When Will Japan Reopen? September Update

A common question we’re receiving is when will Japan reopen and allow international tourists to enter? As a planning site with strategy for visiting Kyoto, Tokyo, and beyond, we’re closely monitoring all travel advisories and updates. (Updated September 23, 2020.) As background, the Japanese central government declared a state of emergency after much hesitation. At the […]

Fall Colors in Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Cuyahoga Valley National Park near Cleveland and Akron, Ohio is not one of the “big name” US National Parks, but it features beautiful fall colors. This post shares the best spots for autumn foliage, leaf peeping, a fabulous fall hike to a waterfall, and the current operating status of CVNP. (Updated September 23, 2020.) Let’s […]

When Will Europe Reopen to American Tourists?

The European Union travel ban is still in place for the United States, as the USA was left off the list of countries whose tourists may visit with or without travel restrictions. As such, Americans still can’t vacation in Italy, France, Germany, Spain, etc. In this post, we’ll answer the question of when will Europe […]

Things to Do in Acadia National Park

Looking for the best things to do in Acadia National Park or tips & tricks for visiting Bar Harbor, Maine? Here are our top 10 recommendations including scenic drives, hiking trails, and breathtaking views. We also share photos & thoughts from our experiences in Acadia National Park. (Updated September 16, 2020.) Before we get going, […]

Orange County California Resumes Reopening

With Labor Day weekend and the summer tourist season both now in the rear-view mirror, there’s good news for travelers to Southern California. Not only will you enjoy lower crowds in the off-season, but more will be able to reopen as Orange County enters the “red” tier of the state’s Blueprint for a Safer Economy […]

10 Best Beaches in Laguna Beach, California

Laguna Beach has the best beaches, oceanfront, and public parks in Southern California. In fact, its miles of coast along Pacific Coast Highway might be some of the best in the world. This list ranks the top 10 beaches–plus whether they’re currently open or closed. (Updated September 8, 2020.) While this quiet little beach town […]

Grand Cayman Island Planning Guide

The Cayman Islands are the most picturesque place in the Caribbean, popular with vacationers and cruise-goers alike. This guide offers tips for visiting Grand Cayman, including best & worst things to do, where to eat, where to stay, my photos, and more. (Updated September 6, 2020.) Before we get started, let’s discuss the phased reopening […]

Laguna Beach, California Vacation Planning Guide

Looking for a relaxing seaside vacation in Southern California? Laguna Beach is the perfect destination, and in this planning guide we’ll offer tips for visiting, things to do, places to eat, and more that you need to know about Laguna Beach, California. (Updated September 4, 2020.) Let’s start with the latest developments on the State […]

Things To Do In Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park is one of the best places to visit in Colorado, with excellent hiking, beautiful views, and stunning wildlife. Here are our top 5 picks for things to do in the park, along with tips for visiting, important info, and more to prepare you for a visit to RMNP. Located within driving […]

Our Cuba Trip Report & Photos

Cuba has been on our travel bucket list for years. Since first seeing post card-perfect photos of Old Havana’s vibrant Spanish colonial architecture and classic American cars from the 1950s, we yearned to visit. After extensive planning and postponing, we finally had the chance on a recent cruise, and thought we’d share thoughts from the […]