Beyond Seattle: The San Juan Islands

Seattle has some obvious “must visit” spots that show up on every list just like most metropolitan cities. There’s that giant needle in the sky: the Space Needle. Of course, you must go see the fishmongers at Pike Place Market do their thing: which is throwing huge fish around like it’s their job. Around the corner from the market is the famous gum wall which is exactly what it sounds like. You can’t miss the absolutely stunning blown glass at the Chihuly Garden and Glass, and there’s the very first Starbuck’s cafe to sip a latte. These locations are all Read More

May bridal / wedding / honeymoon headlines

Bridal Guide offers 7 tips for the perfect honeymoons. Newsweek suggests the best LGBT honeymoon destinations. BRIDES shares ideas for making weddings less wasteful (plus its picks of the most sustainable wedding venues). In the “Can you believe that?” department, this bride stole her neighbor’s flowers for her wedding – and, this bride gave live goldfish as wedding favors (things didn’t turn out well for the fish). Here’s the newest wedding trend: multiple ceremonies to accommodate different cultural and religious backgrounds. BRIDES offers its picks for the best wellness-focused destination wedding venues – plus, it suggests Botswana as a bucket-list Read More

Seven tips to pick your destination wedding location

Seven continents, 195 countries, and seven oceans in the world. Given this, figuring out where in the world to have your destination wedding can be intimidating, to say the least. Travel guides, blogs, wedding sites, and your best friend’s mom are all giving recommendations of where the best location will be. But ultimately, the decision is entirely up to you and your partner. Having a destination wedding has a whole slew of positives. Unlike a wedding at home, you can control the exclusive guest list better. Often times destination weddings are cheaper, and you can spend more time with loved Read More

The Best Places to Honeymoon in October

It’s no secret wedding planning is involved. One day you find the absolute best photographer and the next day your step-aunt has decided she’s coming with her two children you’ve never met, despite not actually getting formally invited. The reward for all of this, aside from the obvious, is the perfect honeymoon. And you get to be selfish about every choice you make from the destination to the activities, it’s all up to you and your partner and you don’t have to please or take input from anyone else! But if you’re a little stumped about where to take your Read More

Five Things To Do in the First Month of Destination Wedding Planning

Planning your wedding is exciting enough as it is, but planning a destination wedding brings that excitement to a whole ‘nother level. You’re about to start this new chapter in life with the person you love most in the world, and you’re doing so in a place the two of you have always wanted to visit. What more could you ask for? However, it can be tricky to figure out where to even begin with the planning process for an event like this. So, to help you get on the right track, here are a few suggestions for to-dos to Read More

Want to lighten your load? Here are 6 bright ideas

These days, it costs a lot of money to check bags on a flight — even just one bag. Check two or more, and you can easily start racking up fees that are half the price of a plane ticket. Plus, as many international travelers find, that huge suitcase on wheels that rolls effortlessly through airport hallways suddenly becomes a major hassle and backache on uneven, narrow sidewalks, in tiny taxi cabs, or in utterly charming 17th-century hotels with no working elevators. But sometimes it’s tough to break the over-packing habit.   Here are six ideas, ranging from easy-peasy to Read More

Where is the World is Cindi Spring 2019

Spring is definitely in the air, and I am excited to share with you what has been happening with Awaken Travels and my family. We have been traveling full time since the end of November and admittedly we had kind of a rough start. We all got sick with the flu before we arrived in Mexico and we kept recycling it for the entire 21-day stay in Mexico. Luckily for us, things have definitely started to improve both in luck and health and we are currently living in Fauquier, British Columbia until the end of May. 2018 was a year Read More

Best Spa Retreats in The United States

Not all of the best vacations require a passport. Some destinations within the United States are perfect for your romantic getaway. From the sunny shores of California to the history rich areas of New England, the United States has some serious gems to explore. Although some of our favorite special spots are far away from our home country, we love domestic travel too. We especially love domestic travel when it comes to finding the best spa retreats. Why would I stay stateside? We understand – the foreign destinations can sometimes have more appeal. It’s more of journey, a little more Read More

April bridal / wedding / honeymoon headlines

BRIDES suggests options for unique honeymoons: cruises, Kenya, and filming locations from the “Game of Thrones” TV series. Martha Stewart Weddings highlights five reasons why you don’t need to leave the United States to have a fantastic honeymoon. We love all of the ideas in this article. Our own backyard really does have so much to offer. No passport required. This writer tackles work-related wedding and honeymoon questions (e.g., must you invite your boss to your wedding?) BRIDES also covers their best tips for perfectly executing a destination proposal. VOGUE highlights the eight wedding dress trends from the spring 2020 Read More

The Best Activities for a Family Vacation in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is a treasure-trove destination for couples and families alike full of wonderful discoveries. The country is incredibly travel-friendly and easy to navigate which makes it a great destination whether it’s your first trip abroad or the 20th. This charming country that borders the North Sea has deep history to learn from, delicious food, cheese and wine to indulge in and plenty of activities to keep the whole family happy. We especially love the Netherlands for a family vacation because of the huge emphasis on healthy family life which leads to some great attractions for every age. Did we Read More