The Beard and the Blonde – A Travel Blog

The journey to "everywhere."

Exploring the Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater has it all: beautiful scenery, tons of wildlife and the only unbroken caldera in the world.  The Ngorongoro Crater was our third stop on our African safari and it just may have been the most epic. An... Continue Reading →


Getting PADI Open Water Diver Certified

We had spent years talking and dreaming about becoming certified in scuba diving. Snorkeling is fun and all, but breathing underwater completely submerged...that's on a whole other level. So, after all these years, we finally decided to set aside some... Continue Reading →

Staying at the Azor Hotel in the Azores

The Azor Hotel in Ponta Delgada was our home base while exploring Sao Miguel island in the Azores.  This boutique hotel opened in May 2016 and is perfectly situated just over a 1/2 mile from the city center. Located next... Continue Reading →

A World Apart – Exploring the Azores

The Azores are so close, yet remote. They're accessible, but in the middle of no where. They are a collection of islands that are packed with beauty, but remain a world apart.  When we landed on the main island of... Continue Reading →

Yellowstone National Park by Snowmobile

The world's very first national park remains the crowning achievement of the National Park Service. The vast reserve--covering 2.2 million acres in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana--has craggy peaks, explosive geysers, alpine lakes, deep forests, and a tons of wild animals. Although most... Continue Reading →

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Panama

Panama is a country filled with diversity: city landscapes, jungle, rainforest, tropical islands and everything in between. We opted for a half city/half island vacation which brought us from Panama City to the San Blas Islands and then, finally, up... Continue Reading →

Staying at Hotel Bocas del Toro

When you think of Panama, a tropical paradise probably doesn't come to mind. However, if you leave the rainforest and city life on the mainland, a 45 minute flight from Panama City can take you  a world away to the... Continue Reading →

Staying at Blue – Inn on the Beach

If you're looking for the quintessential New England beach town getaway, a stay at Blue - Inn on the Beach fits the bill. With dreamy ocean views sitting right on a golden sand beach, this boutique hotel is everything you'll... Continue Reading →

20 Photos to Inspire You to Visit Peru

Our trip to Peru was our first vacation to South America and it was met with amazing culture, epic views and tons of Incan history. We managed to explore the highlights of this country independently, without a tour guide. This... Continue Reading →

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