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Portland Self-Guided Lighthouse Tour

Before I got to Portland, Maine, I knew two major things that drove me to the destination. Those things were Maine lobster (which I had my fill of, trust me) and lighthouses. But because I visited the city at the end of April—before the high season really started—many of the tours of the lighthouses weren’t yet available. So I decided to create one myself. Here are my tips and discoveries from my self-guided Maine lighthouse tour.

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Ontario Wine Tasting Tour with Niagara Vintage Wine Tours

Until very recently, I would have never thought to put the words Canada and wineries together. This is especially true for the Eastern part of the country where, quite frankly, it is unreasonably cold for much of the year. So the idea of wineries outside of Toronto in the greater Ontario region was definitely not something I was familiar with as someone who loves a good wine tasting and winery visit. Then, I began to dig deeper and I learned about Niagara on the Lake and the fast-growing wine region, and decided I needed to visit on my trip to the area. So my Dad, who I actually introduced to the glorious world of wine tasting, flew into Toronto to meet me for a few days. We drove down from Toronto (about 90 minuets) to catch the beauty of the Niagara Falls and to take a full day wine tasting tour with Niagara Vintage Wine Tours, who provided my Dad and I with complimentary tours to experience all that the region had to offer. We had an amazing time and here is my review of our day trip wine tasting tour plus lunch with Niagara Vintage Wine Tours.

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Two Days in Norfolk and Virginia Beach

I hadn’t been to the Virginia Beach area since I was looking at colleges in the area almost two decades ago. So other than the Naval Base and what was sure to be good seafood, I didn’t know much about the area. And I certainly didn’t have much insight on Norfolk. So with only two days to explore and the assistance of Visit Norfolk (who gave me complimentary attraction passes), I was able to get a little taste of the area. While there is still a ton more to see on my next visit, here is what I did in two days in Norfolk and Virginia Beach.

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How to Do Dubai Like a Boss

Dubai—and the United Arab Emirates as a whole—is a locale that almost requires visitors to have a high-end, Instagram-worthy experience. It’s a place to take dope pictures and indulge in the finest luxuries. While this isn’t my typical MO for traveling, I have to admit, the Dubai and UAE experience sweeps you up, begging you to and stunt for the ‘Gram. But it’s okay, because, well…Dubai. After living it up for a few days, I present you with a guide for how to do Dubai like a boss.

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Dubai by Sky with HeliDubai

The United Arab Emirates—and especially Dubai—is an area that begs to be viewed on a grand scale. The Dubai skyline especially is picturesque, and what better way to see and experience it than from above. That’s why, on my recent trip to Dubai, I opted to take a helicopter ride with HeliDubai over the city to take in the views. My ride with HeliDubai, who gave me a complimentary media ride, was definitely one of the highlights of my trip.

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Rejuvenating Weekend in Playa del Carmen

Sometimes, I just need to get away. Not some long, complicated trip to some far off land. When I am feeling like I’m not centered or I need just a *second* for myself, the water is usually where I go. It’s healing and soothing and all of the things you need when you need to just reflect. The time had come and for this get away I decided to spend a long weekend in Playa del Carmen, Mexico.

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