ROADTRIPPING ICELAND

Untitled Design.pngBefore going to Iceland I would recommend to plan out your trip and know what you want to see and do. Why? Because Iceland is so beautiful and there is numerous places to stop to visit. Be aware of the time frame you have, know how long the drive is and weather conditions! We went in late September early October and it was cold and windy but we still got some sun.

ICELAND ROUTE GUIDE (10 DAYS)

Day 1: Arrival 

We arrived to Iceland in the morning and rented our car through Hertz because it was a reasonable price with a well known company. I guess everyone had the same thought because the line took about an hour to get our car.

Tip: We did not rent a 4×4 car and we were fine just stay on the F- Roads.IMG_2697Day 2: Vestmannaeyjar Island

If you have time I would highly recommend visiting this island because it is a little less touristy. It’s a small village full of colorful houses and farmlands all around. There are two volcanoes you can hike and get an epic view of Eyjafjallajökull! If you go in the warmer months you can spot local Puffins.

Tip: Check the weather conditions because they will cancel if the waves are too high. IMG_2680Day 3: Hoffel

This was when we did the most driving because we went from the west to the south coast. Our ferry from Vestmannaeyjar Island was delayed a couple of hours because of wind conditions. We ended up driving into the night but that’s okay! We moved things around and we got to do everything we still wanted!

Tip: If unfortunately you have a delay or travel issues don’t freak out just try to solve the problem and still enjoy your time there!

Day 4: Jokulsarlon Glacier & Dimond Beach

We woke up the for first snow fall of the season and that was pure magic. We had booked a glacier tour were we got up close and personal to many glaciers and we also got to taste a part of one! On the other side of the road is Diamond Beach were parts of broken glaciers are heading out to the sea or washed out to the shore.IMG_2823.jpegDay 5: Svartifoss & Fjaðrárgljúfur

This waterfall is a fun hike to stretch out from all the driving! The hike is about 1.5 kilometers and you’ll see some smaller waterfalls along the trail. Next stop, Fjaðrárgljúfur the famous canyon from Justin Bieber’s “I’ll Show You” music video. Unfortunately, because of it’s popularity most of the viewing spots are closed now and you have to stick to a trail.IMG_2964Day 6: Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, Skógafoss & Seljavellir Geothermal Pool

In 1973 this plane ran out of fuel and had to make an emergency landing and thankfully everyone survived. Now many tourist make it a prime destination to visit. To get to the famous plane wreck you have to hike 4km from the main road. Don’t worry it’ not a hard hike it’s just a long hike.

Day 7: Seljalandsfoss & Golden Circle

If you go to Iceland and you only have a short amount of time, I would highly recommend driving the Golden Circle. There are different spots with unbelievable views not  far from each other. You will see waterfalls, hot springs, geyser and a crater all within the loop!IMG_3409.jpegDay 8 & 9: Reykjavik

We spent 2 days exploring this iconic city where you’ll find many museums, restaurants, swimming pools, shopping districts and a wild night life. We loved grabbing hot dogs from the famous Bæjarins Beztu Pylsur stand and then going to Hallgrímskirkja Cathedral for the highest viewing point of Reykjavik. IMG_3484Day 10: Blue Lagoon

The last day we wanted to just relax and enjoy the famous hot springs and that was the perfect way to end our adventure in Iceland. I would recommend just doing the basic price and going close to sunset.

Tip: Book your tickets at least 2 months in advance because they tend to sell out. IMG_3599.jpegMY ICELAND ROUTE

I laid out a map of the route we took while road tripping Iceland. You can always tailor it to what you want to see! What are you the most excited about seeing in Iceland? What are some of your favorite spots? Tell me more!

WHAT TO DO IN SAN DIEGO

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Okay, so we were sick and over the snow in Utah that we decided to take a weekend away and headed to San Diego with 75-degree weather! We booked our cute beach Airbnb and soaked up the sun. We had 3 days to enjoy what San Diego had to offer and it was perfect to do all that we wanted to do.

BEST BEACHES 

Being from Utah where there is no beach (and no the Great Salt Lake does not count), I love and appreciate my beach time! San Diego has a couple nice beaches to check out and to get your tan on, salt in your hair and relax to the sound of the waves. Some of my favorite beaches from the San Diego area include:

  • Mission Beach
  • Pacific Beach
  • La Jolla Cove
  • Coronado Beach

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The photo below I took in the best location to capture the San Diego skyline. Most locals are the only ones that know of this location, but I will share it with you! It is Bayview Park you can find the directions here. But, shhh I didn’t tell you!

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SAN DIEGO ZOO

The San Diego Zoo is one of the most popular ones in the states and it did not disappoint. We spent a whole day at the zoo because it is huge and you have so many things to see! We were lucky enough to have most of the animals be awake and active. You can easily purchase tickets that same day at their box office or online.

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BELMONT PARK

This little amusement park is located by Mission Beach and has free admissions! You can walk around and grab a Dole Whip (that’s what we did), or ride couple rides and play in their arcade. It’s a great place to take your family after a day at the beach!

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SAN DIEGO EATS

Great food is always on the list when traveling and San Diego’s foodie scene is delicious, so here is a couple of my favorite places:

  • Olive Cafe
  • Breakfast Republic
  • Dirty Birds
  • Common Theory Public House
  • Sicilia Bella
  • Baked Bear (ice cream sandwiches)

Best Transportation Method 

Bird is a recent company that provides easy and fast transportation with dockless bikes and scooters. I am not a bike person so this scooter saved me from many dreadful bike rides! This is a great transportation method for the boardwalk or close by destinations you don’t necessarily want to get an Uber or walk to. I LOVED my scooter and definitely recommend it!

