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Costa Rica has always been a popular vacation spot and now that we've been, we can see why: it's easy, laid back, and fun! We were looking for a short trip where we could unwind from the craziness of our full time jobs and relax at the beach, while also getting a little adventure in. Costa Rica is the perfect…

Who doesn't love the Riviera Maya, the Caribbean-facing coast line of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula? From gorgeous blue waters to lush jungles covering ancient secrets, this patch of land is a world-renowned destination for travelers. But confining yourself to an expensive all-inclusive isn't the only option. There are loads of affordable vacation rental options up and down the coast, allowing you…

When planning your trip to Istanbul, you'll undoubtedly spend a good chunk of your time visiting the sites in Sultanahmet. For those looking to explore Istanbul a little deeper, crossing the Golden Horn into the Beyoğlu district is an excellent choice, with Galata Tower and Taksim Square as key attractions and Istiklal offering an assortment of dining and nightlight options.…

I'll be honest, our first two trips to Istanbul, we weren't all that impressed with the cuisine we were eating. That probably has to do with the fact that we kept ordering the same dish, kebap, hoping it would be similar to the incredible Persian kebap Shane grew up with. But once I got ahold of Biber Dolması, I feel…

This past winter we spent three weeks in Israel and Jordan, an itinerary that for many includes the famous carved city of Petra. We all know it from Indiana Jones, but few could tell you what it actually is. So if you've found yourself planning a trip to Petra without really knowing anything about the area, I highly recommend picking up…

To start off our three week trip to the Holy Land, we spent a few days in one of our favorite cities in the world, Istanbul. Since we were booking this trip on credit card reward points, we got to splurge on a fantastic hotel with a stunning room, great views of the Bosphorus, and a breakfast buffet to write home…

From ancient cities to hot diving spots, Jordan has something for everyone and is definitely worthy of a place on your bucket list. After spending a week and a half visiting this incredible country, we've come up with the top 15 reasons to visit Jordan: Wadi Rum is definitely an out-of-this-world experience. Here's our adorable bedouin hosts treating us to some music and…

Amman is the first stop for many travelers heading into Jordan. Having crossed the Wadi Araba land border from Israel, we traversed the country from South to North, ending our journey with a single day to explore the capital city before flying out of Queen Alia airport. Built on 20 or so hills, Amman isn't the most pedestrian friendly city,…

It's likely your trip to Jordan will have you entering or exiting through Amman if not both, so if you're looking for a hotel with lots of style and a great location, you may want to check out the InterContinental Amman. And if you have a stash of IHG Rewards points, this is a great option to take a look at.…

The eastern arm of Jordan is a large, nearly desolate desert that few tourists venture into. What they're missing out on is a handful of hunting lodges and retreats built by the Umayyad rulers in the late 600's, that together with the Azraq Fort have come to be known collectively as the "desert castles". A few of these structures are situated…

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