Welcome to Sand In My Suitcase!
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?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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…