A Complete Guide to Booking a Casa Particular in Cuba

In addition to questions on how to visit Cuba legally and getting around, I received many questions on where to stay. Hotels are pretty expensive, but to be in compliance with the Support for Cuban People category, you should be staying at a Casa Particular (vacation rental or casa for short). Types of casas include private rooms, apartments, or entire houses. If you’re visiting Cuba anytime soon, here are some tips...

Why Warwick Paradise Island is the Perfect Escape

Why Warwick Paradise Island is the Perfect Escape

Pressure on the job, home or in a relationship, will sometimes make you want an escape.  On my recent trip to The Bahamas for Junkanoo Carnival weekend, Warwick Paradise Island provided me with a complimentary stay. The resort has 12-floors, 250 rooms and provides luxury and hospitality for guests 18 and over. Read more on why Warwick Paradise Island is the perfect escape for any type of traveler. The Location Warwick Paradise...

Sister’s Weekend at the Verdanza Hotel San Juan

Sister's Weekend at the Verdanza Hotel San Juan

You may recall seeing on Instagram my visit to San Juan, Puerto Rico with my youngest sister for an extended weekend. The last time we went to the Caribbean together was in 2004 so a trip was overdue, plus she needed a break from mom/wife life. We purchased a flight deal for $100 round-trip each, so splurging on a hotel wasn’t a big deal. Luckily, I was able to find a great deal on Travelzoo for...

Enjoying Me Time at the Holiday Inn Manhattan View

Enjoying Me Time at the Holiday Inn Manhattan View

I was provided with a complimentary stay for my review. All opinions expressed are my own. Changes at work, home or regular vacation withdraws makes me want to get away. Last month I decided to take a break and get some “me time” at the Holiday Inn Manhattan View. The hotel is in Long Island City, minutes away from LaGuardia Airport a short train ride to Manhattan and has two restaurants offering breakfast through...

Wedding Prep at the Sheraton Brooklyn

Wedding Prep at the Sheraton Brooklyn

In my last post, I shared my excitement for my friend’s wedding. A few weeks before the big day, we had to make a change of venue for getting ready; our initial venue wasn’t finished with renovations so the bridal party stayed at the Sheraton Brooklyn. We chose this hotel because it was close drive to the church where the ceremony and reception was held, public transportation was walking distance,...

Bougainvillea Beach Resort Barbados

Bougainvillea Beach Resort Barbados

It’s been a week since I returned from my weekend in Barbados and I’m starting to miss it already. Of all the places on earth, why would we go to Barbados? Well, my cousin and I always knew that our family has roots in the island and we’ve never been. Since we were kids, we have been to Trinidad a handful of times and though we enjoy visiting family there, it’s not...

Holiday Inn Express Cartagena

Holiday Inn Express Cartagena

Earlier this month, I got away from the NYC cold to visit Cartagena, Colombia; accomplishing a 30 before 30 goal of visiting another continent. I stayed in the Holiday Inn Express in Bocagrande, about 3 miles from the airport and a 10-15 minute drive from the walled city. The hotel itself is less than a year old. The lobby was very grand and included waiting areas on the main floor as...

Top Posts of 2015

This post is not sponsored but contains some affiliate links 2015 has been great and I have you all to thank. I completely re-branded, giving my blog a new name, new layout, focused less on natural hair and wrote more on my experiences in and out of NYC. I also started a monthly mailing list and became a writer for the Huffington Post. If you’re new here, below are my...