Looking to make an Escape??

There’s a new e-Zine (eco-friendly, all-digital magazine) in town called Hip Compass Escapes.

The spring issue has launched and its chock-full of travel tips, deals and great stories on romantic escapes, girl’s getaways, adventure trips (volcano climbing anyone?) and much, much more.


Best of all, I’m a contributor so you can read all about my latest journeys. Thinking about a Mexican honeymoon? Scroll to page 49 to see my Romance in Mexico’s Riviera story.

Bon voyage!

Looking to make an Escape??

There’s a new e-Zine (eco-friendly, all-digital magazine) in town called Hip Compass Escapes.

The spring issue has launched and its chock-full of travel tips, deals and great stories on romantic escapes, girl’s getaways, adventure trips (volcano climbing anyone?) and much, much more.


Best of all, I’m a contributor so you can read all about my latest journeys. Thinking about a Mexican honeymoon? Scroll to page 49 to see my Romance in Mexico’s Riviera story.

Bon voyage!

Want to just pick up and travel the globe????

I’ve got just the inspiration you need! The Lost Girls are a threesome of gals who left their New York City lives (bye bye jobs, apartments, families and boyfriends!) and embarked on a yearlong round-the-world journey. How amazing is that?

Check out their blog to read about their exciting trip, get some travel inspiration, find some cool travel links and read about other cool Lost Girls around the world. You’ll also get some amazing honeymoon ideas from their travels (um, Bali, New Zealand, Australia, Kenya, Brazil, India, Thailand, anyone?).

Oh and you might even spot a familiar face — The Lost Girls did a really great feature on yours truly yesterday. Check it out here!

Want to just pick up and travel the globe????

I’ve got just the inspiration you need! The Lost Girls are a threesome of gals who left their New York City lives (bye bye jobs, apartments, families and boyfriends!) and embarked on a yearlong round-the-world journey. How amazing is that?

Check out their blog to read about their exciting trip, get some travel inspiration, find some cool travel links and read about other cool Lost Girls around the world. You’ll also get some amazing honeymoon ideas from their travels (um, Bali, New Zealand, Australia, Kenya, Brazil, India, Thailand, anyone?).

Oh and you might even spot a familiar face — The Lost Girls did a really great feature on yours truly yesterday. Check it out here!

Destination Adventure Honeymoon Hotspot – Victoria Falls Part 2

Globetrotting Cindy previously recommended Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe as a great adventure honeymoon destination and now she’s back to talk about the area’s luxury honeymoon accommodations and shopping.

Every Victoria Falls visitor should check out the famed Victoria Falls Hotel. Nicknamed the “Grand Old Lady of Africa,” this hotel has hosted royalty and celebrities for more than 100 years. If you honeymoon here, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Victoria Falls Bridge and gorges below the falls, Edwardian-era furnishings and top-notch service. Ask about the “Buy 3 Nights, Stay 4 Nights” promotion for 2009.

Nearby, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge offers a proudly African personality and eco-sensitive design. The guest rooms overlook a well-frequented waterhole so you can experience the area’s wilderness views around the clock. You’ll want to check out The Boma restaurant where you can get your fortune told (just $2) while enjoying dinner. Oh and be sure to request a Deluxe Suite for a honeymoon. Nice views right?

Away from the bustle of Victoria Falls town, the luxurious Stanley and Livingstone, is an exclusive 16-suite lodge known for its pampering staff and Victorian-style elegance. Set on the 6,000-acre Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve, the lodge offers honeymooners luxurious suites with sumptuous Victorian-style bathrooms and secluded patios overlooking the African bush. This is the most romantic of these three hotels. Just check out this honeymoon suite and lobby.

What’s a trip without shopping? You can shop till you drop at the Victoria Falls’ Craft Market (bring US Dollars or South African Rand). The vendors are very eager to sell their treasures so bargaining is welcome and they’ll even barter with you! Plus, the dollar is super strong right now (1 USD = 9.8 Rand).

You’ll find life size giraffes, polished hippos, intricately carved busts, thousands of pocket-sized replicas of Africa’s many animals, curios ranging from wood and stone carvings, scrap metal sculpture, paintings, safari-wear, leather and game-skin products, wall-hangings, place mats, ethnic jewelry and much more.

Destination Adventure Honeymoon Hotspot – Victoria Falls Part 2

Globetrotting Cindy previously recommended Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe as a great adventure honeymoon destination and now she’s back to talk about the area’s luxury honeymoon accommodations and shopping.

Every Victoria Falls visitor should check out the famed Victoria Falls Hotel. Nicknamed the “Grand Old Lady of Africa,” this hotel has hosted royalty and celebrities for more than 100 years. If you honeymoon here, you’ll enjoy stunning views of the Victoria Falls Bridge and gorges below the falls, Edwardian-era furnishings and top-notch service. Ask about the “Buy 3 Nights, Stay 4 Nights” promotion for 2009.

Nearby, Victoria Falls Safari Lodge offers a proudly African personality and eco-sensitive design. The guest rooms overlook a well-frequented waterhole so you can experience the area’s wilderness views around the clock. You’ll want to check out The Boma restaurant where you can get your fortune told (just $2) while enjoying dinner. Oh and be sure to request a Deluxe Suite for a honeymoon. Nice views right?

