As soon as you approach the Le Meridien Delfina Santa Monica, you know it is something special. The hotel, located four blocks from the beach in Santa Monica exudes class and luxury, but the little added bonuses let you know that they actually care about you as a guest.
Whenever I travel, I try to experience a place like the locals do. Not to mention, I am a sucker for delicious food. So a foodie tour is often a great option for experiencing a city or country as a local and trying out those small spots that may be off the radar. So when I ventured to Turks and Caicos for some R&R, the first thing I researched was foodie tours, and I found the lovely Taste of TCI Food Tours Turks and Caicos.
Providenciales, Turks and Caicos is a pretty laid back, chill atmosphere. So when we were on the hunt for a few activities to do on the island, one of the highly recommended ones was beach horseback riding with Provo Ponies. So we embarked on a half-day ride with Provo Ponies leading the way.
Turks and Caicos is not an inexpensive island. If you want upscale and high-quality accommodations, you will have to pay prices on the higher end of the tourist spectrum. But there is one place that is definitely worth it: The West Bay Club Providenciales on Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos.
I ate three helpings of the kale salad.
I don’t think you are understanding what I’m saying. I ate three helpings of kale salad. It was absolutely fantastic… And I don’t even like kale. That is the beauty of Yellow Tomato Catering. They made me like kale.
Yellow Tomato Catering is a family-owned, mobile catering and foodie business based in Pasadena. They specialize in clean yet deliciously unique meals and Yellow Tomato was just featured in LA Travel Magazine. I had the amazing opportunity to sit down to a chef’s tasting with Alexandria Dotson, owner of Yellow Tomato, and I was not disappointed.
Martinique is an island that is not ready for the wave of widespread U.S. tourism to hit it. While new hotel construction is starting on the island, the main source of stays seems to be in home rental locations. But there are a few high-end, boutique hotels that have great locations and offer customers modern rooms. LaPagerie Hotel is one of those hotels.
Martinique is a beautiful country with a unique culture and history. But driving can be a…challenge, to put it mildly. Between the scarcity of automatic vehicles (I don’t drive stick) and the, shall we say, veracity and technique of Martinique drivers, driving in the country was high on our priority list. Yet in order to view the island to the fullest, you need a car because cabs are exorbitant. Enter Karambole Tours.
If you have been paying any sort of attention to airline deals, you cannot have helped but to notice Norwegian Air Shuttle. Norwegian is largely a newcomer on the American scene, offering inexpensive flights from the U.S. to Europe and parts of the Caribbean.
But Norwegian is what would be a budget or a la carte carrier, meaning that you pay for most things individually based upon your needs. Paying for baggage is nothing new (but it actually less than the American airlines bag fees if you pay online in advance, with the fee only being $17 each way), but Norwegian also requires you pay for your seat selection ($17 each way), and all on-board refreshments.
Still, with the fares they are offering, I decided to give them a whirl, especially since they are now offering flights from the West Coast to Europe. Below is my Norwegian Air Shuttle review.
“You only learn by doing three things: reading, traveling, and dreaming.”
~Mr. Brown, Ben’s Chili Bowl
When in D.C., you do Ben’s Chili Bowl. It’s kind of just the rule. So when we went on a family girl-trip to the District a few months ago, you know that our first stop after our bags at the hotel.
“Every time you tear a leaf off a calendar, you present a new place for new ideas and progress.”
I am a big fan of SMART goals. So with this new year upon us, I decided to build on what I have learned from this year and make some new goals. I still hold my Wanderlustful Part 1 and Part 2 goals, but here’s looking to 2016 and all that it has in store. These are my 2016 goals for travel and life.