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About Sand In My Suitcase

Welcome to Sand In My Suitcase!

To dive right in, start here.

This blog is about luxury travel (splurgey and affordable).

Exploring exotic and close-to-home places. The wonder of discovering different cultures. Tasting the world via food and wine. Dreaming where to go next.

All weaved with a twist of adventure!

Who we are

We’re Janice and George Mucalov, lawyers by profession, now travel writers – much more fun, don’t you think?

Our travel articles and photos are published in leading U.S. and Canadian magazines and newspapers – and here on our blog.

Janice Mucalov

Founder and Chief Luxury Writer

Driven by wanderlust and an unapologetic taste for traveling in style, Janice is perpetually on the hunt for bucket-list places and experiences to write about. She’s the planner. And the worrywart. Her happy place? Paddling a SUP board.

George Mucalov


George is Janice’s husband, patient travel companion, note-taker, researcher and sometime videographer. Curious about the world, he chases coffee, conversations and books. Real ones too. He’s said to have an Irish accent, though he’s never been to Ireland. Yet.

Best travel blog

We began our luxury travel blog in 2012.

It won 1st Place for “Best Travel Blog” in the 2017 Society of American Travel Writers (Can. chapter) annual awards.

And we’re tickled that we’ve won many more travel writing and blogging awards too!

Our travel style

We confess – we’re luxury lovers.

Yes, that includes swank villa resorts with private pool suites. But also more affordable boutique inns oozing charm and character.

We love venturing off the beaten path. (Africa and Sri Lanka, say hello!)

We’ve visited Mexico (especially Los Cabos) so many times, it’s almost our second home.

And we know Hawaii intimately too.

Discovering all the things to do in Victoria, Canada (where we live) – and within driving distance in beautiful British Columbia (our home province) – is always a joy as well.

Oh, we should mention we have a crush on cruising too, especially small ship and river cruises.

When we travel, you’ll find us hiking, snorkeling and bicycling.

Sussing out cool museums. Gaping at UNESCO sites. Strolling city streets from end to end (poking our heads into this and that).

And taking lots of photos!

Ethnic cuisine and good wine? Losing ourselves in long conversations with local guides and people?

Also a big part of the enjoyment of our travels – which we like to share with you, our readers.

Meaningful travel

We’re not totally hedonistic though :-).

If we can, we prefer to write about hotels, cruises, tours and experiences that help in some way to make this world a better place.

We donate 10% of what we make each year from our travel writing and blogging to Doctors Without Borders.

Travel writing memberships

We’re both members of the Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC).

Janice is also a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA).

We write what we honestly think

All thoughts, views and words expressed in our travel stories and posts are our own. And we dish on the good and tell you about the not-so-good.

We adhere to the codes of ethics for professional travel writers set by SATW, TMAC and NATJA.

Dive into our travel blog!

Okay, that’s enough about us.

Go now and take a peek at our travel blog posts. Start here! This will take you to our destination travel guides, most popular posts and more…

If interested in advertising or partnering with us, see our media kit.

To contact us, please send an email.


Thursday 25th of January 2018

Hello, I saw your Pinterest board Travel The World and it led me here! Love your travel blog and all your amazing photos. I wanted to see if I could possibly be added to the Pinterest board as a collaborator. In any case, we now have a new travel blog to read through in the wee hours of the night!!! Our pinterest is beardandcurly (as well as our blog and other social platforms). Thanks so much for the consideration!


Tuesday 1st of March 2016

So glad l found your blog! Great site and photography. I look forward to diving into the posts :-)

Janice and George

Tuesday 1st of March 2016

Thank you! We're happy you enjoy our blog...

Hung Thai

Friday 19th of February 2016

Hi Janice and George, fellow Pacific Northwesters, just dropping by to say that you have an amazing site and I look forward to reading more. I created a group for travel bloggers who want to connect with each other and would like to invite you to join. Have a great one!


Friday 18th of December 2015

Very nice blog with pleasant writing. Hope you will continue this for a long time!

Chaitali Patel

Monday 30th of November 2015

Stumbled upon your blog and now look forward to keeping up with your travels around the world! :)

Janice and George

Tuesday 1st of December 2015

Happy you enjoy our blog :-)