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Barefoot Luxury in an Overwater Bungalow: Our Weekend at Telunas Private Island thumbnail

Jumping out of chronological order to skip ahead and tell you about my February adventures! We’ll be back to Hawaii soon <3 After our incredible introduction to the Riau Islands province of Indonesia at Telunas Beach Resort, we packed up and took a five minute boat ride to a whole new level of barefoot luxury. Years…

Oahu’s Disney Aulani Resort… For Adults! thumbnail

Ian and I tend to fancy ourselves a pair of fairly with-it twenty-somethings — though I admit I’m concerned that saying so is the blogging equivalent of wearing non-ironic mom jeans. When we travel, we like to book boutique hotels, chic apartments, or design hostels; go out to eat at trendy local cafés and restaurants; and…

Chicago By Mat, By Board, and By Rooftop thumbnail

The black hole of content from August of 2016 to April of 2017 — when I jumped forward to blog the summer of 2017 as it was happening — have been haunting me. I’m so excited the time has finally come for me to catch up on them! I can’t wait to turn my detailed notes…

Exploring the Unexpected Surf Culture of Florida’s Cocoa Beach thumbnail

Right now my body is in Thailand and my blog is in Florida, but my heart is in Las Vegas… I don’t know about you, but when I think major surf destinations in the United States, I think Hawaii and California. And that’s it. So imagine my surprise when I arrived in Cocoa Beach to find…

Sunshine and Smiles on The Space Coast thumbnail

Confession: I may be obsessed with Florida, but before the Space Coast invited me to come over and explore this summer, I had to look for it on a map. While Cape Canaveral, Cocoa Beach and beyond are wildly popular getaways for cruise-addits heading out to sea, families looking for cheap beach-front condos, and those fascinated…

Fresh and Healthy New Orleans thumbnail

New Orleans — a city known for healthy livin’ and coming home leaner than how you left, right? Ha ha! Not. The Big Easy is known for being a city of unbridled indulgence, and dang if you can’t do some of the country’s finest eating and drinking there. But there’s no reason you need to leave…

My Kind of Paradise On Ilha Grande thumbnail

I guess I have a thing for seedy islands. A pirates lair, a leper colony, and a penitentiary for political prisoners — much like Koh Tao in Thailand and Isla de Coiba in Panama, Ilha Grande in Brazil has quite the illicit past. And much like those islands before it, this one also managed to steal…

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