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We’re Janice and George Mucalov, a Canadian couple with a passion for travel journalism.

Between us, we’ve traveled to all 7 continents. And we love sharing our tips on planning the best trips possible (close-to-home and afar)! Read more about us and Sand In My Suitcase.

Us, hanging out in Los Cabos, Mexico

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Mexico on your mind?

If you’re planning a Mexico vacay, hop on over to our Mexico travel guide for essential Mexico information and tips. You’ll find more than 70 Mexico travel articles here!

We’ve explored the country extensively – from magical colonial cities like San Miguel de Allende to Mexican beach towns in the fabled Riviera Maya.

Los Cabos travel

Within Mexico, we’ve traveled to Los Cabos (aka Cabo) dozens of times over the past 20+ years. We have a timeshare in Cabo San Lucas, so we visit Cabo at least once a year – and when we go, we typically stay for 3 to 6 weeks.

As a result, we’ve written a complete Los Cabos travel guide just on Cabo!

Two must-read articles on Cabo

For more information on Cabo

See our Cabo Visitor travel blog – it’s all about this desert-meets-the-sea destination! (Can you tell we love Cabo?)

Visit British Columbia (our home)

BC's parliament building in Victoria
BC’s parliament building in Victoria

British Columbia (BC for short) is Canada’s westernmost province. It’s our home – and you’ll love visiting it.

Find our BC travel articles, all neatly organized in our handy British Columbia travel guide.

Two must-read articles on BC

Europe travel

We’ve written a comprehensive Europe travel guide plus 76+ other travel articles and itineraries covering Europe.


Beautiful beach towns surrounded by medieval walls. (Don’t miss Split, built around Diocletian’s Palace.) Delicious wine. Adriatic waters bluer than the blues of your dreams. That’s Croatia!

For the ultimate trip, see our 14-day Croatia itinerary covering the Dalmatian Coast.

We’re taking a photo break on a bicycle-and-wine-tasting tour in Korcula


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.

And there are just as many lovely places to stay on the island.


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.

If you’re planning a vacation to Greece, you might want to check out some hidden gems and unique Greek places to visit – like Kefalonia, Monemvasia and Kythira.


We don’t envy you if you’re trying to decide between Porto and Lisbon.

Lisbon is the colorful capital – it’s a no-brainer to visit. So is Porto worth visiting too? We think so!


When planning your trip to Italy (especially if it’s your first trip), you’ll probably want to visit a mix of two or three grand Italian cities, as well as some beautiful smaller towns or regions in Italy.

Hawaii vacation planning

Hawaii travel planning
The tropical paradise of Hawaii awaits!

Ahhh, the seductive Hawaiian islands

There are so many amazing things to do in Hawaii! Just one example: Hike up Diamond Head for jaw-dropping 360-degree views on Oahu.

Be sure to read our post on how to plan a trip to Hawaii.

And if you’ve never been to Hawaii, we’ve also written a complete guide to visiting Hawaii for the first time.

Some other popular articles on Hawaii

More USA travel escapes

When you need a break from the kids, book an escape to one of these USA hotels with private in-room pools. Several are quite affordable too!

If you’re thinking of visiting California, what about a road trip? Discover 15 quaint and charming Northern California coastal towns on this road trip between Morro Bay and Trinidad.

On the other side of the country in NYC, the Metropolitan Museum of Art has more than 2 million pieces of art in its collection. If short on time, you’ll need to focus on exhibits you really must see at the Met.


We’ve also got a penchant for cruise travel.

It’s hard for us to believe, but it’s true! We’ve enjoyed more than 60 different cruises now – on everything from bigger ships like Holland America’s Rotterdam to Windstar Cruises’ smaller luxury yachts.

Heavenly hotels

Luxury hotel
We always love staying in an overwater bungalow

See our hotel guide for curated collections and reviews of many of the hundreds of hotels and resorts that we’ve stayed at around the world.

Some popular hotel articles

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Our top travel tips and resources

Hotels: is great for scoring a “wow” hotel – or at least a decent one. (We especially like their flexible cancellation policy!)

Vacation homes, condos and rentals: We prefer and use Vrbo (Vacation Rentals by Owner).

Tours: For the best local food, walking and other guided tours, plus skip-the-line tickets to attractions, check out Viator (a TripAdvisor company) and GetYourGuide.

Car rental: Renting a car is often one of the best ways to explore off the beaten path. Discover Cars searches car rental companies so you get the best rates.

Travel insurance: SafetyWing is designed for frequent travelers, long-term adventurers and digital nomads. It covers medical expenses, lost checked luggage, trip interruption and more. We also have and recommend Medjet for global air medical transportation and travel security.

Travel gear: See our travel shop to find the best luggage, accessories and other travel gear. (We suggest these comfy travel sandals for city walking, the beach and kicking about.)

Need more help planning your trip? Check out our travel tips and resources guide for airline booking tips, ways to save money, how to find great hotels and other crazy useful trip planning info.

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About the authors

Luxury travel journalists and SATW, NATJA and TMAC “Best Travel Blog” award winners, Janice and George Mucalov are the publishers of Sand In My Suitcase. Between them, they’ve traveled to all 7 continents. See About.

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