Nov 202016
 
Autumn in Boston's Arboretum is a Must-See Attraction

Ever heard of “Forest Bathing?” Maybe you’ve done it already without realizing! Known as Shinrin-Yoku in Japan (where the practice is wildly popular), Forest Bathing is the act of wandering the woods to lift your spirits. In other words, it’s nature therapy. Want to know the perfect place and time to do that in Boston, Massachusetts? The epically beautiful Arnold Arboretum during autumn!

The Arboretum is a treasure. In fact, the park was North America’s first public arboretum, [...Read More!]

Oct 232016
 
Boston's Biggest Public Park Has Something for Everyone

Boston’s largest public park is rarely known by visitors, so allow me to let you in on the secret: Franklin Park is a 527-acre green-space with something for everyone… including a zoo, a golf course, monthly events, majestic ruins, and fifteen miles of walking paths!

The park was designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted in the 1880s as the final piece of Boston’s Emerald Necklace park system — a ribbon of green encompassing other gems like Jamaica Pond and the [...Read More!]

Sep 252016
 
Jamaica Pond: Boston's Best Place Tourists Don't Know

Tourists flock to Boston from around the world, yet almost none of them know about one of our city’s most beautiful spots to visit: Jamaica Pond. I must let you in on the secret, as Boston is my favorite city ever, and seeing photos of this pond may just spur you to book your ticket here!

Jamaica Pond is located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, just a few stops from any Copley Square hotel [...Read More!]

Jun 132016
 
Provincetown, MA Has Some of Cape Cod's Best Food

“What did you do in Provincetown?” asked my friend, upon my return from a three-day jaunt with baby to that famed tip of Cape Cod. I had no choice but to tell the truth: “We ate. A LOT.”

What follows is the guide I wish I had read before spending hours searching for fast, affordable (well, affordable for a town known for its high prices), DELICIOUS bites in Provincetown. All of these spots [...Read More!]

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!]