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Travel Tales & Tips

Meghan Perkins'

The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only one page." ~Saint Augustine


Welcome to Travel Tales & Tips! Our ultimate goal is to share our passion for travel and learning about different cultures with others. We publish Travel Tales–anecdotes and human interest stories from around the globe, Travel Tips–ways to save time and skip the lines, Itineraries–recommendations and off-the-beaten path destinations, Photos–images from around the world, and Reviews–honest input and firsthand accounts. We are constantly updating our content, so check back often!

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June 26, 2019

Paella, a specialty in Spain, is a rice dish cooked with saffron and olive oil in a shallow pan.  You can make it with almost anything–seafood, chicken, sausage, vegetables, or any combination of these items.  One of the best seafood paellas I have ever had was at El Caldero in Madrid, Spain.  The rice was perfectly cooked, and the portion was large (one paella made 2 plates like this).

February 26, 2019

Hong Kong and Macau are two of Asia’s most interesting locations.  As Special Administrative Regions of China, they have freedoms not found elsewhere in the country and a completely different look and feel.  Over the course of 3 days we visit Central (Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Park, Shopping, and Star Ferry), Kowloon (Waterfront, Symphony of Lights, and the Temple Street Night Market), Lantau Island (Po Lin Monastery and the Big Buddha), and Macau (casinos and the historic district).

February 1, 2019

Phuket, Thailand has a lot to offer; this video explores the island and some of its best day trips.   Over the course of 3 days, we relax at the resort, soaking up some sun and taking advantage of the gourmet cuisine and free entertainment; venture off the island, and head to Phang Nga Bay for kayaking, cave exploring, and a visit to the famed muslim floating fishing village, Ko Panyee; and take a trip out to the gorgeous Phi Phi Islands for some sun bathing, snorkeling, sightseeing, and general...

December 3, 2018

Once again, we're up early.  It's our last day in Napa, so we want to make the most of it.  We attend the morning yoga class at the hotel again.  This morning, the instructor decides to hold the class on the green behind the pool.  The class today has some pilates moves incorporated.  It's still a relaxing intro level class, but we definitely exert more energy than the day before--it's the perfect workout in the cool morning air, just enough to warm up the body.  After a shower, we decide to sha...

October 23, 2018

We rise at around 6:45am which may seem a bit early on vacation, but we're still acclimating from Eastern Standard Time.  Plus, my husband wants to try the hotel's daily yoga class.  I've never done yoga--I may be the only woman in the U.S. who doesn't own a single pair of yoga pants--but I'm game to see what it's all about.  We grab our morning caffeine fix from the hotel's coffee bar and head to the lobby where the class meets.  It's Saturday, so the hotel is fairly full, and there are a decen...

September 27, 2018

When the opportunity arose to tack on a few nights in Napa during a trip out to Monterey, CA for my graduation from grad school, I jumped at the chance.  Napa's three part mini-series will take you along with us over the course of a weekend as we explore a little slice of this famous valley.

The traffic snaking northward from Monterey up to the Napa Valley slowly chugs along.  We anxiously anticipate our arrival, but it is clear that it will be delayed a bit by the bumper to bumper...

September 17, 2018

I've had to take a bit of a break from writing about my journey through Cuba (new job and finishing up grad school have been keeping me very busy), but I couldn't wait any longer to get this segment completed on the Bay of Pigs!

The Bahía de Cochones–Bay of Pigs in English–is a cerulean blue bay filled with tropical fish located on the southern coast of Cuba.  The bay's modern-day setting evokes a feeling of peace and tranquility.  However, the location is best known to most Americans as the site...

August 26, 2018

Beijing is the capital of China and one of the most populated cities in the world with over 20 million residents. Since the city’s history dates back 3 millennia, there is plenty to see and do here.  Over the course of 2.5 days we visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall at Mutianyu, the Olympic Park, and the Summer Palace.It’s a world away from the United States and the perfect site for travel video #2.

May 20, 2018

San Juan, Puerto Rico is a food lover’s paradise.  The old city center is home to everything from traditional Puerto Rican fare to an authentic German brewpub, all packed into one square mile of colorful, cobbled lanes.  It has been compared to the French Quarter in New Orleans for both its authentic architecture and its phenomenal cuisine, and I can see why.  And like New Orleans, while it is technically a part of the U.S., all of these distinctions make it feel more like a world away....

March 21, 2018

For a long time, my bucket list included the Great Wall of China. It seemed far out of reach–a world away, but before we ‘settled down’ to have children, I told my husband that we had to hit Asia at least once. So, we cashed in all of our frequent flyer miles, and headed off to some of the most exotic places we’ve visited so far. After incredible visits to Cambodia, Thailand, Hong Kong, and Macau–we’ll save those tales for another time–we headed for our last stop: Beijing. I was extremely worrie...

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