Category Archives: Trip Tips

Tastes of Paris: A Cookbook Curated Experience

Mussels in White Wine Cookbooks are great for cooking, obviously.  And my ever-growing library is a testament to the joy, inspiration and knowledge I continue to discover within their pages.  Some of my greatest discoveries, however, have gone beyond the recipes into the often overlooked "back of the book" where jewels crouched as resource guides are found.  And it was one such jewel that served up the better part of Read more »

Village Hopping Around Lake Atitlan,Guatemala

Guatemala3 After a 3-hour bumpy drive up hills and along narrow winding roads from Antigua, then a 30-minute boat ride from Panajachel across choppy wavy waters, I found myself surrounded by stunning volcanic lake views and gorgeous green mountains. Ahh breath in, breath out...this adventurous trek was all worth it. There are many villages around Lake Atitlan, but the true beauty of this lake lies in the Read more »

Volcanoes, Hot Tamales & Sunshine..Oh My! Antigua, Guatemala

Volcanoes I'm not gonna lie--Antigua, Guatemala was full of surprises. I'm not crazy about nature but was pretty geeked at the sight of smoke oozing from  Volcán de Fuego. I wasn't a huge fan of tamales, but I cooked 8 steamed banana leaf hot tamales filled with pork and ate about 2.  I packed ponchos & rain boots to prepare for rainy season, then danced and sang my heart out during infrequent, short, Read more »

Got Shopping?

Got shopping In this day and age, you do not have to even leave your house to shop for anything anymore. But there are a few of us that enjoy the craziness and chaos of going shopping. It gives people like me a purpose when I travel. Yes, I said a purpose.  Shopping is a must, not an option. So if you are a shopper like me, look over these recommendations on the best shopping destinations in the world. Am I telling Read more »

Living Like a Local in Paris

cityofparis6 Why do people glamorize "living like a local" in Paris, but never in Africa, Australia or even Hawaii? Well, I don't know about you but I blame the last scenes of “Sex in the City” and my fellow Americans for painting vivid images in my head of secret passageways, elegant buildings, trend setting fashion, and couples holding hands while strolling down charming cobblestone streets that got my Read more »

Vintage Shopping in Toronto, Canada

Vintage shopping (article repost ladybugsinwonderland.com) It's my last week working in Toronto and I am in need of some serious "ME" time.  So with 24-hours left to enjoy this eclectic city, I take a minute to woosah and get on with my retail therapy.  Lately underwhelmed with the trendy styles from large mass producing retail stores, it didn't take me long to stumble upon the insane vintage shopping scene in Read more »

Emergency Cash: The Most Important Thing Besides Your Passport

Preparing to go on vacation can be very exciting and stressful at the same time. Organizing flights, hotel reservations, car rentals, etc. are all very important factors when determining how successful a trip is going to be. You also have to make sure all of your documents are intact: passports and airline tickets included; there is also something else that is very important a traveler should bring: Read more »

Oh wait, do I need a travel agent or travel app?

Travel Apps Chances are you're looking forward to that much-needed summer vacation. You have a million activities in mind. Then you're faced with the all too familiar question...Do I need a travel agent for that?! Well, from booking a flight, planning a wine or culinary tour, a private car service, or even arranging a dinner on an iceberg, there are travel apps or a digital travel concierge for just about anything. Meet Read more »

To Fly, Or Cruise?

To Fly, or to Cruise One question I get asked pretty often is if it is better to fly or cruise to a certain destination. Unfortunately there is no easy answer to this question. You see, both options have their ups and downs. If you are on a tight budget but you are looking for a getaway trip, taking a cruise may be your best bet. On the ship most food is served buffet style and is included in the price of the trip. Cruise Read more »

Is It Happy Hour Yet?

happy_hour I have to admit, when I travel, I like to find that relaxing, pre-dinner spot to have a glass of wine or a cocktail, whether I am with friends, or going solo.  I even have the Happy Hour App on my phone (Yes, I have the app! Love it!).  It is with that I thought I will compile a list of 3 Happy Hour spots to checkout while traveling:     Sugar Factory,  Las Vegas, Nevada Need Read more »