Sep 012013
 
YUM! An Italian Food Market Tour of Boston's North End

I expected luscious Italian food in my mouth during the Boston North End Italian market tour I just returned from, but I didn’t realize I would also learn shocking facts about my own kitchen and city.

Our tour group of a dozen folks from around the country assembled at 10am just past the Haymarket T station. Before us opened the (hungry) mouth of the North End: Boston’s “Little Italy,” a famed commercial neighborhood [...Read More!]

Aug 262013
 
Do You Need to Rent a Car in Hawaii? Photos of Why...

So you’re headed to Hawaii and want to save some money. “Hey,” you may suggest, “maybe we can save cash for more Mai Tais if we simply don’t rent a car!” But… hold your seahorses, buster, and listen up.

You see, the Big Island of Hawaii is comprised of vastly differing nooks and crannies, each of which is nearly impenetrable without a car. And public transport? Not gonna happen. Check out all [...Read More!]

Aug 172013
 
Riding an Elephant Up to the Amber Palace in India

“Decide now,” said our India Teacher Tour guide last December, “will you ride an elephant up the mountain to the Amber Palace, or walk?”

We looked at each other, paused… then sighed: “RIDE!”

The long line of elephant-craving tourists moved forward smoothly. At the front, we saw why: an authoritative gentleman barked elephant assignments to each visitor clump and bid them rapidly jump off the staircase to the elephant-back-box. We hopped on, and [...Read More!]

Aug 082013
 
The #1 Hotel in the World: Best Hawaii Babymoon Ever

Ever heard of a “Babymoon?” They’re all the rage now, mammacita. The idea is that pregnancy is the last time for a while that a couple can relax and enjoy luxury without juggling diapers, milk situations, and general baby mayhem… so they should vacation it up!

But where would we choose to Babymoon? The answer was clear the moment we booked our plane tickets for my dear friend Meg‘s wedding on Hawaii’s [...Read More!]

Aug 022013
 
Delicious Video: Sunset Dinner at a Hawaii Resort

It was a five course dinner on the Big Island of Hawaii, relished as the sun set over the ocean and our soon-to-be-son kicked my belly from the inside. The food was so good that I couldn’t resist making my first ever video for this site. Do click it, and enjoy my cheesy narration!

So what do you think? What would have been your favorite part of the meal (taste-wise or visually)? [...Read More!]

Jul 262013
 
Four Straight Years of Travel Blogging: A Celebration!

This week marks FOUR straight years travel blogging on AroundTheWorldL.com! When I published my first ever post on July 26, 2009 right before leaving Boston to circumnavigate the globe, I had no idea that travel blogging would bring me so much joy that I would carve out hours each day for the next four years to work on it… and look forward to blogging for many more years to come!

Statistics-wise, I have now published 543 [...Read More!]

Jul 222013
 
Is a Cape Cod Vacation Worth It? 6 Reasons Why...

I’ve lived in Massachusetts most of my life, but never spent more than two days on world-famous Cape Cod. Foolish me! At last, this month I spent a heavenly week in Wellfleet (near the tip of the Cape) in a rented house with family. So was a classic Cape Cod summer vacation worth it? YES! Here are six reasons why.

1. The food. Lobster rolls! Fresh seafood! Even some hippie, healthy food! We [...Read More!]

Jul 142013
 
3 Stunning Lake Sunsets in 3 New Hampshire Days

Over 18,000 people have read my article on beautiful fall foliage of New Hampshire, and now you have a chance to see the lovely lake from that article in another season! Last week I voyaged back to that land of no internet and stunning scenery, this time in mid-summer.

Would this New Hampshire pond, nestled behind sprawling Silver Lake just south of the White Mountains, be as beautiful without the autumn leaves? [...Read More!]

Jul 082013
 
A Secret To Happy Pregnancy From West Africa Travel

Now halfway through my pregnancy, everything is suddenly so much better. Why? Because I finally realized something. This requires a travel metaphor to explain.

When I lived in Ghana, West Africa in 2010, it was HOT. Look at the first photo in this article and gasp at the massive size of the sun. It was like that every day. HEAT. SUN. HEAT. Bam!

Unfortunately, I dealt with this reality of Ghana like a fool: [...Read More!]

Jun 292013
 
Do the Skyline and Art of Toronto, Canada Surprise You?

In my recent jaunt to Toronto, Canada for the world’s biggest travel blogger conference, two things particularly impressed me about the city: its artsy funkiness, and its skyline. 

This article will weave together the two elements in a confusing manner, so hold onto your brain. The artsy side shall be demonstrated by the hip storefronts from Kensington Market, Toronto. The city’s luminous skyline will be shown in photos from an evening boat ride [...Read More!]