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what to know before planning a trip to iceland
September 18, 2018

Essential Things You Should Know Before Your First Visit To Iceland

in Mancation Blog by James Hills

People who enjoy traveling always enjoy going somewhere new. One popular choice for foreign travel is to visit Iceland. This beautiful country, founded by Danes long ago, offers a rich history, interesting culture, and beautiful scenery. 

Chevy Silverado Trail Boss is chic and capable for work during the week and play on the weekends.
September 18, 2018

Ready For a Lifestyle Change? Switch Up Your Wheels!

in Stuff by James Hills

Your choice of wheels becomes an extension of your personality all too often. Are you a "Truck Guy" or "That Guy Who Bikes to Work?" Your choice there ends up defining other aspects of your life such as what time you wake up, get yourself dressed, eat some breakfast, commute to work, even what you do with your buddies afterwards. If you are feeling like you need a change in your life, don't worry…

Cruising Alaska with Norwegian Cruise Line on NCL Jewel
September 17, 2018

Cruising Alaska with Norwegian Cruise Line on NCL Jewel

in Mancation Blog by James Hills

Earlier this summer, I embarked on a journey that would complete my goal of visiting all 50 states. Alaska is a bucket list destination for many and Norwegian Cruise Line was kind enough to host me on this journey. Aside from a quick two-day preview on Norwegian Bliss (their newest ship at the time), I'd never sailed on Norwegian. Compared to other lines who have dominated Alaska for the past…

Ultimate Ham, Apple, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese Recipe
September 17, 2018

Ultimate Ham, Apple, and Cheddar Grilled Cheese

in Food and Drink by James Hills

I love taking classic items and kicking them up a notch (or three?). One of my favorite lunches to make is a classic grilled ham and cheese. While there’s nothing wrong with simply throwing some random ham and cheese slices between pieces of bread and grilling it – we can do better than that! When you want the ultimate grilled cheese experience, it’s important to focus on the best ingredients…

Chevrolet Colorado ZR2
Sep 13, 2018

Colorado ZR2 Midnight Edition Shines Bright on Mortero Wash

in Stuff

It's no secret that the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 is my absolute favorite off road truck right now. This truck is the Goldilocks of trucks designed for off road adventurers looking for a an OEM experience that can deliver style and performance as well as still performing well on-road as well as off.…

What to do in Skagway Alaska
Sep 13, 2018

What to Do in Skagway Alaska On a Cruise Port Day

 Skagway Alaska is one of the most popular cruise ports in Alaska and while it is a town - the area is also a National Park known as the "Skagway: Gateway to the Klondike". This is due to the port's proximity to White Pass where thousands of miners would journey on their way to the gold fields.…

Win a Blu-ray copy of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom
Sep 11, 2018

Win a Blu-ray Copy of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom

The latest instalment of Jurassic World is coming out on September 18 and we've go 10 Blu-ray copies to giveaway to you guys!

STK San Diego Porterhouse Steak
Sep 10, 2018

Not Your Dad's Steakhouse - STK San Diego

I love a classic steakhouse. You know, the ones with dark leather booths, heavy shadows, and classic bourbon cocktails. STK San Diego is is not that kind of place! From the moment you walk in, it is very clear that this is not your dad's steakhouse. Instead, it's hip, light, and lively. There is…

Deer Hunting Tips For Beginners Who Are Looking to Learn How To Hunt
Sep 09, 2018

Learn How to Hunt: Deer Hunting Tips For Beginners

in Stuff

In honor of National Hunting and Fishing Day, we’ve put together a list of deer hunting tips for beginners. There’s no better time than the present to get started as a hunter. Deer hunts are available in almost every state, permits are not that expensive and there are plenty of clubs and…

2019 GMC Sierra AT4 in Newfoundland and Labrador
Sep 06, 2018

2019 GMC Sierra Takes on Newfoundland and Labrador

in Stuff

My ticket to visit one of the four corners of the globe came courtesy of GMC, who recently invited me to drive its newest and most important creation: the 2019 Sierra. Newfoundland and Labrador is the easternmost province of Canada and a massive hub for pickup trucks of all makes and models—in…

Survival Tips
Sep 06, 2018

Emergency Preparedness and Survival Tips You Need To Know

in Stuff

When it comes to survival, we often lean towards tradition. Those of us who prepare for the worst teach ourselves everything from fire making to compass navigation. It certainly isn’t unusual for survival kits to be devoid of any modern advancements.

