Throw back thursday goes to the city of Noumea, the capital of New Caledonia, which is located in the south pacific and is an overseas French territory.  This was the 1st of 5 ports on the South Pacific cruise aboard the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas ship.

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Greatly surprised to be welcomed by this beautiful bouquet of flowers outside my doorstep. Grateful and astonished to my family in Invercargill @ Rowena Jackson Retirement Village. #wonderfulthought #beyondexpectation #simplebutmeaningful #invercargill #southland #nz2018 #wheninroaming

Flashback to one of our favorite bars in Iceland, Bar Ananas. Our bartenders, Daniel and Victoria, had the best bar trick to pass the time and it’s safe to say that we were impressed. I mean who could go wrong with that perfectly shaped head?! 🙃🍸🇮🇸✨ #flashbackfriday

“Together we can face any challenges as deep as the ocean and as high as the sky.” 🌊🤰🏽✨🇲🇽❤️

We’ve been blessed to have spent our 20s with each other and there’s not a single box of experience left unchecked. From the travels, the parties, the ups, the downs and the endless stories, we’ve done it all together. We both turn 30 this year and we’re so excited for everything that comes next while enjoying every present moment! 💞✨🇲🇽 #momanddad

The whole purpose of our Mexican adventure was to enjoy “our last hurrah” as a twosome. Our babymoon was exactly what we needed to unwind before the final planning stages of parenthood. Now we can always say that our baby’s first country was Mexico and it certainly won’t be the last! Better believe that baby will be roaming along with us on the next ride. Until then we’ll be getting ready for the next chapter of our lives close to family and always filled with love. 💞🤰🏽🌊✨🇲🇽

Seriously can’t get over the amazing views that Isla Mujeres brings. We found a quiet and secluded spot just to take in the beauty around us. If you’re ever in Cancun hop on a boat or the public ferry to experience this wonder in person! 🏝✨🇲🇽

Let’s be honest, walking around the town of Isla Mujeres is a complete tourist trap, but you’d have to be blind not to appreciate all the art and vivid colors that cover the streets. Most travelers know that once you even look at a merchants table or shop they try to suck you in, but out here we just couldn’t help ourselves! The entire island pops with bright vibrant colors that seem to pour out into the streets. Buy a blanket or just stop and have a conversation, but definitely take time appreciate this little island towns’ artistic nature. 🎨🏝✨🇲🇽

We were in for a wild ride on our first catamaran adventure to the island of Isla Mujeres! Complete with an open bar, a fun group of strangers and great music we enjoyed every bit of the bumpy ride. The warm water was sloshing everywhere and most of us got wet but it was too exciting riding into the sun with the seagulls by our side. 🛥⚓️🌊✨🇲🇽

The true profession of man is to find his way to himself. On my own accord, I’ve lost myself in this world with the hopes that a more complete me is found on the other side. I used to hate not knowing where I was or where I was going, but I’ve come to realize that I’m happiest when the destination is the journey itself. No end, no beginning, nothing set in stone but everything written in sand. #WhenInRoaming

Our first beach day was like something out of a fairytale. Cerulean blue waters, fishing boats and endless views of a wavy horizon. It turned out to be a truly special day making us remember that what we love most is navigating the world and this thing called life together. 🌊💞✨🇲🇽

Tulum definitely has a slower way of life compared to the revelry of Cancun, but every night the street entertainers come out in full force to perform for the travelers on the main strip. This duo really impressed us with their magical singing and guitar playing. The young lady’s instrument of choice was a jaw bone (horse maybe?) and she killed it. Nothing like dinner and a Mexican serenade under the coastal night sky. 🎶💃🏽🇲🇽✨

