5 things to see in Puerto Rico

Beaches. Rainforest. History. Shopping. Food. Puerto Rico has it all. If you are seeking for more than just beach and party time, I suggest you rent a car and explore the country as it has so much to offer. We did just the eastern part of the island, but from what I had read I believe it is fair to say that these are the best 5 things to see in Puerto Rico: San Juan old town The capital city is located in the north-eastern coast of Puerto Rico and it is divided into 18 districts. We found San Juan Antiguo (Old San Juan), which lies on a small island and is connected to the mainland by two bridges, the […]

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Hotel Review: Casa Grande Mountain Retreat (Puerto Rico, USA)

We chose Casa Grande Mountain Retreat after we decided to head towards Batey Zipline Adventure park on our Puerto Rico road trip back in February 2012. After getting lost for several times (GPS somehow didn’t want to find the location) and arriving there in the middle of the night, we were pleasantly surprised by a welcome sign on our door with the instructions where to find the key. And that key made my Puerto Rico trip even more memorable. Location I was sure that the situation with GPS had gotten better in the past 4 years, but apparently I was wrong 🙂 Check this out: “We do not recommend using a GPS to get to the retreat as GPS directions have […]

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Slovenes abroad: Rajko, New York (USA)

Rajko moved to USA in September 1995, first to Upton, a small town in Massachusetts, about 30 minutes west of Boston. 6 years later he moved to Miami for a year and a half and then to New York, where he has been living since 2002. He lives on Long Island, about 100 km from New York City. Hi, Rajko. How’s my favorite city in the world doing these days? NYC is great. It truly is the best city in the world. The Manhattan vibe is always upbeat and positive, full of energy, everywhere you look. It is very private, in terms of being lost in the crowd of thousands and at the same time you are never alone, no […]

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Slovenes abroad: Lea, San Leandro (CA, USA)

29-year old Lea has been living in San Leandro (East Bay, CA) since 2013. She loves to travel and explore the world, she likes music and reads a lot of books. She’d like to have at least 2 dogs but currently neither her time nor the house rules allow that. Obviously we have a lot in common and given the fact that I have visited California a couple of years ago, it was easy for me to blend in this conversation. Why the United States of America? Because of my husband’s work. And why San Leandro? Where the hell is that anyway? 🙂 My husband is a software developer and when he was offered a job in San Francisco, we […]

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North Atlantic coast with a spice of Canada

Let me start by saying “Kids, don’t try this at home”. Do your homework. Plan. Calculate. Re-calculate. And plan again. Because we didn’t. All we knew was that I wanted Boston, Vermont, Maine, Nova Scotia and shopping. And that he wanted Ottawa, Quebec and some peace on Earth. I would do the planning and he would be the driver. Sitting on the couch and looking at Google maps, the plan seemed doable but on a very tight schedule. So finally we agreed to skip Nova Scotia, add Cape Cod and to improvise in between. Well, in reality this improvisation made our summer 2016 statistics brutal: 14 days, 13 hotels, 4 countries and 7.200 km. And yes, we stuck to the original […]

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5 things to see in Boston, Massachusetts

Being one of the oldest cities in the US and the capital of Massachusetts, Boston is the city of rich history, culture, education and economy, which attracts over 20 million visitors per year. It is one of those cities which you can easily fall in love with – and honestly, I don’t know why I waited so long to finally see it. Located in the North Atlantic Coast, Boston is easily accessible from Europe with direct flights from most bigger Airports (flight back from Boston to Paris takes less than 7 hours) and if you love to travel to the USA as much as I do, I suggest you put it on your “to do” list right away. The easiest […]

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Hotel Review: Sea Breeze Motel, Acadia (Maine, USA)

We ran into Sea Breeze Motel by a pure coincidence when we picked up HotelCoupons book somewhere along the way on our Atlantic coast road trip. The stops on our road trip weren’t scheduled ahead due to the changing weather, so we were depending on our travelers luck. Location When visiting Acadia National Park in the summer (in our case July) you have to be very lucky to find a descent accommodation for a reasonable price. And Sea Breeze Motel is definitely one of them. It is located in the Mount Desert Island, following Bar Harbor road, just a mile north from Acadia National Park Visitor center. The location is very nice, hidden from the main road with lots of privacy […]

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5 things to do in Maine, USA

When you browse for things to do in Maine, USA you will see that most of them relate to Acadia National Park. Honestly, I didn’t feel the need to prove the contrary, because our summer road trip schedule was so tight, we didn’t have time to explore the whole state. Acadia National Park lies on the North Atlantic coast, half way between Portland (the capital of Maine) and border with Canada, on Mt Desert Island which you can easily reach by car, taking Bar Harbor Road from Trenton. While I can confirm that Acadia is really beautiful, I also have to warn you that accommodation during July and August (which is considered as high season due to very nice temperatures) […]

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Shopping in the USA

My first trip to the USA was to New York, Manhattan, about 15 years ago, when I was accompanying my boyfriend on a short business trip (paying my own plane ticket may I add). I was so busy being excited to see the Big Apple, I couldn’t even think of planning any tourist activity. And honestly all I cared about was to see the Statue of Liberty and to experience the legendary shopping in the USA. That is to shop until I drop. And, as they say, the rest is history. I have been returning to the States almost every year since then, to different places, and every time I make sure that I come back home with an overweight suitcase, […]

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Summer in beautiful Alaska, USA

Never ever in my life have I wanted or imagined myself visiting Alaska – this boring desert of ice and snow storms, to end up running in front of a grizzly, falling into a dead cold river and sadly drown in the middle of nowhere. Until my boyfriend cunningly wrapped up our summer vacation plan around visiting Hawaii with a “short stopover” at a place he had always dreamed about. I knew that dream of his will have to come true one day, I just didn’t know it would happen so soon. So there I was, miserable and depressed, imagining myself freezing in the middle of summer, while all of my friends would sweat on the beach, drink cocktails and make […]

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