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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 the city, these est towns on Long Island offer interesting cultural sites, fabulous restaurants, and plenty of fun outdoor experiences. For those looking for…

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…

20 Beautiful Waterfalls in the Dominican Republic + How to Visit

Listen to the soothing sound of water cascading and the birds chirping lively. Feel the fresh cool air on your skin and the sun rays peeking in through the lush grove of trees. And breathe in the scent of wet earth as you make your way to one of our many untouched Dominican natural wonders….

Planning the Perfect Turkey Trip Itinerary for 10 Days

Planning a trip to Turkey but not sure of where to begin with creating your Turkey itinerary? Wondering if you should stay for 5 days or 10 days in Turkey? After spending an entire month traveling to Turkey and visiting different pockets of this majestic country, I can confidently say that Turkey is well worth…

21 Best Lakes in Upstate New York for a Lovely Vacation Getaway

Craving a relaxing lake vacation like no other? You might think you’d have to travel far to reach a destination with wonderful lakes. For instance, Minnesota has almost 12,000 lakes, and Alaska has a whopping 3 million. The good news is for us New Yorkers is that we don’t need to travel that far for…