A Cruise of the Adriatic Sea

When I was about ten years old my mom got me a calendar of Greece for Christmas. From the first time I looked at those photographs in the calendar I was hooked, my dream was to one day travel to Greece. Knowing that we were hoping to start a family in the coming year I asked Matt if for our final trip before baby we could go to Greece so I could make my dream a reality before our travels went on hold for a bit. He agreed and we went ahead and booked an amazing cruise taking us to several other stunning and unique destinations as well. I spent months looking forward to this trip, trying not to over plan so I could simply get lost in the streets of these beautiful towns and enjoy the people, culture and of course the food! The cruise was wonderful and the destinations did not disappoint. Pulling up to Santorini made me a bit emotional as I could not believe I had made it here after all these years. Even though most parts of the trip were great there was one unexpected event, Matt caught a terrible stomach bug sometime in our travels leaving him with one of the worst illnesses he had ever had. He was such an amazing husband trooping along and never complaining as he knew how important this trip was to me. I had no idea how sick he was as he hid it so well. Unfortunately by day 5 he was so sick we decided to see the doctor on the ship who diagnosed the illness and quarantined him to our room until it passed so it did not spread around the ship. This meant I had to explore Mykonos solo and made for some interesting solo dining as well. Luckily Matt recovered before flying home, and made the best of the destinations he was well for. This was a lesson for us that not every trip can go perfectly, at least now we can look back and laugh. Our destinations are listed below!

Venice, Italy

Kotor, Montenegro

Corfu, Greece

Santorini, Greece

Mykonos, Greece

Dubrovnik, Croatia

The Big Island Hawaii

This past summer Matt and I jetted off on two big trips! The first of the two was our first vacation with Matt’s family to the Big Island. Matt and I went to Maui a few years back and fell in love with the Hawaiian life! The mix of natural beauty and laid back beach vibes was perfect for us. We are so grateful to Matt’s parents for taking us all on this wonderful vacation and allowing us the opportunity to explore another Hawaiian island. Needless to say, after two amazing Hawaiian trips we definitely have Kauai and Oahu on our minds for future travel plans.

Northern California

Along with Iceland, this has to be one of my favourite trips Matt and I have taken. Looking back and reflecting on our last four years of travel together I have come to realize that our favourite trips have really not much to do with the location but the experiences we had together. This trip was very last minute as we had a hard time choosing a location for our trip. After a recommendation from Matt’s sister and her husband we booked everything only five days before we left. We absolutely loved exploring Northern California together! We drove a lot covering tons of amazing locations while we listened to great music, bought fun road trip snacks and admired the beautiful landscapes we past by. The places we visited are listed below, I honestly loved every spot and cannot choose a favourite. The natural wonders we saw on this trip were so incredible, we were left speechless on more than one occasion. We did this all over 12 days which was not nearly enough as I would have loved a few more days in each spot. I hope these photographs encourage you to head west and visit Northern California!

Vegas

Lake Tahoe

Twin Lakes

Yosemite National Park

San Francisco

Monterey

Carmel

Santa Cruz

Sequoia National Park

Iceland

One of my favourite things to do is explore new places with my favourite people. The travel bug bit me long ago and I have been hooked ever since. Many members of my immediate and extended family are big travellers and hearing all of their stories and adventures growing up really inspired my to want to get out of the city I know very well and roam the amazing countries that make up our world. I love reading travel blogs a I prepare for a trip or am looking for my next adventure so it is my hope that this will inspire you too! I am starting off this travel page with my favourite trip that I have been on in the past few years, Iceland.

My husband and I love to follow travel photography accounts on Instagram and look at all of the amazing photographs taken in some pretty crazy locations. After following these account for a while we noticed that almost every other photo was of Iceland. We started getting curious about what travelling there would be like and after a bit of research we decided to take the plunge and head their on March Break that year (we are both teachers).  We debated back and forth between March and July and although the summer months would have been beautiful and green, we really had our hearts set on trying to see the Northern Lights and my husband was hoping to check out the ice caves as well, so March it was.

We flew with WOW Air to Iceland a great affordable option and a wonderful airline, very clean and excellent service and took FlyBus into Reykjavik when we arrived around 4:30 am. We were able to store our luggage at the bus terminal since our Airbnb was not available yet and we took off strolling the streets of the small, quaint city at 6am. Since nothing else was open at this time we found a small breakfast spot to relax and eat until the sun came up and we were able to explore the city. Now, we knew food in Iceland was very expensive and planned not to eat out much except for this meal but boy were we shocked by the prices for a simple bacon and eggs breakfast at a this little pub! After breakfast we wandered a bit on our own and then met up for a walking tour to learn more about the city. There is an awesome free walking tour offered by https://citywalk.is/, the guides are fantastic and you give a “donation” at the end based on what you felt the tour was worth. We really enjoyed the tour, it gave us a great understanding of the city and some fun facts about Icelandic history. Throughout our trip we stayed in two cute Airbnbs in Reykjavik and one hotel on the south coast (I will share about this later). Airbnb is definitely the way to go here, very affordable and you really feel like one of the locals! The city is very small so you can’t go wrong with location as everything is in walking distance.

On day two we drove the Golden Circle, a popular loop for tourists because of its amazing sights and easy navigation. Surprisingly for a very rugged country getting around is fairly easy as there are not many roads to get lost on. On this loop we enjoyed Gullfoss Waterfall, Geysir, Thingvellir Park (the only place in the world where two tectonic plates meet above water) and the Kerid Crater. We also enjoyed stopping to hang out with some cute Icelandic ponies along the way! Even though we really enjoyed the Golden Circle we were most excited for our road trip along the south coast to explore some of the large scale sights and to feel completely secluded from civilization. Before heading out of the city we checked the Northern Lights forecast hoping it would be clear for the nights ahead for when we were away from the city lights. Unfortunately, the forecast did not look good due to major cloud cover and some snow and the chance of seeing the lights was rated at a 0 out of 10. As we were lying in bed ready to go to sleep looking at this forecast we realized the best night to go was tonight, right now! So in our pyjamas we bundled up and drove about 45 minutes out of the city to a completely random spot (we had no clue where we were going) and parked. We climbed up a “mountain” as my husband says (it was actually a small hill) and waited. It was cold and a bit creepy being out their alone around midnight and just as we were about to give up we saw a small bit of green light dance through the sky. It was truly amazing, the lights, the timing, it was all perfect! We only were able to enjoy them for about five minutes until the clouds rolled in. This was the first time the whole trip where I didn’t touch my camera. As much as I wanted a photograph I didn’t want to risk missing and enjoying this perfect moment, and to this day I do not regret this choice since no photo could bring back this little bit of magic.

The next morning we packed up and headed south. This road trip was my favourite part of the trip, truly an adventure! Along the south coast we stopped at Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Vik, Dyrholaey, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon and Reynisfjara (where I got completely soaked by a huge wave that came in thanks to my husband’s video needs). All of these places were unbelievable! Each spot had its own unique feel and we felt like we were in another world. We spent one night on the south coast at the Hali Country Hotel which was the only building for miles besides a few small farm houses. On our second day on the south coast we explored Jokulsarlon (Glacier Lagoon), Diamond Beach and took our greatest adventure of the trip inside an ice cave!

This trip left us feeling so incredible grateful and just completely in awe of the amazing creations on this earth. Even after taking several other wonderful trips since this one, we still talk about Iceland at least once a week because of the impact it had on both of us. Please travel here if you have the chance, it won’t disappoint!