Eat, Beach, Sleep, Repeat!

PUERTO RICO/VIEQUES Overview When: 12 February- 22 February, 2021Where (accommodations): AirBnb in Isla Verde (9 nights) and Courtyard by Marriott Isla Verde Beach Resort (1 night) Transportation: JetBlue direct 3.5hr flight from Boston to San Juan, Puerto Rico. 10 min flight from Ceiba (CVR) to Vieques (VQS) on Vieques Air Link . Car rental in Isla Verde- Charlie... Continue Reading →

Sun, Sand and Skyscrapers!

DUBAI- UAE Overview When: 29 December, 2020 - 3 January, 2021Where (accommodations):  Jumeirah Emirates Towers hotelTransportation: Emirates flight from Male, Maldives (or direct flight from Boston or New York City)Sights/attractions: Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque, Jumeirah Mosque, Dubai Frame, Dubai Garden Glow, Platinum Heritage Dubai, Dubai Miracle Garden, Burj Al Arab Hotel, Jumeirah Beach, Atlantis... Continue Reading →

Maldives- the sunny side of life

Heritance Aarah & Varu by Atmosphere, Maldives Overview When: 21 December - 29 December, 2020Where (accommodations):  Heritance Aarah (Raa Atoll), Varu by Atmosphere (Madivaru) Transportation: Emirates flight through Dubai (UAE) to Malé (Maldives). Sights/attractions: Water sports/excursions, snorkeling excursion and swimming with turtles (Varu)Food/drinks: Heritance Aarah: Ralu, Baani, Ranba, Bandhi Bar, Sky Bar, Ambula. Varu by Atmosphere: Lime... Continue Reading →

Vamos pa’ la playa

PLAYA DEL CARMEN, MEXICO Overview When: 25 November - 29 November, 2020Where (accommodations): Petit Lafitte hotel, Playa del CarmenTransportation: JetBlue airlines flight from Boston to Cancun, MX. Rental car with Firefly.Sights/attractions: Akumal Beach, Puerto Aventuras Beach, La Quinta Avenida (5th Avenue) Playa del Carmen, Puerto Morelos Lighthouse, Cenote Verde LuceroFood/drinks: The Divot (Puerto Aventuras), Mar-Bella Fish Market (Puerto... Continue Reading →

MAINE-versary

MAINE (Cape Neddick/Ogunquit/York/Kittery) Overview When: 12 November- 15 November, 2020Where (accommodations): Cliff House Maine Transportation: 1hr 20 min car ride from BostonSights/attractions: Spa at Cliff House Maine, Mount Agamenticus, Marginal Way, Perkins Cove, Wiggly Bridge/Steedman Woods Nature reserve, Nubble LighthouseFood/drinks: The Tiller restaurant, Billy's Chowder House, Five-O Shore Road restaurant, The Greenery Cafe, Bread &... Continue Reading →

Return to Heaven-Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia

FRENCH POLYNESIA (TIKEHAU, RANGIROA, FAKARAVA, MOOREA) Overview When: 11 September - 27 September, 2020Where (accommodations): Tikehau: Tikehau Pearl Beach Resort, Rangiroa: Hotel Kia Ora Resort & Spa, Fakarava: Havaiki Lodge, Moorea: Hilton Moorea Lagoon Resort & SpaTransportation: JetBlue from Boston to LAX. Air Tahiti Nui from LAX to Papeete, Tahiti. Air Tahiti (Lagoons Pass) for inner islands travel.... Continue Reading →

Coastal Maine for Labor Day!

MAINE (Rockland/Rockport/Camden/Lincolnville) Overview When: 4 September - 7 September, 2020Where (accommodations): The Inn at Ocean's Edge (Lincolnville, ME)Transportation: 3.5 hr car ride from BostonSights/attractions: Mount Battie (Camden, ME), Schooner Appledoor II sailing excursion (Camden, ME), Camden town center, Rockland town center and Rockland Harbor trail (Rockland, ME), Rockland Breakwater Lighthouse, Rockport Harbor (Rockport, ME), Cellardoor... Continue Reading →

