Author: Emmy M.

Denver to Kona, Budget vs Convenience: Would You Rather Save Time or $1000?

This year, I took two trips to the Big Island. In January, we flew to Kona to attend a wedding and spend time with friends from California. In March, I found myself booking another flight to Kona after my brother announced he was getting married in April. Unlike my friends and family on the West

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Isla Mujeres: Real Mexico or a Real Tourist Trap?

From the moment we arrived in Cancun, we were told: “you must go to Isla Mujeres.” I was craving some R&R on a beautiful beach and I wanted to get away from the noisy resort we were staying in. Isla Mujeres sounded like the perfect spot to do both. With high expectations and a ton of

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Cheap All-Inclusive Cancun: You Get What You Pay For!

I always pride myself on being a budget traveler. I love when people ask me for tips and tricks on booking cheap flights and hotels, and the level of excitement I feel when I’ve saved hundreds of dollars is often indescribable. Actually, it’s a bit addicting. Prior to Cancun, I had never been to Mexico

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Hawaiian Vacation and a Missile Threat: Reflecting on life when faced with death

If you would have asked me two weeks ago about my biggest fears, I’d quickly list 3 things that have always scared me: the dark, deep water, and death. Death has always been at the top of that list. My own death, the death of loved ones, even the death of strangers freaked me out.

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Ice Castles in Dillon, Colorado

We had an opportunity to check out the ice castle in Dillon two days before opening day. The Ice Castles are an entertainment company from Utah and have castles in six different locations across the US and Canada. This was our first time in an ice castle and it was incredible! From the intricate carvings

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Eat, Wander, Love: Our journey through Cinque Terre and Florence

When I look back on our Italian vacation, Cinque Terre and Florence are two highlights that bring back fond memories. A vast contrast from our time in Rome, we experienced a slower pace even amongst the crowds of tourists. Maybe it was the fact that I could sit quietly on the streets without a vendor

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An introvert in Rome: The 5 realities I wish I knew before I visited.

Our trip to Italy made me realize what kind of traveler I am. I always described myself as budget conscious, slightly adventurous, and down for any destination. I typically like sightseeing and partaking in experiences that are off the beaten path, but I’m also not opposed to the touristy places that other travelers have added

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Piombino: An underrated beach town in Tuscany

Piombino, a charming little beach town located in Tuscany, was hands down our favorite destination during our trip to Italy. We were lucky enough to have our own private beach house with incredible views of the sea right outside of our window. It was a beautiful sight, every single day.October is considered the offseason, but

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Farewell to Summer: A week in Cape Cod

When my husband, Clayton, was asked to spend a week in Cape Cod for work, I was incredibly jealous. Cape Cod had been on my travel list for years, but for some reason, I never prioritized it. As Clayton booked his flight to Boston for the following week, $600 roundtrip on Southwest, the realization that

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