Beach Fire gcfl

Ways to Unplug in Gulf County, Florida

This post brought to you by Gulf County, Florida. The content and opinions expressed below are that of Surf and Sunshine. The other night, I went to bed with such an unbearable migraine, I actually thought I might need to go to the hospital. I managed to take some aspirin …

Bullock Cart Village6

The time I rode a water buffalo in a rice paddy field of Malaysia

It’s the goal of every traveler to make meaningful experiences on their journeys. Those experiences? They’re made by the people we meet along the way. By opening ourselves up to intimate moments we create our stories. I had one of those days while traveling in Malaysia. It’s the kind of day …

Kauai Shores Hotels

Meet the Cheery Beachfront Kauai Shores Hotel

Normally before a trip I spend a small amount of time getting myself aquainted with the hotels, activities and areas I’ll be experiencing. However, with a last minute hotel change (as sometimes happens during travel) and a hectic schedule I hadn’t got the chance to give Kauai Shores Hotel a …


Making Memories in Montego Bay

There is nothing quite like a Caribbean vacation. The ocean, the breeze, the sunshine, the margaritas! Whether you are looking for a family vacation, a romantic getaway, or a girl’s vacation, Montego Bay in Jamaica has something to offer for everyone. It’s proximity to the United States means reasonable airfare …

Hanalei Colony Resort3

Looking for an Unplugged Family Escape?

Hanalei Colony Resort is set on the lush, tropical grounds of Kauai’s North Shore. The buildings features traditional low-rise plantation style building with incredible views of Hanalei Bay and Kauai’s lush mountains. At check in I was excited to find out that I would be staying in an ocean front …

traveling abroad with kids (1)
FamilyFamily TravelInternationalTravel

15 Tips For Traveling Abroad With Kids

I’m always surprised by the number of people I meet that have never had a passport. I’m even more blown away by those that have never even left their home state. How is this possible? It’s unfortunate that so many people don’t realize that our freedom to travel almost anywhere …

Credit Kate Holt
Social GoodTravel

Lifestraw: Saving the World One Straw at a Time

How many times have you been sick this year? I mean sick enough to miss work. How many times have your kids been sick and missed school? For most of us, it is only a few times a year that we get sick, and we only miss a handful of …

learning how to surf in Kauai

Learning How to Surf in Kauai

Excited to cross off another ‘first’ on my unofficial Kauai Travel Bucket List I arrived at Hawaiian Surfing Adventures for, you guessed it, a surfing lesson. I would be taking my lesson with fellow bloggers and it was a first for all of us, so today was about to get …

Princeville Ranch Adventures

A Jungle Adventure in Kauai

As soon as I saw the itinerary for the Jungle Valley Adventure at Princeville Ranch Adventures, it became number one on my Kauai Travel Bucket List. Mostly because it offered a little bit of everything – kayaking, zip lining, hiking and waterfalls but also because it encompassed so many “firsts” for me.  At check-in I …

CJM Stables 4

A Day Well Spent on a Horseback Tour of Kauai

After fourty minutes of driving my GPS directed to me to turn on a dirt road, painted the infamous Hawaiian red. It was then that I realized two things. One, I was very near the coast. Two, I had surely arrived at CJM Country Stables as the wooden fence line …