9 Fall activities you must do in NY State

Ok I’ll be honest with you, growing up in Florida when anyone mentions New York I can only think of New York City. I know it’s terrible… especially because New York State has so much to offer besides just the city! I recently had the chance to frolic around the Central New York and Capital-Saratoga…

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Checking In: Acqualina Resort

From the moment I pulled into the grandiose porte cochere I sensed I was somewhere some special. My door flung open and I was greeted with a warm, friendly smile helping me out of my car. “Welcome Ms. Blakely, please follow me.” He held open the large door for me as I entered. I was…

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20 things you must do in Tbilisi, Georgia

Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia, is one of my favorite cities I’ve had the pleasure of visiting. It’s a destination where old meets new, age old traditions are still very much alive, and friendly locals are eager to please. Delicious food and wine is around every turn and so are ancient, intricate cathedrals. In parts…

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Trying out Bugaboo Boxer Luggage System

When my friends at Bugaboo reached out asking if I’d like to try out their new luggage system, I was very quick to say yes. Although I personally do not have any children, I recognized the name through friends that do have children, as Bugaboo is the ‘it’ stroller on the market. Only the ‘cool’…

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Why Amsterdam should be your next foodie destination

I climbed aboard an impeccably polished historical wooden boat that was located in what looked like a postcard of Amsterdam. It was a picture-perfect Spring day and the crisp blue sky was a stark contrast behind bridges filled with vibrant overflowing flower-filled railing planters, casual cool Dutch bikers, and iconic canal houses. I was immediately…

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What’s in my carry on?

What’s packed inside your carry on for a long flight is so important. For starters, you’re stuck with whatever you have on you for the next couple of hours and trust me you want to be as comfortable as possible if you’re on a flight for hours on end. I feel like Mary Poppins when…

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Key West, Florida Guide

Key West is rapidly becoming a hot destination for tourists all over the world and for good reason. It’s the southernmost point of the US, a beautiful island surrounded by pristine water, and filled with quaint charm. As Ernest Hemingway said “I want to get to Key West and away from it all” and that’s…

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What to do in St. John, USVI

St. John, the smallest of all of the US Virgin Islands, is in my opinion the most beautiful. Although it isn’t the easiest to get to (no airport on the island) it is only a 30 minute ferry ride from St. Thomas and worth every minute. It’s home to a lush national park covering almost 2/3…

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13 things you must do in Brussels, Belgium

1. Check out the incredibly beautiful and iconic Grand Place 2. Stay at a swanky hotel with pictresque views. My favorite- NH Collection Grand Sablon  3. Eat way too much Belgium Chocolate at Pierre Marcolini 4. Go shopping at Les Galeries Royales Saint-Hubert 5. Drink Belgium beer till early in the morning (preferably at Delirium where they have…

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Amsterdam, Netherlands City Guide

Amsterdam is an enigma in the most incredible way possible. It’s a destination where beauty, architecture, and sin live in perfect harmony. Every turn looks like a picture-perfect postcard filled with canals, vibrant overflowing flower-filled railing planters, and iconic canal houses. Delicious food is seemingly never-ending whether it’s incredibly decadent cheese, smothered street fries, or the most delicious…

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17 ways to live it up in Lviv, Ukraine

Lviv is a city I was not expecting to find in Ukraine. Upon arriving I discovered it full of cobblestone streets, ornate architecture, picturesque cablecars, and beautiful patina domed bell towers. The beauty of this place felt as though I’ve stepped back in time to the golden days in Paris; long before it was overrun…

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Ultimate Father’s Day Getaways

Hops & Fishing in FLORIDA Dads who prefer a fresh catch alongside their hops can head south to The Beaches of Fort Myers & Sanibel. With it’s craft breweries and local beer trails, as well as some of the greatest areas in Florida for saltwater fly-fishing and light-tackle fishing, the oceanside locale provides the ultimate…

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5 must do activities while staying at a luxury resort

