Travel Itineraries!

What to do when it is HOT outside and you just don’t feel like going out? (because you have a burn from overdoing it at the beach and it just hurts to be in the sun 😦

I have the PERFECT FIX for that!

Stay inside your air conditioned apartment, make a cup of your favorite coffee and peruse the internet for vacation options, plan itineraries for upcoming vacations and put a smile on your face and be thankful that you have this opportunity in your life right now to travel some of these most fantastic parts of the world!

We have some exciting trips happening in the next few weeks, Salvador this weekend, Argentina/Uruguay November 2, 4 days in Rio with Andrew & Kristina  November 14, and a few day trips thrown in the middle just for fun.

I really like to make the most of these trips so I literally spend hours upon hours reading about the top things to do, getting the history and culture behind everything of the places we are going to. I like to go equipped with lots of information so I don’t miss a single thing and also because there are just so many places that it is rare to ever go back again. It’s this time or miss it! Haha that is why David has been TERRIFIC about even turning the car around on travels or going back to something just for me to take a quick pic because we have learned it just may be the ONLY opportunity!

Before we started Expat life, two years prior, we took our first cruise! We LOVED it, and I mean loved it!! It was the perfect vacation for us. A different port every night, new and exciting tropical places to explore, and delicious food…too much food! We were hooked and went on another one the very next year. At the end of the cruise we bought a promotion giving us a credit to use on our next cruise( to be used in 4 years) and we thought it was a great deal, not to be passed up. After all we would definitely do another one! Well, then this opportunity to expat to China and Brazil came up and we haven’t been able to get back to cruising. We miss it so much!! David has been saying all year that this Winter ( or Summer for us in Brazil) we will do it. Well guess what? TODAY we booked a cruise for February 2013.

We will be back on our Favorite Norwegian cruise ship…the PEARL!

David & I standing in front of Norwegian Pearl in Cozumel, Mexico during our first cruise February 2009
David & I standing on Norwegian Pearl in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands during our cruise February 2010.

This time we will do a Western Caribbean cruise with a stop in Jamaica. We are so excited and can’t wait!

Our itinerary 🙂

Ahh…warm tropical breezes are headed my way…WAIT!! I already live in a tropical country!

Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas 2010

Maybe we should be cruising to Alaska…NOT!!!

Boa Tarde!


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I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

4 thoughts on “Travel Itineraries!”

  1. We’ve sailed on Norwegian a number of times and love their freestyle concept the best. When we cruise, we’re a bit anti-social, and with Norwegian we can always have tables-for-two for dining.

    If you haven’t been to Grand Cayman, make sure you go swimming (actually it’s more like “wading”) with the sting rays. If you’re so inclined, I’d book it with Eldon from Nativeway tours (, we’ve gone with them twice and had a great time both times. They feature much smaller groups with more personal attention, and quite a bit cheaper than the cruise line’s similar excursion.

    1. Hey Mark, Glad to hear you are a Norwegian line cruiser! This will be our 3rd cruise with Norwegian and 3rd on the Pearl. We would try others but it really is our favorite cruise line and ship! We love the freestyle concept too! It is nice just to RELAX… We have not been to Grand Cayman. I will get in touch with you if we decide to do that excursion,it sound fun. We will be cruising with friends and when we are home at Christmas, we’ll discuss our options! Thanks so much for the offer…we will definitely keep it in mind 🙂

  2. The first cruise we took was on Celebrity Cruise Line, but our last four have been with Norwegian on the Sun… the Dawn… and the Pearl. While the Dawn and Pearl are very similar in size, the Pearl is certainly a nicer ship. For example, the Blue Lagoon on the Dawn is a cramped little take-out window/passageway that offered a couple of deep fried options and seating for about 10. On the Pearl, as you know, it’s a great spot for extensive late night snacking.

    Probably our most memorable cruise was a 14 day repositioning cruise from New York City to Miami. It left NYC as the sun was setting behind the Statue of Liberty and circled the Caribbean. We hit a bunch of islands, like Aruba and Curaçao, you normally don’t get to visit. Aruba was by far our favorite island visit from all our cruises. The only problem with the 14 day cruise for us was… after 10 days we’d actually had enough and were looking forward to getting off the boat. (I know… that sounds crazy. I actually use this as an illustration for one of Muddy River Media’s small group videos in our Heavenly Misconception series… )

    Anyway… Grand Cayman is small enough you’ll be able to do a couple things during your stay. Hopefully you won’t have a rough water day when you’re there because it’s a tendering port. We’ve been there three times, and the last visit was so rough it took FOREVER for them to get the passengers off and on the ship. It wasn’t fun.

    1. I always appreciate your comments Mark! A repositioning cruise sounds like a great adventure! You’re right though 10 days is probably long enough. I sure hope we don’t have rough seas. It never bothered me before but I am having a few problems with motion sickness lately! We are so looking forward to our cruise in February although David & I both commented that the Caribbean will be a little cooler in February than Brazil, it will be a nice break but so different than flying from NS to escape the cold!! Enjoy your day 🙂

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