The Low Down on Florence | Two Day Travel Guide

Views from Palazzo Vecchio
Florence. Firenze. Or as I like to call it, 'my happy place.' Florence is the capital city of the Italian region of Tuscany with just under 400,000 occupants. I challenge you to visit this city and not fall head over heels in love with it. I hold special places in my heart for the various travels I have been on, most notably Amman, Jordan but there is something about Florence. It has a small dose of the hustle you feel when you're in Rome but the laid back, tranquility one would expect from Tuscany. The Read more [...]

My Day in Siena | What to see when you only have a few hours

The walls of Siena Italy
"Cor Magis Tibi Sena Pandit." Siena opens her heart out to you much wider than this door! This inscription, located on the front of Porta Camollia; the Northernmost section of The Sienese Gates, is the epitome of what you will feel as you meander down the streets of the city. Now I'll be honest with you; I didn't want to make this trip. I say this not because I had anything against going, but I didn't have any burning desire to leave Florence just yet; even for a day. If you find yourself feeling Read more [...]

Inspirational Travel Quotes to Get Your Bags Packed & Seeing the World

Inspirational travel quote
Travel. Most people love the idea of doing it; they even go so far as to look into doing it. But then something stops us. Sometimes it's fear, life, money or a combination of all three things. Chances are if you're reading this post you are either naturally curious about what it says or are needing a little inspiration into the direction of travel. I empathize with your situation if you fall into the latter of those two statements. Speaking from personal experience, and once the queen of "I'll get Read more [...]

The wow factor

Creating the wow factor for your next trip
The other night I was out to dinner with some friends, and I found myself completely and utterly distracted the entire time. Usually a pro with eye contact during conversation, I was as distracted as the squirrel in Ice Age chasing the Acorn. No, the people were not boring me to death. I found myself completely enchanted with my surroundings. Strings of lights hung from the dome-shaped ceiling making you feel as though it was going to begin raining diamonds at any moment. The lighting played off Read more [...]

St. Maarten | St. Martin Travel Guide

Lone Palm Tree, Philipsburg, St. Maarten
White sand beaches, crystal blue water, and proximity to some other gems of the Carribean St. Martin | St.Maarten is an island of just 37 square miles and has been rocking a split personality since 1648. This island is the smallest parcel of land to be shared (peacefully) by two countries: France and the Netherlands. As you can imagine being an island of two personalities, each side has a personality all its own. St. Maarten, the Dutch side on the south is where you will find the bulk of your Read more [...]

Summer Vacation in Europe- how to do it on a budget.

The streets of Naples
With the official kick-off to summer weeks away, many are beginning to plan their long-awaited vacations. When it comes to your summer traveling most people like to stick to what they know. Believe me; I get it. If you know you already like doing something why deviate? Well, for starters, it's a great big world out there. The world that you can see for less money than you may think. When we think of a European getaway, the next phrase that follows in our minds is not usually 'cheap.' In actuality Read more [...]

Motivation To Help You Chase Your Dreams

Someone innocently asked me the other day "why a blog and why now?" I replied, "why not?" Based off of their reaction it was obvious they were expecting a long, drawn-out answer; expecting me to say I woke up one day having experienced a great epiphany. Sorry, it's not that exciting. The truth is this was something that I had always wanted to do. This wasn't a new idea for me. It's been rattling around in my brain for some time now. Almost a decade to be exact. I finally reached a point in my life Read more [...]

5 Must Have Rome Experiences

Rome. Caput Mundi or 'Capitol of the World.' Located in the Lazio region of Central Italy on the Tiber. The history of this city spans more than 2,500 years. Now as a born and raised New Yorker I am always comparing the other main cities of the world to my city. Making checklists of where they seem to fall short. If you talk to any other New Yorker, you will notice that we are quick to let you know that New York, for us, is the greatest city in the world. Admittedly I fell into that category; Read more [...]

I left my heart in Amman

In 2015, just two months after a move from Southern California to Bahrain, I took my first off-island trip. This trip took me to the magical Kingdom of Jordan. The country, its people, history, and topography are a site to be seen. The religious significance of Jordan and its geographic location are reasons enough to visit there in their rights. Jordan sits at the crossroads of Asia, Africa, and Europe. It shares borders with Saudi Arabia to the east and south; Iraq to the north-east; Syria to Read more [...]

262,800 minutes

Adjust; verb; to change (something) so that it fits, corresponds, or conforms; adapt; accommodate. I've been thinking a lot about adjustments the last few weeks and the multitude of things that we all adjust to, no matter where life happens to take us. How long our commute to work is, where we live, how far away we are from family, the passing of an election year. These are all things that many people will adjust to depending on their circumstances.  So if we all spend a good chunk of our time Read more [...]