Vacation planning is simple when you choose to stay at a luxury resort. While you can naturally look forward to relaxing your days away in total comfort, it is also important to choose a resort that offers you the most options for filling your time with new experiences that nurture your spirit. For your next…

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10 Things You Must Do In Gili Trawangan, Indonesia

Gili Trawangan is a small island off the coast of Lombok and Bali. It is an eco-friendly island where no cars or motorbikes are allowed. It’s small, walkable, and so much fun. If you are ever in Bali or Lombok heading to Gili Trawangan is a must! Here’s 10 things you must do while on…

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Checking In: Grand Solmar Land’s End

I walked into the lobby of the Grand Solmar Land’s End and was immediately blown away. Colorful Mexican tiled fountains, a cozy chic open air lobby, and friendly staff made me instantly feel as if I was in someones private high end Hacienda as opposed to a hotel. After being greeted with a cocktail I…

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Cinco ways to celebrate Cinco de Mayo in Mexico

I’ll be honest… Cinco de Mayo might be one of my all time favorite holidays. Not only do I absolutely LOVE Mexico but I also love tacos, tequila, and just anything Mexican. Celebrating the holiday gives me an excuse to consume a questionable amount of margaritas and tacos without any guilt! However, as much as…

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Is it possible to become addicted to traveling?

You’re sitting at your computer and in one click your life seems instantly better. Your heart flutters as you see those four magical words flash across the screen: your flight is booked. It’s real now and happiness permeates your soul. Now comes one of the best parts; planning. You spend countless mindless hours happily scouring…

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7 Things You Must Do In Santorini

Santorini is without a doubt on just about everyone’s bucklist and for good reason. It’s a magical destination perfectly situated high above the indigo blue water of the caldera. The terracing of the traditional Greek white washed buildings make for the perfect pictures. I was lucky enough to visit a few years back and I absolutely…

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10 Ultimate Trips To Take With Your Best Friends

Ok, I’ll say it…. trips are WAY more fun with your best friend than your significant other. Sorry, it’s true. Although romantic trips are fun and all, nothing beats letting your hair down with your bestie. I’ve been lucky enough to travel all over the world with my best friends and I have some incredible…

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8 things you must do in Dublin

This vibrant Irish city is full of life, fun, and beer. Here’s what I recommend you do when visiting! Wander around the beautiful St. Patrick’s Cathedral Have a pint (or 10) at the Guinness Factory Walk over the iconic Ha’Penny Bridge Visit the Long Room in the Library of Trinity College Visit the Jameson Distillery Spend all…

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10 things you must do in Prague

Wanting to Czech out (get it??) Prague anytime soon? Well, here is my top 10 things I recommend for you to do while exploring this beautiful city! 1. Explore the colorful Old Town Square during the day or at sunset (my favorite!). This square is filled with so much history and beauty you won’t want to…

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11 things you must do in Bali

1. Spend your days getting lost in a picturesque rice paddy 2.Watch the sun set over Tanah Lot 3. Visit Besakih Temple (the ‘Mother Temple’ that is over 1,000 years old and the most sacred) and all other beautiful Temples that consume Bali 4. Make a ‘canang sari’- an offering made daily by the Balinese…

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Taking the Scenic Flight to Mount Everest

For the third day in a row I arrived at Kathmandu airport’s domestic terminal at 6am, optimistic that this was going to be the magical day that my scenic Everest flight would take off, and not canceled due to weather like the two previous mornings. When booking my trip to Nepal, seeing Everest was a…

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What to do in Havana, Cuba

Havana feels as if you’ve stepped back in time. From the moment you land you realize it, and you’re more than willing to embrace it’s authentically vintage vibe. This expansive city is vibrant, full of life, and packed with some of the most gorgeous architecture I’ve ever seen. Although much of the city’s buildings seem to be…

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5 Romantic Hotels To Stay In for Valentines Day

Looking for the perfect hotel to woo the one you love in? Look no further…. I’ve come up with my top 5 hotels that I’ve personally stayed in and I know will spark all kinds of romance for this Valentines Day. Hotel B– Lima, Peru One & Only Ocean Club– Paradise Island, Bahamas Only YOU Boutique–…

