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Some of the amazing palm trees on Saona Island, Dominican Republic

A Gorgeous Getaway to Saona Island, Dominican Republic

So much of travel is about “doing” things—zipping from place to place, checking off activities, and coming home more tired than when you left. But a visit to Saona Island, Dominican Republic, served up an ideal day when nothing was required of us but just to enjoy being.

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From visiting historical sites to trying great food and exploring the outdoors, there are lots of great things to do in Macedonia

11 Ways to Discover the Best of Macedonia

Initially, all we knew about Macedonia was that it was somewhere near Greece. But, pretty quickly, we learned a lot about the great things to do in Macedonia and all the remarkable things to see there.

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Jet approaching Maho Beach in St. Maarten

Extreme Aviation at Maho Beach in St. Maarten

When we stop in cruise ports, we usually try to avoid the crowds by going somewhere a little less touristy. But sometimes we head right into the heart of the tourist hub. Knowingly. And that’s what happened when we visited Maho Beach in St. Maarten.

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Coloful Emilia Romagna food

Eating Our Way Through Italy’s Breadbasket

Emilia-Romagna is considered by many to be the “bread basket” of Italy, the culinary heart of the country. A two-week visit isn’t enough time to try everything the region has to offer, but we did our best.

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Visitors take a horse-drawn wagon across the tidal flats to Neuwerk Island in the Wadden Sea National Park.

Crossing the Wadden Sea by Horse-Drawn Carriage…Almost

“We’re going to take a horse-drawn carriage across the ocean.” I stared at Laura in disbelief. She repeated herself. I had to admit that I was baffled at what kind of experience we would actually have once we reached the Wadden Sea on Germany’s northern coast.

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Taking off in a hot air balloon over Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.

Stopping Traffic in a Hot Air Balloon Over Punta Cana

For over an hour, we floated over the eastern part of the Dominican Republic. We gazed at the white buildings of Higuey and hovered over the ponds. We passed trees that looked like broccoli from our vantage point in the sky, sometimes hanging low over fields that seemed almost within reach.

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The Oasis of Hacienda Tres Rios

The Hacienda Tres Rios is an ecological oasis amid the busy resorts of Mexico’s Caribbean Coast. It’s a great base to explore the Riviera Maya.

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The best way to see the Toledo attractions is on a walking tour.

A Holy Toledo Walking Tour

The best way to explore the Toledo attractions is on a walking tour of the Christian, Jewish and Moorish quarters in this beautiful Spanish town. This was the fulfillment of a dream over 25 years in the making.

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A visit to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi is just one of the fun things to do in Sante Fe, New Mexico

What to Do, See, and Eat in Santa Fe

Apparently we have been living under a rock. I have no other explanation for why we were unaware of the charm, culture, fun, and deliciousness in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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