Book Giveaway: DK Eyewitness Travel Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Cancun & the Yucatan

This giveaway is now closed – thanks to all who entered!

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I’ve been invited on some wonderful trips in the months to come — including Puerto Rico and the Caribbean island of St. Kitts — and feel like sharing the travel love.

To inspire some romance, fun and exploration in a tropical setting: I’m giving away three sets of three DK Eyewitness Travel’s guides to the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and Cancun & the Yucatan!

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Passports with Purpose 2012

It’s that time again, folks:

The travel bloggers’ annual fundraiser, Passports with Purpose!

In its 5th year, the goal is to raise $100,000 to fund drinking-water wells in rural Haiti.

The raffle is open Wednesday, November 28th – Tuesday, December 11th, and there are fabulous travel-themed prizes to be won.

So…let’s all get to donating, shall we?

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Mr & Mrs Smith Hotel Collection: Stay Awhile


Please forgive me for being remiss, dear readers: I’ve known about Mr & Mrs Smith for years, but have neglected to share until now.

Allow me to remedy my oversight and introduce you to some truly spectacular couple-friendly “hotel porn” from around the world.

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Turks and Caicos, Anyone?

Providenciales, Turks and Caicos and the blue Atlantic from the air

Laced across the Atlantic Ocean in the western Caribbean region, the Turks and Caicos are a collection of 4 major islands and about 40 little cays; the most-visited island is Providenciales, home to the islands’ capital and the funky little international airport.

The big draws here are 1) some of the most clear and stunning water you’ll find anywhere and 2) more conch than you can throw a fork at.

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Turks and Caicos: Kicking Back at the Ocean Club Resorts

What kicking back at the Ocean Club Resort really looks like

Took a recent trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands in the Caribbean region, and whoowhee, was I excited.

While I was there, though…I often felt bored. And hot. And a little underwhelmed.

But now that I’ve been away from it for a few weeks, I miss the laid-back vibe, the conch, the soft sand and a surprising version of the Atlantic Ocean that’s so clear it could make you cry.

The switch seems clear to me: Then, I didn’t need a vacation, but now I do.

And these islands are all about vacation.

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