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Narragansett – Rhode Island

Hey guys!

I know that my blog has been lacking in content for quite a few months now, this is due to the fact that I have not been doing as much traveling lately. I’m currently in a transitional phase at work, being trained for a new position, so hopefully, we’ll have some new travel stories ready for you all by this early Summer!

Aside from that, I decided to try out something new on my blog by introducing guest posts. This way, you can keep yourselves up-to-date with fresh and unique content and learn about some exciting locations of interest around the globe.

Today’s blog post comes from Jay Recinto in the United States; we hope you enjoy this post!


Here’s Your Weekend Itinerary for a Trip to Narragansett Rhode Island

If you’re a surfer, there’s a good chance that you’re familiar with Narragansett. In fact, it’s probably in your surfing bucket list. After all, a lot of surfers are saying that it offers the best surf in the New England region.

There’s a common misconception that Narragansett is only for surfers. It’s not, and this post will show you some of the best things that you can do in dear old ‘Gansett. Make sure to plan for a weekend trip because most tourists feel that a day is not enough.

Where to Stay

You have a lot of options for accommodation. It’s a good idea to stay at a hotel near Narragansett Town Beach so you’ll be close to the top attractions. On that note, here are some accommodations that you can check out:

  • Stone’s Throw Inn

It’s a bed and breakfast place that’s very near the beach.

  • Blueberry Cove Inn

It’s one of the coziest options for accommodation.

  • 1900 House

This is your home away from home. They’re known for their personalized services.

  • Ocean Rose Inn

It’s an upscale Victorian inn that overlooks Narragansett Bay.

  • Tower House B&B

It offers top-notch service, clean rooms and an amazing breakfast.

Things to Do in Narragansett

This is a sample itinerary that you can follow. Make sure to arrive early on a Saturday because your schedule will be packed.

  • Ride the Block Island Ferry.

How about starting your weekend with a ride on the famed Block Island Ferry? The schedule sometimes changes but the high speed ferry usually departs from Point Judith at 8:15 AM at the earliest on Saturdays. It’s a short 30 minute ride to Block Island so make sure to enjoy the view! While the destination is a tourist attraction, the ride in itself is quite an experience!

  • Enjoy Block Island.

You can hop on the Block Island bus for a tour of the island so you can see the island’s historical sites. A bus tour will take around an hour and it will be an hour well spent because it will also showcase the island’s natural charm.

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Caption: The historical coast guard station of Block Island.

After the bus ride, feel free to explore the island on your own. Check out the shops and restaurants.

Depending on how much you’re enjoying the island, you can head back to Point Judith at 1:30 PM, 4:30 PM or 6:30 PM. We strongly recommend that you try to leave at 4:30 PM at the latest for the next activity.

  • Check out the Point Judith Lighthouse.

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Caption: A relaxing view of the Point Judith Lighthouse.

Time to refresh after a busy day at the Block Island. Just sit back and relax while you enjoy the Point Judith Lighthouse and its surrounding views. Watch as expert surfers conquer intimidating waves. Bring a picnic basket and have a relaxing snack while absorbing the rich history of the lighthouse.

  • Enjoy a night in town.

It’s not New York City, but Narragansett sure offers an interesting nightlife. You can start by checking out the locally-owned shops at the Pier Marketplace for some shopping. There are also some nice eateries at the Pier Marketplace but feel free to explore around Narragansett.

The Crazy Burger Juice Bar and Café is a popular choice among locals and tourists. There’s also Iggy’s Doughboys & Chowder House. If you’re craving for some fresh seafood, you can head on over to the Coast Guard House.

You can hit the local bars after dinner. The Charlie O’s Tavern is a popular choice while the younger adults will surely enjoy Bon Vue.

Don’t stay up too late because you have a big day ahead!

  • Start the day early with a hearty breakfast.

You can eat at your bed and breakfast or explore some local eateries popular for their breakfast selections. Breakfast Nook comes to mind along with Phil’s.

  • Check out a cultural icon.

We’re talking about The Towers. It’s one of the most popular landmarks in Narragansett so you shouldn’t miss it.

While you’re at it, make sure to check out the sea wall that stretches all the way down the water. You can go for a run here or just take a leisurely walk.

