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Road Tripping the Great Ocean Road ?>

Road Tripping the Great Ocean Road

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When a trip to Melbourne, Australia all but fell in my lap, I relished at the opportunity to visit a bucket list destination: The Great Ocean Road.  As my husband was working most of our trip, I couldn’t quite plan the meandering itinerary I wanted to.  In fact, I didn’t want to get my hopes up, and planned to join a guided day-trip from the city if my husbands schedule proved too hectic. However, things worked in my favor, and I did something I never do.  I booked a hotel the same day that I planned to stay. (more…)

Amidst the Garden of the Gods in Colorado ?>

Amidst the Garden of the Gods in Colorado

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Colorado’s first impression on me was that of its clouds.  They seemed impossibly close and fluffy, as if by being at higher elevation I was physically closer to them.  After an early flight from San Francisco, dreaming of the Garden of the Gods, our drive led us through the southern suburbs of Denver, through rolling prairies and emerald hills alike.  The clouds, I decided, gave Colorado a sense of place.

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Cabo Azul: San Jose del Cabo Bliss ?>

Cabo Azul: San Jose del Cabo Bliss

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People refer to Los Cabos as a twin destination.  Cabo San Lucas is an endless fiesta, full of flashy nightlife and all-inclusives, and San Jose del Cabo for languishing in the sun and experiencing the quiet charm of ‘old’ Mexico.  Being a solace-seeker, I naturally gravitated towards the latter, and looked forward to a blissfully endless weekend in the sun of Baja California Sur at the beautiful Cabo Azul Resort. (more…)

Big Sur Mist & Minimalist Camping ?>

Big Sur Mist & Minimalist Camping

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The ephemeral beauty of the Big Sur coastline is one that can’t quite be captured in a photograph.  The dramatic seascapes along the winding length of Highway 1 south of Monterey are the sort you have to absorb in person.  The Big Sur vistas are those that demand you to linger, and let the periphery slip away.

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Pangulasian Island: Dreamscape in El Nido ?>

Pangulasian Island: Dreamscape in El Nido

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El Nido was the catalyst for my travels to the Philippines.  As a girl who makes many hypothetical itineraries when planning a trip, it takes compelling beauty to get me to finalize.  At the northern tip of Palawan, El Nido is the paradise you’re envisioning when you picture Southeast Asia.  From a remote setting, to unearthly limestone cliffs, and unparalleled seascapes, El Nido is not to be missed.

At the end of a long trip, I always relish in splurging on accommodations in a beautiful location. As a stroke of luck, Pangulasian Island Resort, a SLH (Small Luxury Hotels of the World), hotel is located on a private island in El Nido.

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Untouched Beauty in San Vicente, Palawan ?>

Untouched Beauty in San Vicente, Palawan

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I felt overstimulated upon departing our hotel in Boracay, and looked forward to promised serenity in Palawan.  However, I was unaware of quite how overstimulated I would be by the end of the day.

See, Secret Paradise Resort & Turtle Sanctuary is remote.  Off the electrical grid.  Only accessible by boat.  It ticked all my ‘get away from it all’ boxes.  

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Cliffside Luxe at Nami Resort, Boracay ?>

Cliffside Luxe at Nami Resort, Boracay

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As painful as it was to leave Mandala Spa & Resort Villas, I was craving an ocean view and immediate beach access. Enter, Nami Resort.  Located on Diniwid Beach just north of White Beach, Nami is far enough away from the hustle and bustle, yet close enough if you want to seek it out.  Perched precariously on a cliffside, every room at Nami Resort affords incredible unobstructed panoramic views.

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Mandala Spa & Resort Villas: Boracay Tranquility ?>

Mandala Spa & Resort Villas: Boracay Tranquility

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To be truthful, Boracay almost didn’t make it on our Philippines itinerary.  From stories of overdevelopment on one hand, to tales promising the best beaches in Southeast Asia on the other, I didn’t know what to think.  I do, however, have a knack for finding serene, blissfully uncrowded corners wherever I land.  Coming across Mandala Spa & Resort Villas sealed the deal.  We would go to Boracay, and it would be relaxing!

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Lake Tahoe Blues. ?>

Lake Tahoe Blues.

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Lake Tahoe is summer paradise in its purest form. From deep azure waters of every shade, to the crispest mountain air, Tahoe is the perfect place for a summertime weekend retreat.

With the help of VRBO I found a quaint cabin just a block from the lake up on a hill with panoramic views of Carnelian Bay in north Tahoe. Our cabin was complete with stone floors and fireplace, airy loft style rooms, and amazing lake views from nearly every window.

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Birthday Celebrations in Santa Barbara ?>

Birthday Celebrations in Santa Barbara

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I always seize the opportunity for a weekend getaway. Being a nurse has both the attributes of being relatively stressful, paired with a 3 day per week schedule. Long weekends are attainable, and getting away is my personal way of staying fresh, focused, and positive.

For my birthday, I landed upon Santa Barbara easily. I was craving both the beach, and warmth; something the SF Bay Area has only in beautifully fleeting moments. Add a spunky downtown scene, a bohemian aesthetic, a thriving wine industry, and delicious restaurants, and you realize that Santa Barbara was made for this sort of ‘birthday-celebration-weekend-rejuvenation’ thing.

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