Travel

Instagram Story Templates

Hello, Everyone! I've been blown away by your support for my bingo and checklist story templates on Instagram, so wanted to share them here below as well for easy access. If you do any of these, please tag me at @chereneo so I can see your results and get to know you better! 🙂 I've… Continue reading Instagram Story Templates

Asia, China, Travel

10 Best Photo Spots in Shanghai

I’ve put off writing a blog post about Shanghai for so long. Not because I haven't wanted to, but because it’s a place so close to my heart. This city that I’ve lived in throughout high school, the place that I call home. It’s impossible to know where to start or how to scratch the… Continue reading 10 Best Photo Spots in Shanghai

Europe, Norway, Travel

Everything to Know for Arctic Norway

As a native Southern Californian whose family trips usually consisted of beach and sand, I’m not sure I would have believed you if you told me that one day I’d consider northern Norway my favorite winter vacation. Yet one week, three aurora sightings, 1,000 km of driving, endless islands scattered with picturesque rorbu fishing houses… Continue reading Everything to Know for Arctic Norway

Lifestyle, North America, Travel, USA

Top 10 Things to do in Lompoc, CA

In my mind, California’s central coast is one of the most beautiful and underrated regions in the state. When my husband and I had the chance to visit Lompoc one weekend with Explore Lompoc, we jumped at the opportunity! This area was first inhabited by the native Chumash people, and the name “Lompoc” is derived… Continue reading Top 10 Things to do in Lompoc, CA

Lifestyle, North America, Travel, USA

The Ultimate Santa Barbara Weekend Getaway

Known as the American Riviera, Santa Barbara is a quintessential California coastal city filled with natural wonders and Spanish-style architectural charm. Whether for a fun girls’ trip or a romantic couples’ escape, you can bet Santa Barbara will be the perfect place to spend a relaxing weekend. Assuming you're driving up from Los Angeles, Santa… Continue reading The Ultimate Santa Barbara Weekend Getaway

Lifestyle, North America, Travel, USA

Hotel Review: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Few things make me sing, “California, here we come,” more than driving up the 101 to Santa Barbara. The ocean views, swaying palm trees and blue skies will draw you in, but staying at a place like the Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort really seals the deal and makes you never want to leave this… Continue reading Hotel Review: Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort

Lifestyle, Peru, South America, Travel

Hotel Review: Skylodge Adventure Suites

If you’ve ever wanted to sleep suspended high up from a cliff in a transparent pod, look no further. Tucked away in the Sacred Valley of Peru and just a couple hours drive away from Cusco, this one-of-a-kind experience will take you cliffside above the Urubamba River. Chances are you’ve seen this unique hotel somewhere… Continue reading Hotel Review: Skylodge Adventure Suites

Peru, South America, Travel

The Ultimate Photo Guide to Cusco

If you’re in Peru and heading to Macchu Picchu, Ollantaytambo, Maras Salt Mines, Moray Ruins, Rainbow Mountain (Vinicunca) or Humuntay Lake, chances are you will spend a significant amount of time in Cusco. Cusco (or Cuzco/Qosqo) was the capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th until the 16th century. This “navel of the world”… Continue reading The Ultimate Photo Guide to Cusco

Peru, South America, Travel

24 Hours in Lima, Peru

Many coming to Peru find themselves in the capital city of Lima as a stopover city on the way to somewhere else--namely Cusco and Machu Picchu--but few see it as much more than that. I’ve been told by some that Lima isn’t worth seeing at all, and to spend as little time here as possible.… Continue reading 24 Hours in Lima, Peru

Peru, South America, Travel

Hiking Peru’s Rainbow Mountain

Vinicunca, better known to English speakers as Rainbow Mountain, is a beautiful multicolored mountain that gets its patterns from the variance of sediment deposits that have built up over the years. Rainbow Mountain is located high up in the Andes of Peru, 5,200 meters (17,000 feet) above sea level. The colors of this gem make… Continue reading Hiking Peru’s Rainbow Mountain