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.
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.
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.
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.
Well 2017 was a year, that’s for sure. In writing this travel year in review article, I realized that 2017 was truly a mixed bag. Full of highs and full of lows. So let’s get it started with this 2017 travel year in review. And here’s to 2018.
Paris isn’t just the “city of light.” It has long been known as a haven for Blacks and Black Americans, even back to the World War era. Learning more about the rich history of Paris and its acceptance and fondness of members of the African diaspora was one of the driving reasons that I made sure to take the Black Paris Tour on my trip. And my complimentary tour was definitely one of the highlights of the visit to the city. Here is my Black Paris Tour review.
When you think wine production in the United States, I am fairly confident that Chicagoland doesn’t come to mind. Because Chicago = pretty darn cold a good portion of the year. Even growing up outside of Chicago and returning there multiple times a year since that time, I have to admit that wine wasn’t the forefront in my thoughts of the area. And I certainly hadn’t heard of Lynfred Winery until recently. But I am glad I recently discovered this Chicagoland gem and that we got to experience a complimentary tasting, courtesy of the winery.
When I was in Chiang Mai, I had the opportunity to visit Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary devoted to rescuing and rehabilitating them in Thailand. But this sanctuary is the exception, not the rule. Most outfits allow tourists to ride elephants, many times up steep hills with seats on their backs. After I learned all that I learned in Thailand about the ethical treatment of elephants in Asia, it is safe to say I will never ride them.
Thailand is known for its massages, and in many instances you can find spas sprinkled throughout the city. But if you want an upscale spa still at a fraction of the cost of a similar service in America, then Dahra Spa is your spot. They treated me to a complimentary, lovely spa experience for my birthday in Bangkok. Here is my recount of the birthday treat and Dahra Spa Bangkok review.