Author: Mary Chong

A Cruise Guide to Mahogany Bay Roatan Honduras

Mahogany Bay Roatan Honduras is the perfect budget-friendly cruise port if you are sailing on a Carnival Cruise Corporation Ship (Princess, Carnival, Holland America, etc.) A visit to the 20-acre Mahogany Bay Cruise Centre and Mahogany Beach on the south-west side of the island is like a private island adventure! It’s totally secure in that it is only accessible to passengers of the cruise ship that has docked at the port for that day. Known to the local Hondurans as Dixon Cove, it’s quite isolated from the rest of the island, the nearest towns of Coxen Hole and French...

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Grand Bazaar and Spice Market of Istanbul Turkey in Photos

With warm apricot flavoured Turkish tea and sweet Turkish delight in hand the gentle, welcoming shopkeeper guides me around the Grand Bazaar Spice Shop. I’m not a special VIP getting an exclusive tour; I’m just an ordinary shopper and being offered tea while you shop is very common in friendly Istanbul. Spend any time in any of the many shops in Istanbul Turkey, and you’ll receive the same hospitality. The smells of the shop are intoxicating, and my eyes are wide open, my head spins as I look at all the colourful teas, candies and herbs around me. I’m...

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Travel Security and Flexibility with Lewis N. Clark

Calculated travel is more than beautiful scenery and exotic locations; it’s also about the practical logistics – getting to your destination safe and sound without any hiccups along the way. Travel security and flexibility are the keys to success in this regard. Being able to change plans or simply having a backup plan should things go awry. Travel Security — Locks Many suitcases have built-in locks, and these are easy and convenient, but it’s good to have a few extra locks available just in case. Another reason to carry around an extra lock is in case you purchase too...

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Travel Tip #7: Carry a Travel First Aid Kit

When it comes to being a Calculated Traveller, one should always be prepared for emergencies and carry a travel first aid kit because you never know when you’ll need a bandage for something as minor as a paper cut from your paper boarding pass. When I travel, I pack a large first aid kit, but I also have a mini version with minimal supplies that I keep in my purse/day bag. When I first created my mini first aid kit, I worried that I was a bit excessive until it was called into action not once but twice! We...

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Tranquillity at Hawks Cay Resort Duck Key Florida

It’s hot and humid this December afternoon at Hawks Cay Resort as I lounge in the shade, cold beverage in hand, on our private deck behind our suite. Husband Ray is swimming in the Tranquillity pool, just meters away from me. It’s quiet — no music, no children, just the noise of the nearby ocean and the rustle of the palms as they sway in the wind. I literally don’t need to move a muscle as I can get food and beverage served right on our own deck outside our suite. Hawks Cay Resort and Duck Key is approximately...

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A Sweet Suite on Norwegian Cruises — Norwegian Jade

Ever wonder what it’s like to stay in a penthouse suite onboard a cruise ship? I for one have always wondered! Well, I got my chance when sailing onboard the Norwegian Jade through the Mediterranean when I unexpectedly received an upgrade to the most fantastic room and most amazing cruise ship experience. The minute we entered the queue to check-in for our two week Mediterranean journey we knew things were different – why? There was no queue! Embarkation was so perfectly timed that we just strolled right up to the front of the line. After check-in, we were escorted...

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STM Prime Backpack for day, play and away

Backpacks and purses are very personal items and finding one that is perfect for all my needs is a constant struggle. Do you feel the same way when it comes to shopping for a backpack? I’m a huge fan of STM Goods and commend them for all the thought and care that they put into their products. I’ve been using their Impulse backpack for a while now, and since STM Goods is always coming up with new designs, they very generously sent me their new STM Prime Backpack for 13″ Laptop & Tablet to try out. Read our other...

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Lewis N. Clark WEA RFID-Blocking Mini Cross-Body Bag

Hands up girls if you love purses! If you are a girl who likes to travel like I do, then you love bags and purses made with travel in mind, but you have a heck of a time finding that one perfect bag. In the continuing search for the perfect bag for travel, I test and review the new Lewis N. Clark WEA RFID-Blocking Mini Cross-Body Bag. WEA RFID-Blocking Mini Cross-Body Bag — Travel Worthy? For years I was a fancy leather purse girl, but once I noticed a huge dent forming in my shoulder caused by the weight...

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Cruise Ship Specialty Dining – Caribbean Princess Crown Grill

Dining on a cruise ship is always something to look forward to especially when you are sailing on a cruise line such as Princess Cruises known for its excellent cuisine and service. There are lots of dining options with multiple food venues available all included in your cruise fare. There’s the Café Caribe, Horizon Court Buffet, the International Café in the Atrium, the Palm, Coral and Island dining rooms, Prego Pizzeria, and the Trident Grill. If that weren’t enough, there is old reliable 24-hour Room Service. Read our dining review: 5 Days 5 Dinners — Caribbean Princess Dining Review...

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Ramblers Way – Cosy Cool Good-Natured Fashion

When you are travelling, you want clothing that is comfortable, looks great, and is easy care wash and wear. For me, merino wool fits that bill on all fronts and I was pleased to discover Ramblers Way, a sustainable clothing company that uses American-made and ethically sourced merino wool. Ramblers Way has a strong commitment to environmental responsibility. “We believe in creating a sustainable world that can enrich the lives of generations to come,” said Tom Chappell, founder and president of Ramblers Way. “The clothing industry is the second largest polluter on Earth, so we see an opportunity to...

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