We Took a Trip to Ibiza!

There’s probably one word that comes to mind when everyone thinks of Ibiza: PARTY! While that is most certainly the case, this island off the coast of Spain offers much more than that. Now don’t get us wrong, the main reason why we decided to visit Ibiza was to indulge and celebrate our engagement, but if partying all day and night isn’t your thing, the islands’ absolutely stunning beaches, incredible restaurants, and overall vibe will suit any type of traveler.

We took a short one hour flight from Barcelona and stayed two nights on this island. We got to see world-famous DJ Martin Garrix perform at one of the largest pool parties in the world, take a yacht cruise in the Mediterranean Sea, and go to a club that didn’t open it doors until 1am and closed when the sun came up!

What To Do

Beach it up!

The beaches on Ibiza are out of this world. We have never seen sand as white and water as blue as we did here. There’s all different types of beaches to choose from: quiet beaches for relaxing, beaches with great spots to snorkel, or even beaches with tons of party spots! It’s very easy to spend an entire day at the beach lounging in the sand with a drink in hand.

Pool Parties!

Ibiza is well known for it’s day long pool parties, and rightfully so. They have tons of different places to choose from with varying types of pool parties. We decided to splurge a little and visit Ocean Beach and we were definitely not disappointed! If you like champagne-filled water guns, DJs playing incredible house music, and big parties, then you’ve come to the right place. But it’s definitely not cheap, so come prepared and be ready to spend some cash!

Yacht Cruise

Whenever we go to a country that is known for it’s beautiful coastline and ocean, we HAVE to get on a boat! Ibiza offers tons of half day or even day long cruises from it’s main port. From romantic sunset cruises to party boats, you seriously won’t be disappointed in getting on a boat and enjoying your day on the Mediterranean Sea. We opted for a party boat and went with a company called Boat Party Ibiza for a half day all inclusive party that was soo much fun!

Swimming in the Mediterranean Sea!

Club hopping

You can’t go to Ibiza and not check out one of their world famous clubs, right?! These clubs are all over the island, if you don’t know where you should go, just ask someone what they recommend and they won’t hesitate to help! On our last night in Ibiza, we went to Ushuaia, a huge open air venue, and saw Martin Garrix perform. It was epic! After that, we went across the street to Hi Ibiza, another massive club, and partied until we wore ourselves out. We recommend going online and checking out what DJs will be performing in Ibiza before your visit so you can plan accordingly. Note: most of these clubs don’t open until 1am in the morning, so hit the beach during the day or go on a yacht, take a nap after dinner, and then get ready to party all night!

Martin Garrix at Ushuaia

Where To Stay

Ibiza offers a wide range of hotels all the way from cheap hostels to incredible ocean front penthouses. We stayed at Hotel Maringa Ibiza, which was a fairly nice hotel that was only a 3 minute walk to the beach. It was close to a bunch of restaurants and shopping.

Four Days in Barcelona

Barcelona. The second largest city in Spain and one of the most popular destinations in the country. It is the capital of the Catalonia region, an autonomous community in the northeastern corner of Spain. The city’s cosmopolitan vibe makes it a favorite city for many people and is also known for its architecture and art. We hold Barcelona very close to our hearts because this is where we got ENGAGED! If you’d like to read more about our engagement story, head on over to the About Us section of our website!

We loved our visit here. The city has a beautiful beach, many different neighborhoods to explore, and some of the most amazing food we have ever eaten! It is a very walk-able city, although it might take you a while to walk from one end to the next. We rented bicycles and had a lot of fun riding around the city and stuffing our faces with delicious food.

Catedral de Barcelona

What To Do

We spent four days in Barcelona and tried as hard as we could to cram everything into those four days. We definitely wished we had more time to spend in this city as there is soo much to do. Here are some of the places and things we saw on our visit:

Explore the city

With all of the different neighborhoods, museums, markets, and restaurants that make up Barcelona, we spent a lot of our time just exploring. We highly recommend renting a bicycle because you’ll be able to get around much faster which means you’ll be able to see more of Barcelona! Check out Las Ramblas, a street that runs through the center of the city with lots of shops and restaurants, La Boqueria market, Parc Guell, Casa Mila, Casa Batilo, and La Sagrada Familia.

