Exhale – We’ve Arrived at Marriott, Grand Cayman

Marriott Grand Cayman Beach View

2013 was an amazing year filled with family, travel, and adventure, but sometimes we just need a minute to exhale. Today, we arrived at Grand Cayman Marriott and that’s exactly what we did – breathed out, relaxed, and took it all in.  Continue reading

My 2014 Bucket List will be Completely, Unbelievably Insane

Hawaii - The Big Island

Some people create a list because they are dying, I created one because I want to live! I want every day to be better than the last and every day to be the best day of my life. Is that completely insane? Ridiculous? Good! Last year’s bucket list included unrealistic dreams like visiting 10 new countries, reaching 20 million blog views, attending NBA All-Star weekend, and night snorkeling with manta rays in Hawaii. But I want this year to be even more outside of the box. I’d like your suggestions. I currently have 25 items so I need 25 more. I don’t have endless funding or access to private jets or yachts, but I do have an incurable drive to make all of my dreams a reality. What’s an extreme adventure that I’m missing? Where is the best, family-friendly, travel destination?  What’s something so bizarre that I just might want to give it a try? Help bring my 2014 list to new heights. Continue reading

10 Great Ways to Get Noticed as a Blogger

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If you’re new to blogging, it can seem impossible to make a name for yourself among the hundreds, or more likely thousands, of bloggers out there covering the same topic, but don’t let that discourage you. Everyone had to start somewhere. I’ve compiled a list of ten things that worked for me. Of course, not every technique will be right for your blog; hopefully, these techniques will help you build a foundation for success over time. Continue reading

A Regular Thursday Night in Aruba

Delicious Aruban food, handicrafts, drinks, a center stage of activities, and a mini Mardi Carubbian Festival, ArubaGras of dancing, customs and music came together tonight to create an explosion of fun. The coolest part – it’s a regular Thursday night in Aruba at the Carubbian Festival.

The Carubbian Festival takes place in San Nicolas every Thursday night from 6:00 pm – 10 pm, showcasing the multicultural charms of Aruba. Closed to traffic, the main street becomes a paved stage for dancers, including me, and live, interactive entertainment for the whole family.

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Just Can’t Wait for My Jordan Journey

Jerash, Amman, desert castles, Karak, Madaba, Mount Nebo, Ma’In Hot Springs, Dana My Jordan JourneyBiosphere Reserve, Wadi Rum, Aquaba, the Dead Sea, and the Red Sea were all part of my Jordan journey. It will take several days and maybe even weeks of posting to cover all of my amazing experiences and give you a proper tour of Jordan. If you just can’t wait for my Jordan journey, you can check out my Facebook and Instagram for more photos and a faster glimpse into life in Jordan.

See you later today for my experience at The Dead Sea, one of the most spectacular natural and spiritual landscapes in the world!

Then, I started blogging. It was the accumulation of all of my dreams come true.

For the last two months, I’ve been posting about The Biggest, Baddest Bucket List Costa Rica White Watercontest; after all, no contest exists that is more fitting for Bucket List Publications. Following my dreams of traveling and experiencing life to the fullest has taught me that the world is full of endless possibilities and Bucket List Publications is the accumulation of all of my wildest dreams come true. The Biggest Baddest Bucket List contest, though, is like my bucket list on steroids. With only 9 days left to vote, I’m currently in 1st place for a trip around the world and $50,000! I’m going to win… with your help.  Continue reading

Bucket List Publications Interviews

As one last big push for votes in the Biggest, Baddest Bucket List Contest this week, I’d MYBBB Contestlove to open up the lines for interviewing and posts about Bucket List Publications and My Destinations’s Biggest, Baddest Bucket List Contest.

Ultimate Life Bucket List

Some people create a bucket list because they are dying; I created one because I Collage Travel
want to live!

What’s on your bucket list? You can submit your bucket list or your bucket list adventures to Bucket List Publications or [email protected] for publication. Share your goals and find inspiration in the accomplishments of others.

The more unrealistic we are with our dreams and goals, the more we’re able to achieve!

My life list is ever-changing, always growing; that’s why I create a yearly list. My 2012 Bucket List included things like fly a jetpack, swim with whale sharks, experience aerobatics in a biplane, and delivery my baby girl.  My 2013 Bucket List is well under way; there are 50 items on this year’s list so I have a fun year ahead.

Overall, these are the things I’d like to accomplish in my life. I usually choose from these each year and add new ones as I see fit.

“The purpose of life, after all, is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experiences.”

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If You Could Make Someone’s Bucket List Dreams a Reality, Would You?

If you could make someone’s bucket list dreams a reality, would you? It’s time! Click on this link and vote as many ways as possible. By voting, you will be part of making all of my bucket list dreams come true.

Some people create a bucket list because they are dying, I created one because I want to live! 

Six months, six continents, ALL EXPENSES PAID, my choice of destinations, and MyBBB$50,000 cash when I return. Does it get any better than that?

With 30 days until entries close, I am currently in 2nd place in My Destination’s Biggest, Baddest Bucket List! There is a lot of contest left though and I’d like to remain at the top of the pack going into the next round. I’ve been working hard to maintain my status, gaining interviews with the Cape Breton Post and the Halifax Herald, but I still need your regular votes.

It’s Your Choice: Bland or Orgasmic

We like to dine out. With a 9 month old and work and laundry and cleaning and getting Print Works Bistro Settingready for a new house and life, we like to dine out. It’s easy to say, “Darren I’ve been home all day. Let’s go out for something to eat.” But going out for dinner every other night of the week can be costly so we usually end up at fast food restaurants and eating unhealthy food, continuing the cycle of bland dining experiences. A chef recently said to me, “You can waste your money eating out regularly to fill the void or you can dine out once-and-awhile and make it an occasion. A celebration of food and life.” I liked that philosophy and I’ve been trying to incorporate it into our lives ever since. This past weekend we celebrated dining at Print Works Bistro. We ordered appetizers, entrees, and dessert; we had extraordinary flavors in a vibrant surrounding, making dining a true celebration.   Continue reading