  • Fill up on lunch.

Time for a heavy lunch! Since you’re already at the Ocean Road, might as well check out Monahan’s for lunch. You can also go back to the Pier Marketplace for lunch and for round 2 of shopping.

  • Surf at the Narragansett Town Beach.

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Caption: Grommets have been frothing at the Narragansett Town Beach!

Set aside a whole afternoon for surfing at the Narragansett Town Beach. Don’t worry if you don’t know how to surf. You can take surfing lessons here.

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Caption: Time to work on that tan!

You can also simply lie down on the beach for a relaxing time.

As you can see, there are a lot of things that you can do in Narragansett. It will be a challenging but at the same time, relaxing weekend that you’ll never forget.

Author Bio

Jay Recinto is the Media Content Manager for Warm Winds – a trusted surf shop in Narragansett offering surfboards, surf gears, surf lessons and more. A staple at The Pier of the Narragansett Beach, make sure to check it out on your visit!

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Towering Trees of Love

I’m taking it back a few years…

This photo was taken in Cathedral Grove, MacMillan Park on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. You’ll find it on the way to Tofino, but in between Port Alberni and Parksville.

It didn’t matter how much we tried or how wide our hugs were, this tree was never going to feel a full-embraced hug. That’s okay though, because these Douglas Firs have been receiving some loving hugs for the last 800 or so years of their life. That’s right, at LEAST 800 years that these trees have been around. Some of them might have even been longer! There’s no way to explain the feeling of these trees and this forest… It’s magical, but at the same time, you feel like you’re such a small part of the world. Just another ant!

If you plan to stop in Tofino, make sure you don’t miss your stop to take a hike at Cathedral Grove!

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Brad and I showing this monstrous Douglas Fir some love.

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Lviv, Ukraine

A quick two day trip in historical and beautiful Lviv, Ukraine.

I decided to give this blog post a new spin; I decided to record random events from my short trip on my GoPro, compile them together, edit it up a bit then voila! I’ve got a travel-themed video post from Lviv, Ukraine!

If you enjoyed this, please leave a like and comment on the video! If you want to see more of this in the future, let me know!

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Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver

This is the breathtaking Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Endless gardens, sprouting tulips and floral scents coating the air; it truly is a wonderful place!

20160406_142023_HDRTulips sprouting up; their vivid colours bring so much life to the park.

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An indoor bio-dome;  housing humid weather and magical creatures.

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20160406_133352_HDROne of the entrance’s to Queen Elizabeth Park. That dome you see is an indoor eco-system; seen in the photos above.

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Greenland, Territory of Denmark

An aerial view of Denmark’s massive and isolated territory: Greenland.

Not many have seen, let alone stepped foot on this isolated land – although today, I was lucky enough to say that I have done both.

If you think this video does your eyes justice, then just imagine if you’re actually there. It truly is breathtaking.

(Make sure you switch it up to 1080p for some HD action!)

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Traveling and Money

Having easy access to the local currency when traveling in foreign countries can sometimes be difficult and sometimes seem impossible. Every country in the world has preferred payment methods and not all of them coincide with your own payment options.

You often hear from people that credit cards are accepted everywhere; while this is mostly true, there are particular places in the world where you will find it quite difficult to utilize your credit card to make purchases. For example; a year ago, I was traveling in Japan, I wanted to withdraw some of the local currency so that I could pay for my meals at smaller food joints like ramen noodle houses. Well, I must have spent 4-5 hours searching for an ATM that would accept my common credit card brand, each machine kept rejecting my card saying that “your card is not accepted”. I was in a new country, I was getting quite hungry, thirsty and lost. All I wanted to do is get myself a belly-filling meal with a cold drink to wash it out on that muggy day, but I was stuck working out this dilemma instead. Eventually, I spotted an uncommon Japanese bank and crossed my fingers that my card would dispense cash. Well, my prayers were answered and voila! After 5 or so hours of ‘suffering’, I felt free again, free to enjoy all the luxuries that this beautiful country had to offer me; but for a short time, I truly did feel like a prisoner, restrained away from my own finances.
Japan is not the only country where I ran into these kind of troubles, but also, I found myself in a similar dilemma when I visited: Peru, Cape Verde, Russia and Kuwait. The best way to avoid these kind of problems is to research ahead of time which banks accept the credit cards that you are in possession of in the countries that you plan to visit. Another option is to have your currency changed over in your home country prior to your arriving at the foreign destination.

