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Visiting Boyle Heights in Los Angeles: Hidden Cultural Gems & Things to Do

Boyle Heights, Los Angeles is a vibrant and historic neighborhood rich in its celebration of Latinx heritage and cultural resilience. If you’re in Los Angeles and looking for an experience that will take you through meaningful historical and cultural spaces, head to this special neighborhood and check out one of the 30+ unique things and…

30+ Best Finger Lakes Wine Tours: A Wine Tasting Paradise

Looking for the best Finger Lakes Wine tours? We’ve got you covered! It’s no secret that the Finger Lakes region is one of the best places to visit in upstate New York. With uniquely beautiful things to do in the Finger Lakes, and wonderful places to stay in the Finger Lakes, tourists and New Yorkers…

Grand Canyon in the Winter: 30+ Things to Do, Where To Stay & How to Get There

There isn’t anything quite like the Grand Canyon in all of the United States. Anyone who has visited knows the deep views and immense feeling of smallness is what makes a Grand Canyon vacation part of the American experience. However, those who have visited the Grand Canyon will often comment on two other things: crowds…

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

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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…