Best Cities in Italy to Visit By Train

Italy is such a romantic country, and whether you travel north to Venice or south to Sorrento, there’s a plethora of rich culture, history, and delicious food to dive into. I have fond memories of my time in Italy, where I spent a summer hopping from one end of the country to another. The beauty of Venice really surprised me, despite prior negative opinions that were relayed to me — specifically that summertime was the worst season in which to visit Venice due to the smelly canals and rude tour operators. And Rome? I expected to be overwhelmed by it, but I instantly fell in love. Whenever I visit Europe, the only way I enjoy traveling is by train. With travel comparison websites like GoEuro, train travel in Italy is fast, efficient, and downright fun! Here’s five cities that you should visit by train if you are traveling from north to south: […]

By |July 25th, 2016|Italy|0 Comments

Memory Lane: My Trip to the Chicago Skydeck

I’m feeling very nostalgic lately since the Women in Travel Summit just took place in California. I was a keynote speaker at the first WITS, which was held in Chicago. I had a wonderful time during my travels in Chicago, but I have yet to write about one aspect I enjoyed immensely: touring the Chicago Skydeck. When a few WITS attendees and I joined a tour of the Willis Tower Skydeck, members of management treated us to an exclusive look at this fascinating structure. I learned some juicy facts about the Skydeck and Willis Tower: […]

By |May 11th, 2016|Chicago, Travel Tips|5 Comments

Where Have I Been? Oh, a Little Place Called Costa Rica

I know, you’re probably wondering if I’m dead or alive. Sorry playahs, this gal has been joyfully dabbling in Costa Rica. It’s my third time returning to the land of “Pura Vida” and just when I assume I’ll get sick of it, this unique country always draws me in. The true reason I stepped back into Costa Rica was for another writer’s retreat in Puerto Viejo! Even though Leigh and I courted a smaller group this time, each woman brought so much to the table. A life well lived, full of wisdom, and the willingness to let us guide them for a brief seven days. […]

By |November 23rd, 2015|Costa Rica, Creative Writing, Write|6 Comments

Discovering San Diego: A City Less Traveled

About two years ago, my best friend and her husband traveled to San Diego. This struck me as an odd choice. I’ve known these two for nearly 15 years, and they travel several times a year, often choosing exotic, interesting places. It’s common for them to fly to Copenhagen or Osaka. So it was underwhelming when they announced this San Diego trip. But once I saw their photos and heard about their experience, I felt intrigued. They sadly don’t have a blog but as their spokesperson, I’m going to share some tidbits about San Diego that will make YOU want to do something crazy — visit a city less traveled. […]

By |August 11th, 2015|San Diego, Travel Tips|5 Comments

Amsterdam: What to Hit

Let’s talk about Amsterdam. I’d rather forget it after the entire city pissed me off last summer, but truth is people want sound advice on what to see or do there. And since I was there, it’s only fitting I be the one to tell you. A few of my friends are going to explore Europe this summer, so it’s time to release bitterness (ooh, those cranky locals) and show you a good time in Amsterdam. […]

By |July 21st, 2015|Amsterdam, Netherlands, Travel Tips|7 Comments

Panama City’s Street Art

Do you love street art? I do, and look for it everywhere I travel. In Panama City, you don’t have to search that hard. The historic area of Casco Viejo is easily walkable and full of artistic surprises. Scope around the main plaza where Iglesia de la Merced (church) is or zip down a shady street of crumbling colonial buildings and gems will pop out of nowhere. I found some of the best art at a parking lot wall for crikey sakes! There’s something wildly creative about street art. What does this art do, but give an immediate gut reaction? You love it, hate it, but one thing is for sure, street art is the best use of urban space I’ve ever seen. Panama City delivers! Just another aspect to this surprising city. […]

By |July 14th, 2015|Culture, Panama, Panama City|1 Comment