Nov 222012
 
A Gift Shopping Secret to Save Money and Boost Love

According to the theory “The 5 Love Languages,” each person has a different ranking of the following five manners of showing and receiving love: Words of Affirmation, Acts of Service, Receiving Gifts, Quality Time, and Physical Touch.

What this means is that there is a whole set of people (myself included) for whom gift giving is the lowest ranking way in which we understand love. Shopping for, giving, and receiving gifts is [...Read More!]

Oct 212012
 
Jewish Wedding Traditions in Joyful and Romantic Photos

Today marks the three month anniversary of our epic wedding (married life has been lovely so far, thanks for asking!), so let us commemorate it with a final wedding article: an entertaining yet educational piece using the final photos from our nuptials to illustrate the glorious traditions of a Jewish wedding.

The Ketubah is the sacred Jewish marriage contract, and Colin and I signed it in an intimate room right before the actual wedding ceremony. A Ketubah [...Read More!]

Sep 162012
 
Beautiful Wedding Photos for My 500th Blog Article

This is the FIVE-HUNDREDTH article I have written on my Around the World “L” Travel Blog since its birth in 2009! The timing is fitting for three reasons. Read on to hear them…

First, as you can see from these photos, I just got married!

What does that have to do with this site? Well, I started this blog when I left my job to voyage around the world for a year alone in [...Read More!]

Sep 082012
 
Our Wedding Was on a Reality TV Show! Details Here.

Um, so… I was on reality TV this weekend. And our wedding was, too. It was really fun! :) Here are answers to frequent questions.

Q: WHAT? Which show?

A: The show is “I Found the Gown” on TLC, and we are in the “Bargain Hunting Brides” episode. See it by clicking that link or by scrolling to the bottom of this article for the embedded video.

Q: How did this happen???

A: I randomly bought my wedding [...Read More!]

Aug 182012
 
Belize Travel Itinerary for Couples: Our Honeymoon Plan

When I’m planning to travel to a new place, I appreciate browsing recommended itineraries detailing where to go and for how long.

To this end, here is the full 12-day itinerary for our amazing Honeymoon in Belize. As always, click highlighted words to go to the more in-depth articles. Colin and I loved the combination of places and the timing we settled upon, and we think you will, too!

Day 1: Fly to Belize City early [...Read More!]

Aug 062012
 
Our Witty, Pretty Resort in Placencia, Belize: Chabil Mar

“Witty?” you may be muttering as you eye the title. “Since when is a Belize resort described as witty, huh?”

Listen: Chabil Mar is gorgeous (just look at these photos and try not to faint) and its staff is fantastic, but what made me roll on the floor laughing was that it has the funniest welcome packet of any hotel I have encountered in my extensive world travels.

Here are some excerpts from Chabil [...Read More!]

Aug 052012
 
12 Reasons Belize is a Best Place for Honeymoon Travel

When Colin and I got engaged, we spent months agonizing over which country to travel to for our Honeymoon.

At the last minute (read: two weeks before our epic wedding) I impluse-bought us two cheap plane tickets to Belize, a country I knew very little about. It turns out, Belize was a PERFECT Honeymoon destination for us.

Bop through these 12 reasons why we loved Belize, and see if you might like it, too!

1. Belize [...Read More!]

Jul 302012
 
Our Romantic Honeymoon Jungle Resort in Belize: Ka'ana

“The Cayo district of western Belize is about adventure,” people told us as we planned our Belize Honeymoon.

“The area around San Ignacio is like the Indiana Jones part of the country. In Cayo, you hike ancient Mayan ruins, swim through underground caves to see skeletons of human sacrifices, and tour an iguana sanctuary.”

“Cool!” I exclaimed.

“But the thing is,” these wise Belize travel advisors continued, “You want to do all that adventure [...Read More!]

Jul 282012
 
Caye Caulker vs. Ambergris Caye, Belize: Which Wins?

As we were planning our Belize Honeymoon, advice flew forth from friends, fast and furious:

“Go to Ambergris Caye! It’s more posh and there’s more to do.”

“No, Caye Caulker is so much better! It’s so chill and relaxing.”

Back and forth the factions battled, until at last Colin and I settled on three nights in Ambergris Caye, followed by one night in the center of Caye Caulker.

That way we could sample each and [...Read More!]

Jul 262012
 
Our Beautiful Resort in San Pedro, Belize: The Phoenix

When you’re a middle school teacher, kindness becomes priceless.

Thus, when Colin and I (both public school teachers) walked into The Phoenix Resort in San Pedro on the island of Ambergris Caye for the first day of our Belize Honeymoon, we were nearly moved to tears.

“Welcome!” sang Gabriela at the front desk. “You must be Lillie and Colin.”

“Oh!” I gasped, stunned to be addressed by name, rather than as an anonymous traveler.

“Fresh [...Read More!]