A mere 45 minutes by train from the buzzing city of Barcelona, lies one of the most exciting day trips.
What trip have you been on that you had the hardest time packing for?
When was the last time you stared at an Instagram photo and vowed you’d make it there one day?
I just returned home from Costa Rica where I married my person with our toes in the sand surrounded by our closest friends and family, and then spent some time honeymooning in the rain forest at one of the most beautiful resorts in the world.
It’s been the most amazing start to the year, but of course planning a wedding a mere 3 1/2 months after getting engaged was quite a tall order. Not only that — it was a destination wedding. For me, that meant planning an unforgettable vacation experience for 30 people I care deeply about, and wanting their time in this beautiful country to be special and meaningful as well.
So many people have asked “why Costa Rica?!”⠀
Costa Rica is my soul destination. If you’ve ever been, you can understand why. It has the highest life satisfaction in the world, and being there you can’t help but have that rub off on you.
It is also an adventure lover’s perfect playground. There is so much to do, see, and experience here, that your vacation can delight your senses in every way possible. The great thing is though, you don’t have to do all. the. things. You can also find delight in swaying in a hammock all day and watching some of the most beautiful sunsets you’ve ever seen.
I saw our friends and family enjoy the experience we created for them, and truly live PURA VIDA, even for just a few days. And my wedding? I still can’t tell you what type of flowers were in my bouquet, but I remember taking a moment towards the end of the reception to just look out and soak it all in. It was better than I hoped it would be. Without being overly sappy, it truly was the best day ever.
Pura Vida is a way of life. The literal translation is “pure life”— and you can use it as a greeting, a thank you, or just to say something is awesome. It symbolizes moving things forward and simply enjoying life. ⠀
I believe that when you visit this place their outlook on life rubs off on you and you can’t help but feel more at peace in this beautiful country. ⠀
My hope is that we introduced that to all of our guests and they felt that as well.
I’d love to do the same for you! Contact me to plan your own personal vacation or honeymoon to this amazing destination and lets make it unique and special for you and your interests.
If you are thinking about planing your own destination wedding here, I’d love to help you make this a vacation experience your guests are sure to remember. Take a look at my own wedding website for our Costa Rican destination wedding to get a feel for the experience I created, and lets talk about what will be special for you!
If you are interested in what an awesome Costa Rica itinerary might look like, check out this inspiration [click photo]:
Visiting Iguazu Falls is something I highly recommend everyone put on their bucket list.
What was my favorite city in Vietnam? Hands down, it was Hoi An.
Every year I commit to visiting somewhere I've never been and exploring a new destination.
This week I booked my flights and put the finishing details on my next international trip, and I couldn’t be more excited about this one.
It's my birthday!!! How am I choosing to celebrate? Here's a hint.
I spent New Years Eve and the first 10 days of 2017 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. It’s one of my soul destinations. Do you have any of those?
I don’t know about you, but I feel like this year has literally flown by.
I love to capture memories of my experiences when I travel. You probably do too, right?
Paris. Oh, Paris. I am not the first person to fall in love with this city, nor will I be the last. It has inspired the world’s best poets and writers, given birth to some of the greatest art the world has ever seen, and it is home to some of my favorite things in the world— namely croissants, red wine, french fries… and now you can add macarons to the list. It is the perfect blend of modern and history, with just the right amount of class and sophistication. What is there NOT to love about the city of light?
I wanted to share with you a helpful guide to experiencing this city, based on my recent personal trip. It's a logical itinerary of activities that give you insight into the city, people, and culture, while showing you the must-sees and top attractions. It is a great starting point, especially if you are a first-time visitor.
Exploring a new city through it’s culinary offerings is pretty much my favorite thing ever. I like food. I hesitate to call myself a “foodie”, simply because I’m not fancy with it at all. I just like what I like, and what I love most of all is the experience a good meal can provide. It makes you savor and appreciate the moment. To me, that is what life is all about.
So, what did I do while I was in Vancouver for an entire week? I ate my way through the city. Many of my favorites came from locals or visitors who passed along their favorites to me, and recommendations through my people on social media (thank you!). I am sharing my favorites with you in hopes that during your next visit to this amazing city in the Pacific Northwest you can tag me in your foodie photo on Instagram, and let me know how amazing your meal was as well!
Yes, you should explore the world. But you should also take the time to explore your own backyard. I have become more and more inspired to make these trips a priority in my travel experiences, and it’s been amazing!
If you don’t know where to start, here is a good place. This is basically my itinerary from the trip I just got back from. It’s a week long itinerary and we are going to have it start in Phoenix and end in Vegas for the out of towner who isn’t driving from home. It’s easy to do flights this way, and it makes a lot more sense when you want to get in as much as possible and not backtrack. These are literally the shortest amounts of time I would recommend spending—if you can, stay longer!
Cinque Terre is a stretch of five towns across the enchanting Italian riviera. I fell in love with this place far before I ever visited it. Perhaps you have too. The photos of pastel colored buildings, perched precariously on the cliffside and gazing out onto the sea are enough to make anyone’s heart skip a beat.
Last week I made my way here by way of boat on a day trip. This is the most scenographic way to go, and provided me with a unique viewpoint of the landscape. The ferry from La Spezia will take about an hour, and once you are in the villages, you can easily spend the day village hopping (except for Corniglia). You should also take the opportunity to visit the village of Portovenere, which isn’t one of the 5 villages but certainly is a worthwhile stop.
So, what are the differences between the villages? Here is a quick rundown on each of their unique characteristics, as well as photos from my vantage point of approaching the villages by boat. My suggestion would be to visit them all, and choose to spend a few nights in the one that best suits your tastes.
When traveling I do my best to take photos that will properly tell the story of my experience. Not only do I want memories for myself, I want beautiful memories I can share with others. That’s why it’s important for me to share my experience in a way that allows people an inside look at what I am seeing, doing, and eating (duh!), and allows for their own wanderlust to be sparked.
I am by NO means a professional photographer, nor do I make any claims that my photos are outstanding in any way. However, I have gotten better! I am learning not only how to take better photos, but also which photos tell better stories, and which photos tell MY story. Today I thought I would share a few of my tips with you, and show you how those ideas have played out here in my first few days in Italy.
It’s International Women’s Day Today, and I felt like it would be an awesome time to honor and highlight some of the beautiful women I met in the Dominican Republic a few weeks ago.
Some of the very best memories of my time in the Dominican Republic was the opportunity to spend time with these ladies. This is the group from RePapel that we spent the day making paper with. They are so full of life and love, and it shined through like you wouldn’t believe.
At the beginning of our time together, they each shared their story. Every one of them started with “I have this many kids, and this many grandkids." It was not lost on me how dedicated these women were to their families, and how each and every decision and sacrifice they made was for them.