Month: December 2020

15 of the Best Things to Do in Oaxaca

Enjoy this guest post by Dottie, of Dots on a Map, a travel blog for adventurous eaters:

This year, I was fortunate to visit Oaxaca for my second time. My first time was in 2017, and I was immediately charmed by the city’s cobblestone streets, majestic cathedrals, and bustling marketplaces.

And the food! From complex mole sauces and succulent grilled meats to meat-stuffed tlayudas and crunchy cricket snacks, Oaxaca has a little something to please everyone. 

Thinking about taking a trip to Oaxaca yourself? Here are 15 things to do that offer a little bit of everything — culture, history, nature, and good eats:

1. Take a Free Walking Tour 

Intriguing wall art

Walking tours are a great way to get your bearings in a new place. Seasoned local guides can teach you about a destination’s culture and history, and you may even pick up a few friends to

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Why You Should Not Earn World of Hyatt Globalist in 9 Nights

Free breakfast, free suite upgrades, early check-in, and late checkout, what’s not to like? You can shortcut your way to all these perks as a World of Hyatt Globalist after only 9 nights. But here’s why you shouldn’t.

Reader, Sagy, texted me to ask about the World of Hyatt Globalist shortcut.

“I got approved for the World of Hyatt card. I’m going for Globalist. Does this mean that I now only need 20 nights since in 2021 they give Globalist at 30?”

World of Hyatt has reduced the elite status requirements for 2021. You can earn Globalist status after only 30 nights.

Pro-tip: New World of Hyatt cardholders earn 10 tier qualifying nights their first year.

As such, with the reduced elite requirement for next year, you would only need 20 hotel stays to qualify for Globalist status.

Pro-tip: You can shorten that to 9 nights

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15 of the Best National Parks to Visit in the Winter

Most people tend to plan their vacations for the summer months, but visiting national parks during the winter can offer a different perspective to some of the most beautiful sights in the USA.

Plus, many national parks that are packed during the summer months can offer smaller crowds and better conditions when the weather is cooler. The following are some of the best national parks to visit during the winter:

1. Yosemite National Park – California

yosemite winter hikes

The sights in Yosemite are as breathtaking in the winter as they are during other seasons, but are not visited quite as often. While millions of people visit the park between the months of April and October, they often stay away when the snow comes. Visiting during the winter months ensures that you get a more secluded experience with the beauty of the park.

While the weather determines whether or not some roads are

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8 of the Best Festive Airbnb Experiences

The holiday season certainly looks different this year than it did last Christmas. For a lot of us, it can be an isolating time where we would love to be able to experience the holidays with our friends and family. 

But there are some creative ways that people are virtually getting together, whether it’s with loved ones or new people online via virtual experiences. 

The following is a list of some of the best holiday and anytime-themed Airbnb experiences to jump into on your own, share with others, or send them as gifts – it’s the season of gifting, afterall:

1. Vegan baking 

If you’re like me and you have a sweet tooth mixed with a penchant for baking shows (Great British Bake Off anyone?), you may have found yourself wondering if you couldn’t just make some delicious baked goods at home.

But baking isn’t like ‘normal’ cooking where a

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The Perfect 2021 Baja California Sur Road Trip Itinerary

The plane glided overhead, me eagerly watching the landscape below as we made for Cabo, cerulean lagoon after rolling mountain populating the landscape of the peninsula. 

One could see the entire width of Baja from the window seat. The mountains made way for washes, carved by water that used to roam through it in abundance, now literal wrinkles in time for wild mile after wild mile of that arid desert. Home to cacti, low bushes, and a surprising abundance of life both in the mountains and the sea, I was witnessing the rugged beauty of Baja California Sur unfold. 

I had two weeks ahead of me to road trip through Baja California Sur in Mexico, beginning in San Jose del Cabo. We took this trip in November-December 2020, so this information is current with COVID regulations. The following is the itinerary, with some additional suggestions added in so that you

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What to Expect When Visiting Eagle Beach in Aruba

Eagle Beach in Aruba is considered one of the most excellent beaches to visit on the island. In 2019, it was ranked as the third best beach in the world by TripAdvisor Traveler’s Choice Awards.

The pristine white shoreline meshes with turquoise waves, creating a scene similar to a Hollywood interpretation of paradise. 

This post has everything you need to know about visiting Eagle Beach in Aruba, including how to find it, what to do there, and where to stay:

How to get to Eagle Beach:

aruba things to do eagle beach

Eagle beach is easily accessible, with plenty of free parking options in a lot near the beach and parallel parking throughout surrounding streets. Public transportation is also another way to go. Arubus offers options for getting to and from the beach at around $2.60 per trip, or taxis can be hired from many local companies, including Aruba Taxi Company.

If you plan on

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