the first to jump in the water. The sitings are better!
  3. Take dramamine or a type of medicine that prevents sickness.
  4. Take a direct boat. Make sure your boat isn’t going to Cancun to pick up more people.
  5. Go in July and August, and this is specific to Isla Mujeres.
  6. Book 2 trips to see animals. Do it twice, these are wild animals and you never know if they will be there or not.
  7. Make sure you’re wearing a wetsuit instead of a life vest. You need to be a good swimmer (disclaimer) – but you’ll be much faster in the water.
  8. No Sunscreen until after you’ve seen the whale sharks.
  9. Have an amazing time!

Places to Eat

They feed you breakfast, they have coffee and donuts before you get on the boat. u leave the whale shark area they offer sandwiches and beer.

Thanks so much for reading! Leave me a comment. Is this something you would do on a Mexican vacation? I’ll see you on the next adventure!

A LOCAL’S GUIDE TO THE HOLIDAYS IN AUSTIN, TX 🎄

A LOCAL’S GUIDE TO THE HOLIDAYS IN AUSTIN, TX 🎄

Today we are going on a tour of the top holiday events in Austin including all of my favorite things to do during the Christmas season to Keep Austin Weird! As an Austin local, I will take you through an “Austin holiday bucket list” of the 6 things you have to do. From houses that are decorated like the Griswolds, the downtown Stroll with caroling, to the millions of lights at Mozarts Coffee and Zilker tree, here are all of your tips to enjoy the holidays in Austin, Texas. There is even a ferris wheel with views of downtown at the trail of lights. I hope you enjoy!

1. Zilker Tree

2. Trail of Lights

3. A Christmas Carol at Zach Theater

4. 37th Street

5. Downtown Stroll

6. Mozart’s Light Show

 

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