After looking at different destinations and travel options for an end-of-year trip for nearly two months, my fiancé, Nathan, and I decided to skip the big trip this year as we start getting ready for our wedding and focus on a few smaller trips next year. However, I do happen to have one more business trip for the year that actually lands on my birthday week, so that makes missing the trip an easier decision.
The Saronic or Argo Saronic Islands of Greece call travelers to explore its seven small islands and islets brimming with history, natural sites and more. With most easily accessible by boat, the islands’ proximity to ports of Athens make the Saronic Islands an ideal destination for those preferring shorter boat rides. In fact, trips from Athens ports to the islands take only between 10 minutes and two hours, depending on the island you choose, making them perfect for day or weekend trips. From Piraeus port, you can access Hydra, Spetses, Aegina and Poros directly. Come explore these stunning islands with us and find the inspiration to plan your next trip to these islands. Hydra Hydra town curves around a slope overlooking the Argosaronic Gulf like an amphitheater and is considered one of the most romantic destinations in Greece. Most unique to the island is its lack of vehicles. People on the island get around on mules and donkeys as well as water taxis, making for a peaceful and laid-back day. Hydra lies a two-hour ferry ride from Piraeus port in Athens.
As the cold weather is upon us in Philadelphia, I can’t help but wish for the return of warm weather, longer days and more sunshine. While it’s only been a few weeks since we exited the 70-degree territory, I’m already looking ahead to the next few months of winter and am getting some ideas on when to plan a getaway.
As mentioned before, I enjoy waking up early, and contrary to what you may think, being on vacation isn’t the exception. Granted, there are days when sleeping in is non-negotiable and that extra hour or two are detrimental to the day ahead, but having extra time to ground myself before socializing, planning and exploring enhances my travel experience. One of my favorite things about this trip — and particularly at this property — was being able to keep up with the daily practices that make my days better and more fluid, like sunrise meditations (especially with the view we had) and working out in the mornings, which I did on three out of the four days of our stay.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
The second port of call on our Princess cruise to Mexico in March was Mazatlán, and as with Cabo San Lucas, we were blessed with beautiful weather. Unlike Cabo, Mazatlán boasts a deep port and a modern cruise terminal, so once the ship was tied up, we were able to come and go without having to catch a tender to shore.