Away from the bustle of Victoria Falls town, the luxurious Stanley and Livingstone, is an exclusive 16-suite lodge known for its pampering staff and Victorian-style elegance. Set on the 6,000-acre Victoria Falls Private Game Reserve, the lodge offers honeymooners luxurious suites with sumptuous Victorian-style bathrooms and secluded patios overlooking the African bush. This is the most romantic of these three hotels. Just check out this honeymoon suite and lobby.

What’s a trip without shopping? You can shop till you drop at the Victoria Falls’ Craft Market (bring US Dollars or South African Rand). The vendors are very eager to sell their treasures so bargaining is welcome and they’ll even barter with you! Plus, the dollar is super strong right now (1 USD = 9.8 Rand).

You’ll find life size giraffes, polished hippos, intricately carved busts, thousands of pocket-sized replicas of Africa’s many animals, curios ranging from wood and stone carvings, scrap metal sculpture, paintings, safari-wear, leather and game-skin products, wall-hangings, place mats, ethnic jewelry and much more.

Destination Wedding and Honeymoon Hotspot – Riviera Maya, Mexico

Who loves margaritas by the pool and pampering amenities? Me too. This post is for us!

Many of you have probably been to Cancun but true Mexican relaxation and romance filled resorts await about 45 minutes to the south on the less crowded, more sophisticated Mexican Riviera. The Globetrotting Groom and I recently visited and I’ve got the scoop on two of the area’s best spots for an amazing wedding, honeymoon or both?

The Fairmont Mayakoba is part of the upscale Mayakoba resort community. While the property is built around 240 acres of canals, shoreline and mangrove forests, it has a very intimate feel. You can bike to the beach, take a scenic boat tour or just explore by foot. We stayed in one of the two-story Casitas with an amazingly comfortable king bed, lots of living space, a furnished patio and a very luxurious and oversized bathroom (think soaker tub, separate shower, and marble everywhere).

[Globetrotting Groom says: I liked how the tub felt like it was almost outdoors…it was right in front of a glass wall, that opened onto a private little outdoor space.]

If you’re looking for a plush pad, check out these Oceanfront Deluxe Suites with private infinity pools belowand of course there are plenty of specialty suites and two presidential suites if you’re looking to go all out.

Aside from the beach, you have a choice of so many gorgeous pools (the infinity edge adults only pool is my favorite, and the backdrop for many of my ring shots). Wish I was here right now…

[GTG says: The main pool sort of meandered, with lots of little nooks and crannies to make it feel more private.]

You’ll love the super friendly staff (William makes the best margaritas), laid back ambiance and the lush,tropical grounds.

[GTG says: The staff was amazing, and they remembered our names. And when I wanted to arrange a special romantic surprise for the Globetrotting Bride, the staff helped me plan all the details. They made me look good!]

This place would be a great spot for destination weddings, honeymoons and proposal trips too! And, if you sign up for their free Fairmont President’s Club you get perks such as free internet, phone calls, gym access and more. Check their site for ongoing packages.

Just down the road, The Mandarin Oriental Riviera Maya has a completely different vibe. The property is stunning in a very modern, “Miami meets Mexico” kind of way. The pool area is tres chic and so are all the restaurants. If you’re more “martini” than “margarita,” you’ll want to check out the amazing martini menu at the Mandarin Bar.

The tranquil grounds feature six art courtyards with sculptures by local artists, as well as gardens, modern outdoor seating areas and acres of lush tropical forest.

[GTG says: some of my favorite suites were the ones around the art-filled courtyards. One side opens onto the courtyards, and the other side (with the private plunge pools) faces some secluded canals.]

The rooms and suites are decorated in a minimalist style with modern decor, gorgeous artwork, all the comforts of home (ipod docks, Plasma TV, etc.) and enormous bathrooms (think onyx and marble, double rainforest showers, outdoor stone bathtubs, etc.).

Most accommodations offer some sort of water view (Caribbean, lagoon or freshwater lake) and many have private pools and roof decks. How nice are these Palafito villas?

The beachfront Presidential Suite is stunning with two stories, three bedrooms, a chef’s kitchen, a swimming and lap pool, private butler and the biggest walk in closets I’ve ever seen in a hotel.

[GTG says: Seriously, the kitchen in the Presidential Suite is amazing. Outfitted with top end appliances including built-in deep fryer, steamer, and grill, plus a high-output wok burner. They say the Mandarin Oriental’s chef will come prepare dinner for you, but I don’t think I could let him take over this awesome kitchen. I’d probably spend the whole vacation cooking!]

Wedding and honeymoon packages are available and there are also a number of vacation packages.

[GTG says: What about the luxurious and pampering spas? Even us manly men need to be treated once in a while!] NOTE: The spas are really, really great. I’ll write more about them in a future post so stay tuned.

Both properties offer an ideal location for day trips to the area’s many attractions including Tulum, Xcaret, Chichen-Itza and Coba. If you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll find Jungle Crossing packages (4×4 trekking with snorkeling and kayaking) and Maya Zip-Line and More (zip-lines, biking, snorkeling and traditional Mayan purification ceremony).

Click here to find out more about the area’s activities.