Streets of Havana
Ashley Cruising Kary World Travel

Port of Call: Havana, Cuba

Whenever we would go on a Caribbean cruise that passed Cuba, the captain would usually make an announcement saying that we were passing by the island. For us, Cuba was an elusive place that US citizens were not allowed to go. We were always so curious to see it for ourselves, and when the travel restrictions were eased we booked a cruise as soon as we were able to. Because we love Royal Caribbean, we chose their cruise on the Empress of the Seas that was brought back to the fleet specifically for these cruises to Havana, Cuba. While the cruise also stopped in Key West and Cozumel, Havana was the main attraction and focal point of the cruise.

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Healthy Living Kary

Vegan Grilled Cheese On Quinoa Bread Recipe

I have been experimenting with the new craze on the internet of 2 ingredient quinoa bread.  It is easy to make and a great alternative to regular bread. Even if you are not plant-based, if you are looking to cut out some carbs try swapping quinoa bread for regular bread a few times a week. If you want some comfort food, you can have try the quinoa bread to make a delicious vegan grilled cheese sandwich.

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Ashley Disney

Review: Disney’s Saratoga Springs

Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa is a Disney Vacation Club resorted located right next to Disney Springs. It is inspired by the real Saratoga Springs in New York, which is known for horse racing. There are plenty of nods to horse racing, including periodically playing the horse call to race outside of the lobby. This hotel used to be one of our least favorite to stay at, but it has actually become one of our favorites now since Disney Springs has been redone. This is considered a deluxe villa resort, and it has two feature pools, one sit down restaurant, three quick service options, and plenty of golfing. There is also a Senses Spa and great fitness center here. Last time we stayed here they were offering free yoga classes on certain days, which we hope they continue doing! There is also the option to stay in one of the Treehouse Villas, which we have never done but have heard great things about.

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Healthy Living Kary

Broccoli and Jicama Rice Recipe

 

Cauliflower rice has been such a phenomenon over the past couple years and unfortunately, I just cannot stand eating Cauliflower.  It is disappointing since I love the idea of a healthier version of rice.  After searching around, I found Jicama rice as an alternative but it was not exactly great on its own.  At the suggestion of my local grocer, I tried Broccoli rice and it is good, but too similar to salad.  This prompted me to mix the 2 together and I love it!

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Ashley Cruising USA Travel

Port of Call: Key West, FL

Key West is one of our favorite ports to stop at on a Caribbean cruise. The Conch Republic is known for key lime pie and being the southernmost point of the continental USA. There is also the much photographed 90 miles to Cuba marker. Key West is about a four hour drive from Miami, but we have only been there via cruise ship. It’s a great port of call that offers plenty of outdoor activities, history, and colorful buildings. This town is known for the crazy locals who ride out hurricanes, but everyone is super friendly and the people who live in Key West seem to really, really love it.



There are so many fun things to do while you’re here. Your cruise ship will also have many different shore excursions available, although we’ve never taken a shore excursion through the ship in Key West as everything is pretty easy to get to on your own. Read more

World Travel

7 Quick Tips For A Safe First Time Traveling

Are you thinking about heading off on an adventure for the first time ever? It can be an overwhelming and sometimes reasonably scary experience, leaving home to see another part of the world. As such, we thought we’d help out any would-be travelers with these seven great tips for any newbies to jet setting.

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Ashley USA Travel Weekend Getaway

WEEKEND GETAWAY: Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas!

Las Vegas is known as Sin City, and there is no shortage of things to eat, drink, do, and see while you are here. This is definitely a great place to do a quick weekend trip. Anything longer than 3 or 4 days is a little overwhelming!

My friend and I did a Wednesday to Saturday as the airfare and hotel prices were a little more reasonable during the week. Also, there are literally hundreds of things going on in Vegas every night of the week, so don’t feel like you have to go on a weekend.



This is what we did while we were in Vegas:

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Sunsets Around the World - Booti Booti National Park, Australia
World Travel

10 Spectacular Sunsets Around the World

Who doesn’t love watching the sunset? No matter where we are in the world, we sunsets are always so beautiful to watch. Here in Florida we have some great ones on the coast. We also love to watch the sunset from a cruise ship. It is so peaceful and relaxing. We asked some bloggers to share their favorite sunset photos with us.

Without further ado, here are 10 spectacular sunset around the world from some of our favorite bloggers.

From a Caribbean cruise we went on aboard the Empress of the Seas. We love sunsets at sea!

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Review: Planet Hollywood Las Vegas
Ashley USA Travel

Review: Planet Hollywood Las Vegas

*This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using one of these links, we earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for supporting The Traveling Gals. In case you were wondering, we paid to stay at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, and they had no idea we were going to write this review. Thanks!*

Over the summer I went on a trip to Vegas with one of my friends. We stayed at Planet Hollywood Las Vegas, which I have never stayed at or even been in before. My friend and I picked this hotel because it is on The Strip and it was more affordable than some of the other hotels. (We were also there to see Britney Spears, and that is where her show is so that may have influenced our decision as well :D).

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Cruising World Travel

Photo Essay: Havana, Cuba

We had the opportunity to visit Havana, Cuba with Royal Caribbean aboard their ship, Empress of the Seas. Havana was a really interesting place to visit. Obviously there is a lot of history here, and it was a great experience to be able to see Havana in person. Here are some of our favorite photos from our day there:

Sunrise over Havana, Cuba

Sunrise view from the ship

 

San Francisco Square - Havana, Cuba

San Francisco Square

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