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Where to Stay in the Finger Lakes: Best Towns, Hotels & Resorts

The Finger Lakes offers a little bit of everything for all types of travelers. That’s why it’s one of my favorite places to visit in New York State! For outdoor lovers, this includes stunning waterfalls, swimming holes, horseback riding, and some of New York’s most epic hiking trails. If you love culture and history, the…

Dominican Republic Culture, Traditions & Important History to Know Before Your Trip

Hello dear reader, it seems you’ve clicked right into a Dominican culture pop quiz! A couple of questions for you: In the Dominican Republic, do you kiss both cheeks when saying hello or just one?  Is it appropriate to turn down homemade food when offered to you?  Are Dominicans Black? White? Indigenous?  Which religions do…

34 Best Dominican Republic Beaches + Beautiful Hidden Gems

As one of the most popular vacation destinations in the Caribbean, it is safe to assume that when people think Dominican Republic, they think BEACHES. And Dominican Republic beaches are plentiful since the country boasts about 800 miles of coastline; with the Atlantic Ocean creating wonderful surf waves in the north, and the Caribbean sea…

17 Charming Small Towns on Long Island to Visit + Hidden Gems

From wine country to historic lighthouses, beaches to art galleries and museums, Long Island is the perfect getaway from New York City. Just a 1-3 hour’s drive (or train ride) from NYC, these towns on Long Island offer interesting cultural sites, fabulous restaurants, and plenty of fun outdoor experiences. For those looking for a break…

30+ Easy NYC Weekend Getaways for Every Traveler

Looking for a New York weekend trip getaway away from the hustle and bustle of city living? Whether you want to reconnect with nature, relax in a serene spa, or catch a different cultural experience, there are several beautiful destinations within a few hours of New York City to choose from. Here are our favorite…

40+ Dominican Slang Words & Phrases You Should Know

photo of local Dominican Republic landscape and culture and the text that reads: dominican slang words and phrases

Picture this: You’re by the Malecon, or in la Zona Colonial, perhaps even somewhere in the vibrant nightlife of Santiago, drinking Presidente’s with your new Dominican friends. You’re not an expert in Spanish, but you’re fluent enough to make a joke here and there and order another beer. A scuffle breaks out nearby, and your…

Charming Hidden Gems in Orlando for a Lovely Vacation

Over 65 million travelers visited Orlando in 2016, with a large chunk interested in theme parks and the resort scene. However, did you know that the Orlando region also offers off-the-beaten-path delights to explore as well? So if you are wondering what to do in Orlando instead of Disney and/or you need a break from…

27 Beautiful Hikes Near Nashville for Your Outdoor Adventures

hiking to the top of a rock in tennessee to a trail called snoopers rock which is near nashville

Planning a trip to the Country Music Capital of the World? Nashville may be the perfect destination for your bachelorette party or music festival. However, Music City is also a great spot for recreation and outdoor adventure. In fact, Nashville and the surrounding areas have thousands of miles of the best hiking trails in the…

Living in the Dominican Republic? Here’s How to Be a Better Expat

So you’ve fallen in love with the warmth of the Caribbean and are hoping to make the Dominican Republic your home.   Becoming an expat in the Dominican Republic is about a lot more than ditching cold winters to lay on the beach sipping mojitos. And while there are entire platforms dedicated to the logistics of…

17+ Beautiful Hikes Near New York City (For All Levels)

The vast state of New York is often tucked behind the shadow of New York City, one of the world’s biggest metropolises. But did you know that NYC is less than 1% of New York State’s landmass? Yet 64% of the population lives in the city? That often leaves many of us New Yorkers hungry…