Tag Archives: travel

Leaving on the Night Train to Sapa (Vietnam)

I have always dreamt of traversing the great corridors of the world by train---tackling Lake Michigan, Yellowstone National Park, and Mount Rushmore on one jaunt then the Swiss Alps, Lake Geneva, and the Italian Dolomites in another. While riding the Orient Express still remains an ambitious goal on my “back in time” travel adventure list, my recent journey to Hanoi, Vietnam provided me with a Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

{Now Watching}: The Getaway

the-getaway-show-page-cover-generic Inspiration often finds me in the “everydayness” of living.  And when it comes to travel inspiration, my own sense of adventure, curiosity and thirst for exploring the great, big world out there have always amply led the way. Even still, there are times when fresh streaks of excitement and inspiration come flashing in, and that’s exactly what happened a while back when I stumbled upon the Read more »

Postcard from Puerto Vallarta: Cuisine, Adventure and Paradise

IMG_3219 From the first moments of my arrival in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico--blanketed with the warm and balmy weather that served as the perfect haven from the wind and cold storm I had barely escaped back home--until my departure several days later, I was enthralled in a state of perpetual discovery and delight that cemented this tropical paradise as a destination that is brimming with life, luxury, adventure, Read more »

Train Traveling

po Over the Thanksgiving Holiday, I got a chance to go home to Jacksonville, Florida for a few days. I always enjoy going home to Florida over the holidays, because instead of dealing with the freezing cold temperatures in Baltimore, Maryland, I get to experience some warm weather for a few days. And see friends and family, of course. It was my first long train ride and here are some of my thoughts Read more »

Lights, Camera, Broadway!

fcec17484cba75485f686bb3ebb9d56a Broadway Musicals! All the lights, the glitzy costumes, the crowds of people make for such an exciting time. This past weekend I headed to NYC to see the brand new Broadway Musical ‘After Midnight’ starring American Idol winner Fantasia and famous actor Dule Hill at the Brooks Atkinson Theater in the center of New York City. Sitting in the second row from the stage, I was proud of the excellent Read more »