Sharing our stories on traveling to unfamiliar places, trying new adventures, revisiting favorite islands, and the meaningful experiences that go along with them.

  • Slowing down in Cairns
    by islandtales on March 10, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Paddling on our kayaks off Palm Cove, Luke, our young kayak guide glides effortlessly beside us.  He tells me he’s just been to Sagada, and says Filipinos are the friendliest and most generous people he’s met.  I smile and nod. We’ve been kayaking since seven in the morning, and paddle close to a deserted island […]

  • Starting the Year Easy in Sydney
    by islandtales on February 6, 2017 at 3:18 pm

    Welcoming the New Year in one of the first countries in the world to ring in 2017 seemed like a crazy plan but panned out to be a relaxed, memorable long weekend. The city of Sydney was brimming with revelers from all over on New Year’s weekend. The beaches were packed–Coogee, Bondi and Manly, and […]

  • Walking the streets of Barrio Malasaña
    by islandtales on October 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm

    On a scorching day in August, we come out of the Gran Via metro, right smack in the middle of the buzzing hordes of tourists, who like us, had the same idea of spending this summer weekend in the city of Madrid. I look up in awe at the grandiose skyscrapers along the famous street […]

  • Wines, Beaches and Fiestas around Vitoria
    by islandtales on September 16, 2016 at 1:19 am

    Vitoria’s appeal also lies in its proximity to many attractions, all within an hour’s drive away. The Rioja wine region, south of Vitoria, is known worldwide for its local wineries. From Vitoria, we drove through a winding road across the Sierra de Cantabria, and down to the valley of Rioja. The 360-degree view of the […]

  • Gildas and Cañas in Green Vitoria
    by islandtales on September 6, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    They say the world keeps getting smaller with today’s technology, and how we are separated by only six other people. Outrageous, but that’s how it felt this last year. It started when I met some travellers who were tipped by a friend to make an unplanned detour to this part of the country. That spontaneous trip led to […]