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20 Things To Know Before Visiting Cuba

1. It’s NOT hard to visit if you’re an American! When booking your ticket (regular flights are available out of US cities now) you have 12 different reasons to choose from as to why you are visiting this beautiful country. To be honest, I was a little worried that I would be questioned about it when…

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17 places to visit in 2017

Ahhhh the new year. A time for resolutions, new hopes for the year, and a list of places that you want to see. Most of us spend January dreaming of what the year has in store for us. What will happen? Where will I go?! Am I going to take that exotic vacation I’ve been…

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2016: Year In Review

Wow, what an incredible year this has been. 2016 had it’s fair share of ups and downs but as I sit here reflecting over what all has happened over the past year my heart feels so full. To start, this passion project website was born in late February. It started as a small blog on…

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What to do & see in Seattle, Washington

Best Seattle Getaways Explore the area’s beautiful beaches, back roads, islands, lakefronts and more. The Emerald City, as it is known is a spectacular destination for a weekend getaway. With its magnificent mountain views, breathtaking waterfront and cool urban vibe, you will find plenty to do in Seattle. Whether your idea of a perfect weekend…

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My favorite airbnb’s I’ve stayed in!

Whenever I travel, I love looking into the different accommodation options. More times than not, I find myself wanting to stay in an apartment as opposed to a hotel. When you stay in an apartment I find that you get a better feel for the city. I’ve stayed in beautiful airbnb’s around the world, and…

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How to prevent getting sick on your vacation

One of the worst things that can happen when you’re traveling is getting sick. Even a pesky cold can really put a damper on your trip. After getting sick on way too many vacations I’ve learned a few tricks that has immensely helped me and will help you prevent any kind of sickness! Obviously sometimes…

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Dubai in a day

Dubai is a city of your wildest dreams. It’s modern, clean, safe, and gorgeous… basically it’s an oasis in the desert. I have to admit that I was a bit skeptical about visiting Dubai because I didn’t know what to expect. Most of my travels I like to experience places rich in culture and history, and…

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Tips on how to avoid jet lag on long international flights

Any traveler, experienced or novice, knows that one of the worst things that can happen on an international vacation is having jet lag for days after. We’ve all been there and if it’s bad enough it can really affect the whole trip. By doing a few simple things it can REALLY help prevent any jet lag so that…

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Why I Travel.

    So many times when I tell people where I’m going or where I’ve been I’m always greeted with a “Why?” I quickly respond, “Why not?” People live so much of their life being fearful of what could happen if they traveled somewhere that they never actually go anywhere, or do anything. They always…

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Why Portugal Should Be Your Next Foodie Destination

Picture this: you’re sitting at a café in Lisbon. Classic trolley cars are driving by on the cobblestoned lined streets while you watch, sipping some of the best red wine you’ve had in a while and devouring a plate of the most amazing tuna pate you could imagine. You get the bill and notice it…

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10 Things To Do In Bodrum, Turkey

When you think of visiting Turkey, most people instantly think of going to Istanbul. Although Istanbul is amazing, there’s more to this beautiful country than just one city! I absolutely LOVED visiting the Bodrum Peninsula and think everyone should pay it a visit too. This peninsula is located on Turkey’s Southwest coast into the Aegean…

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Tips On How To Plan Your Next Vacation

A lot of times people ask me the same question “How do you pick where you’re going to go next?”. Well, as much as I’d love to say I’m super cool and just throw a dart at map, that’s not how it goes down. There’s a lot of planning and research that goes into every…

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How To Plan An Affordable Last Minute Weekend Getaway!

·First, pick a weekend you can go! If you are flexible, try and have a few weekends available. Flight costs can vary from weekend to weekend. ·Find a flight Check Skyscanner.com to see what the cheapest flight is and to where! *Keep an open mind! Some of my favorite places are the ones I’ve never thought…

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