Candacetravels’ Year In Review…

This is a republish from a December 2015 post! Remember to stay tuned for more epic adventures to come!!! The first destination for 2016 will roll out later this week.

Greetings fellow travelers and friends. As this year comes to a close, I am reminded of what a spectacular travel year it’s been! Together we reviewed some amazing (travel) products, as well as visited some of the most beautiful destinations around the globe (to learn more see the links below and this past year’s previous posts.) We looked at everything from best Lenovo laptops to take, for business and leisure travelers, to some of the tastiest gluten-free snacks to pack in our tote bags. It’s been one incredible journey and I’m so grateful to have taken it with all of you!

Now that our suitcases are all packed and ready to go (again,) thanks to our “Best Items to Pack: 2015 Suitcase Series,” it’s now time to review some new and exciting places to go. Stay tuned for Candacetravels’ epic, “2016 Global Travel Diary- Expedition.” Together we will uncover some  “must see” places around the world! You didn’t think we were just going to review all of those incredible products for our suitcases for nothing did you? Of course not! We’re rounding them all up again and preparing for our upcoming destinations. So…get ready… because we are about to embark upon the adventure of a lifetime!!! Our first stop in January will include a southwestern, USA favorite. No, I’m not giving it away today, so you’ll just have to come back to find out more next month! 🙂

A HUGE thank you goes out to all of you for your support this year. It’s been my honor to serve as your travel guide and leisure expert. Let’s make 2016 a year to remember!!! Happy New Year and Happy Travels!!!

Review some of our favorite products and destinations for 2015 below!

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Sint Maarten


Cannes, France


Rome, Italy


Pisa, Italy


Florence, Italy


Palma de Mallorca, Spain


Isle of Capri, Italy


Norwegian EPIC

For more info on some of these destinations, you can read about my experience at the links below:

The Liebster Award Part II

Greetings travel aficionados! I’m back once again… feeling grateful. I’m so thrilled to share with all of you that I was once again selected for the Liebster Award!

Many thanks goes out to the incredible Leslie, of The Bug That Bit Me travel blog for nominating me. She is an avid traveler and total “wander enthusiast,” like all of us. Her blog is packed with excitement, as she shares her remarkable travel experiences in such a way that it truly draws you in! Please be sure to check out her escapades across the globe- for some amazing adventures!!! Hats off to Leslie for a superb job!!!

Once again, the Liebster Award is a set of eleven questions given to upcoming bloggers by fellow bloggers. Each nominee then comes up with there own eleven questions and nominates five other bloggers, thus helping build an audience.

Here are my responses to Leslie’s 11 Questions:

1. How much time do you spend on blogging per week, including social media? It’s difficult to say. It really depends on my travel/work schedule each week, but I’d say roughly 5-10 hours on blog-related activity and all social sites combined.

2. Is there a destination you never go back to? Why? So far, I can’t say that there is really anywhere that I’d never go back to. I will find a way to still have a good time just about anywhere, especially if I’m with the right people. So…I’d probably go back everywhere.

3. Where have you encountered the nicest people on your travels? Give an example. In St. Maarten. I recently visited and would have to say, “They don’t call that island the friendly place for nothing.” The people were so warm and welcoming!! It was absolutely fantastic and I cannot wait to go back!

4. What’s one thing you’ve eaten while travelling that you still dream about? This is a tough question. My diet is somewhat limited, but I have thought alot about the cuisine on my Mediterranean, Norwegian Cruise last summer. I typically use some of my travel days/experiences for cheat days (80% of my diet is plant-based!) I even wrote about my dining experience on Global Living Magazine’s site!!! You can read more about my “epic” culinary adventure here!

5. Where do you live now? This is an interesting question! I want to respond, “Out of my suitcases literally,” because there is much truth in the statement….laughing, but I do split my time up between a few different US locations.  If you had to pick another place to live where would it be? It’s a tie between Italy and somewhere in the Caribbean. I’m a fan of not being tied down to just one location, so I could totally see this happening in the future. The more homes, the merrier! 🙂

6. Which aspect of blogging is your favourite? Crafting the content! Writing is therapeutic because it grants me the opportunity to share my thoughts, ideas and experiences with others- all around the world. It’s the best part about blogging to me! I love to write about my adventures and provide other useful information to my followers.