Tulum was the next stop on our list. We enjoy occasionally straying from the path, so we decided to stay at a secluded guest house called Casa Tortuga, down a dirt road right into the jungle. We’ll admit, the place did come with some round the clock animal noises ranging from full grown turkeys, chickens, and a dozen barking dogs (and puppies!). But even the animal house couldnt take away from The best part, being able to see every star in the night sky. Seriously a blanket of bright dots you’d break your neck to stare at all night. There was also this private cenote, Cenote Zapotes, that we got all to ourselves all morning... well worth the jungle living! 💫🏊🏾‍♂️🇲🇽

Whenever we travel, we always like to dine where the locals eat for a more authentic (and cheaper) experience. We look for the best hole-in-the-wall, family run places that only serve two kinds of dishes. After our fun day of ruins and swimming, we drove far away from the tourist action and stopped at this chicken spot that only sold pollo a la parrilla con arroz, frijoles, y ensalada (grilled chicken, rice, beans and salad) or caldo de pollo (chicken soup) all made with the love of family. This lovely grilling lady treated us to some fresh melon for after our meal to make sure that we were nice and full for a 2 hour drive. Best part was it all came out to $6USD for the both of us! Sometimes it takes us longer than a normal to find these gems but it’s always worth it in the end. 🥘🍚😋✨🇲🇽

Cliff jumping is one of Travis’ favorite activities when we’re traveling, and Ik Kil offers the perfect ledge to jump from. The adrenaline that pumps through your veins when you leave the rocky ledge and fly toward the murky green water below is unreal! We managed to catch one cliff jumper in mid-flight as he took the dive, if you’re ever in the area don’t chicken out! 🏊🏾‍♂️✨🇲🇽

Yucatan Mexico is known for its amazing cenotes, natural cave like sinkholes filled with fresh water. Cenotes are like snowflakes, they’re all different, but we think Ik Kil takes the cake and arguably one of the most beautiful on the peninsula. The waters of Ik Kil were considered sacred by the Mayans who used it as a location for human sacrificing to their rain god, Chaac. As you walk 85 feet down the stone carved stairwell to the bottom, you can see vines hanging from the top and little waterfalls forming from every direction. It’s truly a wondrous site! 🏊🏾‍♂️✨🇲🇽

Not only was Chichén Itzá the religious and astrological center of the ancient Mayans at the time, it was also a leading center for trade. All around the grounds are platforms with rows of stone pillars. The interesting part is the pillars used to have a ceiling and under that ceiling merchants from all over would come and trade everything from spices to gold and silver. So you’ve got a pyramid that predicts the movement of the sun and stars, a pre-FIFA field for one of the most difficult sports in ancient history, and what we can imagine was a Mayan shopping mall. At some point, like most civilizations, the rulers at the top got too heavy for the people at the bottom to carry and everything toppled, sending whomever remained scattering into the jungles to discover whatever came next. Lucky for us, everything they built was made to last. ✨🇲🇽🗿

Our favorite part of the Chichén Itzá ruin grounds would be this ball court. Try and picture this, you’ve got a 9lb (4kg) rubber ball and a team at your back. The specific rules are fairly unknown, but the goal is to get the ball through this tiny ring high up in the sky without it ever touching the ground. Difficult, but with training it seems simple enough... right? Not really. Doing this alone would be difficult enough, but imagine an opposing team trying to stop you, not being able to use your hands, and the threat of being sacrificed to the Gods if your team lost! This game was literally one of life or death, not for the faint of heart. 🏐☠️✨🇲🇽

The east coast is going through a hellish winter so we decided to go get lost somewhere warm! We only had a week, so we made the most of it with a trip to Yucatan Mexico. One of our first stops was the ancient ruins of Chichén Itzá, the once urban center of the Mayan empire from about 750-1200 AD. Crazy old and pristinely preserved, the entire complex ties beautifully to the Toltec vision of the universe and the stars in the night sky. The pyramid Temple of Kukulkan has 365 steps, one for each day of the year, and twice a year the setting sun creates a shadow that wriggles its way down the steps like a snake. Granted, this place is swamped with spectators and souvenir stands, but if you can grab a second to yourself, basking in the world wonders presence is a must. ✨🗿🇲🇽🗺

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