The Ultimate Guide To Nicaragua’s Little Corn Island
If you’re unfamiliar with the Corn Islands, you’re not alone. I like to think of them as one of Central America’s hidden gems, and one that is less frequented by tourists, making them the perfect bucket list destination to enjoy miles of unspoilt white sand beaches without a tourist in sight!
I have just got back from the ultimate vacation of a lifetime – Bora Bora; and let me tell you – it is nothing short of breath-taking. Unfortunately, the beauty, seclusion and isolation of this island is reflected in the price to visit this piece of paradise. Scrolling Pinterest and Instagram, you will be inundated with pictures of exquisite over the water bungalows beautifully positioned over crystal clear turquoise water, some of which costing thousands of dollars a night. But I’m going to let you in on the biggest travel hacking secret I’ve achieved to date – we didn’t pay a penny to stay in an overwater bungalow in Bora Bora – and I’m going to tell you how we did it.
Waco never fails to disappoint with a number of exciting attractions, a thriving cultural arts district, and an extensive list of contemporary bars and restaurants that entice visitors to return year after year. It’s no wonder that Waco is known as the “Heart of Texas”.
If you’ve never been to Waco before, then I hope this post inspires you to visit one of my absolute favourite places in Texas. With the vibe of a small town, but the cultural and eclectic diversity of a big city, Waco combines the best of best worlds, sprinkled with a generous helping of Southern hospitality.
Tulum in Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula has had a lot of attention lately; and during the pandemic, it appeared that every blogger or influencer had hit this tourist spot at least once – and for good reason, it really is an instagram dream; there are hundreds of spots all over this cliquey town that are just made to be photographed, the reality of it is that everyone has the same idea and you will likely have to get up at sunrise if you want a chance to get a photograph at one of these iconic spots, which lets face it, is not ideal when you are meant to be on a relaxing vacation. And with this uptick in tourism to the area has become an increase in general cost – hotels and restaurants have been taken advantage of the elevated traffic to the area and their prices reflect that. Why go and fight the crowds when you can go off the beaten path to a more untouched area for half the price?
I had the privilege of staying at a relatively new boutique hotel in the Dominican Republic, aptly named Takuma Boutik Hotel. It is situated in a small diverse town called Las Terrenas in the Samana Peninsula.
I would be lying if I said that DTHV was a recent discovery of mine. It has been on my ultimate travel bucket list since their pictures first graced the scene of instagram. It’s also been somewhat of a familiar childhood dream to sleep in a treehouse, an actual treehouse (and not one you make when you’re a kid in your backyard with a tarp and a couple of planks) not to mention one that’s in the MIDDLE OF THE JUNGLE. Needless to say, I was buzzing about just the thought of spending a night here, and not to give away the ending too much, but it did not disappoint.
By far my favourite day while exploring the United States Virgin Islands was our ‘Island Beach Bar and Island Hopping Boat Tour’ which was run by ‘Stormy Pirates’ and offers a full 8 hour boat tour, commencing from the marina in St Thomas or in St John. Where else can you go beach bar hopping by boat in a tropical archipelago? In this post I will outline our fun-filled trip, and hopefully by the end, I will have persuaded you to add it to your Must Do list on your next trip to the islands.
The phrase ‘Mexico’s Riviera Maya’ might spark images to you of bustling Cancun or ultra hip and trendy Tulum, but I’m here to tell you about an incredible hidden gem known as Mayakoba, just 30 miles from Cancun international airport. It comprises four luxury resorts nestled in a unique network of canals lined by mangroves and opening out onto a sublime stretch of white sand beaches.
The three upscale resorts are Fairmont Mayakoba, Andaz Mayakoba, Rosewood Mayakoba and the Banyan Tree, and are in a private gated community
I had the unique opportunity to stay at the Fairmont Mayakoba this past September 2020, and I’m still in awe that such a unique property is present on the Riviera Maya coast and so close to Cancun.
With the overwhelming presence of social media and less than joyful news these days, there has been an up swing in the number of off-the-grid experiences booked by vacationers. If the thought of this fills you with dread, I ask that you open your mind to an unforgettable and refreshing experience that you probably didn’t know you needed. In a recent blog post, I have documented my stay at an off-the-grid rustic cabana in a remote island off the coast of Belize – read it here.
One of the reasons why I love Belize so much is because of its vast variety of topography and culture – if you spent two weeks in just one place I fear you would miss out on so much that Belize has to offer! It really is one of those places where it’s worth hopping around a bit; luckily it’s super easy to travel around due to the accessible network of domestic flights, buses and transfer shuttles. Below I have outlined the perfect 14 day itinerary to make sure you make the most out of this awe-inspiring country.