Portimão and the Algarve Coast

When I close my eyes and think about Portugal, Algarve is what pops into my mind. Beautiful rugged landscape reaching out over blue turquoise waters. The Algarve coastline lived up to all of my expectations and more. Read more

Porto and the Douro Valley

I had been anticipating my trip to Portugal for some time; the rugged cliffs of Algarve, the wine of Porto, the streetcars of Lisbon. For some reason, despite Portugal being relatively easy to get to, I had never explored this beautiful country. After spending the last week there, I can tell you that it is easily one of my favorite places. We packed more into one week than anyone should really, but if you only have a week or so, our itinerary was a great way to see some of the better highlights of the country. Read more

Long Weekend in Munich

This past week, I had the opportunity to travel to Munich for a soccer match with some colleagues for work. Rarely do I get to travel overseas for work. Actually, I never get to travel overseas for work. So in this case, I was excited to be able to take part in the trip, especially when the majority of the expenses are covered. Count me in. Read more

St. Lucian Views and Caribbean Vibes

When you think about St Lucia, you might imagine tall Pitons and a dramatic coastline, lush greenery and, most certainly, a romantic (and pricey) getaway. Having just returned from this beautiful Caribbean island, I can tell you that all of these characterizations are correct. However, with that being said, we were able to experience some of the best resorts on the island without paying the $1000 USD + per night fees that some resorts typically charge. Think Jade Mountain, Sugar Beach at the Viceroy, Ladera and more….but for a fraction of the cost. Read more

Vieques – R and R at the W

I’m writing from a ferry, heading back to the mainland of Puerto Rico after a couple of days offshore at this great little island called Vieques. My friend Kylie and I arrived three nights ago into San Juan after a long day of flying from Portland to Florida and then Florida to San Juan. We rented a car at the airport and then took the 40 minute drive to the port town of Fajardo, slept about 7 hours and then took the first ferry out to Vieques. Read more