Placa Reial in the Gothic Quarter

Take a tour of La Sagrada Familia

The main focal-point of Barcelona, La Sagrada Familia, is a large Roman Catholic basilica that was designed by the famous architect Gaudi. It still remains unfinished to this date. You have to buy tickets to get into the basilica. We highly recommend you book tickets in advance as it is always crowded. We decided against joining a tour and just walked around ourselves. It’s a very beautiful church and worth visiting. We probably spent about an hour inside just walking around.

La Sagrada Familia

Attend a FC Barcelona futbol game at Camp Nou

Watching a futbol game in Barcelona was one of the main things that Stephen had wanted to do for a long time. We even planned our trip around their schedule to make sure they were in town when we were visiting! FC Barcelona is one of the top clubs in Europe and they have one of the best players in the world, Lionel Messi, on their team. We bought tickets to the match before our trip as we knew they always sell out. It was soo much fun! Camp Nou can hold up to 99,000 people. It was an insane experience to see that many people cheering for their team! You can also do tours of the stadium if the team is out of town.

Spend a day at the beach in Barceloneta

Barceloneta, the lively beach town right outside of Barcelona, was also one of our favorite places we visited. I mean how can you complain when you get to relax at the beach?! This beach town has tons of bars and restaurants right on the boardwalk. It is also home to W Barcelona, an upscale hotel that has an incredible rooftop bar. We rode our bikes around everywhere. It was a very nice day and we enjoyed ourselves immensely.

Where To Eat

The food in Barcelona is out of this world. Quite possibly our favorite thing to do on our trip to Spain was eat! You can’t walk more than a couple hundred feet without passing a restaurant that smells delicious. We stopped in at soo many different places to grab a snack of jamon iberico (cured ham cut in thin strips), patatas bravas (home fries with tomato aioli), paella, sangria, etc. The food is soo good here that we even went on a food & wine tasting tour that we highly recommend! We did our tour with Devour Tours. Here’s a short list of some of our favorite restaurants we went to during our stay in Barcelona:

  • Pla Restaurant
  • El Nacional (multiple restaurants in one building, very beautiful setting)
  • Tapeo
  • Brunch & Cake by the sea
  • La Alcoba Azul
  • La Boqueria Market
Our delicious brunch at Brunch & Cake By the Sea

Where To Stay

We wanted a hotel that was in the middle of the city so we could walk everywhere. We stayed at Hotel Gotico, a beautiful hotel in the Gothic Quarter of downtown Barcelona. We were within walking distance to many restaurants, bars, museums, shopping, and even the beach! It was a nice hotel and we definitely recommend staying in this area. Link to their website is here: Hotel Gotico.

Conclusion

We can’t recommend a trip to Barcelona enough. From the food, art, shopping, and even the nice people who live there, every part of our trip was perfect! It is a very romantic city and you will never want to leave if you visit here!

Happy and engaged!

Our San Ignacio Travel Guide

Located about a 90-minute drive away from the main airport in Belize City, the mountainous town of San Ignacio serves as the capital of the Cayo district. People come here for its great access to jungle adventure tours, Mayan ruins, and beautiful scenery.

We were here for a total of three days and felt like this was the perfect amount of time to accomplish what we wanted to see in the Cayo District.

Things To Do

Mayan Ruins

The majority of Mayan ruins in Belize are located deep in the mountain towns, so it makes San Ignacio as the perfect place to stay if you wanted to visit them all. We decided to check out Xunantunich, which is 8 miles west of downtown San Ignacio. To reach the ruins, you must cross the Mopan river by taking a hand-cranked ferry and then walk about a mile to the official entrance. You pay a very small fee to access the grounds and are free to walk around the site and even climb high atop El Castillo which has an amazing view of the Cayo District. You can even see the neighboring country of Guatemala from the top!

