September Trip to Paris and Tour Loire Valley Castles!

Enjoy a safe and secure first class trip with us. We will Pick you up from the airport and wish you away in style all the way through.

Top 5 Things to Do on Isle of Wight, UK

1.  Sailing.  If you don’t know someone you can pay to sail, or do what we did and introduce yourself at any of the local yacht clubs.  If you have skills they will put you to work!  See our posts on how Darren got to sail in the biggest race of the year on the […]

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Top 5 Things to Do in Wales

1.  Castles Castles Castles and more Castles.  Wales has more castles than any other country I think!  From fully refurbished and decorated to just the outline of what once was, they seem to be down every long road and well worth the hunt for them, we made it into a game to see how many […]

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Round the Island Race – Press images 2015

via J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race – Press images 2015. Wow, that was truly amazing!  I hope to get lots of pix from the professional photographer they had on board as I was busy grinding out the tacks and helping to set and retrieve sails etc, big grin!  Truly a once in a […]

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Irish Eyes are Going to Be Smiling! So Excited. Sneaking in Ireland Trip Before Scotland

We didn’t think we could, but all things are possible if you want it bad enough right? Ireland was one of those things!  As we leave our time on Isle of Wight, to drive to Scotland, we decided to figure out HOW to get from the southern most tip of England to Ireland and then […]

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It’s Official! We Are Racing Around the Island!

Click here to view the Invitation Letter for the RTI regatta I am so excited to share the news that I have been invited again, to join the crew of the Eleonora, the largest yacht to ever race in the largest sailboat race in the world!  The “Race Around the Island” (Isle of Wight Island) […]

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How To Travel and Stay for FREE?

House Sitting, a fairly newer if not even known concept for Americans but a Big deal and quite normal for Australians where the concept seems to have originated based on activity and websites I’ve read. Usually House Sitting is a NON paid, (although sometimes you can get paid) gig whereby you, the house sitter,  stay […]

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Need to Know Where to Eat, Sleep or Play?

Bella Travels Member Profile – TripAdvisor via Member Profile – TripAdvisor. We are building a resource of personally reviewed places for your perusal! We use Trip Advisor ALOT when traveling and deciding where to eat/stay, figured it was easier and more centralized to link you to our page there, vs adding it all the time […]

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My Experience Racing on The Eleonora

Incredibly fun time sailing and racing on the Eleonora for the Westward Cup 2015! [wpvideo ZnC3lsMT] Wow what a Yacht.  Huge challenge for me as I am much more accustomed to 50′ and less.  Everything is much larger and almost surreal because of the dimensions.  You go to grab for a block or tackle and it […]

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Wow! Darren was Just Invited to Crew On the Eleonora!

Click on the link for the video via ▶ J.P.Morgan Asset Management Round the Island race 2012 – Race Preview  I am going out to practice tomorrow morning early!  I am so excited I can’t even tell you.  After I do incredibly well in the 3 day series they may invite me back to compete […]

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A Bad Day in Paradise!? Yes – It Can Happen

Living the DREAM, living abroad;  how exciting, wonderful, fabulous, and its ALL the time right? Well not exactly and not always;  And, its ok to admit it to yourself and go ahead and have a bad day.  Because sometimes it just is a bad day no matter where you are. Missing family, weddings, showers, birthdays. […]

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Traveling Mobile Phone Plans vs. Sim Cards?

Great Question!  I was asked recently by a friend planning a trip to the Med, what is the best way to stay connected?  I have tried all the different methods of staying connected for both data and Voice.  There are many choices and ways to go about it when traveling and will vary based on the […]

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Traveling For a Living-Still Need Business Cards

Retired, traveling for a living, Blogging for a living? You need business cards to represent yourselves.  You will meet so many great and interesting people in your travels and if you want to stay in touch, and have a bit more than just adding them to your iPhone directory, a business card still fits the […]

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Driving In the UK. Take Your Valium and Wear Your Seatbelt!

[wpvideo uMg1W3jb] In reality I haven’t Truly driven in the UK, Darren has but not me, I’m too damn scared! Forget the steering wheel on the right hand side and driving on the left hand side! that I can probably get figured out and get over. What scares me to Death is the scariest, tiniest […]

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The Joy of English Cooking!

No surprise, you’ve heard all the stereo type about English food:  its bland, its fried, its well, Its English! The UK really is trying to shake that stereo type and there are great chefs and gourmet restaurants and a food awakening in jolly old England, And in some parts, they are really getting it figured […]

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Its just laundry right?

Wrong!  Laundry in UK/Europe isn’t like America at all. Everything is different. #1 is Most households do NOT have a dryer and if you are under 55, none of us know what life is like without a standard washer/dryer in America!  Ok, so maybe if you grew up or live in Manhattan, you know European […]

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