Thankfully, there are plenty of countries out there that are up-to-par with options in regards to making your own money available to you. Based off my own travels, I would have to say that you’ll never have any troubles when traveling throughout North America (Canada and United States), or most of Western Europe (France, Germany, England, etc). As the world grows closer to each other with communication and technology, so does everything else.

Working as a Flight Steward, I often have to deal with catering agencies around the world to prepare food for our crew and passengers. One of my biggest concerns is not only the quality of food, but also, the accepted method of payment. I often favor when the catering agencies can facilitate an easy transaction by invoicing my unit, although there are many catering agencies out there that want their money upfront, therefore, they request payment to be made through a major credit card. Now, where this becomes a real problem is when the catering agency wants the entire payment in cash, upfront. Often, we find that many countries in the Middle East region (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, UAE, etc) like to have cash for their services upfront and no other way. It’s not always fun to have to carry a large sum cash imprest with you and be accountable for every single dollar – it’s just stress that can be avoided.

When I travel for leisure and it comes to utilizing foreign currencies, I prefer to keep the cash low in my wallet and rely more on my credit cards. Why? Because if I’m robbed or pick-pocketed, I’ll never see that cash again. If my currency remains on my credit card and the card requires a PIN to access the funds, then for the most part, my funds are protected and secure. On top of that, most people would probably realize pretty fast that their wallet is missing-in-action; you can call your bank and have your account locked out from anyone who tries to access your funds, or even have your funds transferred over to another secure account which the credit card itself would not be able to access. Although there is no perfect system, for me, utilizing a credit card is the most secure system as it buys me time to protect my hard-earned dollars and more often than not, your bank will work out an option with you to access your funds as you’re on the road and travelling.

What we need is a system that is universally accepted no matter where you travel, which provides such a high level of security, that it would be impossible for anyone to steal your money. A system where if you lose your card, you could go to any bank in the world and have a new one issued to you. What we need is a stress-free, secure and reliable money dispensing/payment option for the convenience of every consumer, but especially, travellers!

Traveling and Money

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Las Vegas – Special Feature!

Viewers, I’ve got another special post for you today, something new and different to spice up this travel blog!

I’m very proud and excited to say that I’ve teamed up with the legendary Travel Enthusiast, Former Orbitz Director of Communications and proud Mom : Kendra Thornton to share our knowledge, tips and experience about one amazing, energetic and vibrant city; a city that has something for just about everyone out there: Las Vegas!

First, Kendra will share her take on the city with us, then shortly after, I will share my tips, advice and secrets about the city.

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Kendra:

Hot Spots for Family Fun in Las Vegas

I love to travel, and these days, I usually bring my family along. When planning a family vacation, I always look for locations with something that my kids will enjoy along with my husband and me. One of our favorite spots to enjoy time together as a family is Las Vegas. It seems that this desert oasis always has something new and fun for us to do.

1. Miniature Golf

My husband is a golfer. The kids and I prefer the miniature version, and Las Vegas has plenty of options for us. We especially enjoy playing 18-holes at KISS by Monster Mini Golf. The glow-in-the-dark course features animated replicas of rock-and-roll memorabilia. The kids love putting into the giant Gene Simmons head. As an added attraction, the course also features a huge saltwater aquarium made by ATM of Animal Planet’s show Tanked.

2. Sharks

In Las Vegas, you can swim with sharks in the middle of the desert. My oldest loves sharks, so when I found out about Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, we had to visit. The water park features North America’s only predator-based aquarium. Here, you can view moray eels, rare golden crocodiles, piranhas and 15 species of sharks. The kids and I also participated in the 45-minute shark dive.

3. Adult Beverages

Of course, Las Vegas has plenty of adult beverages. When traveling with my girlfriends, I once took the Sommelier wine class at the Michael Mina Restaurant. Guests get to explore the nuances of eight different wines. You’ll learn about the effects of soil and climate on grapes. This is a great way to spend date night as well as an awesome activity to enjoy during a Las Vegas bachelorette weekend.

