Welcome to Sand In My Suitcase!
To dive right in, start here.
This award-winning blog is about luxury travel (splurgey and affordable).
Exploring both 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 interwoven with a twist of adventure!
Who we are
We’re Janice and George Mucalov, once practising lawyers, now travel writers – much more fun, don’t you think?
Passionate travelers, we’ve been roaming the globe ever since we were young. George was born in Romania and raised in Germany. Janice was born in England and raised in Australia. We met in Canada.
We started our travel writing careers as travel journalists contributing to leading print magazines and newspapers like USA Today, Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, South China Morning Post, Islands, Vancouver Sun, TravelAge West and AAA Carolinas GO.
In 2012, Janice launched this luxury adventure travel blog, with George’s enthusiastic support.
Today, it’s a top-ranked source of travel content, welcoming 3.6 million readers annually.
Founder + 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.
Editor + Co-Publisher
George is Janice’s travel companion, researcher, editor and more. Curious about the world, he’s a history and culture buff, stoked to learn about the people and places they visit. He’s said to sound Irish, though he’s never been to Ireland. Yet.
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.
And we know Hawaii intimately.
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.
We’re not totally hedonistic though :-).
We try to travel responsibly. And 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 also like to donate some of what we make each year from our travel writing and blogging to Doctors Without Borders.
We write what we honestly think
All views and opinions 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.
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Okay, that’s enough about us.
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