Xunantunich

Nature Tours

We took a guided tour to the Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve through the hotel we were staying at. It is one of the oldest natural parks in Belize and it encompasses a spectacular range of rolling hills, peaks, and river gorges formed hundreds of years ago. The tour took us to Big Rock Falls (absolutely gorgeous waterfall), Rio of Pools which are natural made pools formed from large granite boulders, and the Rio Frio Cave. Swimming at the waterfall was a great way to cool off from the heat! Our guide did a great job of showing us all of the beautiful sights on this tour.

Big Rock Falls

One tour that we regret not doing was to visit the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM) Cave. It’s an easy 45 minute hike, swim, and climb through the jungle. We definitely recommend it to everyone even though we didn’t visit it ourselves.

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Where To Stay

We chose to lay our heads at Cahal Pech Village Resort during our time in San Ignacio. This resort was incredible! It is on top of a large hill about half a mile from the city center and has amazing views of the Belize River Valley, especially at sunset. It has a huge two level cascading pool on the property that we used everyday to cool off from the heat. We stayed in one of their deluxe bungalows which we loved because of the privacy. It wasn’t connected to the main hotel building so it felt like we were staying in a tiny home and we loved it!

Since we didn’t have a car on this trip, the resort picked us up from the airport in a nice air conditioned van and took us straight to the resort. The resort also set up the tours we did over the next couple days. It made everything much easier and stress-free since we didn’t have to worry about any of those details.

We highly recommend staying at this resort on your trip to San Ignacio. Here is the link to their website: Cahal Pech Village Resort

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Three Days in Chiang Mai

If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Bangkok and visit a city with an authentic Thai experience, make your way up north to Chiang Mai. It is the second largest city in Thailand, but also feels very small at the same time. It is filled with delicious food, friendly locals, and gorgeous temples. We got a cheap one hour flight from Bangkok and spent three days in this beautiful city.

Things To Do

Visit Wat Phra That Doi Suthep

Wat Phra That Doi Suthep is located at the top of Doi Suthep Mountain among lush jungle surroundings. We took a nine mile cab ride to the entrance and climbed 308 steps up a cool looking serpent staircase to see the temple. The views from the top are definitely worth it! There is a dress code here. Girls make sure to cover your shoulders and knees or they won’t let you in!

Sunday Walking Street Market

The Sunday Walking Street Market is by far the most memorable and beautiful market in Chiang Mai. It stretches from Thapae gate all the way to Wat Pra Singh. It has everything you can think of! Food, clothing, artwork, etc! It runs every Sunday from 4:30pm until midnight.

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Visit An Elephant Sanctuary

You can’t come to Thailand without visiting an elephant sanctuary. We visited Ran-Tong Elephant Sanctuary, which was about an hour drive from Chiang Mai. They will send someone in a van to come pick you up from your hotel to take you to the sanctuary. They are devoted to rescuing abused elephants from all over Thailand and help rehabilitate them back to health. We were able to make food for their special diets, bathe them, and even helped a little bit in their rehabilitation process! We loved every minute we got to spend with these gentle giants.

Muay Thai

Muay Thai is Thailand’s national sport. It started out as a form of military combat that the armed forces of the Siamese empire were trained in. Now it has evolved into Thailand’s favorite pastime. We went to Thapae Boxing Stadium, which is within walking distance from the center of the city. We paid 400 baht, which is equivalent to $13 USD, and got to watch five fights.

Where To Eat

Street vendors! They are everywhere in Thailand. Just look for the vendors that have a long line of locals because they know it must be good! We did eat at one sit down restaurant in Chiang Mai and we definitely recommend it. The restaurant is called Huen Phen. It had delicious and authentic Thai food. Here’s a link to find it on Google Maps: Huen Phen Restaurant

Huen Phen Restaurant. YUM!

Where To Stay

We stayed at an Airbnb in the center of Chiang Mai during our visit. We were within walking distance of the night markets, city square, and a bunch of restaurants and bars. We highly recommend this place as Jitsingh, the landlord of the house, and his family were very hospitable! They gave us recommendations on food, helped us get cabs when we needed them, and just made our stay very enjoyable. Here’s a link to the listing on Airbnb: Kitti Rose Home