May 062016
 
The 3 BILLION Dollar Hotel: Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Prepare to be amazed as we take a tour of the second most expensive hotel built in the world: Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which cost a whopping THREE BILLION dollars to construct. So why in the world did I put article in the “Budget Travel Secrets” category?

Here’s why this 5-star luxury hotel still makes it into my Budget Travel category: It is absolutely FREE to walk through and photograph the [...Read More!]

Feb 202016
 
Turkish Street Foods: Ice Cream, Mussels, and More!

For most of my travels in Turkey, I was extremely busy scarfing every food in sight. In an effort to peer pressure you to do the same, let us take a tour of the delectable Turkish street treats you can encounter, both in the country itself, and in Turkish food stalls around the world.

A major culinary joy of Turkey for me was Turkish ice cream, also called dondurma. This confection is distinct from non-Turkish ice [...Read More!]

Dec 152015
 
Have You Heard of This Astounding NYC Church Building?

How had I never before heard of the massive New York City church nicknamed Saint John the Unfinished??? As a Bostonian, I travel to New York several times a year, and tend to get arrogant, assuming I know most of the major sights.

How foolish I felt — a tiny ant on the floor of the biggest church I’ve seen in my life — wondering how I’d missed this mammoth edifice in my [...Read More!]

Sep 052015
 
Quebec City's Amazing Market for Fresh, Local Foods

Our first introduction to Marche du Vieux-Port was cruel. We’d just arrived in Quebec City from Mont Tremblant, and struck up a conversation with a gentleman staying at our hotel. (Check out our hotel by clicking here.) “You must not miss that market across the street,” the man said in his musical French accent. “They have the best blue cheese I’ve had in my life.” He went on for about ten minutes about this life-changing [...Read More!]

Aug 282015
 
The Spice Market in Istanbul Gives an Unexpected Gift

Confession: We bullied our Istanbul tour guide into adding the Spice Bazaar to our packed Turkey itinerary. “Come ON,” our travel blogger pack cajoled. “We’re right here anyway, and it’s one of the most famous sights in Istanbul! We’ll make it worth your while… We’ll buy you a Turkish Delight! Or three?”

With that, our guide grinned and led us into the 350-year-old building.

It was key to have a guide in the bustle of the [...Read More!]

Jul 232015
 
Montreal, Quebec with Kids: Old Montreal and Vieux-Port

Montreal boasts so many fun things to do with kids, you truly run the risk of exhausting yourself. I admit, during our three days in the city with our 20-month-old toddler, Colin and I messed this up. We got so gluttonous about doing and seeing everything that we accidentally walked 10.5 miles the first day, and 14 miles the second. Whoops! And also: pant, pant, pant… don’t do that.

I’ve put together this guide [...Read More!]

Jun 102015
 
How is Turkish Airlines to Fly, and Behind the Scenes?

Just look at the expansive leg room in the above photo from my Boston-Istanbul flight. That, my friends, is the seductive beast known as “Business Class,” and now that I’ve encountered it, t’will be mighty difficult for this 6-foot-tall woman to fly long distances any other way!

So, what led me into the arms of Business Class? Turkish Airlines! The airline is innovating and expanding rapidly, and as part of this leap forward, hosted several travel bloggers — [...Read More!]

Mar 112015
 
The Best Travel Dresses for Easy, Pretty Glamour: Leota

Ever notice that people treat you better when you’re dressed nicely? As an experiment, what I packed for our week-long Ireland trip was… a suitcase full of cute dresses.

“How,” you may ask, “could you be so irresponsible? Dresses aren’t comfortable, nor are they durable.” Nope! If you say such things, you just haven’t yet been introduced to my favorite new dress brand: Leota.

This fashion revelation came the day I learned that my friend from college, Sarah, had [...Read More!]

Nov 172014
 
Should You Stop Dyeing Your Hair to Win More Travel?

Money for travel is hidden in all sorts of strange places. It turns out, there’s even travel loot sitting on top of your head!

Did you know that our recent Puerto Rico trip was funded by my decision to stop dyeing my hair? Calculate it like this: Hair coloring can cost between $80 and $200 per salon visit, and needs to be done at least eight times a year. Therefore, by cutting dyeing out of your life, [...Read More!]

Aug 222014
 
Beach Rental Tips, and the Best Part of Puerto Rico

Before traveling to Puerto Rico, I spent a lot of Google-icious hours trying to determine the most perfect part of the island for our young family. After our two week trip, I now have our answer: we liked the West Coast of Puerto Rico best of all!

The West Coast of Puerto Rico has a much more natural, relaxed feel than the built-up East Coast, and it’s just two hours from San Juan using a handy-dandy [...Read More!]