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 [...]

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 [...]

Paris, Part Une

When you find yourself living in a part of the world that isn't exactly busting at the seams with Christmas, you cannot wait to get to a place that has a holiday feeling. I had never been to Paris before this trip. As a New Yorker, I've always felt the need to come to this city.  Now I was finally getting my chance. I was reminded a lot of New York from the moment we exited our plane at the airport in Paris. There wasn't anything wrong with it, but it wasn't particularly warm either. A feeling Read more [...]