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24 Spectacular Places & Things to Do in Madeira, Portugal

The Portuguese Island of Madeira is a dot in the vast Atlantic Ocean, on the African tectonic plate. This hidden gem paradise is just a 5-ish hour flight from NYC (direct)! And it is renowned for its lush jungles, volcanic topography, and mountainous coastlines. But best of all, it boasts a year-round pleasant climate that…

23 Things to Know Before You Travel to Madeira, Portugal

A woman standing on a mountain during a hike in Madeira, Portugal

Did you know there is a Portuguese island just a 5.5 hour direct flight from NYC? Welcome to the special island of Madeira! Uniquely located in the Atlantic Ocean, on the African tectonic plate, this lush and vibrant island is paradisaical hidden gem. Full of magical hikes, natural swimming pools, gorgeous beaches, and so much…

REVIEW of My Yoga Retreat at Mandala de Masca in Tenerife, Spain

Mandala de Masca is a yoga retreat space perched up in the mighty mountains of the Masca Valley. I was lucky enough to join the Yoga Chakras Retreat for 8 days and 7 nights in August of 2023. Alongside 10 other travelers, we embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime experience of wellness and reconnection through workshops, yoga,…

Fall in Upstate New York: 31 Wonderful Things to Do & Places to See

Every year, travelers come from around the world to visit our beautiful autumn foliage in Upstate New York. That’s because fall is simply one of the best times to visit New York, not just for the outdoor gems like gorgeous hiking trails, but also because fall in Upstate New York brings harvest festivals, small-town celebrations,…

25 Beautiful Things to Do in NYC in November + Hidden Gems & Events

A bridge in Central Park surrounded by trees and with buildings in the background in fall in NYC

New York City in November is the perfect time to visit. The weather is crisp, there’s vibrant foliage, and the holidays are just beginning. In November, NYC events take over the city, from marathons and film festivals to holiday parades. With comfortable temperatures and fewer crowds, you can’t go wrong with a trip to NYC…

19 Uniquely Fun Things to Do in New Paltz, NY + Hidden Gems

Woman lying down on a rock near Awosting Falls

New Paltz is a small town in the Catskills surrounded by wilderness and world-renowned for its outdoor opportunities. Backed by the beautiful Shawangunk Mountains, travelers to the town of New Paltz have access to countless hiking and biking trails, national parks, lakes, and stunning views of the valley below. New Paltz’ downtown is also fun…

23 Fun & Easy Day Trips from Punta Cana, Dominican Republic + Hidden Gems

Two women in the waters of Ojos Indigenas Punta Cana

Punta Cana is a super popular beach town on the eastern coast of the Dominican Republic. Known for its white sandy beaches, turquoise waters, and tropical climate, it is the Dominican Republic’s biggest destination for resort-staying tourists. However, there’s SO much more here than the many Punta Cana resorts. You can go on many day…

Fun & Unique Things to Do in Oyster Bay, Long Island 

A woman in Roosevelt's House in Oyster Bay, Long Island

Oyster Bay is one of the best towns on Long Island to visit for history, outdoors, and food. There’s a reason it’s called Oyster Bay–the water and swampy areas are teaming with oysters at every turn! One of this small ocean town’s most famous residents was former President Theodore Roosevelt, who took an active hand…

Fall in NYC: 33 Uniquely Fun Things to Do + Local Hidden Gems

People canoeing on the lake at Central Park in New York City in fall

Ahhh…. Fall is one of the best times to visit New York. The summer crowds have fizzled out, the air is crisp, and the fall foliage is breathtaking. With the holidays around the corner, fall in New York City is packed with exciting events, outdoor fun, and seasonal city activities. From leaf peeping to Halloween…

23 Uniquely Cool Dominican Fruits to Try

Two women at a fruit stand in the Dominican Republic

From the common fruits, like mango, to the seasonal ones you can only find on the coasts, the Dominican Republic offers an abundance of delicious and nutritious fruits. With a diverse geography that includes rainforests, coastal regions and mountains, the land is fertile and produces Dominican fruits year round.  There’s plenty to explore in the…