Your Ultimate Vacation Guide

Your Guide : Sheri Hooley

We’ve had a lot of friends and acquaintances ask us for travel tips and advice, and after several years of emailing and messaging people one by one, we both thought that compiling our experiences into a vacation website would be a better idea.

David and I have been globetrotting together since we started dating in 2009. He had quite a head start on me, having traveled to places like London, Egypt, Israel, Alaska, and most of the Caribbean Islands before we met. He thought I needed to add some places to my travel resume, so we became travel buddies pretty much right off. In 2010, a year after we started up as a couple, he proposed in Egypt, on the steps of The Great Pyramid, and we got married in Jamaica 2 years later.

Both of us hail from North Florida. I’m a University of Georgia grad and David is an alum of both FAMU and Florida State University. We have five kids between us (2 of whom are grown and out of the house), a cat whose formal name is Socrates but who we call Kitty for some reason, and I have a horse and ride as much as I can when we’re in town.We’re both fitness buffs, we like sci-fi shows and Marvel movies, and we get along famously, which is important since we both work out of the house and travel together at least 2 months out of the year.

Destinations

Learn how to travel to the most amazing destinations in the world on a budget, find the best accommodations, and know which attractions are most worth your time.

Travel Tips

Every trip you take you learn something to take forward to the next trip. I have compiled a list of great tips from my 20+ years of travel experience to share with you.

Cruises

Cruises can be great, but with a little of our experience your voyages will be amazing. Learn when to cruise, where to cruise and what excursions to consider at your ports of call.

Top 5 Travel Tips

Sure, you should have a rough plan for your trip, but don’t book everything in advance or you’ll likely feel too restricted and end up regretting it.

Book a one-way ticket and your first few nights of accommodation — you’ll figure the rest out along the way. It’s not as intimidating as it sounds. If you’re in a tourist destination there’ll always be someone who’s willing to take your money by giving you a place to stay.

If there’s anything I’d be upset to lose, I keep it in my daypack, which is always by my side on travel days. For me, that’s my passport, laptop, camera, external hard drive, a debit card, and some spare cash. As long as I have all of these, I can survive indefinitely.

There have been so many times when I’ve been too shy to ask someone to take my photo in a place and I’ve almost always regretted it. After eight years of travel, I probably only have around 200 photos of me around the world. Photos of the beautiful places you visit are great and all, but when you get home, they’re not all that different to the ones everyone else has taken there, too. Photos with you in them are special and they’ll mean a lot more to you when you look back at them.

Or maybe I’m just a narcissistic millennial.

Travel isn’t conducive for sleep, whether it’s snorers in dorm rooms, early risers rustling plastic bags, or drunk backpackers stumbling around in the middle of the night. Even if you don’t stay in hostels, you’ll still have to deal with street noise from outside, loud bars nearby, and uncomfortable overnight journeys. Pack some ear plugs and a sleep mask in your bag to help improve your sleep. I’ve been using Sleep Phones to block out light and listen to podcasts and I love them.

You’ll gain more respect from the locals if you can at least say hello, please, sorry, and thank you. On that note, remember: if you don’t speak the language, it’s your problem, not theirs. And please don’t start speaking louder to make yourself understood. Try miming instead, or using a translation app on your phone.

Testimonials

Touhidul Islam

Everything was seamless. The private guides were interesting and knowledgeable. We felt that they were more than just guides. It was like we had a friend in each city. I cannot speak highly enough about our 3 week trip to this place and the services provided by them.

Moshiur Rahman Parag

My fiance and I had never been to Miami Beach, but wanted to plan a unique elopement trip to Florida. We had no idea where to start, and turned to some internet research to find the services of Zicasso. I cannot speak highly enough about our 3 week trip to this place.

Lynne Baltzer

I cannot speak highly enough about our 3 week trip to this place and the services provided by this travel company. Everything was seamless. The private guides were interesting and knowledgable. We felt that they were more than just guides. It was like we had a friend in each city.

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