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San Diego was the perfect destination and we will be coming back in the future! What are your favorite things to do? Any ice cream location I must check out? Tell me more!

REDWOOD NATIONAL PARK #VANLIFE

IMG_2317-1Have you ever wanted to live the van life in a beautiful location? Well, that’s exactly what we did from San Francisco all the way to Crescent City. Our van had a comfy bed, sink, and cooler so all the essentials were covered. We had no clue where we would spend the nights so for a planner like me that was a little nerve racking! In this post, all cover the basic what and where’s. IMG_4478

IMG_4482ESSENTIALS TO PACK 

  • Raincoat
  • Hiking shoes
  • Water Shoes
  • Lots of bug spray
  • Food for some meals (most vans have a cooler, stove top, and sink).

WHERE TO RENT YOUR CAMPER VAN

OUR ADVENTURE ROUTE 


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MINI TRAVEL GUIDE TO PUERTO RICO

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Puerto Rico is a great getaway for a tropical destination with amazing views, delicious food and welcoming people. We went in January and the temperature was perfect! Puerto Rico is on the smaller size so you can explore the whole island easily by renting a car. I’ve put together a mini guide to help you on your travels to this island.

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What to know before visiting Puerto Rico 

  • The US Dollar is the local currency
  • Most locals speak English
  • Passport is not required if you’re a US Citizen
  • Uber is available

What to see & do

  • Explore Old San Juan by foot
  • Visit El Morro & Castillo San Cristobal
  • Shopping on Cristo Street
  • Visit El Yunque National Park
  • Cue Ventana (Window Cave)
  • Bioluminescent Bays (can’t be seen during a full moon)

Where to eat & drink

  • Raices
  • Mofongos
  • Antojitos del Callejon
  • Vaca Brava

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As many of you know last September Puerto Rico was hit with a category 4 hurricane, destroying most of the island. This was the worst storm that has ever hit Puerto Rico. As of now, Puerto Rico is doing much better and tourism is at its best! By going on vacation to Puerto Rico you are helping the island by supporting local businesses and helping them recover through tourism dollars. So what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and go on vacation for a good cause!

WHAT TO SEE & DO IN HOI AN

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After researching Hoi An through a variety of sources we made the decision to add it to one of our stops in Vietnam. I’m so glad we did! It’s a smaller city to spend a couple of days in. Here is a list of just a few things we think you should definitely check out!

Shop at the Night Market

The bright colored lanterns that fill the streets during the night market is what attracted me to this city.  There are a variety of handcrafted shops with the perfect souvenirs to take back home or street-cart-food that is worth a try (banana pancakes are a must).

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Day trip to My Son

We booked with Onetrip for a day excursion out of Hoi An it was by far the most personal experience in a “tour”. It was just Brian and I and two tour guides, it almost felt like we were just hanging around with new friends. This is whole day experience that will take you on an adventure through the outskirts of Hoi An and to My Son.

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Get a tailor-made suit or dress

Have you ever wanted a tailored suit but can’t afford it? Well, this is the place to get anything you want tailored for a very affordable price and great quality.  All throughout Hoi An, you will find shops to choose from and if you like something from the window they will make adjustments to fit you perfectly. In fact, I liked something from Pinterest and they made it for me and I picked it up the next day. I wish shopping was this easy back home!

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Try the local street food

Don’t be afraid to try the local street food because they are some of the best places to eat and usually cost you less than 5 dollars! Now that a great deal! You can definitely notice that this is where the locals eat when eating out.

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Ahhh writing this just makes want to go back to Hoi An! Have you been? What are some of your favorite things you did?

 

5 Top Things To Do in Hong Kong

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5 Top Things To Do in Hong Kong

1.  Be stunned by the views of Victoria Peak

This is the highest lookout point of Hong Kong where you can see the whole city! From the harbor to endless city buildings you will be stunned by the view. The quickest and most scenic way to the top of the peak is taking The Peak Tram. The cost is 28 Hong Kong Dollars to buy there and the wait is long so arrive early to beat the crowds.

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2. Check out Tian Tan Buddha on Lantau Island

I would recommend at least half of a day here because you have to travel to this island by metro and tram or bus. We decided to hop on the metro to Lantau Island and do the tram to the top and on the way down we did the bus and back to the metro to Hong Kong. There are 268 steps leading up to the Great Buddha from the Poh Lin Monestary below and has wonderful views from the top!

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3. Shop at the Ladies Market

This market is not just for ladies everyone is welcome! With over 100 vendors you can find all your souvenirs here and make sure to bargain. The Ladies Market is located between Tung Choi Street and Boundary Street. There are also other markets within walking distance to check out like the Flower Market or The Goldfish Market.

4. Grab some lunch at One Sum

This is my favorite restaurant in Hong Kong! I can’t really tell you what I ordered because well I can’t even pronounce it or remember it, but everything we ate there was delicious. We had this recommend to by a friend who lived in Hong Kong and wasn’t very touristy. You literally point and smile to order your food!

5. Take the Star Ferry to watch Symphony of Lights

Every night at 8 p.m. the show begins and all the buildings near the harbor glow to the sound of music.  It’s the world largest light show and a must see if you’re in Hong Kong. There are different view points and you can’t go wrong, but arrive early to get a front row seat to the action (picture at the top).

HA LONG BAY PHOTO DIARY

Indescribable is the word that comes to mind when I try to explain to people how breath taking this place truly is. Jade waters with limestone islands all around just like in the movie King Kong! We were in a magical place full of serenity (no big gorilla ha) that made it my favorite place in Vietnam. Take a look at the beauty you will be surrounded by if you decide on this destination!

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