48 hours is not enough to spend in the fantastic city of San Juan, let alone to explore anything else. I hope to come back later to check out Vieques/Culebra, explore El Yunque, and travel around the rest of the island.
On our second day, we took at Uber to the very tip of Old San Juan to the San Felipe del Morro Fortress.
Have I said it’s been a busy summer? It’s been busy!
A few weekends ago we escaped for a long weekend in Puerto Rico and it was not nearly enough time!
We flew in on a Thursday afternoon and took a cab to Condado, San Juan. After checking in at the hotel, we walk around and realized that this was the town for us!
Each year the New York Times lists their top getaways for the year. As I anxiously scroll through each dreamy destination, I think about where I’m excited to go.
My list isn’t as far-flung, but there are a few places I’m particularly excited about.
How far are you willing to travel to get away?
I’ve done the 15+ hour non-stop Asia flights and I’ve spent more time on a Greyhound bus than I think any human should have to endure. But what does the end point at the end of the trip have to look like to make it worthwhile?
For our honeymoon, the hubby and I made the trip to Nicaragua to an eco-lodge in the middle of lake Nicaragua. The trip took two flights, a shuttle, and a boat ride but the payoff was well worth the wait.
I keep seeing fantastical eco-lodges and resorts pop-up within Nicaragua, but each seems to be harder to get to than the last one! One mentioned a 2.5 hour ride from the airport after landing for a nominal fee of an extra $150 per person each way. Yet the end destination seems 100% worth it.
What do you think, what’s your travel limit and what would entice you to travel that distance?
Caribbean Uber-Lux Hotels
If you’ve ever been on Pinterest scrolling through dream vacations you’ve seen pictures of the Maldives. Crystal clear blue waters, tropical location, and (most importantly) individual huts spread out over the ocean where you can dive directly from your bedroom into the water below. You know what I’m talking about?
I’ve had this on my bucket list for as long as I can remember. The only issue is the money, the flight, and the time it takes to get there.
I was pleasantly surprised when I read an article about over-the-water bungalows being built in the Caribbean. A short flight, tropical destination, and less intensive than traveling half-way across the world. The only downside is that everyone else seems to be as excited about it as I am. The rental prices for the bungalows is more than I plan to spend on travel collectively over the next 5 years. But I’m hopeful the prices may go down as the newness wears off.
Sandals over the water bungalows. Image from Sandals.com.
Short Get Aways
With the availability of budget flights on the rise, I’m increasingly looking for quick hops to cities I haven’t visited before. On my list: New Orleans, Savannah, Key West, and Annapolis and to re-visit some cities I’ve already seen like New York and Chicago.
So, until I can afford it, I’ll bide my time scrolling through Pinterest boards.
There’s something about setting goals that just feels good. You get them out on paper and you can’t forgot them, you can reference back, and cross them off once they’re accomplished.
I start off every single year with goals.