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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…

19 Fun Ideas to Celebrate New Year’s Eve in NYC

As a local New Yorker, I’m here to give you the inside scoop on enjoying New York City, New Year’s Eve style! NYE in NYC is an adventure filled with endless possibilities. From dazzling shows to dancing atop the city’s best rooftop bars, and witnessing spectacular fireworks lighting up the skyline, the options for New…

34 Unique & Fun Things to Do in Antigua, Guatemala (By a Local)

Antigua is an absolute gem of a city located in the central highlands of Guatemala. It’s bursting with rich cultural heritage, unique architecture including historical landmarks. The natural surroundings are just as breathtaking, with stunning views of volcanoes like Agua, Fuego, and Acatenango. Not to mention all the outdoor activities you can enjoy here, like…

23 Beautiful Things to Do in NYC in December + Hidden Gems

New York City in December is a magical time to visit, especially if you’re ready to get in the holiday spirit. Festive decorations and twinkling lights take over the city, along with countless seasonal events. With the winter just starting, temperatures aren’t too frigid yet, so you can also still enjoy plenty of outdoor activities….