As many of you know this past Sunday and Monday are the holidays of Christmas Eve and Christmas. I was spending time with family for the holidays, as why I did not post the hometown series starting on Sunday. I hope you all had a wonderful and safe holiday. With that being said, I wanted to create another hometown series as most people headed home or are home. The holidays are usually a time for everyone to celebrate with their loved ones whether they are friends or family, or even both.
When planning our second cruise, I knew I wanted to go somewhere we had never been before. Mexico was a destination on my bucket list, so why not go to Mexico right? I began researching cruises on Carnival Cruise Lines that went to Mexico at least once in the trip. I also wanted to leave from another part of Florida that I had not been to. In a matter of a few minutes, we were officially booked for our second cruise. We were going to cruise from Tampa, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico and Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands on the Carnival Paradise.
Have you ever been to a place that felt like paradise and had warm weather and aqua blue waters? Grand Turk, Turk and Caicos was exactly all of this for me. My husband and I went to Grand Turk by cruise, as one of our cruise port stops. I had researched this place before we went on the cruise. I was amazed at how blue the water was and how beautiful the island was by pictures.
Before I went on my first cruise, I had only heard and seen about peoples cruising experiences. As a frequent traveler, I found it only completely necessary that I add cruising to my bucket list. I finally decided that it was time to take my first cruise. Before my first cruise I had many questions that popped up in my head, so many it began to make me nervous to go. Thankfully I had a lot of people around me that I could ask my numerous amount of questions to. I had questions ranging from what is there to eat on the cruise to what do I wear on the cruise. Below I will explain how I went about planning my first cruise, all the information I learned along the way and some helpful tips before you take your first cruise.
The Importance of Self Care
Have you ever wore yourself out so much that you could not keep going or had a hard time controlling your emotions? I have been there many times, mostly when I am overdoing myself with life or when I have not taken a moment for myself. We all get caught up in life and put others before us in our every day lives. From work, the relationships, to kids, to animals, to bills and anything else that exists in our lives they can take a lot out of you. This is where self care comes into play.
Have you ever been to a place you fell in love with instantly? Arkansas did this for me because it had everything I was looking for. There are Mountains, caves, caverns, hot springs and so much more. Arkansas is located in the south of the United States. The state is surrounded by Oklahoma, Missouri, Tennessee, Mississippi and Louisiana.
Have you ever been to a place you finally had your first culture shock experience? This was the first place I had my first culture shock experience, which I will share with you later on in the story. When my husband and I took our first cruise this was one of our stops. I was uncertain as to how it was going to be because I heard various things about San Juan, Puerto Rico.
What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone says Chicago? In my mind, I think of Chicago, amazing views, Lake Michigan and skyscrapers galore. If you thought of any of these, you are absolutely correct. My husband and I took a trip to Chicago, Illinois for Labor Day weekend this past September. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved Chicago, even with how busy and packed it was.
Kota Bharu City Guide
I dedicate this piece to my current hometown – Kota Bharu.
Kota Bharu, a quiet little city in Kelantan, Malaysia is not a place generally heard of. I didn’t know much about it until I settled here. It’s now been 2.5 years and I’m in love with the city that is so close and true to its traditions and culture.
Madrid City Guide (by Helene Choo)
Living in Madrid can certainly be said to feel very different from what you would expect. Even though it’s a very Spanish city, it doesn’t have a beach, so you can’t spend your days sipping sangrias by the sea.