Saint Lucia is a seriously beautiful country. The island has the white sand beaches and sparkling blue water that the Caribbean is famous for, but it also boasts magnificent mountains (like their famous Pitons), volcanoes and rainforests. It’s diversity makes it the perfect island for anyone, offering plenty of adventure for risk-seekers and adrenaline junkies, but also plenty of beautiful beaches for those that just want to relax. Locals are friendly and welcoming and there are many opportunities for visitors to get a real taste of local culture during their stay, either by trying the famous island roti from street or beach vendors, or by visiting Anse La Raye on Friday night for the weekly fish festival. I was lucky enough to spend a few blissful days on this unique, diverse island in September. My only regret is not staying longer. (more…)
The last vacation I took was in March. It is now August and 3-4 months is about my limit before I start freaking out and demanding to travel and vacate somewhere. Actually, I did go to Miami in June but it was only for 48 hours. 48 hours does not a vacation make. It was a tease.
Travel is such a release for me. If you’ve read about me, you know I often feel most at home in airports and that I am happiest when I’m traveling. Or eating. Really, eating while traveling. Unfortunately, my day job doesn’t allow me to go as often as I’d like but one also needs money to travel and, so, I stay and I work. And I save money for about 3 to 4 months and then I buy myself a plane ticket and book a room. And I go. Ideally, one day I’ll be able to work as a writer, for myself, or for someone else who doesn’t need me in an office, and I can travel more frequently. But until that day come, this is the routine. (more…)
I recently spent the weekend in South Beach for a bachelorette party and although the entire trip was fun, one of the highlights of the trip, at least for me, was lunch at The Dutch Miami. First of all, one of the other bridesmaids happens to work at The Dutch New York and was able to get us a pretty amazing discount but aside from that, the food and setting are both phenomenal. If it’s not too hot, dine outside. It’s absolutely dreamy. By the way, they have one of the cutest about pages ever. (more…)
I’m in the phase of life where many of my friends and peers are getting married. About three weeks ago, I was a bridesmaid in my friend’s wedding in Vermont and just this past weekend, I flew to Miami for a whirlwind bachelorette celebration for another friend who asked me to be a bridesmaid in her September wedding. I was looking forward to both occasions, but to be honest was not expecting to enjoy them as much as I actually did. I knew they would be fun, but I didn’t realize how much I truly needed these mini vacations. (more…)
I am a beach person. I want to be anywhere there is sand, sunshine and salt water. I’ve been to some really amazing beaches including beaches in Costa Rica, Southeast Asia, Europe, Hawaii, and the Caribbean, but it’s hard for me to pick a favorite because each beach is special in it’s own right. The beaches in Thailand have an exotic feel to them. Thai fishing boats are scattered along the sand and you can see some really amazing (and dangerous) sea life as well. The beaches of Hawaii are beautiful, obviously, and many of them have the backdrop of mountains and volcanoes. Beaches in the Caribbean are famous for the fine, white sand and the crystal, clear water. There are surfing beaches, snorkeling beaches, and beaches made for relaxation. I can’t pick a favorite because they all speak to me in different ways but the beaches of Cococay in the Bahamas are definitely high on my list. (more…)
A little over a week ago I embarked upon my first cruise! Admittedly I was a little nervous about it. Would I feel trapped? Would seeing only ocean with no signs of land freak me out? Would I get sea sick? And, perhaps the most important question of all, would the food on the ship be good? I’m happy to report: no, no, no & YES!!! This could be dangerous. I think I could easily become one of those people that lives on cruise ships, that is, if my financial situation didn’t hinder me. I’m not kidding when I tell you we met someone that was going on his 1,000 something cruise.
Seriously though, what a great time. I spent eight blissful days aboard The Grandeur of the Seas, part of Royal Caribbean’s vision class of ships, as it cruised through Florida and The Bahamas. What a fun way to travel! I’m lucky I happen to enjoy flying, but for those of you who don’t, cruising could be your new best friend! People aren’t lying when they say cruise ships are basically like floating cities. The possibilities are endless. (more…)
If I’m being honest I generally hate ordering salads when I’m out to eat. It always seems like such a waste. There are usually so many other things on the menu I would rather be eating than a boring old salad. Don’t get me wrong, there are definitely moments when I crave salad and when made with fresh, good quality ingredients salads can be really yummy. But for the most part when I’m out to eat I always want to try other things on the menu. It’s pretty easy to skip over the salad section. (more…)
This was hands down my favorite meal of the summer, perhaps my favorite meal in years. I cannot remember the last time my taste buds rejoiced the way they did with this meal. We were in Maui on vacation and had decided to hike to a waterfall that morning. We were in gym shorts and t-shirts and probably could have used a good shower after the hike and the swim in the waterfall but we were all really hungry and remembered passing a cool restaurant on the drive up to the waterfall. We decided we would stop on the way back for lunch and hope there wasn’t a dress code.
The place was called Mama’s Fish House and happened to be sitting on one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever seen. The view was absolutely breathtaking. I could have stayed there all day. The restaurant is open air and sits on it’s own private beach. Between the ocean breezes, the view and the soft Hawaiian music playing in the background, I felt like I was in heaven. Mama’s Fish House is also one of the fancier restaurants on Maui. We were underdressed to say the least. It’s the kind of place you wear your best to and you definitely don’t wear your workout clothes after schlepping up a mountain and swimming in questionable, murky (freezing) water. Nonetheless, they sat us and no one questioned our attire. (more…)
Believe it or not my favorite place to eat at the Jersey shore is not a seafood joint. Most people really look forward to the fresh seafood when eating at the beach but my favorite beach restaurant happens to be a casual little restaurant that serves up Mexican and Tex Mex food. Ever since we moved to New Jersey, my family has been taking summer vacations in Wildwood. I have eaten at numerous restaurants there, some fancy, some casual and dinner at Bandanas Mexican Grille is still the meal I look forward to the most. The festive atmosphere and the delicious food keep me coming back each summer. And, by the way, I’m not a dessert person but the dessert here is FANTASTIC. (more…)
Matt and I recently returned from a week in Maui with Matt’s family. The week went by way too quickly, as all vacations tend to do, and now it’s back to our jobs/lives/errands in Jersey. Maui is absolutely beautiful. You MUST go. Add it to your bucket list. I have been to Oahu and Kauai as well, and Kauai is probably my favorite because of the untouched beaches and the natural feel of the island. However, Maui was a close second. We snorkeled, jumped off cliffs (eek!), read on the beach, hiked to a waterfall, and of course, ate some pretty amazing food. Here are some highlights and favorite moments from my trip: (more…)