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GoPro Karma Drone footage over Queen's Bath, Kauai

Queen’s Bath, Kauai – GoPro Footage

February 12, 2018 |
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My husband and I hiked to Queen’s Bath while we were on Kauai for his birthday in November.  Kauai is a favorite vacation spot for us and we find ourselves returning time and time again.  It’s unlike other Hawaiian islands, as it is smaller and easier to drive around. 

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Park Hyatt Mallorca Cap Vermell Residence

Review – Park Hyatt Mallorca

December 10, 2017 |
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In September, I had an opportunity to stay at the Park Hyatt Mallorca at the end of Megado 2017.  After a whirlwind trip with fellow Megado-ers, ending at the Park Hyatt Mallorca was a welcome ending to an eventful day.

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Front entrance of the Park Hyatt Vienna

Park Hyatt Vienna Review

October 3, 2017 |
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I recently had the opportunity to stay at the Park Hyatt Vienna before attending Megado 2017 in Europe.   I had never been to Vienna before and since I had a few days before Megado started, I wanted to stay in the middle of the action. The Park Hyatt Vienna fit my needs perfectly.

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New Design of The Traveling Empty Nester

September 12, 2017 |
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You may have noticed a few changes to my blog, The Traveling Empty Nester: a new logo, a new look, and feel, a cleaner design.  When I started this blog in January, I wasn’t sure what it would become.  I also wasn’t sure if I would have the time or…

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Hyatt Zilara Montego Bay

Hyatt Zilara Rose Hall Review

August 1, 2017 |
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A couple of weeks ago, my friend and I were able to travel to Jamaica for a long weekend at the Hyatt Zilara.  While it didn’t start off that great, we had a wonderful time and would definitely return.

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Hospiten Montego Bay

That Time I Ended Up in a Hospital in Jamaica

July 26, 2017 |
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When my friend and I decided to go to Jamaica for a long weekend, being a patient at a local hospital was NOT on the itinerary. We both work full-time jobs, so we only had time for a three day weekend.

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Floyd’s Pelican Bar – Jamaica

July 19, 2017 |
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We were able to visit the Pelican Bar on Jamaica during our last visit to the island.  If you haven’t been out there, go! It is seriously one of the coolest bars I have ever been to.

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Cozumel Bar Hop

Cozumel Bar Hop Review

July 5, 2017 |
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What kind of excursion do you look for when you want to see four pretty beaches, cool bars and have someone else drive you around the island of Cozumel?  It’s the Cozumel Bar Hop!  We had the opportunity to do this excursion on our recent cruise on Harmony of the Seas, and I must say, it was one of the best excursions we have ever done.

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Specialty Dining on Harmony of the Seas

June 20, 2017 |
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On our recent cruise on Harmony of the Seas, we were able to experience a variety of Specialty Dining restaurants since we were in a Star Class Suite (a Two Bedroom Aquatheater Suite).

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Harmony of the Seas Heliport

Royal Caribbean’s Royal Genie

June 8, 2017 |
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On our latest cruise on Harmony of the Seas, we sailed in a Star Class suite, which gave us access to a Genie (Daniel, in our case).  Genies can be thought of as  “Super-Concierges”; they are there to make your cruise as effortless as possible.  And Daniel did just that for us.

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Harmony of The Seas Aquatheater Suite

June 5, 2017 |
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My family and I just returned from our week on Harmony of the Seas, staying in a two-bedroom Aquatheater Suite.  This suite is part of Royal Caribbean’s Star Program, which provides a Genie for the week.

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Sunset on Oasis of the Seas

Packing for a Cruise

May 24, 2017 |
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As we begin to get ready for our upcoming cruise, I realize how much I hate packing! But for those folks who have never been on a cruise, I thought it might be helpful to create some lists of what and what not to pack.

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