Lonely Planet Thai Phrasebook Will Save Your Life

Let’s face it – when you travel, it’s usually not the mundane, practical phrases you want to know. “How much is that?” “Where is the bathroom?” “Please take me here”. Boooooring. We often run into situations that guidebooks and phrasebooks do not prepare us for. Life isn’t all about asking people for directions and bathroom locations in nuanced … Continue reading

Mantra Samui Resort Review

My flight into Koh Samui was heralded by a tiny 50-or-so-person plane, painted with tropical fish and palm trees. I immediately anticipated that adventures were in my future and they involved nature on a grand scale. Mantra Samui, a mountain-etched resort appeared in the darkness as we took sharp turns up a steep mountain – … Continue reading

Stay at an Orlando Marriott; $100 Credit & More

Hi friends, one of my wonderful PR contact at Kreps DeMaria PR emailed me about a travel deal and I figured it would be kind of selfish to keep these to myself. Just thought I would pass along the details for anyone who is interested in staying at any of the below Marriott locations end … Continue reading

Avalon Panorama Ship Review

When I stepped aboard the bite-sized Avalon Panorama, I had no idea what to expect from a ship built to navigate a quarter-mile-wide waterway. The 166-passenger and 47-crewmember cruiser (the ninth Avalon Waterways vess el to be inaugurated into the European river cruise fleet since 2006; two more are in the pipeline for 2012) sailed … Continue reading

A Krabi Love Story

By the time I got to Krabi, the 10 days I spent in Thailand were coming to a close. I had been to the markets and the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok, I had lain on the beaches of Koh Samui, sipped fruity cocktails under a blazing sun and kayaked in  42-island national park. What … Continue reading

5 Reasons to Work Out While Traveling

Let me preface this by saying that if it starts to sound patronizing, then forget the intro and cut straight down to the reasons. I’m not here to tell you that working out is fun. It’s not. I hate the amount of staunch self-motivation required to even put on a pair of gym pants, but … Continue reading

Top 5: Brunch Spots in South Slope

In November, I wrote this brunch spot round-up post for the Ode to Awe blog; being that today is a Saturday and my apartment is strewn with empty Modelo cans, I thought it would be a relevant re-post for my readers, fellow New Yorkers and brunch aficionados. “A New York City staple, brunch is the … Continue reading

Weekend Reads & Ship Passing Through Panama Canal Lock Video on Jaunted

A few days ago, I posted my Tips for Small-Ship Cruising, where I mentioned the mechanically awesome man-made phenomenon that is the river lock. Today, I experienced yet another travel industry moment of serendipity, while reading Jaunted (I could get used to these). These guys posted a video documenting the ship-passing process through the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks. Check … Continue reading

Tablet Talk + Worldly Obsession = Hotel Bathtub <3

“The bathroom, dare I say it, was the best part. It held a two-foot-tall standalone stone tub, a marbled ivory color, with a carved icon statue overhead. A rainforest shower washed down onto a foot stand made of several polished wooden boards, directly across from a wide mirror and his and her’s sinks. An adequately … Continue reading