Travel Island Interviews: Pacific Ocean Islands, Take 2

Fiji. Just hearing this word conjures up dreamy scenes of clear turquoise waters and beaches for days. Mostly created from volcanic activity, Fiji consists of 330+ islands in the South Pacific Ocean. Juliette and John of Snorkels to Snow share their experience on the beautiful Fiji Island of Tivua.

Island Travel | Fiji
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Name and Blog Name/URL

Juliette and John from Snorkels to Snow

Http://snorkelstosnow.com 

Which Island Will You Be Talking About and Why Did You Choose This Island?

Tivua Island in Fiji. Fiji is made up of over 330 islands so it can be hard to know where to start!

Tivua Island is a beautiful escape and one of our favorite islands to visit while we were living in Fiji.

How Many Days Would You Recommend Staying on This Island?

You only need a couple of nights here to relax and recharge – it’s very remote and small.

Island Travel | Fiji
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What is Your Favorite Thing About/Memory From Your Trip to This Island?

Scuba diving the MV Raiyawa which is a purpose sunk wreck! It’s awesome to see the beginning of what will become an awesome colorful wreck in future.

What is Your “Can’t Miss” Activity on the Island? What activities/opportunities does this island provide?

Scuba diving, kayaking, snorkeling – and generally just relaxing under the coconut trees and looking out to the beautiful white sandy stretches of beach.

Best Restaurant/Place to Eat?

Food is provided as part of the trip to Tivua.

Island Travel | Fiji
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What Surprised You About this Island?

It’s everything you imagine a remote tropical island to be! Coconut trees, white sandy beaches and the most gorgeous turquoise waters to swim or snorkel in! It’s hard to believe it’s so close to the mainland of Fiji – it feels like you are days away from civilization and other tourists.

Any Travel Advice for those considering this island as a destination (e.g., where to stay, ease of getting there, how best to get around, language, money)?

You’ll need to get a boat from Denarau on the mainland to get to Tivua. You can even hire out the entire island for a private event if you want! You will set sail with Captain Cook Cruises and enjoy the best of Fiji hospitality not only on the boat but of course on the island too. Fijians are the friendliest people on earth! You might even get the chance to participate in a traditional kava ceremony on the boat. Everyone speaks a English in Fiji but it’s good to know a few local words in Fijian such as BULA (hello) and VINAKA (thank you).

Just make sure you pack a hat, sunscreen and insect repellent.  

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Vacation Spots: A-frame Cabins

There is nothing like a steady stream of below-zero temperatures to bring about dreams of cozy interiors and warm fires. And really, what better place to hunker down for winter (or just a long weekend) than an A-frame cabin?

Surging in popularity in the mid-1950’s-1970s, A-frames are synonymous with “vacation home” due to their modern style, relatively affordable building prices, and ability to be adapted to allow for more interior creativity.

Here are the A-frames on my list to try:

Aframe Cabins
Photo from @ashleymuirbruhn Instagram

Ashley Muir Bruhn’s Modern Tahoe A-Frame looks like just the place to hunker down for a long weekend or winter break in the woods. Located in Lake Tahoe, this fairytale-like setting is far enough away to feel relaxed but close enough to amenities to feel comfortable. A-frames and Lake Tahoe?! You really can’t go wrong here. Check out Ashley and the A-Frame’s Instagrams accounts for more photos of this beautiful setting.

Aframe Cabins | Vacation Rentals
Photo from @aframeflagstaff Instagram

A-Frame Mountain View Cabin in Flagstaff is a perfect spot to relax and take in the mountain views. Just 90 minutes from the Grand Canyon and dog-friendly, this seems like a great place to set up camp with the family and explore all of the natural beauty that the southwestern USA has to offer. Another fun fact? It was used in the American Eagle campaign. Check out their Instagram for more fun photos!

Aframe Cabins | Vacation Rentals
Photo from @aframehaus Instagram

A-Frame Haus will catch your attention immediately. Situated near in Heber City, Utah, this seems like an ideal place to explore the outdoors and then sip hot chocolate inside the cozy and stylish a-frame. Visited recently by the McGee family from Studio McGee, I have a feeling this a-frame is a-mazing! Check out more on their Instagram account here

Aframe Cabins | Vacation Rentals
Photo from @bringontheadventure Instagram

If you up for an overseas flight, this cute A-frame in Iceland (Fossar Cabin) allows for all kinds of snowy views. Check out Bring on the Adventure’s Instagram account here to read what they had to say about it.

Don’t forget to check out Skyscanner here for flights!

A-frame Cabins | Vacation Rentals

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Top 5 Posts in 2017

Happy New Year! I’m so thankful for this past year and grateful to all of you who have followed along on this travel blogging journey!  Here are the TOP 5 posts from 2017. When I look at all of the statistics, it looks like Michigan and some home decor are the more popular posts (the recipe posts- not so much- ha!). Is this true for you? What would you like to see more in 2018? Leave a comment below!

Where to Eat in Traverse City

#5 Where to Eat in Traverse City. Traverse City is an ever popular city and the bays remain its most beautiful draw. However, we always look forward to frequenting our favorite restaurants when there as well as trying a few new ones. 

What to do in Leland Michigan

#4 What to Do in Leland, Michigan. Check out this delightful Northern town. I hadn’t been in years and it exceeded my expectations (which were already quite high considering it’s location in Northern Michigan). 

What to do in Charlevoix
Mushroom House

#3 What to Do in Charlevoix, Michigan. Always a favorite, this charming town in Northern Michigan never disappoints. From water sports on the smaller lakes to sunset cruising on the big lake (and shopping the darling storefronts in between), this is a town not to be missed.

Inexpensive Laundry Room Makeover

#2 Inexpensive Flooring: How to Stencil Concrete Floors. A 6-week project that ended up taking 6 months (with plenty of travel breaks in between), this project was well-worth the time and the perfect solution for uneven floors and a small renovation budget. (Read more about the entire room makeover here.)

Grand Rapids, Michigan

#1 An Afternoon in Grand Rapids. Come along for an afternoon as we explore both old and new finds in Grand Rapids, Michigan. 

There you have it! Thanks again for joining me on this journey, and don’t forget to leave a comment below!!!

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