Tips for building her the she shed of her dreams.
Sep 06, 2018

You Have A Man Cave - Is It Time To Build Her a She Shed?

in Stuff

When I first presented this idea to some guy friends, they laughed. The response I got was, "why - she already has the whole house to be hers!" While that's true that generally your wife is in control of how things are organized, decorated, and even scented for most of your home - that doesn't mean…

Carnival Triumph sails from New Orleans to the Caribbean including stops at Cozumel

When you think of going on a cruise, you probably think about departing from South Florida or Port Canaveral, but today there are many more options than that. The cool thing about taking a mancation cruise is that you really get three destinations in one experience - the ship, the departure port, and a buffet of other experiences along the way at different stops. While we LOVE the major cruise ports like Miami, Ft Lauderdale, and Port Canaveral, here are some of our top picks that you might not already think about.

Set Sail on an Alaskan Cruise From Vancouver

Vancouver is an amazing city that is the gateway for about half of the cruises to Alaska each summer. (Shared with Seattle, Washington which is an other great port city!) When you consider that an Alaska "Land and Sea" tour was the top pick on our 2017 mancation survey, this has got to be our top pick. During the summer months, virtually every cruise line stops in Vancouver or Seattle including: Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruises, Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises and Holland America. Once on board, you'll have a range of opportunities for excitement including casinos, shows, bars, good food, people watching, and depending on your ship a whole lot more! For instance, Norwegian Bliss even features a go kart track on board! 

Vancouver is an incredibly fun and progressive city, with some of the best food that I've ever tasted. Plus, not to far from downtown the ski resorts offer incredible summer activities too. This includes mountain biking, hiking, and golf through dense forests and amazing waterfalls. Add that to whale watching, kayaking, and fishing accessible by boat near the cruise pier and this has got something for everyone in your group. If you love Chinese food then the Vancouver suburb of Richmond, BC is a must visit too. They have one of the largest Chinese populations in North America and I'm told that this is the best place in US or Canada to get some amazing authentic Chinese food too.

Cruise To Bermuda From New York City

Sometimes your annual golf trip needs to be shaken up a bit. Why not head to New York City for the excitement of a big city followed by a cruise to Bermuda for some legendary golf?

There’s no shortage of incredible experiences to be had in the Big Apple. People often talk about wanting to enjoy more “experiential travel”; well, New York is then the epitome of it. Unlike some other cities where you might want to rent a car, New York is decidedly unfriendly for personal automobiles. So instead of packing everyone into a couple different Lyft rides, why not try a charter bus rental instead? There are websites for companies that are like Uber for charter buses, where you can type in how many people you need a bus for and your pickup city and destination city, and then get a whole listing of price quotes from charter bus companies bidding for your business. It’s an original way to travel in style, where everybody can travel together and even kick back with some alcoholic beverages without worrying since they have a “designated driver.”

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Cruise To Mexico and West Coast from San Diego

San Diego is often called, "America's Finest City". Ron Burgundy called it a few other things too, but one thing is for certain - this is a great city to start your mancation adventure and it is also a great port city. While much of the cruises from this California port are seasonal, in the Spring and Fall you can find a variety of opportunities here ranging from Baja cruises to Ensenada, Mexico as well as others that stop at ports along the west coast including San Francisco and Astoria, Oregon.

While in San Diego though, make sure to visit one of the more than 100 breweries, grab some tacos and enjoy the beach. For those looking to explore history the city boasts the Museum of Man, The USS Midway, and The San Diego Maritime Museum. 

Cruise to the Caribbean from New Orleans

The "Big Easy" is one of the more interesting cruise ports since the city is so far inland compared to others that are right on the ocean. Because of this, you have almost half a day where your phones will work on board (without extra fees) as you cruise along the Mississippi River. The city itself is the perfect book ends for your cruise adventure though since there are 24-hour parties all year long and you've got no shortage of awesome mancation activities including bars, food, museums such as the National WW2 Museum, and not too far from town you've got great fishing, Louisiana swamp tours, and opportunities to get up close and personal with alligators.

castillo san filipe del morro fortress san juan puerto rico

Cruise the Caribbean from San Juan Puerto Rico

San Juan is an incredible city and Puerto Rico is an amazing island that deserves more attention. While many ships stop here for the day, it's a challenge to truly enjoy this island without spending a few days. While there are plenty of things to do right in San Juan from exploring historic sites like Castillo San Felipe del Morro to sampling rum cocktails and Puerto Rican food, the real adventure is in the countryside. There you will be able to hike through a rain forest, paddle through the glowing "bio bay" in Vieques, or get some surfing lessons. It's literally the best part of taking a shore excursion ... without worrying about missing the boat when it leaves for the day. 

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