People have always told me that going to Africa changes your life. I never truly understood that until a trip I recently took to the Maasai Mara, a game reserve in Narok County, Kenya, that is contiguous with the Serengeti National Park in Mara Region, Tanzania. It is named in honor of the Maasai people, the ancestral inhabitants of the area. "Mara," which is Maa (the language spoken by the Maasai people) for "spotted," accurately describes the dots of trees, savanna, scrub and cloud shadows that fill the area.
One of the greatest things of being a travel professional is that I get to explore new places for my clients.
As a Virtuoso Travel Agent, I'll be able to get you special access to luxury properties, upgrades, daily full breakfasts, massages or food and beverage credits (depending on the property) as well as complimentary late check in and check out. These are perks that you can't get yourself online.
Fly into Jomo Kenyatta Int'l (NBO)
Mara Naibosho Conservancy, Kenya
Gin & Tonic
Safari in Mara Naibosho Conservancy
Visit a Maasai Village
by Patricia Serrano
Tucked away between Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary lies this hidden gem of a country. Greener than green and bluer than blue, it's easy to fall in love with the easy-going and peacefully bucolic yet jaw-dropping country side. And did I mention that the wines and the food are seriously delicious?
Rustic chic, off the beaten path, eco-luxury, understated elegance – these are phrases that have been attributed to the Central-American adventure destination, Costa Rica. These words (and more) can also be used to describe the much smaller country of Belize. Although small, it’s not lacking in adventure – with Mayan ruins peppered throughout the country, the second largest barrier reef in the world and some of the coolest cave hikes into the Mayan underworld that I’ve ever been on....
I had SUCH an amazing time in Belize that I can't wait to have you go. If you haven't already, let me book your Belize vacation for you!
As a Virtuoso Travel Agent, I'll be able to get you special upgrades, daily full breakfasts, massages or food and beverage credits (depending on the property) as well as complimentary late check in and check out. These are perks that you can't get yourself online.
Fly into Belize City (BZE)
Mountain Pine Ridge Forest Reserve, Belize
San Ignacio, Belize
Belikin Beer – The National Beer of Belize
St. Herman’s Blue Hole National Park
Horseback Ride to Xunantunich
Actun Tunichil Muknal Caves
Snorkel Silk Caye
by Patricia Serrano
I have to admit, I have a little crush on the entire country of Colombia. It's hard to dislike the people, endlessly kind and effortlessly smiling through all sorts of weather - the rainy and cloudy cool climate of the capital, Bogota and the extreme heat of Cartagena on the Caribbean Coast...
Colombia is a beautiful, magical country populated with seriously friendly people. It's a place that I definitely can't wait to have you explore. I would love to book your Colombian adventure for you!
The perks with booking with me are as a Virtuoso Travel Agent, I'll be able to get you special upgrades, daily full breakfasts, massages or food and beverage credits (depending on the property) as well as complimentary late check in and check out. These are perks that you can't get yourself online.
Fly into El Dorado Int'l (BOG)
Rafael Núñez Int'l (CTG)
Sofitel Victoria Reina (Bogota)
Sofitel Legend Santa Clara (Cartagena)
Walk on the city's old walls in Cartagena
by Patricia Serrano
The journey to West Africa is a very special adventure, at least, it was definitely for me. Filled with endless surprises, I never could have anticipated the fullness of vibrant Senegal. The sounds, the odors, the colors, the languages...
The Dead Sea
The Sea of Galilee (Lake Kineret)
Walk through Hezekiah’s Tunnel in Jerusalem's City of David, +972 2-6268700
Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem - HaZikaron, Jerusalem, 91034, Israel +972 2-644-3400
Uri Buri Fish and Seafood Restaurant - HaHagana 11, Acre, 24315, Israel +972 4-955-2212
Dr. Shakshuka - Beit Eshel 3, Tel Aviv, 68025, Israel +972 3-682-2842
Pomegranate juice from Mahane Yehuda Market in Jerusalem
Vanilla Soy Ice Cream with Halva (crushed sesame seeds and honey) at Hatchazer in Jerusalem - 7 Derech Beit Lehem, Jerusalem, +972 02-6719922
Jaffa Flea Market - East of the Clock Tower,Tel Aviv, Israel +972 3-527-2691
Ahava – Natural Dead Sea Bath Products
Nightlife in Tel Aviv
Radio EPGB - Shadal 7, Tel Aviv, 65781, Israel +972 3-560-3636
Rothschild 12 - 12 Rothschild Blvd, Tel Aviv-Jaffa, Israel +972 3-510-6430
Ilka Bar - Dizengoff 148, Tel Aviv, Israel +972 54-803-0706
Nanuchka - Lilienblum 30, Tel Aviv, Israel +972 3-516-2254
I decided to explore Cabarete, a little super laid-back hippie village about 20 minutes away from Puerto Plata that famous for hosting professional windsurfing and kitesurfing competitions. I really dug the vibe there.
Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa http://www.naturacabana.com - Paseo del Sol # 5, Perla Marina, Cabarete, Dominican Republic, +1 809-571-1507 / Mobile: +1 849-214-7010, +1 809-571-1056; email@example.com
Kitesurf at Laurel Eastman Kiteboarding School http://www.laureleastman.com; the school is located on Kite Beach on the grounds of Millennium Resort & Spa in Cabarete; +1 809-571-0564 or +1 809-853-8466 firstname.lastname@example.org
Canyon the waterfalls of Arroyo Blanco and the Magic Mushroom*
Explore (and swim) the Caves at El Choco National Park*
Snorkel in Sousa Bay*
*These tours were booked through Iguana Mama Adventure Tours http://www.iguanamama.com They are located in the heart of Cabarete Town across the street from the Scotiabank; 74 Calle Principal, Cabarete; +1- 809-654-2325;
Karaya at Natura Cabana Boutique Hotel & Spa http://www.naturacabana.com - Paseo del Sol # 5, Perla Marina, Cabarete, Dominican Republic, +1 809-571-1507 / Mobile: +1 849-214-7010, +1 809-571-1056; email@example.com
Tostones by the beach
Dominican Breakfast Sandwich at Claro Cafe https://www.facebook.com/pages/Claro-Cafe/185859354808761, Main Street 113, Cabarete, +1 809-889-1406
In honor of the upcoming Caribbean Week in NYC from June 1st to the 5th, the largest event thrown in New York City by the Caribbean Tourism Board, I wanted to share my travels in Speightstown, Barbados – my most recent experience of the Caribbean.
Fly into Grantley Adams International, Bridgetown (BGI)
Cobbler’s Cove - Speightstown, Barbados; +1 246-422-2291
Bombas Beach Bar - Turtle Bay, St. Peter, West Coast; +1 (246) 432 5664
Island Plates - 1 Town Square, Queen Street, Speightstown, Barbados; (246) 252-7793
The Fish Pot - Shermans, St. Lucy, Barbados, #27190; +1 246 439-3000
Hwy 1B, Mount Standfast; +1(246) 268 6093
Queen St, Speightstown; +1 246-422-2703
Ride a public bus and shared van
Explore Saint Martin’s Bay
Visit St. John’s Parish
San Diego Trolley (Blue Line) from San Diego to San Ysidro, Fare $2.50, Duration: Approximately 1 hour
El Salto Canyon is a beautiful hidden canyon just off the Tijuana – Ensenada Libre Highway at KM 76 (halfway between La Mision and Ensenada) The exact coordinates: Lat: 32.03694 Long: -116.7742
Ultra Light Airplane For more information check out: FlyLaSalina.com c/o Bajabrent 8-A Ave de Lorenzo, La Salina, Del Mar, Baja CA MX; 01152-646-155-4218 (mex); 760-203-2658 (vonage US/MX); Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Restaurant at La Fonda Hotel - KM 59.5 Carretera Tijuana – Ensenada La Mision, Baja California, Mexico; US Telefono:(011-52) 646-155-03-08; Telefono:646-155-03-08; E-mail: email@example.com
Lobster at Puerto Nuevo Lobster Village, the self described "Lobster Capital of Baja" is just past the town of Rosarito. Proceed another 9 miles where you will find an exit sign marked Puerto Nuevo. Exit here and turn left heading south onto the Carretera Libre (Free Road). Puerto Nuevo is located 2 miles South of the Puerto Nuevo exit on the right hand side.
When I was asked to participate in the #DoMoreCountry program, sponsored by Country Inns & Suites, I was like, hell yeah! I need a little vacay out of a humid Manhattan summer. Although this was a sponsored trip, my opinions are always my own.
Asheville West - 1914 Old Haywood Road, Asheville, NC 28806
Biltmore Square - 845 Brevard Road, Asheville, NC 28806
Downtown Tunnel Road - 199 Tunnel Road, Biltmore Estate, Asheville, NC 28805
Blue Ridge Parkway - http://blueridgeparkway.org
The Blue Ridge Parkway has numerous entrances in Asheville. Enter the Parkway at US 25 in South Asheville, US 70 in East Asheville, US 74 near Fairview and NC 191 in South Asheville.
Ride a Pedicab
Governor's Island - Summer Only
Asian Jewels Seafood Restaurant
13330 39th Ave Flushing, NY 11354
Nearest subway station: 7 train to Main St Station
284 Mulberry St (at E. Houston) b/t Houston St & Jersey St in Nolita Phone number (212) 219-0101
Address: 420 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10016
Nearest subway: 28 St stop (6 train)
I’m so addicted to travel that I signed up for a Mauiva AirCruise, a private plane jet multi-city tour where I visit 29 different attractions all over the Western United States in a week!
Golden Gate Bridge
Ride a Cable Car down Russian Hill
Valencia Street in the Mission District
Dolores Park - http://sfrecpark.org/destination/mission-dolores-park, Dolores St, and 18th
http://villaflorence.com, 225 Powell St; +1(415)397-7700
https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/originals/originals-clift-san-francisco, 495 Geary St; +1(415)7754700
http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/san-francisco, 500 California St;+1(415)677-9494
495 Geary St; +1(415) 775-4700
ALERT: WEST AFRICAN CULINARY ADVENTURE
DATES: January 30 - February 10
WHAT: Exploring exotic food markets and off-the-beaten-path farms, eating delicious food, taking private cooking lessons inspired by Pierre Thiam's latest book as well as connecting with nature... we'll be floating in a pink lake, getting up-close-and-personal with dolphins frolicking in a salt water river and visiting a private island on a nature reserve.