As cities begin to reopen, and travel slowly but surely begins to resume, many of you have been asking about the best ways to get back into travel, without going too far away from home, so that you still feel safe. With this in mind, during this month’s Q&A I’ll be answering all of your most commonly asked questions about exploring your own city, and how to plan a staycation. I think the timing of this post is particularly fitting, as we just moved to Connecticut and will be exploring our immediate area & the East Coast for the foreseeable future.
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I mentioned in this post, that we are moving to Connecticut this week! I’ve felt lots of different things about this move, but 90% of it is pure excitement to live somewhere new and different from Michigan (although I’ve heard Connecticut is a lot like Northern Michigan where I grew up, but we shall see). I’m also nervous, the good kind of nervous, about moving, because we’ve never been to Connecticut. We won’t have seen the house, the neighborhood, or anything about where we will be living until we roll up in our moving truck (thanks COVID!), yet despite the smidge of uncertainty and hesitation I’m feeling, I’m still so excited for our new adventure! Here’s what I’m looking forward to the most about moving to the East Coast.
This guide will teach you how to select the perfect hotel every time, no matter what city you’re in, with specific advice on what to consider before hitting “reserve now”. Here’s how I pick the best available hotel every single time, thereby ensuring we have a fantastic place to return to each night of our adventures.
Blair Castle Hercules Garden in Blair Atholl, Scotland was one of the most beautiful gardens we saw in the United Kingdom. Take the time to stroll through the lush garden’s winding walkways, admire hundred year old sculptures, and take in the grand simplicity of this luxuriously tranquil slice of Scottish countryside after a tour of Blair Castle.
This month’s Q&A is all about How We Create Our Travel Itineraries. Learn how a professional traveler writer researches each destination, plans the most efficient route for each day, and what I do to avoid having too much or too little time at each attraction.
Traveling to a new or unsafe place, particularly if you’re alone, can be nerve wracking or even downright scary, but it doesn’t have to be. These tips will give you the tools and awareness you need to be able to check your room for hidden cameras, secure doors to adjoining rooms occupied by another guest, make sure no one else can access your room, and help you keep an eye on your belongings and rented space, even when you’re out and about. I hope these tips help you travel more confidently and fearlessly.
Happy New Year!! Last year was extremely difficult for everyone, regardless of where we are in life, we were all impacted in a major way, so I’m not going to dwell on it, because you already know what kind of year it was. This year, I’m hopeful that things will get better for everyone, that a change in leadership will mean a new start towards a better future, and that we can all be healthier, happier, and safer than we were before. Here are my hopes and goals for 2021.
2020 was certainly a year. The pandemic shut down most of the world back in late February – early March, and nothing has been the same since. In early 2020 I had to indefinitely postpone more than 45 trips, some of which had been in the works for more than a year, I missed out…
The H Hotel in Midland, Michigan is mid-Michigan’s premiere luxury residence. This Dolce Hotel is one of the most elegant and luxurious places to stay in mid-Michigan, and as such, it’s complete with many of the same amenities as bigger city hotels. Everything about our stay here was perfect, from the staff’s swift and courteous assistance to our incredibly comfortable rooms, we wouldn’t have changed a thing. Read on to learn more about why this is the hotel we recommend to anyone visiting mid-Michigan.
Patty Huang is a Master Esthetician and skincare guru at Le Spa de l’hôtel Lotte inside Lotte Hotel Seattle in Seattle, Washington, and she truly changed my skin for the better. By following her sage advice for the last two months, my skin has become more even, hydrated, and radiant than it’s ever been, so trust me when I say she really knows her stuff. In today’s post, I’m sharing excerpts from my interview with her about her favorite tips and tricks to help care for, protect, and improve winter skin at home and in the spa, so that you can put your best skin forward over the holidays, into the new year, and beyond.
What is a Michelin star restaurant? Restaurants that earn a Michelin Star are the best of the best in the culinary world, often times boasting signature dishes, incredible atmospheres, world renowned chefs, beautiful and skillful plating, and of course phenomenal cuisine. How does the ranking system work, and who determines how many stars to award restaurants? What happens to a restaurant when they earn a Michelin star, or when they lose one? How many Michelin starred restaurants are in the world, and which cities have the most? I’m going to answer all of these questions and more for you, so you know exactly how this system works, and why it’s one of the most coveted awards in the world.