7. Which aspect of blogging is your least favourite? I’d have to say the days that I suffer from writer’s block, or can’t get my ideas to flow properly. Those are the times that I wish I could just talk to everyone in person….to explain what I’m trying to write! LOL

8. Name one goal for your blog this year. It’s always to reach new territories. I think it’s so cool that I can be in the US (or wherever,) while someone else can be in some rather remote part of the world- and they actually take the time to read what I have to say. I’m always so honored by the addition of new readers from so many different countries. It’s humbling. My goal is always expansion.

9. What did you want to be when you were a child? I was always creative, so I enjoyed writing and drawing a great deal. However, as I grew, I took an interest in the medical field and assumed I’d go on to be a doctor at some point. Obviously, there was a change of plans. Although I must admit, I did enjoy my anatomy and biology classes in undergraduate school, but I’m much happier creating content now, than working at a hospital! 🙂

10. If you have pets, how do you manage them when travelling? I don’t currently have any pets.

11. Where do you draw inspiration from other than travelling? My faith in God, my family and my friends. They are the core of who I am!

Here are the rules for those nominated:

Things to do if you’re nominated for Liebster Award:

1. Accept the nomination and thank your nominator.

2. Answer the questions of the blogger who nominated you.

3. Nominate five new bloggers you think deserve attention.

4. Create 11 new questions and give them to your nominees.

5. Write an article about your nomination on your blog and link it back to the website of your nominator.

6. Please remember to tag your nominator again when you share your article on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, so she can read your Liebster Award blog post. 


Here are my new 11 questions:

  1. Does your blog cater to a niche group of travelers? If so, why did you select that particular group?
  2. Do you offer contests or giveaways on your blog?
  3. How many different countries does your blog reach?
  4. Favorite destination and why?
  5. Favorite blog post and why?
  6. What is your goal for your blog this first half of the new year?
  7. Favorite travel activities?
  8. Do you prefer to travel alone or with a group? Benefits?
  9. Airplane, vehicle or train? Why>
  10. Budget or luxury travel?
  11. Island or Ice? Why?

Nominees Are: (Looking for 3 more nominees)

  1. Taylor Takes A Trip
  2.  There She Goes




The Liebster Award consist of a set of eleven questions given to upcoming bloggers by fellow bloggers. Each nominee then comes up with their own eleven questions and nominates some more bloggers, thus helping build an audience.






Shout out to for nominating me!!! Thank you so much!

These are my answers:

  1. Travelling on Summer or Winter?
    1. Travel all year!!! I love warm weather, so I try to spend as much of my time as possible in hotter climates. Even though I’m a native of the Midwest in the US, I absolutely love tropical climates.
  2. The most special destination you have ever been in and why do you consider it like that.
    1. The Isle of Capri, Italy. It’s so picture perfect, that it’s difficult to explain. It’s so beautiful and stunning. I just LOVE it and can’t wait to go back. I even published a piece about my experience upon arrival on the island…after and long and challenging journey to get there! I recharged my weary batteries there. 🙂 For more about my time, visit,
  3. Do you prefer city, beach or countryside?
    1. I’m a beach gal. I love the ocean and sand.
  4. What else do you enjoy besides blogging?
    1. I enjoy writing as a whole and do it in a number of capacities; freelance, travel writing for publications, PR, as well as business consulting.
  5. Have you ever got sick while traveling?
    1. Yes, once after a friend’s event while on the road. I got food poisoning and it was so not fun at all.
  6. Have you ever feared about something while traveling?
    1. Yes, about having items stolen. I was actually pick pocketed last summer in Rome. No fun being abroad minus a cell phone.
  7. When travelling, what is the first thing you do in order to save money?
    1. I research the areas extensively before my journey starts so I know how to plan my budget accordingly.
  8. Have you ever met with a fellow blogger while traveling?
    1. No, I haven’t but really want to!!!
  9. What do you think about “travel flings”?
    1. I haven’t ever given it much thought, but I’d suggest being cautious.
  10. Have you ever had a “travel fling” of your own?
    1. No
  11. Anything else you would like to add for your readers?
    1. Stay tuned for some epic adventures!!!!

This is my new set of eleven questions for the nominees:

  1. What motivated you to start blogging?
  2. What has been your experience in the industry thus far?
  3. What advice would you give to new and even seasoned travelers?
  4. What’s been your best travel experience yet?
  5. Would you pick snow or sand? Why?
  6. What other hobbies do you participate in?
  7. Do you prefer travelling solo or with others?
  8. Do you like land or water activities better?
  9. What must have travel items always stay in your suitcase?
  10. Do you prefer a backpack or a tote bag?
  11. Share something about your travel experience that others may benefit knowing!