Welcome to Sand In My Suitcase, our luxury travel blog with a twist of adventure!
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 like TravelAge West, Islands.com, Cruise & Travel Lifestyles, NUVO, Taste of Life, Interval Words, Travel Professional and Canadian World Traveller.
And we’re tickled that we’ve won many travel writing awards.
But the reason you’ve come here is our blog, Sand In My Suitcase, right?
Start here to go straight to our posts.
A little luxury, a little adventure, lots of tales
We write about luxury adventure travel – and we have a crush on cruising (especially small ship and river cruises).
Yes, that includes luscious five-star hotels and deluxe cruises with suites and butlers. But also expedition ships and more affordable boutique inns oozing charm and character. Venturing off-the-beaten-path. (Mozambique and Komodo Island, say hello!) Even getting a little, er... sandy sometimes, knowing there's always a soft return.
When we travel, you’ll find us hiking, kayaking, bicycling, scuba diving and strolling city streets from end to end (poking our heads into this and that).
Janice never says “no” to a spa treatment.
Ethnic cuisine, good wine and 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.
And if there’s an English book store or coffee shop around, George will find it.
We're not totally hedonistic though :-).
If we can, we prefer to write about hotels, cruises and tours 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:
Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC)
We write what we honestly think
All thoughts, views and words expressed in our travel stories and posts are our own. We adhere to the codes of ethics for professional travel writers set by SATW, TMAC and NATJA; we dish on the good and tell you about the not-so-good.
See Disclosure for more.
Dive into our luxury travel blog
Okay, that's enough about us. Go now and take a peek at some of our travel tales...
What to do in Dresden? Is 2 days in Dresden enough? Yes. You can ogle the Green Vault treasures, bicycle the Elbe, taste Pilsner beer and see Zwinger Palace.
Here’s our guide on how to get from the Venice cruise port to the Santa Lucia train station. Should you do it yourself? Or should you take a taxi to Mestre?