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Mistakes Made on First Cruise on Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas | Insider

10 things I wish I’d done differently on my first cruise, from choosing a better room to reserving shows in advance

By Joey Hadden, May 9, 2022, 11:09 AM

Insider’s reporter took her first cruise on board Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas, the largest cruise ship.
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I’ve traveled by car, bus, train, and plane, but boats of any kind were completely new to me until April, when I went on my first cruise to the Caribbean for a reporting trip.

I embarked on a seven-night voyage on the largest cruise ship, Royal Caribbean’s Wonder of the Seas. We sailed to Roatán, Honduras; Cozumel and Costa Maya in Mexico; and Royal Caribbean’s private island in the Bahamas. 

While it felt surreal to be on such a large vessel in the middle of the ocean, I made some mistakes that made my trip more expensive and less enjoyable than it could have been. I learned that cruising wasn’t my preferred vacation style. But if I had avoided these mistakes, I would have had a better time.

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The travelers who converted vans into cozy campervans | CNN Travel

By Tamara Hardingham-Gill, CNN • Updated 20th April 2022

Dale Comley and Charlie Low spent over a year converting their van into a campervan.
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(CNN) — Search the #vanlife hashtag on Instagram and you’ll find millions of posts from travelers on the road in tiny homes on wheels.

While some van lifers will have opted to buy readymade campervans, more and more are choosing to buy a van or bus and convert it themselves.

Of course, this is hardly a new phenomenon. Campervan conversions have been around since at least the 1950s. However, their popularity has skyrocketed in recent years. Demand had already increasing significantly before the pandemic, partly due to the numerous YouTube channels and Instagram posts devoted to DIY van conversions.

But interest went through the roof as many people found themselves stuck at home with little to do as borders shut down and restrictions were put in place in many destinations around the world.

“People wanted to get out. They wanted to get away from other people and stay safe, and we were all limited in what we could do,” Brian Jagodnik, marketing and creative director at Outside Van, a luxury van conversion company in Portland, Oregon, told CNN Business last year.

“It pushed people outside and to travel away from others and take the road less traveled, and so the industry just continued to grow.”

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Why I Will Always Choose a Cruise Over Any Other Vacation — Best Life

Other trips can be fun, but traveling by sea has a special appeal.

By Lori A. May, April 10, 2022

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As a travel writer, it’s no surprise I spend a hefty part of the year on the go.

Some of my favorite getaways have included pool deck lounging in Las Vegas, touring coffee farms in Hawaii, sampling street food in Amsterdam, and improving my dance moves in Latin America.

There’s also nothing like finding the perfect 24-hour diner in New York City or staring up in awe at Norwegian fjords. But I’m a fan of budget weekenders as much as I am luxury, five-star resorts.

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As you can see, travel has been a big part of my life. I grew up road-tripping with the family across the picturesque Canadian Maritimes and driving south along the coastal highway to the Florida Keys. I then became a frequent flyer for the sheer joy of experiencing distant locales.

And yet if I were to name my favorite mode of travel, it would have to be by sea. Read on to find out why I will always choose a cruise over any other vacation.

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Things to Do in Lahaina, Maui: Sunset’s Insider Travel Guide – Sunset Magazine

Lee Anne Wong, chef at Papa ́aina, shares the must-visit stops in Lahaina and beyond.

Written by Sunset Staff, April 4, 2022

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Walk into the Best Western Pioneer Inn, and you’re stepping into a piece of history; the hotel has been operating on Maui since 1901.

“Every room boasts a second-floor outdoor lanai that overlooks either busy Front Street and one of the largest banyan trees in the country, or the peacefully hidden historic courtyard on the interior of the hotel,” says Lee Anne Wong, a previous Top Chef contestant and producer who’s now behind the onsite restaurant Papa ́aina.

The menu features “locally sourced and inspired brunch fare,” Wong says, like macadamia nut ricotta pancakes and crispy ramen with kalua pork. Here are the chef’s must-visit stops in Lahaina and beyond.

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