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Looming volcanic mountains, sizzling hot springs and breathtaking scenery… everything you’ll find in the Azores. Nicknamed the “Hawaii of the Mid-Atlantic”, the Azores are an archipelago off the coast of Portugal located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This archipelago contains rich culture and breathtaking scenery.

As many parents feel, sometimes having kids means less time traveling for fun. Since our kids are now 10- and 7-years old, we decided it was time to break out of our routine and introduce our kids to something different. So off to the Azores we went!

So, you’ve booked your trip to the Azores, and now one daunting task remains; filling your itinerary. On an island as diverse and plentiful as the ones found in the Azores, there’s no shortage of things to do and places to go. The challenge is narrowing down your options to make room in your agenda.

It’s time to stop scrolling through everyday travel sites, browsing through traditional resorts and spas on traditional, touristic islands. Today, we’re uncovering some of the most beautiful, exotic, and lesser known islands around the world. You won’t find yourself lounging on crowded beaches, eating at chain restaurants, or bumping into photo-snapping tourists.

The Azores are a volcanic archipelago located in the Atlantic Ocean. Belonging to their mother country, Portugal, the islands are not well known, and for that reason, it has never been a major vacation destination for the North American market. However, that’s all changing now.

River cruising has quickly become a top choice for the savvy traveler. If you are considering voyaging out on this type of trip, we’ve rounded up six reasons below why we think a river cruise should be your next vacation.


The small island of Iceland is a unique and often mysterious vacation destination. Here, you will find an array of sights and experiences that will bring you on an adventure leaving you in awe. Full of history, mystery, and natural wonders--the island is the perfect place to get away from the world that you know.

Tenerife is well-known for its beautiful shores, perfect year-round climate, and plethora of activities for everyone. It’s also famous for having more 5-star hotels than Madrid and Barcelona. As the Spanish islands begin to bring in more tourists, Tenerife hotels are expanding and spending money on renovations and hotel additions.

Are you tired of the same old New Year’s Eve celebrations, watching the Times Square Ball drop on TV as you count down the seconds until the champagne bottles pop? This is exactly why you should experience New Years in Tenerife! From old island traditions to lively nightclubs, we’ll countdown the reasons why you should end (and begin) your year on the Canary Islands.