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Contents: Quick guide to Sand In My Suitcase

6 Travel guides

  • BC (Canada) guide
  • Cabo San Lucas (Mexico) guide
  • Mexico guide
  • Africa guide
  • Greece guide
  • Cruise guide

Travel planning

  • Hawaii
  • Bali
  • Great hikes
  • Travel law

Airline reviews

Hotel reviews

Popular posts

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Journey through our 6 travel guides

Travel Journey

When you need to dig deep, the following indepth destination guides have got you covered.

They cover places and experiences we know intimately – British Columbia, Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Africa, Greece and cruising.

What to do? Where to stay? How to get around?

These 6 travel guides crush it!

Best Travel Guides

1) BC, Canada

BC is our home! We’d love you to come and visit!

We’ve written tons about BC. Like all the best things to do in Victoria (where we live). And bicycling around Stanley Park in Vancouver.

See our: Beautiful British Columbia Travel Guide

2) Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

We’ve traveled to Los Cabos dozens of times over the past 15 years.

We tell you about everything from the top hotels in Cabo (interested in the $25,000 gold-flaked taco at the Grand Velas Los Cabos?) to the best airport transfers.

See our: Los Cabos Holiday Guide

3) Mexico

Mexico is one of our favorite countries to visit!

Its beach destinations are great to escape to in winter. And the colonial cities in Mexico are beautiful.

See our: Ultimate Mexico Travel Guide

4) Africa

Africa was our dream.

We finally made that happen on a “Big 5″ safari in Zambia and South Africa. And because once was not enough, we returned to Africa again for more heart-pumping safari adventures in Zimbabwe, Botswana and Zambia.

We’ve also visited Egypt twice and spent weeks in Mozambique and Zanzibar.

See our: Luxury Africa Travel Guide and Safari Planner

5) Greece

With come-hither islands, white-washed villages clinging to sea cliffs and ancient archaeological sites, Greece is a dream destination.

We’ve stayed in Athens, Mykonos, Santorini, Crete and Rhodes (and day-tripped on many islands) – and we can’t wait to explore more unique places in Greece. (Kefalonia, you’re on our radar!)

See our: Stylish Greece Travel Guide

6) Cruises

From river cruises to adventure cruises (explore amazing places in Antarctica!) to sailing on clipper ships, there are so many different ways to cruise. We love this way of seeing the world (especially the best new cruise ships)!

See our: Ultimate Cruise Guide

Travel planning

Here are some other posts and ideas to help with your trip planning.

Hawaii on your mind?

Hawaii travel planning


Botanical gardens. Hiking coastal trails. Learning about monk seals. There are plenty of Kauai activities to enjoy beyond the beach!

Also check out these 9 beautiful Kauai hotels.


Rock these 9+ things to do on Lanai (and get off the grid too).


Thinking about Maui? How do you choose between Maui or Kauai?

If you love chasing waterfalls, Maui is a winner; many of the most beautiful waterfalls in Maui are found on the oh-so-scenic Road to Hana.

And talk about Maui’s honeymoon hotels! From budget to splurge, they’re very romantic.

Where to stay in Bali

So many fabulous resorts in Bali. How to choose?

Romantic? Beach lover? We’ve sussed out 14 of the best luxury hotels in Bali to suit your hotel style.

3 top hikes in the world

South Africa | Hiking up Table Mountain in Cape Town isn’t exactly a walk in the park. But the views on top are epic!

Madeira | The levada trails criss-crossing the Portuguese island of Madeira follow historic irrigation channels. They lead to beautiful waterfalls and mountaintop villages.

BC, Canada | Will you see bears on the Joffre Lakes hike?

Travel law

Yes, there is such a thing! As lawyers in our previous lives, we couldn’t resist disclosing the dirt on some of the most infamous travel law cases.

See Travel law: Court cases of trips that really sucked

Airline reviews

EVA Air | We’ll fly EVA Air Economy again!

Emirates | What’s it like to fly Economy Class on Emirates?

Qatar | What’s Economy Class on Qatar Airways like?

Linhas Aereas de Mozambique | Should you fly LAM, Mozambique’s national airline?

South African Airways | Our SAA review covers flying in both Economy Class and Business Class

Hotel reviews

Looking for romantic hotels in Europe?

Or are you trying to decide which resort with overwater bungalows in Bora Bora is right for you?

See our hotel reviews of many of the hundreds of hotels and resorts we’ve stayed at around the world.

Articles on Greece


Hey, did you know it’s illegal to wear high heels at the Acropolis? And 1 in 3 Greeks on the island of Ikaria live into their 90’s!

These 100+ facts about Greece are loads of fun.


Discover 15 quaint and charming Northern California coastal towns on a road trip between Morro Bay and Trinidad.


Daydreaming of a beach escape? You’ll love these prettiest beaches in the world.


Here’s the perfect 2-week Turkey itinerary for a luxury trip.

Oooh! These 5 top hammams in Istanbul are cat-nip for luxury lovers.


There are so many delightful things to do in Mallorca – from swimming in idyllic coves and hiking ancient donkey trails to touring manor houses oozing history.

See our latest posts