Sunny South Pacific for Families

School is almost out and of course, it has families thinking of vacation. Now, I may not have a family (unless you count my dog and two cats), but I have plenty of friends who are always looking for new and fun places to take the kids. The South Pacific has so many great options Read More…

North Fijian Culture

Bula!! Just taking advantage of a long layover on my way home from Fiji to tell you all about this fantastic country. Or, as the Fijians would say: Totoka! Over the last 1.5 weeks in Fiji, I enjoyed traveling throughout the Mamanucas, Viti Levu and the Northern Islands, particularly Taveuni. I would like to focus Read More…

African Beach Getaways

We’re still waiting for spring to return to Chicago, which means I’m still thinking of exotic getaways. I’m guessing when most of you think of Africa, you immediately think safari, but did you know there are some amazing beach destinations to be found there, as well? Seychelles, Mauritius and Mozambique offer gorgeous, sandy white beaches Read More…

Warm Fiji Welcome

Hi Again!  I’m so happy we’re telling you about Fiji this week – it’s such a beautiful and special South Pacific jewel!  When I visited last year, I fell in love with the lovely and unique island resorts and most especially, the warm and welcoming Fijian people.  You will be greeted everywhere you go with a Read More…

Our Favorite Beach Vacations

Hi Everyone…Xan here, and as I write this week’s blog, it’s a gloomy, cool and rainy day in Chicago and I think it’s the perfect time to think about a sunny and exotic beach getaway.  We love our South Pacific paradises of the Cook Islands and Bora Bora are excited to share a few of Read More…

Best Beach Destinations

It’s a new year, why not start planning your new travels?  It’s winter here in the Northern Hemisphere and quite a cold one in Chicago.  Needless to say, we are all dreaming of sand between our toes and lying in the warm sunshine.  So stop staring out the window into the grey of winter and Read More…

Island Escape

2015 is coming to a close, what better time to start dreaming up your new year getaway or maybe a special spring break vacation for the family?  An island vacation is perfect for every traveler in the upcoming new year.  From Tahiti and Bora Bora to the Cook Islands, you’ll find there are loads of Read More…

The Tuamotu Atolls – Tahiti

If you’re looking for an exotic getaway, the Tuamotu Atolls are your perfect destination. These atolls are home to some of the best diving in the South Pacific and the most beautiful islands including Fakarava, Manihi, Rangiroa, and Tikehau. Fakarava Known as the Island of Dreams, Fakarava is a protected coral atoll home to a natural Read More…

The Marquesas – A Hidden Gem

G’day mates!  This week we want to explore a little known hidden gem in French Polynesia- the Marquesas Islands.  A vacation in the Marquesas is like no other, discover wild and untamed horses roaming freely through rugged gorgeous terrain, steep volcanic mountains plunging straight into the ocean, and thriving jungles with ancient relics and deep Read More…

Bora Bora – Perfect Island Getaway

Bora Bora is the perfect getaway for honeymooners, adventurers, and anyone looking for some relaxation and sandy white beaches. From diving and snorkeling, lagoon tours and hiking, to parasailing and just lounging in the sunshine, Bora Bora is waiting! You’ll also find no shortage of resorts in Bora Bora, it’s a hot spot for amazing Read More…

The Society Islands: French Polynesia

Have you ever wondered where exactly French Polynesia is? You probably know that Tahiti is located here, but what about the other island paradises in this region? What’s the weather and the culture like? We’ve got the facts! Where exactly is French Polynesia? Located in the South Pacific Ocean, you’ll find 118 islands divided into Read More…

Islands of Australia

G’day mates! Did you know that Australia is fringed by more than 8,000 islands- each of them unique, wonderful and full of amazing wildlife. With SO many incredible islands to choose from, you may get overwhelmed planning your island vacation.  We’ve created a list of some of the top islands of Australia to visit and Read More…