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  • Wet N Wild Cancun – My 1st Ever All-Inclusive Waterpark

    Wet N Wild Cancun – My 1st Ever All-Inclusive Waterpark

    Mexico

    Wildly out of control in pitch-blackness with only the downward slope of the tunnel and the gushing water giving you direction… then BAM! You are out of the tunnel spinning around and around in a large dark cavity. But wait! There is a small hole in the middle of the cavern with a shimmering blue glow. You try to prevent the fall, but the slippery slope and running water leave only one way out. It is inevitable. Headfirst with a clumsy attempt at a dive through the blue opening and SPLASH! 9 feet deep of startling cold water greets you.

  • Culture Shock in Cancun, Mexico

    Culture Shock in Cancun, Mexico

    Mexico

    Mexico may be America’s Bali, but it was super-foreign to us. And isn’t that the point of travel? To step out of your comfort zone and experience someone else’s way of life?

  • The Absurd $250 We Spent for 3 Hours at Atlantis Aquadventure on Paradise Island

    The Absurd $250 We Spent for 3 Hours at Atlantis Aquadventure on Paradise Island

    The Bahamas

    Have you ever been so scared your legs start shaking? Your hands get clammy, your throats gets dry. And what seconds before seemed like a great idea, suddenly seems foolish and irrational. A scream erupts deep in the dark tunnel and then a flashing light turns from red to green. I cross my legs, fold my arms, close my eyes and scream. The water pounds on me as I slide down the Leap of Faith through a dark twisting tunnel into a transparent tunnel surrounded with hungry, swimming sharks. It’s over, it’s not the end. And suddenly what seemed scary and frightening a few seconds before now just seems trivial.

  • Everglades Safari Park – Eat, Sleep, Reproduce – The American Dream

    Everglades Safari Park – Eat, Sleep, Reproduce – The American Dream

    Southeast, USA

    We’ve seen a number of TV shows about red neck hicks wrestling alligators and we thought it would be fun to see some up close in their natural habit. So while we were in Miami we chose the Everglades Safari Park as the place to visit. Situated about 45 minutes west of Miami, the park is in the heart of the swampy, marshy lowlands in the Everglades National Park.

  • Road Trip Along The East Coast of USA

    Road Trip Along The East Coast of USA

    Northeast, USA

    14 days road tripping through the US was fabulous. You can leave when you want, stay when you want, there is no crazy security quips like “you can’t take water with you”, or “that’s considered a weapon”, or “please take off your shoes and walk through slowly”. Having never done a road trip like this in my life I can happily say I would do it again.

  • I Saw A Liger At Jungle Island, Miami

    I Saw A Liger At Jungle Island, Miami

    Southeast, USA

    Tucked away on an island deep inside the steamy depths of Miami is a lush tropical jungle. It holds some very rare types of animals. One in particular, I had never seen before! The Liger.

  • Cruising the Bahamas on Carnival Sensation

    Cruising the Bahamas on Carnival Sensation

    The Bahamas

    It’s a beautiful sunny day. I am sitting in Serenity, the 21+ pool area. There are screams from the nearby waterslide and snoring from an old man on the deck chair beside me. I am overlooking the back of the boat. I can see Nassau, Bahamas & Paradise Island with a very large and very pink hotel known as Atlantis. My heart is pumping slowly. My belly is full. It’s so nice to sit and do nothing after two weeks of road tripping. There’s palm trees swaying gently in the ocean breeze. Seagulls circling the boat searching for a free meal. The water is bright aqua-marine and constantly laps at the boat enticing me in, but I’ve already swam today and yesterday and for now I am content to sit on my lounge chair with my kindle to one side and my laptop to the other and let you know about my musings of my cruise through the Bahamas.

  • Children Museums of America

    Children Museums of America

    Northeast, USA

    Never even heard of a Children's Museum before I visited the East Coast of USA. Here is our review of the Manhattan Museum, Brooklyn Museum & Philadelphia Museum. Which one is your favourite?

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