Tulum Vibes

I can not even begin to express how in love I am with Tulum. I have seen a couple of Instagram pictures before heading over there and was thinking the place was beautiful. But with Instagram and any pictures in general you are usually taking pictures of the good stuff, but believe me when I tell you every single place in Tulum is absolutely magical and I am obsessed with it now.

I am sitting here writing this post and getting lost in my thoughts thinking of all the incredible places I have seen there. I decided to highlight some of my favorites and my experiences in Tulum. I am not sure if I will even be able to explain it because this is a destination that you just need to go and visit.

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Tulum is a city located about an hour and half from Cancun, so it is a bit of a drive to get here. I recommend getting a shuttle beforehand, so that you are not wasting your time trying to get one at the airport and being bombarded by all the vendors.

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Puerto Vallarta Travel Guide

Mexico is the perfect vacation getaway and I think many of you that have been can agree. Not only is the weather always perfect, there is so much to do and of course the best part…TACOSSS!

Now I have only been to Puerto Vallarta, so I cannot speak on all of Mexico, but if they are anything close to Puerto Vallarta then they must be amazing. Below is my travel guide to some of my suggestions on things to do in this amazing destination.


Where to stay: Club Regina Puerto Vallarta
Honestly any where you stay in Puerto Vallarta is going to be pretty great. There are tons of hotels to choose from and any location will give you plenty to do. I stayed over by the Puerto Vallarta Marina and I absolutely loved it. I was still close to the downtown area, but also had so much to do around me. My resort was more of an apartment style which I really enjoyed because although it is really nice to have an all-inclusive resort, sometimes I like being able to eat in the comfort of my resort room and have lots of food options. I love being able to try all kinds of food especially when visiting a new place, so I usually do not go for an all inclusive resort unless I am specifically looking for that kind of trip. The resort was beautiful and had its own beach, a few restaurants, and two huge pools. Along side that, they had many activities, such as water sports, beach volleyball and yoga and other fitness activities. I highly recommend it and was very happy with my stay there.

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St. Lucia & The Pitons

My favorite type of place has always been something tropical. Now it may be because I was born in a place like that or the fact that I love the water, but there is just something addictive about going to a tropical destination. The mixture of the jungle, the ocean, the palm trees, the fresh food; is what lures me in to these amazing places and it’s what got me to the island of St. Lucia.


St. Lucia is one of the many Caribbean islands and it’s most known for the dramatically tapered mountains, the Pitons. The island has a lot to offer and it is perfect for all types of travelers. If you want to be more adventurous you can hike the Piton mountains, or go chase waterfalls in the jungle. If you loving immersing yourself in the culture, you can take a tour of the chocolate farms or hit up the local festivals. If you love to lounge around, well you’re on an island surrounded by beaches, so what more do you need than that.

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Since I fall under all those categories, as I assume most of you do as well, below are some snippets of my incredible time in St. Lucia.

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The most magnificent National Park in Croatia

Many of you have heard of Croatia by now. And I may be biased because I was born there, but it is one of the most beautiful countries to visit. It offers breathtaking beaches, cute towns, mountains, and amazing greenery. Along with that comes one of my favorite national parks I have ever been to, Plitvice National Park.

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The park is truly magnificent at any time of the year. My favorite time to go is during the summer months, just because you get to experience the beautiful waterfalls. But in the winter you get to be in awe of all the snowy beauty the park has to offer. Whichever season you go, you will not be disappointed.

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The park is very big and it could take you hours to go through the whole thing. There are so many beautiful aspects to it that with each corner you can expect a different view. You will get to walk on shaky bridges, feel the breeze from the waterfalls and get some killer views from up the hills as well.

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Recommendations: wear comfortable shoes, bring some snacks and a water bottle in case you get hungry (there are no shops throughout the park), and make sure to bring your camera because you will not want to miss these views.

Have you ever been to Plitvice National Park? What are some of your favorite National Parks you have visited?

Happy Travel – xoxo Dre ❤

 

Highlights from Boston

It can be hard to find things to do in a metropolitan city sometimes, especially being from Chicago where I get that kind of vibe already. But Boston had it’s own unique charm with a small city feel. The cobbled stone streets with the smaller alleys gave off a European feel to it which I adored. The city is not too big and you can get a lot done in the time being but I narrowed down some highlights for you to check out.


Charlestown and the Freedom  Trail

Charlestown is a historic waterfront neighborhood perfect for those that want to be close to Boston, but not in the hustle of it all. Make sure to go down by the marina for a picturesque view of all of Boston. Better yet, check out Pier 6, for some delicious cocktails and waterfront views.

Parts of the Freedom Trail are also located in Charlestown. The 2.5 miles trail is lined with 16 significant locations running through downtown Boston. The 1797 U.S.S. Constitution warship and its museum are in the Charlestown Navy Yard which I found was a good spot to start your trail. To ensure you stay on the trail the whole time; follow the red-lined path on the sidewalk.

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One Day Getaway

Cinque Terre

Breathtaking to say the least. This five city paradise is a perfect one day destination when in Italy.

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Now you definitely don’t have to limit yourself to just a day because this charming place can be explored in more than one. But if you are looking for a fun adventure, this is the perfect place to go.

The best part is that there is something for everyone and there is a train to take you through the towns, so you can choose which stops to make.


The Adventurous Type: Adventure is definitely out there. Personally my favorite part of my day trip to Cinque Terre was hiking through the adorable 5 towns. Not only do you get an awesome workout in, but the views along the way are breathtaking. And there are plenty of places to take a break along the way which make for great photo ops.

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Ruins of Pompeii

An incredible sight to see for sure. Pompeii reminded me of the Colosseum in Rome. The feeling you get while walking through such history is incredible. It was hard to imagine that something that was basically in pieces was once a city and a civilization full of people. Imagining the lives of the people that spent their time in these ruins made me wonder of all the incredible stories that must have happened between these columns.

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The day spent in Pompeii was a rainy one, but also definitely an experience for the books. I spent the whole day wandering around the ruins and just picturing what these pieces of stone must have looked like back in the day.

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A Taste of Maui

Food, food, food—one of my favorite subjects!

Since I love restaurants and trying out new places, I of course took note of every place I have eaten at in Maui and I had some of the best meals. I have compiled a list of good places to eat and some really delicious entrees to go with it.


1. Lahaina Pizza Co.

Pizza is one of my favorite foods, so of course I had to have pizza at least once on my vacation. Lahaina Pizza Co. had very delicious pizza. They only had deep dish pizza and living in Chicago I did not think this place even stood a chance. The pizza ended up being more of a hand tossed than the typical deep dish that you usually get, but it was still really good. They may not be up to par on Chicago’s deep dish but their pizza was more than delicious and if you’re a pizza lover like myself, you got to check this place out. Located in the heart of Lahaina’s main attraction which is filled with tons of restaurants and shops.

2. Koa’s (located in Lahaina)

This was one of my favorite spots, that I went there twice because I liked it that much. The view was just incredible and getting to watch the sunset, just made dinner that much better. Since I am a huge fan of seafood and appetizers, calamari was a must. I’ve eaten calamari at many places, as it is my go to and this was by far one of the best I ever had. They had very good pasta as well. I had the Molokai stir fry which comes with either pasta or rice. It is very, very spicy, so if you can’t handle spicy then I definitely would stay away from this meal. The atmosphere of this restaurant is by far the best part about it and what really attracted me to it in the first place.

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