Colorful coral reefs. Six-toed cats. A haunted doll. Key West, Florida may be one of the most unique places in America: roosters roam the streets, drag queens rule the nightlife, and Cuba’s close proximity colors its history. The entire island is a colorful, tropical feast for the senses. But to really appreciate Key West in all of its quirky glory, you also have to get to know its long history of pirates, bootleggers, and nonconformists; its resident ghosts and grave-digging iguanas; and the resident wildlife who call it home. We tapped an insider to give us the scoop on everything you need to know to plan your trip to this island paradise, and all the quirkiest, best things to do in Key West!
Salty air. Waves lapping against the shore. Birds playing in the surf. Ahhh… heaven. Don’t you wish you were there right now? Well today, you’re going to get as close as possible! We’re taking a virtual vacation to the beach. And unlike the real thing, airfare is free and you’ll never get a sunburn! We’ll be guiding you through a visit to some of the best tropical destinations in the world. You’ll explore tucked-away islands, swim with whale sharks, and even try cliff diving! We’ve also included tips to make your virtual vacation as immersive as possible – no special equipment needed. So pack a bag (figuratively speaking) and let’s go!
Swaying palm trees. White sand beaches. Warm banana bread. Juicy pineapples. The chillest of vibes. Maui, Hawaii is a dream destination, and although we’ve been living in the San Francisco Bay Area for almost 10 years – where a trip to Hawaii is a feasible weekend trip – we’d yet to visit until this summer! All I can say is … what the heck is wrong with us?! We’ve WASTED the last 10 years of my life not visiting Maui every chance we can get! Although we only had 3 days to spend in Maui, we fell head over heels. Our Maui itinerary is the perfect way to spend 3 days in Maui, from snorkeling to the Road to Hana to a luau to eating as much shave ice and banana bread as the human body can physically stand. What are you waiting for? Shaka, brah!
Some people are born to be on the beach. They return from their beach vacation with sun-kissed skin, positively glowing with beachy bliss. I envy those people. While they’re happily soaking up the sun, I’m busy being burned to a crisp, inhaling mouthfuls of sand, swallowing salt water, and trying to get sand un-stuck from places that sand should never, ever be. And it doesn’t help that shopping for swimsuits as a size 16, almost 6-foot tall Amazonian woman is an exercise in torture and frustration. So you can rest assured that every single item on this beach vacation packing list has been thoroughly vetted to the HIGHEST possible standards. I have absolutely no patience for anything that causes chafing, leaves a weird greasy residue, or leaves me feeling hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable. This ultimate curvy girl’s beach vacation packing list is the practical, body positive packing guide you need to hit the beach this summer!
Rice paddies, monkeys, sandy beaches, volcanoes, temples: there is so much to see in Bali, Indonesia that it’s difficult to fit everything into one itinerary! But we’ve done the work for you and created the perfect 2-week Bali itinerary, plus tons of Bali travel tips to help you plan your trip. In this massive, giant, monster post, you’ll find everything you need to know to plan the perfect Bali Itinerary. I’ve included the exact 2-week itinerary we followed, plus suggested changes we’d make – and everything you need to know to plan your trip to Bali!
Before our trip to Bali this past July, we wondered: Is it actually possible to visit Bali on a budget? I mean, 99% of the Bali photos you see on Instagram involve fabulously beautiful people rolling around in luxury villas, swimming with all 18 of their abs in infinity pools, and eating way-too-fancy breakfasts while wearing high-end watches. So, we weren’t sure: is Bali a luxury playground, or are there budget-friendly deals to be found? Well, good news: you can absolutely visit Bali on a budget! You’ll just be experiencing a different side of Bali from the resort-goers and luxury lovers. Leave your high-end watch at home – you won’t be needing it where you’re going. We’ve partnered with Expedia to create this guide to saving money on a trip to Bali. Here are our favorite money saving tips for visiting Bali on a budget!