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14 Cute Luxury Hotels in the Catskills, NY + Boutique Lodges

nice lodge bed in upstate new york

The Catskills region of New York has long been a sanctuary for New Yorkers who need a respite from the hustle and bustle of New York City life. In recent years, this special region has experienced a renaissance of hospitality, giving rise to a new breed of special boutique and luxury hotels in the Catskills….

Is it Safe to Travel in the Dominican Republic? 9 Important Safety Tips & Crime Overview

A question I frequently get is, “Is it safe to travel in the Dominican Republic?” As a Dominican New Yorker who has ventured to over 55 countries, these are my insights into Dominican Republic safety as both a traveler and a Dominican. I’ll touch on both recent controversies and practical safety tips for visiting the…

23 Traditional Guatemalan Foods to Try (by a Local)

A female chef and a female student in a Mayan cooking class kitchen

As a local Mayan Guatemalan chef, I’m going to show you the best Guatemalan foods to try that offer an array of regional flavors, showcasing our country’s culinary heritage from pepián to the tamales.  I host cooking lessons about Guatemala dishes, as a valuable way to preserve my culture while connecting others to our people,…

The Perfect 5 Days in Madeira, Portugal Itinerary

A woman holding a glass of poncha in Funchal, Madeira, Portugal

My recent trip to the Portuguese Island of Madeira was… magical. Madeira exceeded my expectations at every turn. There are endless sights and experiences here. But how do you choose the top highlights? After traveling all around the island for weeks, I’ve put the very best attractions in this Madeira 5-day itinerary for you! Including…

What to Know When Visiting ​​Robert H. Treman State Park (Local’s Guide)

I just returned from another visit to Robert H. Treman State Park in Ithaca, a true gem among New York state parks. Situated in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region, this park offers so many surprises with its rugged gorges, cascading waterfalls, natural pools, and verdant forests. I’m going to tell you what you…