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The Loveliest Day Trips From NYC for Food, Culture & the Outdoors

The view at the top of Kaaterskill Falls in fall, one of the best hikes in Upstate New York

New Yorkers! Need a small break from New York City living? Looking for an easy and refreshing New York getaway? Consider one of these wonderful day trips from NYC. From small New York towns to natural wonders – there is so much for us to explore just 1-2 hours from Manhattan. And if you don’t…

The Lesbian/Gay Bars in Santo Domingo & Punta Cana (+ Queer Events)

Traveling to the Dominican Republic and looking for LGBTQ-safe spaces? As a formerly colonized country with a strong religious conservative history, we still have a long way to go in supporting the queer community. Nevertheless, with the younger generation, and as the world slowly becomes more educated and unlearns centuries of heteronormative conditioning, there is…

Where to Stay in Cabarete: 13 Actually Nice Hotels for Your Next Vacation

A woman sitting and relaxing by a swimming pool at one of the best hotels in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.

Cabarete is one of my favorite small beach towns of the Dominican Republic. Renowned for its wellness lifestyle culture, warm community vibes, and abundance of water activities, it is the perfect beach town for a relaxing vacation. But where to stay? Here are the coolest hotels in Cabarete, Dominican Republic, for a lovely getaway. Don’t…

13 Cutest Luxury Hotels in the Catskills, NY + Boutique Lodges

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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…