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!]

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 282015
 
Montreal Family Travel: The Best Park, Art, and Festivals

People have been yelling at me about my first “Montreal with Kids” article, furious that their yearning to visit the city is now unbearable. Well, watch out, because the advice in this second Montreal family travel installment is even more alluring.

As with the first article, here I shall lay out a great family itinerary you can do over one or two days in Montreal. Do keep in mind that the city is [...Read More!]

Jul 022015
 
Irish Breakfast and a Luxury Hotel Near Ashford Castle

When traveling in Ireland, you must decide: How many days in a row can you eat a full Irish breakfast without popping? This traditional, delicious feast consists of the following: Sausage, bacon “rashers,” black and white pudding (pork, oats, and pork blood for black), fried tomato, potatoes, and eggs, all cooked in butter and graced with a heap of Irish soda bread, tea, and orange juice. Wow!

As a proud glutton, I ate a full Irish breakfast [...Read More!]

Jun 162015
 
Limerick, Ireland: We Didn't Expect How Great It Is!

Our time in Limerick was infuriating. Why? During our Ireland road trip, we only allotted one day to tour the city, and I ached the whole time for more time to explore! The city has SO much more to offer than we realized, from arts, to nightlife, to historic castles. Let’s take a peek at lovely Limerick, shall we?

One of the most beloved tourist attractions in Limerick is King John’s Castle, which towers above [...Read More!]

May 312015
 
Why an Ireland Travel Plan Should Include Westport

Ireland has countless cute towns, so the fact that Westport in County Mayo was voted the best place to live in the entire country in 2012 holds major clout. Besides being deliciously livable, Westport is also an excellent place to visit, given its wide variety of historic, natural, and doggone charming attractions.

To begin to understand why people adore Westport, one must first look at the geography. Westport is nestled between mountains and an ocean inlet, providing [...Read More!]