LEARN BASIC PHRASES WHERE YOU ARE GOING

Can you speak English in most corners of the world and be understood? Possibly. Can you learn a few basic phrases for the country or region you are in? Definitely. You will be surprised how far the act of showing the effort to learn a small portion of another language can go. While google translate works in a pinch, it's nice to not have to reach for your phone when you are speaking to someone. Will you burst into flames if you do? No, but there's something extra special about having the ability Read more [...]

FOLLOW THE SUITS

We have all been there - a long day of travel meets even longer security lines. Or worse, a line the size of the Mississippi river at customs. Should you curl up in a ball and will it to magically disappear? You could, but I doubt that would be helpful. Instead, just follow the suits. I tell people to follow the suits when going through airport security or customs because the likelihood that this is their first time traveling is low. More importantly, a suit traveler is someone who typically Read more [...]

Promenading through Prescott Arizona

I'll be the first to admit it, Prescott Arizona was not on my list of destinations. You see somewhere between my thirst for adventure and the end of 2018, my husband and I decided to embark on a road trip from our home in Southern California across state lines to Arizona. The "plan" (I use quotation marks because I am not entirely certain a trip with no lodging or destinations constitutes a plan) was to drive straight to Sedona, Arizona and find a place to stay. Sedona, as it turned out, was Read more [...]

The Healing Power of Butterflies (yes, I said Butterflies)

Photo by Ye Fung Tchen on Unsplash

Do you ever feel like nature has a way of speaking to you? Not necessarily Pocahontas style but do you ever notice subtle things? For me, it is the butterflies. I don't know about you, but there has been A LOT of changes happening in our household throughout 2018. We started the year off with the extreme high of knowing we were finally pregnant (it only took a year) to the lowest low of a miscarriage. Simultaneously my dog of over ten years passed away suddenly. When I say simultaneously, I mean Read more [...]

Checking In: Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel

Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel Featured Photo

A few weeks ago I made my last trip of 2017 by trading one beach community for another. I packed my bags and jet-set from the cliff-lined coast of Southern California for the white sandy beach Eden Roc Miami Beach Hotel.

This trip was particularly fantastic because I was with my best friend of God knows how many years. Traveling with friends is amazing, but I digress.

The hotel itself is located on Miami Beach which is about a 20-minute ride to the airport. Cabs will cost you a flat fee of Read more [...]

Top 5 Airbnb Experiences in 2018

Experiences. If you've followed my travels for any amount of time, it is no secret that I am a lover of two things; Airbnb & travel experiences. I once met a woman who told me her favorite part of travel was never leaving her hotel. Sure, sometimes this can be a much-needed break but I find going out and living, experiencing life when you travel is the good stuff.

While traditional hotels are a nice break, there's nothing I enjoy more when I travel then living like a local. Earlier this month Read more [...]

Best Places to Travel in January

best places to travel in January

Travel in January. Yes, January. Now January is not typically a month where anyone jumps for joy at the idea of traveling but let's face the facts here; the holidays are exhausting. Our New Year resolution of losing weight hasn't had a chance to come to fruition just yet, the temperatures are colder than we would like, and we tend to be in a state of grumpiness.

So here's one easy New Year's resolution: book a trip somewhere uplifting. It can change your life or just change your mood; the choice Read more [...]

6 Ways To Make The Most Of This Thanksgiving

6 ways to make the most of this thanksgiving

What began as a day of giving thanks for the blessing of the harvest and the preceding year, Thanksgiving has taken a bit of a new direction over the years. Thanksgiving has become commercialized, like most holidays inevitably end up becoming, we all eat far too much (guilty as charged right here), and at some point, football gets added into the equation.

Is there anything wrong with this? Not at all! For some families, they put their spin on Thanksgiving entirely. There isn't a Thanksgiving Read more [...]

7 Best Travel Sites

7 BEST TRAVEL SITES BLOG POST

Once upon a time, in a land long ago, booking travel was a process involving you and one other person; travel sites were as foreign an idea as electric cars. You would think of where you wanted to go, pick up the phone to the airline or travel agent, and POOF! You were on your way.

I can remember as a child anxiously waiting for the mail to arrive when I knew we had requested information to be sent to our home from a hotel we were thinking of using. That's right millennials; you had to call the Read more [...]

11 American Christmas Markets

american Christmas markets BLOG

With just 40 days until Christmas (can you even believe that?) I thought it was time to open your eyes to some of America's best Christmas markets. Oh, you thought Christmas markets only existed in Europe?  I was right there with you, but some amazing things are happening across America to help you get into the holiday spirit. If you've never had the opportunity to experience a Christmas market, it should be on your holiday to-do list. They're much more personal than going to a shopping mall (you're Read more [...]