Colorful food truck located in Hawaii

Hawaiian Traditions: Food Trucks & Fruit Stands

Did you know food trucks and fruit stands are HUGE in Hawaii!? And, for good reason. As we explored Hawaii, we were surrounded by endless options for quick, delicious bites to eat. Traditions in Hawaii are so cool, and I loved learning about them. It’s actually one of my favorite parts about traveling. I love…

Mark standing in front of a helicopter in Hawaii

Helicopter Ride Over The Big Island

The Big Island is one of the coolest places I’ve seen. And as if it couldn’t get any cooler, I got to see it from a helicopter! We took the most amazing helicopter ride over the island and were able to capture some of the most amazing views. We saw active volcanoes that erupted in…

Beautiful view of the water and greenery in Hawaii

The Road to Hana Town

During my recent travels in Hawaii, I had the opportunity to make a trip down The Road to Hana Town. This incredible scenic drive is a 64.4-mile-long stretch of Hawaiian highway connecting Kahului to Hana, a small town in east Maui. However, the term “highway” is a little misleading. Traveling the Alaloa This journey took us over a series of 54 narrow…

Maui’s Red Sand Beach

After our scenic trip over The Road to Hana Town, we stopped at this incredible Red Sand Beach. I had been to Maui 12 years prior, but the beauty of this beach took my breath away like it was the first time. The pictures can hardly capture just how vivid the contrast is between the…

Aerial view of green island surrounded by blue ocean water

Helicopter Ride above Moloka‘i

Yesterday, we took a beautiful helicopter trip over and through the island of Molokai. Molokai is the fifth largest island in the Hawaiian island chain. Hawaii, as a whole, seems to invoke ideas of a simplified life – in touch with the beauty of nature. Molokai is absolutely no different. In fact, it’s one of…

A large shark swimming through the ocean

Free Diving with Sharks [NOT in a Cage]!

Free diving with sharks is not for the faint at heart! These are not small sharks, they are REAL Galapagos & Blue sharks! We were hoping to see tiger sharks or even the real possibility of seeing a great white, but we didn’t see either of those species. But it sure as hell beats just…

Beautiful church on the Grand Wailea property

The Grand Wailea: A Waldorf Astoria Resort in Hawaii

During our fun trip to Hawaii, we stayed at the most luxurious, beautiful resort. The Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Astoria Resort far exceeded our expectations. This resort was stunning. It’s located on Wailea Beach on the southwest shore of Maui. From the beautiful decor and various dining amenities to the excellent service, I would highly…

a surfer leaving laguna beach, california at sunset

California Dreamin’: The SoCal Challenge

Did you know that in Southern California, you can go to the beach, the mountains, and the desert all in one day? I’m calling it the SoCal Challenge! You may not know this about me, but I was born and raised in Southern California. In all my traveling, when I meet people all around the…

The crystal-clear, turquoise waters in Kantun Chi eco-adventure park in Mexico

Kantun Chi: An Amazing Eco-Adventure Park

While exploring Mexico, we decided to check out the Kantun Chi. This eco-adventure park is a must-see attraction in Mexico. Not only are you completely surrounded by crystal-clear, turquoise waters, but you’re also immersed in nature and wildlife. The park offers activities, tours, and a restaurant on site.  Eco-Adventure Park The Kantun Chi is located…

Standing in front of the ancient Mayan temple El Castillo in Chichen Itza located in Mexico

The El Castillo: Ancient Mayan Temple

We are currently back in Mexico exploring! We had the amazing opportunity to wander through the ancient Mayan ruins, and the Temple of Kukulcán, also known as El Castillo. This exquisite sight is a step-pyramid that sits at the center of the Chichen Itza. The Chichen Itza is an ancient Mayan city as well as an…

Amazing view of a beautiful mosque in Istanbul Turkey

Istanbul: The City of 3,000 Mosques

We have had such an amazing time exploring Istanbul. It’s the largest city in Turkey and is full of amazing architecture, culture, and historical monuments. Istanbul is the home to 3,000 mosques, which are all beautiful and unique. A few of the popular ones that we had the opportunity to explore were the Blue Mosque, the…