Meet Christian, a local I like to call the Dominican version of Steven Tyler. Ask him about the infamous lead singer of Aerosmith though, and he will flash a genuine smile, as he tells you he’s never heard of him. Don’t question his honesty because he’s not joking or lying, he just happens to live in a very different world than a lot of us do. A world I was lucky enough to catch a glimpse of during my trip to Punta Cana at the end of June. Travel can be a great escape from your 9-5. It’s a chance to truly relax as we flee from those responsibilities that are eagerly waiting back at home for us. I always look forward to those long sunny vacation days spent lounging on white sandy beaches, and cooling off in warm crystal-clear oceans.  This summer I enjoyed the Caribbean while reconnecting with one of my favorite settings in a new place, the Bavaro Beach in the Dominican Republic. ​​SMLXL As much as I love lazy days unwinding by the ocean, there is so much more you can gain from travel. Tell me I can only bring one thing home from my recent trip, and it wouldn’t be a souvenir I bought or a fresh suntan. My memories are always at the top of the list. I can thank the wonderful people I met in Punta Cana for not only teaching me something new, but also, sharing their world with me. People… View Post

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There’s nothing like visiting a new place, especially one that’s so different from everywhere else you’ve ever been. So when I set out to Colorado on July 13th, I was more than excited to finally discover what all the hype was about for myself. I’ve had several friends move there within the past year, and being a beach-loving, East coast gal, I couldn’t understand the appeal of living in a landlocked state. Immediately when I was picked up by my friend D at the airport, I could tell. Sure it was too overcast to really see the mountains clearly, but the change in the air, the vibes of the people, and just the overall way of life in Denver seemed to be beaming with positivity. ​​SMLXL C & her friend D at the first stop in Denver – Tacos Tequila Whiskey D picked me up from the airport and we drove back towards the city. She lives in the LoHi neighborhood right across the bridge from downtown. Our first stop? Happy hour and tacos, obviously. What’s another wonderful way to get to know a new place? Food! And Denver does not cease to disappoint! We had delicious margaritas and tacos (pork belly, fried chicken & carnitas to be exact) and some mouthwatering nachos that can easily enter my Top 10 best of all time! ​​SMLXL Best nachos ever at Tacos Tequila Whiskey I arrived in Denver in the evening, so after happy hour and dinner, it was time to go home and call it an… View Post

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Picture this: You’re walking down the cobblestone streets of Rome, looking around in amazement as you try to comprehend that some of the things in this great city have been around for thousands of years. You’d always wanted to visit here, but it never happened for one reason or another. Maybe you didn’t have the money to afford a fancy trip, or you couldn’t find someone to go with you. However, here you are standing in the spot you’ve longed to be for so long… and you made it happen. ​​SMLXL Traveling alone is something everyone should do before they die. Add it to your Wanderlist, if you will. Of course traveling with friends or family is always great since it means someone to share the journey and memories with, but there are so many benefits to flying solo.  By the time you hear why, you’ll be planning your next trip as a one-man-wolfpack. For starters, its the vacation you want. You get to pick the place. You get to pick where you stay. You get to pick how much money you want to spend and what you want to spend it on. Have you ever been on a group trip and you had to spend time and money on that tour of yet another museum, when you would’ve rather spent it just walking the city streets, soaking up the real culture? We all have done things we don’t want to do on group trips, it’s part of being a great traveling… View Post

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When I visited Germany in the winter of 2008, I had no idea what kind of experience I was about to embark on. I was young, just having turned 18, and I had a skewed vision of the German people, as being harsh, and stuck in their WWII-past. I was more than pleasantly surprised when I was greeted by nothing other than kindness and hospitality. The friendly German people were nothing like I had imagined them to be, and it really blew my mind. As a country with a history forever tainted by the terrible acts of Hitler in WWII, it’s hard not to think of this dark history when you think of Germany. For this reason, I made it a point to very much immerse myself in the German’s WWII history when I was there, so I could see just how it was compared to how the country is now. I visited Berlin and saw where the wall used to divide East and West Germany. I visited Checkpoint Charlie and saw what it was like for people trying to escape the communism to cross into the American sector. But the most eye opening part of my trip, and perhaps any trip I’ve ever been on, was visiting Buchenwald and Dachau concentration camps. Going on vacation, you don’t expect to go to a place with such a horrifying past. You see beautifully historic palaces, scenic landscapes, pretty beaches, etc. So when I found out I would be heading to not one, but two places where more than 6… View Post

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Take a vacation fit for a king. No literally…. In Germany there are many castles, and we’ve picked our favorite of some of the most beautiful ones this European country has to offer. Add these to your Wanderlist and you’ll really be traveling in the lap of luxury. Schwerin Palace ​​SMLXL -Schwerin, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany Built: 1845-1857 Wartburg Castle ​​SMLXL -Eisenach, Thuringia, Germany Built: 1067 *C has been to this castle on a trip to Germany Heidelberg Castle ​​SMLXL -Heidelberg, Germany Built: 1214 Hohenzollern Castle ​​SMLXL -Berg Hohenzollern, Baden-Württemberg, Germany Built: 1846-1867 Linderhof Palace ​​SMLXL -Bavaria, Germany Built: Unknown *C has been on a trip to Germany Schloss Nordkirchen ​​SMLXL -Nordkirchen, Coesfeld, North Rhine Westphalia, Germany Built: 1703-1734 Schloss Babelsberg ​​SMLXL -Potsdam, Brandenburg, Germany Built: 1835-1849 Glücksburg Castle ​​SMLXL -Glücksburg, Germany Built: 1582-1587 Neuschwanstein Castle ​​SMLXL -Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, Germany -1869-1896 Much love and wandering…

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