Best Beaches

Looking to get away for a well-deserved vacation?  Nothing beats a trip to the beach!

I know I was ready as soon as my roof sprung a leak, and the roofers told me it needed to be replaced.  Luckily, insurance covered the costs.  All I had to do was call up Alpharetta Roofers and they took care of it. But I digress.

Whether you’re traveling with the family, or with friends, it is hard to argue with a trip to the beach.  Imagine a vibrant sun and very light wind keeping you in your optimal relaxation zone.  Sure you have been to the beach in the next town over, but there are many gorgeous beaches all over the world that are beckoning you for a visit!  Here are ideas for some of the best beaches to visit for your next vacation!

Lets start with the sub-continent of India.  Though not often thought of for it’s beaches, Goa which lies on the western coast of India, is loaded with some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.  While most people think of India for it’s scorching heat, Goa counteracts the overwhelming effects of both the sun and heat with very relaxing gusts of wind.  With heavy influences from the Portuguese, Goa offers a very diverse and delicious food menu as well.  The most expensive part about Goa is actually getting there.  However once there, it is one of the most cost friendly beaches in the world.  With a booming nightlife, Goa offers visitors relaxation during the day, and fun during the night!  Be sure to put Goa at the top of your list.

Next, lets go to Australia, which is one of the most beautiful countries in the world.  Australia boasts the beautiful Whitehaven beach.  It is one of the cleanest beaches in the world, and is swimmable for those that love to get in the water.  Famous for the whiteness of the sand, Whitehaven beach offers families a safe and relaxing vacation.  Though Australia is generally very hot, the white sand does an excellent job dissipating heat, making o walking on the beach quite pleasant.

We couldn’t have a list of best beaches in the world without discussing the Caribbean of course.  Anguilla is a part of the Leeward Islands, and is one of the most gorgeous beaches that the Carribean has to offer.  Though very hot as well, the beach is very relaxing due to consistently strong winds from the northeast.  One of the best parts about visiting the beaches of Anguilla is the cuisine.  With influences from the English, Spanish and French, the food is very distinct and delicious.

Indonesia boasts arguable the most gorgeous beach in the world.  The island of Bali is located in the Lesser Sunda Islands, and is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the world.  Bali has a gorgeous climate, and boasts some of the most unique fruits that exist in the world.  Part of the experience is in experimenting with the fruits themselves, as they not only extremely sweet and succulent, but vibrantly colored unlike fruits anywhere else.

Kauai boasts natural beauty unlike most beaches in the world.    In particular the Po’ipu and Hanakapi’ai beach are the most popular on the island.  Kauai not only has excellent food, and a beautiful climate, but is a tree lovers utopia, boasting some of the most beautiful palm trees in the world.

Though we briefly discussed just a few of the most beautiful beaches to take a vacation to, there are many others as well around the world!

How to save money on plane tickets

Tired of those links to sign up for a credit card because of some deal to fly cheaper?  What about those links that tell you that if you get enough frequent flyer miles, and sign up for whatever promotion, then you will be able to fly cheaper?  Perhaps these methods are legitimate and work, but that’s not what you are looking for is it?  Flying is expensive, and you want the cheapest options you can find!  There is a secret I will share with you for finding these cheap flights because they do exist; you just need to know how to find them.  Depending on where you want to go, and where you are coming from, a flight could be a huge range of prices.

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How I honeymooned in Hawaii for only $1500

How I honeymooned in Hawaii for only $1500!

Celebrating a new marriage surrounded by friends and family is fun, eventful, but usually expensive in American culture. Everyone says that your wedding day is supposed to be the “best day of your life.” Personally, I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off dealing with being sent the wrong cake, PC problems for the DJ, and a clueless florist. It was wild and hectic and I couldn’t wait to board a plane and arrive on a beach in the middle of the ocean. But, like most modern day Americans, I had a strict budget for the whole fiasco. I didn’t want to miss out on an amazing honeymoon by spending way too much for a wedding. So, I figured out how to get everything I wanted for both my wedding day AND honeymoon. Instead of a win-lose situation, I choose to have a win-win situation.

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When to Drive and When to Fly

I am not a fan of long-distance driving. Yes, road trips are fun, but there’s a limit for me.  Sitting for hours on end, listening to the same music over and over, going stir crazy, and suffering from malnutrition due to eating only gas station food is not my ideal Saturday.

I have a theory that I will explain later. But first, let’s break this down into two categories: cost and comfort.  A lot of people opt to drive to save money.  Some fly for comfort.  Who wouldn’t want to sleep for 1.5 hours instead of drive for 8 hours?

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Why I Will Never Stay at Another Vacation Resort

It was my girlfriend’s birthday, and I wanted to go above and beyond with the gift.  She is Hispanic and loves to travel.  We already had a plan to travel to Mexico the following year, so I decided to go somewhere else.  She had recently expressed desire to visit the Caribbean, so I found a great deal on Groupon.  Or at least I thought it was.  It was an all-inclusive trip for 2 to the Viva Wyndham Resort in the Bahamas.  The cost was $699 per person including air fare, 5 nights in the resort hotel, all you can eat, all you can drink, and many events and activities.  Sounded amazing, so I bit.

Since I had never been, I did not know the biggest differences between staying at a resort and flying solo.  But since I was so inexperienced, I took the lazy man’s route.  But it was more ignorance than laziness. I wanted to do something safe.  And I do not mean safe in terms of crime, but safe in terms of not showing my girlfriend a bad time on her birthday.  I didn’t want to spend my time scratching my head and struggling to find fun activities.  I am a simple accountant for a moving company in the Atlanta area, trying to impress the love of my life.
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My Birthday Travels on a Budget

It was nearing my 21st birthday. I had the choice of celebrating in my apartment-which wasn’t a bad view, with beautiful skies overlooking the bay, bustling townspeople from atop a penthouse, quiet, with a spiral staircase that swiveled right  into the living room…so many choices. I thought I’d rather get out of town and see what the Rest of Rio de Janeiro had to offer-Only one problem, it was the beginning of winter there and while it was no comparison to winters back home in Chicago, it was definitely a rainy one. My roommate and I went to work immediately researching every pousada in town. Finally we came up with a plan to take a bus out of town (2 hours), then another bus (3 ½ hours) to an island only accessible by boat and there I had the greatest 21st birthday that a girl could ask for. Continue reading

Tips for Cheap Travel

No matter where you are traveling, Asia or Europe, you should follow this guide:

Establish your budget, and timeline

I researched pousadas that took US currency or credit cards, and were English speaking about a week in advance.


See if where you are going is walkable

The island was accessible via the ocean but also had a mainland that we could explore. All free activities, like sight seeing, and exploring the island. Continue reading