To-Do List: Chelsea, New York City

Recently, I took a birthday trip to New York City — my first visit to the Big Apple in nearly ten years. This time around, I finally had a chance to visit the Manhattan neighborhood of Chelsea. And I discovered that it’s a place filled with interesting contrasts, thanks to its gritty industrial heritage and …

Florida Panhandle Day Trip: Seafood and Sunsets

When I visited the Florida Panhandle for the first time last month, I was surprised to realize that it’s unlike any other region of the state. Instead of vibrant cities, exciting theme parks and let’s face it, crazy traffic, I found hardwood forests, rolling hills and quiet beaches. What’s not to like? While I was …

Dublin Day Trip: Wandering in the Wicklow Mountains

Perhaps Ireland doesn’t immediately come to mind when you’re considering a hiking destination — but it really should. Why is it the ideal place to immerse yourself in the great outdoors? Let me count the ways… First, as you may have heard, Ireland is stunningly gorgeous and green, with mountains, cliffs and white sand beaches. …

Three Great South Beach Spots You Might Not Know About

Sunny beaches? Check. Designer shopping? Check. Upscale dining, rich culture and energetic nightlife? Check, check and check. Whether you’re in town for a girls’ getaway, a romantic couple’s escape or a few days of adventure before or after a cruise, South Beach has a well-deserved reputation for fun. So much fun, in fact, that it …

Discovering Mauna Kea: The Land Above the Clouds

While you’re visiting Hawai’i Island, take a day trip to Mauna Kea for an unforgettable journey above the clouds. Here’s how to make the most of your experience. Whenever I travel across unspoiled wilderness, I can’t help but think about the people who lived centuries ago. What was it like to trek across the land …