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!]

Apr 242016
 
Delicious Food of Mont Tremblant in Quebec, Canada

Want to put a smile on your face and a growl in your tummy? Come ogle the delicious, decorative food we found in the Canadian village of Mont Tremblant, Quebec!

As you may have already seen in my previous article giving the scoop on Mont Tremblant, the town is nestled tranquilly in the mountains. Winter features skiing, and summer is about family fun, but year-round, the destination boasts a shockingly world-class culinary scene.

When our [...Read More!]

Apr 042016
 
What Do New Mothers Do All Day (and Night)? One Word.

There is a one-word answer for me to the following questions: “What do new moms DO all day… and night? Why do people say new parents don’t sleep?” and “Why do new mothers disappear?” The one-word answer is something that many women with newborns do (70% in the U.S.) — and do for up to 35 hours a week — but that is seldom discussed or understood in terms of the time it [...Read More!]

Mar 182016
 
Lovely Vineyards of the Finger Lakes, New York

As the weather warms, summer travel schemes bubble in my brain, and my thoughts turn to our fantastic Finger Lakes, New York escapades last summer. A huge highlight of that week was touring the famous vineyards of the region.

Now, before you slam shut the computer because you aren’t a wine fan, know that I was secretly pregnant the whole trip, and thus never once imbibed — but still had a fabulous time! [...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!]

Jan 022016
 
The Surprising Truth About the Best Food in Dubai

One of the best parts of traveling is tasting the local food, but there is a surprising catch to eating in Dubai: Over 75% of the population of the United Arab Emirates is foreign, meaning that it is far easier to find U.S. and European restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory and Coldstone Creamery than Emirati cuisine!

Luckily, during my travels in Dubai, wise hosts guided me to the top Emirati restaurant in the city — a [...Read More!]

Oct 252015
 
Why Southbridge, MA is a Brilliant Weekend Getaway

A dreamy New England getaway with family is possible just an hour west of Boston! For my birthday weekend, I had the opportunity to explore the area around Southbridge, Massachusetts, and I officially declare it a hidden gem. Here are tips on where to stay, eat, and play in the area.

Where to stay: The Southbridge Hotel and Conference Center is the winner for convenience and comfort, and what a fascinating story it has! [...Read More!]

Oct 042015
 
Fabulous Food in the Fresh Air of the Finger Lakes, NY

If you’re traveling through the Finger Lakes region of New York State, it’s only logical to use your fingers to shove delicious food into your mouth while gazing out at lakes, right?

During our family’s week in the Finger Lakes, I was secretly pregnant, and thus so ravenous that I took as many photos of the food we ate as the majestic canyons at Watkins Glen State Park. The good news about this [...Read More!]

Sep 272015
 
And Our Favorite Travel Destination of the Year Is...

As a travel blogger, it is joy to encounter a destination that I can recommend wholeheartedly. I call a place like this an “Easy Win Destination” because it’s not only easy to get to, but guarantees awesome sights, food, and happiness. This year I traveled near and far, but of all those places I saw, the award for #1 spot I’d suggest you go to is…

…Quebec City, Canada! There are googobs of reasons why our family [...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. “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 blue cheese.

So, why was this mean? [...Read More!]