Happy Helena Travel Blogs

We have been fortunate to be able to do quite a bit of traveling, clearing our “bucket list.” We have traveled to Italy, Spain, Morocco, Portugal, Turkey, Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Nepal, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana, and Japan.

The next trip is to New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji, with another planned in spring, 2024 to Central Europe. This doesn’t include visits to many places in Mexico, like Mazatlan, Puerto Vallarta, Cozumel, Cancun, Akumal, Mexico City, Patzcuaro, Morelia, Oaxaca, Viadollid and, in January 2024, Isla Mujeres (an island off the coast of Cancun).

Join us on our upcoming adventures via this blog and the pictures I will be posting with it.

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About Me

Originally from Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), I grew up in Western Pennsylvania. But, the majority of my life, I lived in Denver, Colorado.

My two children and their families are travelers (must be in the genes) and love to explore different places as “experiences” that they will always remember.

In 2004, I moved full-time to Ajijic (a-hee-heek) in central Mexico, just south of Guadalajara on Mexico’s largest fresh-water lake, Lake Chapala. It is a small town with many ex-pats, mainly from the US and Canada. You are never at a loss to find activities to keep you occupied. Whether you enjoy theater, music, art, culture, helping charities and animals, it is difficult to be bored. And, the weather is almost perfect all the year-around (no heat of a/c needed).


Our Next Trip…

On May 22, 2024, we will be heading for another adventure. We are taking a non-stop flight from Guadalajara to Madrid on AeroMexico, which will be a treat to not have to go via Mexico City or the US. Madrid is one of our favorite places and we have a hotel just off the Gran …

Roundup of the Trip

All in all, we enjoyed the tour. Our guide was excellent, Globus was helpful whenever needed, and we were not too rushed, nor felt that we wanted more. A smaller group would have been preferable and we will make sure of that in the future. Going to Oceania is well-worth the time and effort. It …

Questions? Contact Me

You can post questions on this site, such as which tour companies we used, best parts of the trip, etc. I am always happy to help.

We are not cruisers and although we have traveled on our own for most of our lives, we enjoy knowing where, when, and what time we will be going each day. All we have to do is pack, shop, and enjoy. Some tour companies are better than others. And, we stick to small group trips, rather than a bus-load of tourists with a guide that needs an audio system or a flag to find where they are. Just a thought…