4. Museums

Those who love to learn can have a great time in Las Vegas. My family enjoys taking trips to quirky museums. My personal favorite is the outdoor Neon Museum just off the strip. It displays the history of the city in lights with a park-like atmosphere and design. My kids love spending time at the Discovery Children’s Museum. Also of interest is the National Atomic Testing Museum.

Las Vegas is always good for a good time. I’ve enjoyed traveling there on business and with friends. Now I enjoy taking my family and exposing my kids to some of the wonderful treasures there. With so many places to stay and things to do it can get a bit overwhelming. Sites like Gogobot make it easy to read user reviews so you can better plan your trip. I hope you can enjoy this great vacation spot as well.

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Jordan:

Spontaneous Fun & Hidden Gems of Las Vegas

Las Vegas is always a blast, no matter who you go with, it has something for everyone. Myself? I am pretty open-minded and like to try just about anything, especially if it’s a new experience! I’m going to share with you some advice, tips and hidden gems of Las Vegas that I hope will be at some use for you. Here we go:

1. Restaurants

At one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, how could Las Vegas not have some of the world’s greatest restaurants?
One of my most memorable restaurant experiences was eating at “Gordon Ramsey’s Pub & Grill” at “Caesar’s Palace”.
If you’re feeling a little more on the Breakfast or Dessert side, then you HAVE to try the Crepes at “Le Creperie” in “Paris”. I’m going to let you in on a little secret as well… If you’re looking for a delicious meal that is a little more budget friendly, then look no farther than “Tony Roma’s” on Fremont Street. Seriously, Tony Roma’s! You can get a Steak and Lobster for $11.99 or a Prime Rib for $8.99. You can find details on this special here: Tony Roma’s on Fremont.

2. Entertainment / Shows

I’ve been to Las Vegas twice and without a doubt, my favorite thing to do is see the shows. There are shows that will suit anybody’s interest here: Comedy, Cirque du Soleil, Concerts, Burlesque, Magic and so on. Lots of famous people host their performances here: Shania Twain, Madonna, Carrot Top, David Blaine, Kris Angel, Penn and Teller.
Buying tickets for shows can really add up, so here’s a little tip to nab yourself free tickets and even a free dinner to go along with; walking down Las Vegas Blvd, you’ll notice that there are several individuals trying to grab your attention to sell “Timeshares”. Most of the time, you probably ignored them and walked right by them, but here’s the secret… If you decide to take the free tour that they are promoting, you will land yourself free or highly discounted Dinner and Show tickets; this is no scam, it is actually true! The catch is, you have to spend a few hours listening to their sales pitch and viewing the units, building and property that they are attempting to sell to you. At the end of the tour, a highly skilled sales associate will personally try and sell you a Timeshare – all you have to do is politely decline and then, VOILA! You will have your free Dinner and show!

3. Fremont Street

Most people are attracted to the Las Vegas Blvd strip and frankly, I don’t blame them! With the bright flashing lights, energy, music, street performances, erupting fountains and state-of-the-art architecture, who would not want want to be around all of that? What people need to know though is, Fremont Street is the “original” Las Vegas and it boasts a magic of it’s own. Let me tell you what’s special about Fremont Street! First off, you’re going to find MUCH better deals in this area, probably because they want to take the crowd away from the overpriced Las Vegas Blvd.  When you’re not playing at the Casino, you’ll find that it’s quite easy to find 1-2$ beers, 3$ Margaritas, 10-15$ meals at sit-down restaurants and best of all, the slots are known to be more “loose” on Fremont Street.  If you walk a few blocks up, you’ll find yourself in front of some original and unique bars and restaurants, for example: “Insert Coins” a video-game based bar – you basically pay to play arcade games with friends while sipping away at your favorite drink. How about “Heart Attack Grill”? A restaurant where all the staff are dressed in Nurse outfits and serving you the most unhealthy food that is known to man.  There is actually a large scale just outside of the restaurant that lets you weigh yourself, if you weigh over 300lbs, then you get to eat free!
Looking for cheap daiquiris? I’ll tell you where to get the cheapest in all of Vegas! Two words… “La Bayou”. It’s a small Dive Bar & Casino located on Fremont Street. You can fill up your meter long drink-holding device for pennies compared to the other places out there. The cool thing is, “La Bayou” uses the traditional-style “quarters” to play in their slots and when you win, spits quarters back out at you. Ever heard of those? They are small circular pieces of metal before the “cash receipts” were used in slot machines. A new piece of History for you!

