Tag - Island

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Iceland Bucket List
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Guam, the best place you’ve never heard of
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Southern California’s Best Kept Secret, Catalina Island

Iceland Bucket List

I shouldn’t have been surprised. My husband and I agreed he would choose our honeymoon (since I chose our wedding location in Mexico) — and I consider myself lucky we’re not going to the north pole.

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Guam, the best place you’ve never heard of

I’ll be honest. Up until a year ago, if you had asked me to pinpoint Guam on a map, I might have pointed somewhere near Mexico. I had no idea that this tiny Micronesian island was actually a U.S. territory located in the southern Pacific. But, living in Japan, it didn’t take long before I heard all about this mysterious destination. Since Guam is an easy 3-hour escape from the cold winters in Japan, this island is a hot spot for Japanese tourists.

My friends and colleagues have referred to Guam as, “The poor man’s Hawaii.” Well, if that means beautiful, untouched beaches and wild, lush mountainscapes for half the price – count me in!

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Southern California’s Best Kept Secret, Catalina Island

Oh, Catalina Island. It’s almost too good, I don’t want to spoil the secret. But, it’s time to let our fellow travel-lovers know about this hidden gem, a common getaway for California natives.

Stepping off the boat onto Catalina Island for the first time, I felt as if I was being transported to a remote Mediterranean coastal town. Small boats rocked slowly in the harbor, people strolled lazily along the sandy beachfront road, and above a sprawling hillside was dotted with quaint, rustic homes.

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