Dec 292011
 
Hello From Madrid, Spain! How Different it is This Time!

Hello From Madrid, Spain, where I am on a wonderful, whirlwind Free Teacher Training Tour run by EF Tours!

On this 5-day trip, I am in training with a group of teachers who have flown in from around the United States to prepare as much as possible to lead a group of our students abroad. In my case, I will be leading 42 Boston students to Beijing, China in just 1.5 months!

So far, this [...Read More!]

Dec 172011
 
Mansions and Danger at the Cliff Walk in Newport, R.I.

One of the most dramatic tourist attractions in New England is totally free: the 3.5-mile Cliff Walk in historic Newport, Rhode Island!

Just make sure, as this sign pictured to the left politely points out, not to hurtle off the “cliff” aspect of the whole “Cliff Walk” thing.

Here’s what makes the Cliff Walk so amazing: it’s a marriage of nature’s glory with the most opulent human-made mansions imaginable.

On one side, you have [...Read More!]

Dec 082011
 
Shanghai's Great 1,200 Foot Building, and Its Bathroom

In the previous article, we discussed the most shocking bathroom situation of my world travels.

But what is the most luxurious toilet of China?

Easy. Just go to Shanghai and travel about 1,000 feet… straight UP!

The Cloud 9 Bar and Grill is on the 87th floor of the Grand Hyatt Hotel of Shanghai, and is one of the highest-up and most beautiful bars on Earth.

It also has one of the best bathrooms in [...Read More!]

Nov 202011
 
The Most Romantic Architecture in Boston to Walk By

Since my thrilling recent marriage proposal in the Boston Public Garden, I’ve been alert to other romantic spots around Boston. Aaaaand… the winner for #1 most romantic architectural area in Boston is easy: the Christian Science Plaza by the Symphony stop on the Green Line!

Whatever your views may be on Christian Science as a belief system, the Christian Science Plaza will make you happy. Its 14-acre spread of seven diverse and wonderful [...Read More!]

Nov 132011
 
We Are Engaged! Or: How Travel Can Find and Build Love

On Wednesday I came home to find a rose petal scavenger hunt!

Under the largest petal was a beautiful letter from my beau, Colin, along with the instructions: “Go to the smallest suspension bridge in the world.”

I Googled the clue… and it turns out the smallest suspension bridge in the world is in the Boston Public Garden!

I sprinted the five blocks from our apartment to the garden and onto the bridge over [...Read More!]

Nov 072011
 
Loving Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts in Shanghai, China?!

As a hip, world-traveling American, I am supposed to run in the other direction when I see a chain store from my native country, especially if that chain is a monster like Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts.

Buuuuut… it’s not that simple. You see, rather than being disgusted by the tentacles of imperialism in corporate garb, I’m frequently fascinated and impressed.

For example, check out the lead photo of this article. Dunkin’ Donuts of [...Read More!]

Oct 272011
 
A Tale of Buns and The Best Food of China Travel

“Tell him in Chinese that we love his dumplings!” I hissed to Gareth as we walked out of the restaurant, passing by the saintly man frying and steaming the dumplings we’d just gobbled up.

My friend and I sidled up awkwardly behind the chef, waiting for an appropriate time to sing his praises.

Clouds poured from the steamed bun baskets. Oil sputtered from the giant black dumpling-frying pan. The man’s hand flew upward [...Read More!]

Oct 222011
 
The "Meet, Plan, Go" Boston 2011 Extended Travel Event!

In 17 cities across North America this past Tuesday, nearly 1,250 adults gathered for “Meet, Plan, Go!” to learn how to make their extended travel dreams a reality.

Wow!

As the Boston coordinator for the second year, I had the honor of leading a crowd of 100 fantastic people. Here is a small sampling of the photos and happenings from our life-changing event.

Doors opened at 6:15pm, and our team of 15 hard-working volunteers [...Read More!]

Oct 172011
 
The "Meet, Plan, Go!" Extended Travel Event is 10/18/11!

Want to change someone’s life… including yours? Help them learn how to travel the world for a long time, affordably.

How? By inviting them to the “Meet, Plan, Go!” events happening in 17 cities around North America tomorrow, 10/18/11!

This is my second year coordinating the Boston chapter of MPG (click here for tickets), and here’s what we have in store for you this year, you lucky ducks:

- 100 wonderful, travel-loving people in a private section of [...Read More!]

Oct 102011
 
A Group Tour of Famous Boston TV and Movie Sites

The first  hint, around 2009, that Boston is becoming a hub for filming big movies was that our Charlestown High school announcements started filling with casting calls for “teenagers with strong Boston accents.”

The next hint was last year when seven giant movie trailers set up shop down the street from my apartment and flocks of locals gathered to catch a glimpse of Mila Kunis filming “Ted.”

But it took a guided group [...Read More!]