4. Shopping

Las Vegas is probably right up there with London, Paris, New York and so on for it’s shopping scene, it can also get expensive very fast if you don’t have the budget for it. I found that I had the best shopping experiences at both the North and South “Premium Shopping Outlets”. There are literally hundreds of stores to choose from, it really does take a full day out of you. One of my favorite stores would have to be “Under Armour” which is located at the “South Premium Outlets”. If you’re shopping for luxurious brands, then you have nothing to worry about, Las Vegas Blvd is boasting with a nearly-unlimited amount of stores and malls to visit and it’s impossible to see it all in one day. For souvenirs, it’s always fun to check out the “M&M Factory” or the “Coca-Cola Factory”.

We hope this post was informative and fun to read as it was for us to write it!

If you wish to follow Kendra, you can do so by clicking the following link: @KendraThornton – she has a wealth of travel information to provide for you, so definitely check her out!

Please follow me for more adventures, travel tips and advice!

[This collaborative post was written by: Jordan Ilareguy & Kendra Thornton]

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Bucharest, Romania

Helloooo from Bucharest, Romania!

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What an old looking city, but so beautiful! There is so much History to learn about in this charming country, so time to adventure off into the unknown!

More stories to follow shortly!

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Pack, pack, pack!

Spent another day at a beach in Penticton; this time, instead of “Sudbury Beach”, we went to try out “Skaha Beach”; they’re both great beaches, but I found “Skaha Beach” to be much more relaxing and enjoyable. There were adequate washroom facilities nearby, a stand to grab yourself a refreshing “Hawaiian Shaved Ice” cup and most importantly, dogs are allowed on the beach, as long as they’re on a leash.

After a winding four hours, driving around snow-capped mountains and drop-dead cliffs, we’re now finally back in Abbotsford, BC, where I have been staying for the past week. The weather here is nowhere near as hot as it was in the valley; there’s a big, big difference. Bring lots of sunscreen!

Also, for those that never have been to Penticton and would like to visit; I just wanted to point out that there is in fact, an airport that you can fly into there. So if driving along winding mountain-side roads isn’t your thing, you can skip it all and come straight to Canadian paradise. I would recommend taking an adventure and going by road, but in the end, it’s your vacation and it’s totally up to you! Just keep in mind, even in Penticton, you need to book your hotel in advance, it does get to be a busy place in the Summer and rooms get booked up fast!

This week has just flown by so fast, it’s already my last night here in British Colombia, so it’s been nothing but packing, packing, packing since we got back. Packing for what you ask? Las Vegas! We leave tomorrow morning from “Vancouver International Airport” for a full week stay in the “city that never sleeps”. We’re going to be staying in the “Flamingo” hotel, which is one of the original and oldest hotels on the strip. I’ll be sure to write a review about it at some point during my trip, so you’ll at least get an idea if it’s a good hotel to stay at or not.
Tomorrow night we’re also seeing a magic show @ 7pm. His name is “Gerry McCambridge” and he specializes in illusions. Should prove to be a fun and interesting show; I can’t help but say that I’m pretty damn excited too!

Here are a few snaps from Pentincton:

Sudbury Beach, gorgeous.

Sudbury Beach, gorgeous.

Me diving for a frisbee at Skaha Beach.

Me diving for a Frisbee at Skaha Beach.

Mango Juice and Beach Sandals @ Skaha Beach

Mango Juice and Beach Sandals @ Skaha Beach

The "Family-in-law" @ a rest stop on the way out from Penticton. We felt it was necessary to bring on the tiger / dinosaur face!

The “Family-in-law” @ a rest stop on the way out from Penticton. We felt it was necessary to bring on the tiger / dinosaur face!

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