By: Leila Najafi, Contributor We’ve all heard about the British Virgin Islands and Sir Richard Branson’s private paradise — Necker Island ring a bell? But did you know about the sister islands in the U.S.? Located just over 1,000 miles from Miami, the U.S. Virgin Islands are located in the eastern Caribbean and just celebrated its 100th anniversary of the Danish West Indies becoming the Virgin Islands of the United States — which means, you don’t need a passport to travel to paradise. Here are just a few things for you to explore on the beautiful islands: Take a dip in Trunk Bay Photo: Trunk Bay by: rengel134 flickr – Courtesy: Trip.com This pristine beach in St. John is considered by some as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world and it won’t take long to see why. The waters are crystal clear for miles, the sand is white and there’s an underwater snorkel trail so you can get a first look at the colorful coral reefs and sea creatures. This is the only St. John beach that
By Becky Mahan, Editor When one envisions “the beach,” images of white sand, waving palm trees and crystal clear azure waters probably come to mind, along with a sweet tropical drink (probably garnished with fruit), and maybe even a hot cabana boy. But beaches come in all shapes and sizes, my friends. Europe’s beaches are known more for their rocky shores, rent-a-cabanas, and even, gasp!, nude-friendly environments. Here are the best ones, according to Trip.com users: #1: Studland Beach and Nature Reserve – United Kingdom Photo: Studland Beach and Nature Reserve by: treehouse1977 flickr – Courtesy: Trip.com This nationally protected reserve is filled with miles of safe, golden beaches, sand dunes, cafes and equipment rentals for a fun family outing at the shore. You can also take the ferry across the water to Sandbanks to see the rich and famous — and their luxurious homes. Beautiful beach and coastline with a great beach café to stop and have a drink and a bite to eat. – Lisa C. #2:
For anyone who has ever thought of attempting the #vanlife, A Life of VANity is an unfiltered, realistic look at the unglamorous day-to-day happenings of life in a Chevy G20 Conversion van. Unlike other #vanlife blogs, A Life of VANity is here to show you that it isn’t all roadtrips and ocean-side views, and that there’s nothing wrong with living in a backyard or two.