Positive Changes to Keep in a Post-COVID World

Sometimes it feels easier to focus on the negative, especially these days when it seems as though negativity is flying at you from multiple angles and sources. Our world has never seen anything like this and the media continues to do everything they can to remind us that we should be fearful of our neighbors,Continue reading “Positive Changes to Keep in a Post-COVID World”

6 Family Fun Things to Do in South Florida

Growing up in South Florida, I spent a great deal of time at either a beach or a pool and was completely content to do just that. However, now that I’m an adult, I have become interested in exploring the local community when I travel, including when I’m back in South Florida for a holiday.Continue reading “6 Family Fun Things to Do in South Florida”

Vancouver in 72 Hours

As I divulged the details about my recent adventure with family and friends, a question I often received was, “How did you decide on Vancouver?” The first half of my answer is frequently the same for any new travel destination: good food and a beautiful destination. The second half of my answer was less common:Continue reading “Vancouver in 72 Hours”

Get to Know the Real Nashville

It happened seemingly overnight. ABC’s television drama, “Nashville”, premiered in 2012 to 8.93 million viewers followed shortly thereafter by a New York Times piece crowning Nashville as the new “it” city. Fast forward to 2019 and the city continues its rapid growth, averaging 90 people moving to Nashville a day. This record-setting population boom hasContinue reading “Get to Know the Real Nashville”

Kentucky Derby Tips for First Timers

The hats. The dresses. The horses. The roses. This what comes to mind when you think of the Kentucky Derby. But how do you prepare for actually attending the Derby? How do you know what to wear, bring, or expect? Step One – ask a veteran! This year I had the privilege of attending theContinue reading “Kentucky Derby Tips for First Timers”

5 Reasons to Visit Porto

Within the last five years, tourism in Portugal has absolutely exploded. The country is experiencing a renaissance of sorts, investing its new tourism dollars back into the infrastructure, renovating and restoring the architecture that has long been ignored. Portugal is full of European charm and a growing food scene and, all the while, is stillContinue reading “5 Reasons to Visit Porto”

Eating (& drinking) my way around Portugal

I don’t typically like shirts with phrases on them. Is there ever a shirt that really represents who you are regardless of the setting? Perhaps I’m thinking about it too much but I often find the sayings pressed across a shirt to be unnecessary, rude, or dumb. Therefore, what I’m about to share is aContinue reading “Eating (& drinking) my way around Portugal”

Ali in Peru: My trip to one of the Seven Wonders of the World

Viewing images of Machu Picchu has always sparked a complexity of emotions for me. The ancient ruins atop a sea of mountains stirs up feelings of curiosity, awe, inspiration, with a hint of jealousy; jealousy for all those who have made the trek ahead of me. It was a destination that felt out of reachContinue reading “Ali in Peru: My trip to one of the Seven Wonders of the World”

5 Reasons to Add Chile to Your Travel Bucket List

Chile is absolutely stunning and, for many of us, it’s not often at the top of our travel bucket list — but it should be! I traveled south to Chile for a week and was endlessly impressed by the natural beauty of this country. The majority of my trip was centered around Patagonia, though IContinue reading “5 Reasons to Add Chile to Your Travel Bucket List”

7 Plane Etiquette Tips for Travelers

With the holiday season upon us and a final push to solidify our travel plans, it’s time to brush up on plane etiquette. While some rules of plane etiquette are well known and obvious, others are more unspoken, though still widely understood. As a frequent traveler, I’ve collected a list of seven travel tips toContinue reading “7 Plane Etiquette Tips for Travelers”