It has been mere days since I disembarked Norwegian Jewel, making it both my first cruise and first trip to Alaska, and I’m still processing everything. Not to mention I’m just now recovering from the food coma of the trip. Being the independent traveler that I am, this was a break from my typical style of travel. While you’ll often find me putzing around destinations on my own agenda, this saw me aboard a cruise ship with thousands of other travelers on behalf of Expedia to find out…

There are just some destinations that it seems like everyone says that you have to visit at least once. Paris and New York City are certainly at the top of that list, but one of the destinations that I’ve heard as much as any other is Alaska. My father spoke more highly of it then any other destination he traveled to and I’ve had more friends then I can count who have told me that it’s a “must-visit” destination. However, for one reason or the other, Alaska hadn’t…

“Alaska is nothing to look at.” File that under things you aren’t likely to hear come out of someone’s mouth after visiting Alaska. Hearing friends talk about their experiences traveling to Alaska, coupled with stories of my father’s trips during my childhood, I was concerned that my expectations may have been a little too high when preparing to travel to Alaska with Expedia on Norwegian Jewel. I was worried that upon floating between large chunks of ice in Glacier Bay that I may take a peek and then…

My summer of travel has arrived; what I’m dubbing the “Summer of Spence”, in true Seinfeld fashion. It kicked off last weekend with my first of many boat rides of the summer, a ferry ride across the San Francisco Bay to spend the next few weeks in Sonoma wine country. However, that ferry doesn’t have anything on my biggest boat ride of the summer. It’s now just weeks away until I’ll be boarding my first cruise, an Alaskan cruise on the Norwegian Jewel on behalf of Expedia. Not…

I have somewhat of a love affair with bodies….of water, but especially that of the ocean. Not as much the getting into it, but rather the sight of it. Growing up we went to the beach every summer for family vacation, I spent my college summers living and working at Myrtle Beach, and I can see the Pacific Ocean from the roof of my apartment. Yet one thing I’ve never done is taken a cruise. I’ve found myself behind the wheels (or paddles) of boats, jet skis, kayaks,…