Be a Pampered Castaway on Cocoa Cay

Ever dreamt of being a castaway? How about being a pampered castaway for a day... on a small Caribbean island with a plethora of white sandy beaches, a sea of lounging chairs and hammocks to relax in, scenic nature trails, several water activities and sports to participate in, and a BBQ lunch served at noon? Sound too good to be true...? Well, welcome to Royal Caribbean's Cocoa Cay! Royal Caribbean's Private Island ~ Cocoa Cay Many cruise lines own their own small, private island in the Bahamas, for use as a day stop during their Caribbean cruise itineraries.  Royal Caribbean's is called Cocoa Cay, and you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who's been there, who did not absolutely love it. Although I posted a less than glowing review of our Royal Caribbean cruise experience overall, our day spent at Cocoa Cay was by far the best part of our trip.  It was absolutely fantastic.  We were there from 9AM - 5PM.  Take a look at some highlights and what to expect. Royal … [Read more...]

Traveling Without Your Kids

With our impending 10th Wedding Anniversary just around the corner, I've been in full travel dreaming-and-planning mode.  As part of our celebration, my husband and I plan to take advantage of my parents offer to stay with our two kids, ages 2 and 7, and take our first trip sans-kiddos, since having kids. Traveling Without Kids - Should You Feel Guilty? We have friends who have traveled without their kids starting when the children were quite young, who appear to do so regularly, effortlessly, and seemingly without guilt or any second thoughts whatsoever.   In the spirit of brutal blogging honesty, I will tell you that I find myself judging them for this, just a bit. But when I dig a little deeper... I know that it's primarily stemming from my own jealousy.  Partial jealousy of their circumstances which enable them to do so, but also jealousy that they can pull this off emotionally. Because of my own excessive, typically daily guilt which I feel as a grown mom and wife (I … [Read more...]