Author: Hollin Stafford

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Hollin holds her degree in Sociology and was a flight attendant for United Airlines up until the time she had her son. She, her husband and son are now happily living with their three dogs in Portugal. Hollin home-schools so they can explore the globe, and teach through experience. When not writing about travel, Hollin’s focus is on writing fiction. Her work has received rave reviews from critically acclaimed agents and editors. She has a unique voice embodied through rich descriptions of shared human condition. She recently published her first YA novel, Degrees of Light and enjoys writing literary short stories. In 2017 she was listed on Glimmer Train's honorable mention list and was considered for the Fulton Prize from The Adirondack Review. Her short story, Blue, was featured in Literary Mama’s 2018 Mother’s Day Edition. She is originally from California.

Healthcare in a Foreign Land: Our Experience of Portugal’s Healthcare System as Expats

What cost hundreds of dollars in the states, cost exactly eleven euros. And we have countless examples from x-rays to mammograms, and everything in between…excellent healthcare is just plain cheap here. It is one of the many aspects of life in Portugal that has been positive.

Estaing, France

Dreaming of Travel While On Lockdown: An Update on House Sitting

Once again, we found house sitting to be an absolute joy! There is not the hurry of trying to see everything in one day and then rush off to the next place. One has time to feel what it is like to live there, to slow down and really get to know the area, the restaurants, the nicest walking trails, and the local attractions.

Portugal Covid Masks

Living A Peaceful Life In Portugal During A Pandemic

After leaving the states in 2016, we noticed the difference in pace instantly. My husband and I joked that it is as if they are living on ‘island time’ in Portugal, even though it is not an island. And though there are times that can be frustrating, for the most part we find that we have adjusted to a slower, more peaceful pace of life.

Wonderland menu being painted on

Royal Caribbean’s Wonderland Restaurant: A Journey Down The Rabbit Hole

When one thinks of Cruising, one may think of buffets, or even specialty restaurants that are a step up from the crowded bustling buffets on the lido deck — but Royal Caribbean took it a step further when they came up with the concept for Wonderland Restaurant. It’s definitely a special place, steeped in magic and whimsy, for people who consider themselves “foodies”.

Banzai Pipeline Feature Photo

A Great Tour On Oahu With North Shore Beach Bus

If you’re looking for a way to get out of the hustle and bustle of Honolulu, why not take a tour of the North Shore and do a little snorkeling?

Marlborough Grape Orchard

New Zealand Wine Country; Tour the Beautiful Marlborough Valley With Jade Tours

If you like having a boutique experience, as opposed to a bus with a large number of people, try Jade Tours New Zealand Wine Country tour.

The island of Sao Miguel, Azores

The Island of Sao Miguel—A visit to Portugal’s Azores.

If there is a heaven, someone cut a slice out and dropped it in the middle of the Atlantic. There are still relatively few tourists on the Azores. And I find myself hesitating to even write about them and share this as it is on it’s way to becoming more discovered every year.

The Fabulous Hotel Grande Bretagne of Athens Greece

On a recent visit to the island of Santorini, the trip home found us staying one night in the amazing

View over Oia

Santorini, Greece: A Volcanic Masterpiece

Santorini, Greece is one of the Cyclades islands in the Aegean Sea. And Oia, our home for a week, is

Trunk Bay Swimming

A Week on Norwegian Cruise Lines Escape; Not necessarily for the birds!

Taking a cruise is not something I pictured myself doing with my dad. Especially on a ship the size of Norwegian