Top 5 Things to Do in San Diego

In San Diego, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy, whether you love fitness, the outdoors, beaches, partying, style, or eating well. There is always something happening throughout

Los Cabos’ Hacienda Encantada

Jetting off south of the border for my Mexican vacation was just what the doctor ordered. I booked one week at the gorgeous Hacienda Encantada Resort and Spa,

Go West, Young Woman, Go West!!!!!!

Go West, young woman, go West!!! The Western region of Abu Dhabi is probably one of the lesser celebrated regions of the United Arab Emirates.  Most first time

21c Museum Hotel and The Hive

Northwest Arkansas. An unexpected surprise of incredible art and refined country cooking. In my humble opinion, not very many people know Bentonville other than as Wal-Mart town. This

Las Vegas {In 3 Bites}

There's a saying that what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.  And while I might agree to play along in most instances, when it comes to sharing three

Love in Ubud, Bali

I’ve been a fan of the novel Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert for years.  Before knowing anything about the book, I assumed the “love” would take place

 

5 Starry Nights in Abu Dhabi

If you have a penchant for world-class hospitality, Michelin starred dining, exceptional service, and new world posh, then Abu Dhabi is the ideal place for you. There isn’t one 5 star hotel in Abu Dhabi which will fail to bedazzle and enchant its guests.  From a vast array of bespoke services and top-notch amenities to choose from, there is a hotel that will indulge all of your five senses and make Read more »

On The First Day of Ramadan…in the UAE (United Arab Emirates)

It feels like Christmas in July. Ubitiquous are lamp posts, trees trunks and branches adorned in pearl white, emerald green, and celeste blue lights. Lining the medians of streets and bridge crossings are fixtures of crescent moons and stars, Arabic teapots, lanterns, and other symbols of Islamic faith. Shopping malls and official businesses are resplendent in hues of amber and blue Read more »

A Dhow Day on the Gulf of Oman

There is something about being on the open road that connotes freedom for me. It’s the same liberating feeling that I get when I go bike riding along the shore- that indescribable sensation of sailing through the air effortlessly, that feeling of having the weight of the world lifted off my back, that feeling of being untarnished by time or place. So when opportunities within my travels, beckon me Read more »

Top 5 Things to Do in San Diego

Andaz Hotel Rooftop In San Diego, you’ll find plenty to keep you busy, whether you love fitness, the outdoors, beaches, partying, style, or eating well. There is always something happening throughout the year with new events, exhibits, and festivals. San Diego has nice weather all year round with an average daily temperature of 70.5° F (21.4 degrees Celsius). A marked feature of the climate is the wide variation Read more »

Los Cabos’ Hacienda Encantada

IMG_1454Residence 4 800x600 Jetting off south of the border for my Mexican vacation was just what the doctor ordered. I booked one week at the gorgeous Hacienda Encantada Resort and Spa, located on the top of a cliff on the Baja Peninsula. Hacienda Encantada offers magnificent sea views from nearly every suite on the property. In fact, one can see all the way out to Land's End. The resort is an oasis away from the bachelor Read more »

Ascending the Moreeb Staircase (Liwa, UAE)

My late father used to tell me, “Gina, you work out as if it were a religion”. Being physically nimble/agile, fit, and healthy has always been of paramount importance to me, having competed in contact sports since the age of 12 and having grown up with eight brothers who were fiercely competitive. Hence, finding a vacation spot that provides equal doses of respite and physical activity is an essential Read more »

The Best Things in Life Are….Balaash (Free)

I am a fervid fan of free (free pre-concert passes to hobnob backstage with the Gipsy Kings, free VIP access to Jazz at Lincoln Center, free tickets to the 51st Grammy awards ceremony, free super bowl tickets, free tickets to opening day at Fenway Park, free season tickets to the New York Philharmonic symphony, free tickets to watch the Knicks play basketball). Just mention the word “free”, “gratis”, Read more »

Go West, Young Woman, Go West!!!!!!

MadinetZayed3 Go West, young woman, go West!!! The Western region of Abu Dhabi is probably one of the lesser celebrated regions of the United Arab Emirates.  Most first time visitors to the UAE, want to experience the glitz and glamour and the frenzied pace of it’s big sister cities, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.  Yet, when you want to escape the chaos inherent of “big city” life and when you really want to become Read more »

40 Days and 40 Nights (Fiji, Bali, Thailand, and Australia)

Deidre welcome to Bounty Island In December of 2013 I started my 40 day journey across 4 countries: Australia, Fiji, Bali and Thailand. Being the budget traveler I am, I searched for deals high and low online and was soon able to book all four destinations including flight and lodging for under $2,500 USD. First stop on my list: Melbourne, Australia followed by Nadi, Fiji, Bangkok, Thailand and Kuta, Bali. Before visiting these Read more »

Impetus to Travel

TheWineBarPanamaCity Whatever you want to classify “it” as,  I have most definitively got “it”- the thing known as  “the travel bug”, “wanderlust”,“itchy feet”, “peripatetic-‘itis’”.  I would undoubtedly be considered a late bloomer when it comes to “destination traveling”, having only flown on my first plane at the liberated age of 21 to Tucson, Arizona-one of my favorite haunts in the Read more »