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Seoul-Mates in South Korea: Jeju Island to the DMZ

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 | 0 comments

Seoul-Mates in South Korea: Jeju Island to the DMZ

Though I pass through South Korea on nearly every Round-the-World trip thanks to Korean Air’s membership in the Skyteam Alliance, I’d technically only visited once, on Round-the–World #1. Since it was January on that trip, Seoul was bitter cold and I was fashionably ill-equipped to survive outside my hotel for more than an hour or two at a time. Needless, to say, I didn’t see much of Seoul and I’ve always wanted to go back.

And with this trip falling over the summer months, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for further exploration of South Korea. Dave had spent a year of his military career based just outside of Seoul so he was also excited to return and see more of the country than just the area around his army base.

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Life, Death & Love in India: Varanasi to Agra

Posted by on Aug 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Life, Death & Love in India: Varanasi to Agra

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure I wanted to go back to India. My last visit wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement for a return trip. Let me take you back 9 years…

It was my first Round-the-World trip. The Taj Mahal was near the top of my list as far as world monuments go, I was so excited to see it. I’d planned a short stay, less than 24 hours, but my goal was simply the Taj and I knew I’d have plenty of time to make the journey to Agra and back.

But a few weeks before departure I discovered (quite by accident) that the Taj Mahal is closed on Fridays – the lone day I would be in the country. For some reason, the tour company with whom I booked the car, driver and guide had neglected to point out this seemingly important fact.  With flights that were impossible to change at this point without a complete upheaval of my entire itinerary, I decided to make the trip anyway. Though I knew I’d be limited to views of this ancient world wonder from across the river, I figured it was better than nothing.

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Scotland, England & Wales – The Great UK Road Trip!

Posted by on Aug 3, 2015 | 0 comments

Scotland, England & Wales – The Great UK Road Trip!

For the third stop on our RTW trip, we are headed to Scotland! We have 4 nights and 5 days to spend in the UK and while most people could easily spend that amount of time just exploring Scotland, I of course strive to see as much as possible in the UK while we’re there so I have a bit more of an ambitious itinerary in mind…the great UK road trip!

When I explained my road trip plans to my friend Jill (who lives in London) she told me I was crazy to try driving around the UK in just 5 days. And, to be fair, she’s not the first person to call my travel plans crazy. And she’s probably not wrong. I am, after all, the person who visited 13 countries in 30 days on my first RTW trip (I like to think I’ve mellowed a bit since then).

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Amsterdam: The Venice of the North

Posted by on Jul 29, 2015 | 0 comments

Amsterdam: The Venice of the North

Ahhh, Amsterdam. It’s the kind of city that mesmerizes even the most jaded of travelers. With its historic, narrow row houses, hordes of cyclists, endless canals and teak-framed boats captained by commuters or sun bathers on any given day, it’s one of Europe’s most glorious cities. The bustling Red light district and not-quite-legal aromas wafting from the coffee houses may be the draw for many, but for me it’s the timeless beauty of the canals and the incredible architecture that keep luring me back.

Our long flight from Colombia didn’t land until 2:00pm and with a flight to Scotland scheduled for early the next morning, we knew we needed to maximize our time in the city. We chose the Sheraton Schipol Airport for two reasons: first, it’s the only Starwood in Amsterdam these days and second, because it’s connected to the airport and would make our early flight the next day that much easier.

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Colombian Charm in Cartagena

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 | 0 comments

Colombian Charm in Cartagena

After a brief return to the United States for a work commitment, it’s time to kick off this honeymoon in true Round-the-World style! Since RTW tickets dictate that you start and end in the same city, in order to finish our trip at home in Atlanta we needed to return from Italy and Greece to begin our journey there. So a re-positioning flight after Honeymoon Part #1 was in order.

But today we begin Part #2 of this 3-month, ridiculously lengthy honeymoon. This stage of the trip will include stops in Colombia, Amsterdam, England, Scotland, France and India before we return to the US for yet another work commitment/honeymoon interrupter (this time it’s work for both of us). So no, this summer travel extravaganza isn’t all fun and games, there is a bit of work squeezed in for good measure.

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Santorini Sunsets

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 | 1 comment

Santorini Sunsets

If you followed along for Part 1 of this mega-honeymoon-extravaganza, you may recall from an earlier post that there were two destinations I’ve always saved for a honeymoon someday – Venice and Santorini. We checked Venice off the honeymoon list earlier in the month and now it was time for our eagerly anticipated visit to the Greek island of Santorini for some of those famous Santorini sunsets!

I was excited to experience a place with my husband that I’ve purposely avoided in my solo travels but so longed to visit (I think I’ve been pretty clear about how much I love Greece in general!). Dave and I were also excited about the idea of having 4 nights and 5 days in one place. No flights, trains or cross-country drives. Just rest, relaxation, gyros and sunsets. Perfection.

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24 Hours in Athens

Posted by on Jul 9, 2015 | 0 comments

24 Hours in Athens

After wrapping up an incredible 10 days in Italy, it was time to move on to the next country on our honeymoon tour…Greece! As some of you may know, a trip to Greece in my late 20’s was the first ever stamp in my passport. Three passports later, it’s still one of my favorite places in the world and I’ve returned several times since that first trip.

In previous trips, I’ve never found Athens to be particularly exciting but when you visit Greece for the first time, it’s a must-see. And since this would be my husband Dave’s first trip to the country, obviously at least one day in Athens was in order before heading out to the islands.

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