15 Reasons to Stay in Long Beach When Visiting Southern California

Aquarium of the Pacific

Approximately 22 miles south of downtown Los Angeles, Long Beach, CA has spent a lot of time in LA’s shadow—but it has a whole lot to offer in its own right. Here are 15 reasons to stay in Long Beach—instead of LA proper—on your next visit to the area: 1. Long Beach has its own airport and is […]

Palau: The incredible Rock Islands and Jellyfish Lake

G jellyfish lake

By George Rajna Ever since 2009, when Lisa—my wife and travel partner—and I swam with jellyfish in a lagoon on Indonesia’s Kakaban Island, we had wanted to once again immerse ourselves amidst jellyfish in a place famous for it: a lake located within Palau’s gorgeous and UNESCO-recognized Rock Islands. Our first day visiting the famous […]

Quebec’s L’Anse-Saint-Jean and Chicoutimi

Hotel Chicoutimi view

On the Saguenay Fjord in Quebec is a magical pristine body of water surrounded by enchanting villages and tall mountains. The fjord was cut out of the mountains by a glacier millions of years ago. The journey from the Parc National du Fjord-d-Saguenay (here’s part one and part two) continues aboard the marine shuttle. After the Bateau […]

Fort Lauderdale: Miami’s Fun Aunt

View from B Ocean Fort Lauderdale

B Ocean Fort Lauderdale Views, views and more views. The B Ocean Fort Lauderdale is aimed at large parties and families at a reasonable cost, but it doesn’t feel like it. The hip interior, well-appointed clean rooms and beachside location are ideal for couples, girls/guys getaways and families. Not only does it saddle up to miles […]

Day Trippin’ Southern California Style – Festivals, History and the Ocean

Channel Islands off of Oxnard

Vacations are often aimed at large cities and when going to California most travelers head for Los Angeles, San Francisco or San Diego.  There are so many other aspects to the golden state that have great appeal and give a taste of what comprises California as seen from a small town view. Oxnard, California is an agriculturally-based coastal […]

Just Outside Cleveland: Put In Bay & Kelley’s Island

Put In Bay

Half the fun of the island-hopping is getting there. Located just three miles north of Ohio’s mainland, I took The Jet Express, a quick and comfortable ferry service from Sandusky to Put In Bay, South Bass Island (and eventually Kelley’s Island). There’s no question as to why the islands have been an Ohio staple for […]

Kailua Beach, a Tropical Oasis on Oahu

On the Road in Kailua by Lisa Niver Rajna

Should you visit the Hawaiian island of Oahu, don’t miss meeting Carol, the wonderful owner at Mani Mele Bed and Breakfast, a tropical oasis steps from the beach on Kailua, Oahu, Hawaii. You may remember hearing about this beach as this was the Presidential respite and winter break in December 2011 for the First Family. […]

Top Reasons Vieques Island, Puerto Rico Should Be Your #1 Caribbean Destination

One of the beaches in front of the W Hotel Retreat and Spa, Vieques Island

Vieques Island is located just eight miles east of Puerto Rico and is definitely the place where you should head to get away from it all.  Escape everyday life stressors to enjoy Vieques beauty, quiet, and pristine beaches. The whole island feels like it is your own. This would be a great wedding destination or […]