Summer escapes to The Green Mountain State

VERMONT (Montgomery Center/Woodstock/Lower Waterford) Overview When: 2-3 day weekends in July/August, 2020 Where (accommodations): Phineas Swann Inn & Spa (Montgomery, VT), Blue Horse Inn ( Woodstock, VT), Rabbit Hill Inn (Lower Waterford, VT) Transportation: 2.5-3 hr car ride from Boston Sights/attractions: Jay Country Store (Jay, VT), Haskell Free Library and Opera House (Derby Line, VT), St.... Continue Reading →

Best of Jordan in four days

JORDAN( WADI RUM, PETRA, DEAD SEA, MT NEBO, MADABA, AMMAN, JERASH) Overview When: December 29, 2019- January 2, 2020 Where (accommodations): Wadi Rum: Memories Aicha Luxury Camp; Petra: Petra Boutique hotel; Dead Sea (Sweimeh): Dead Sea Marriott Resort & Spa. Transportation: For flight details see Israel post.  Ground transportation/guide: From Aqaba border to Memories Aicha Luxury... Continue Reading →

Family trip to the Holy Land

ISRAEL/PALESTINE (Tel Aviv, Eilat, Jericho, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Akko, Haifa, Caesarea) Overview When: December 27- 28, 2019. January 2-5, 2020 Where (accommodations): Tel Aviv: Hotel Saul, Kfar Maccabiah Hotel and Suites; Eilat: Prima Music Hotel; Jerusalem: Leonardo Boutique Jerusalem Transportation: Flights from Frankfurt, Germany to Tel Aviv on Pegasus airlines. Flight from Tel Aviv to Lisbon, Portugal on... Continue Reading →

Aruba-One Happy Island

ARUBA Overview When: 15 November - 19 November, 2019 Where (accommodations): Holiday Inn Resort and Casino Transportation: Delta airlines flight from Boston to Atlanta, GA and Atlanta, GA to Oranjestad, Aruba, jeep for one day through Value Car rental Sights/attractions: Palm Beach, Baby Beach, snorkeling cruise with Pelican Adventures, California Lighthouse, Casibari Rock Formation, Hooiberg Stairway, Natural Bridge, Arikok... Continue Reading →

Eating and leaf peeping in Vermont

Montpelier/Waterbury/Stowe, VT Overview When: 9 October- 12 October, 2019 Where (accommodations): Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Best Western Plus Waterbury-Stowe Transportation: 3-3.5 hour car ride from Boston Sights/attractions: Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, Mansfield Gondola, Stowe Mountain Resort, Trapp Family Lodge Food/drinks: J. Morgan's Steakhouse, The Skinny Pancake, Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co., Sarducci's, Wilaiwan's Kitchen, Hen Of The... Continue Reading →

San Francisco and beyond. ’cause wine-not?

Sonoma/Napa/Muir Woods/San Francisco Overview When: 20 September- 28 September, 2019 Where (accommodations): San Francisco Marriott Marquis Transportation: JetBlue Boston (BOS) to San Francisco (SFO), rental car to Sonoma/Napa though Enterprise Rent-A-Car Sights/attractions: Day trips: (Sonoma/Napa area): Wineries: Castello di Amorosa, Round Pond Estate, Domaine Chandon, Artesa Vineyards and Winery. Spa: Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort (Calistoga) Muir Woods... Continue Reading →

Seychelles- Island Life in the Indian Ocean

SEYCHELLES-PRASLIN, LA DIGUE, MAHE, SILHOUETTE ISLAND Overview When: 28 May- 2 June, 2019 Where (accommodations): Mahe: Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel, Silhouette Island: Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa Transportation: Air Seychelles round trip from Johannesburg, South Africa to Mahe, Seychelles. Air Seychelles round trip from Mahe to Praslin. Inter Island  ferry from Praslin to La Digue through seychellesbookings.com Sights/attractions:... Continue Reading →

Rainbows, waterfalls and elephants – three countries in one weekend

ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE, BOTSWANA Overview When: 25 May-27 May, 2019 Where (accommodations): The Kingdom Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Transportation: British Airways from Johannesburg to Livingstone, Zambia. Wild Horizons ground transportation from airport to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Zambezi Helicopters flight over the Falls, Wild Horizons Chobe National Park tour Sights/attractions: Zambia and Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls, "Flight of Angels" helicopter flight;... Continue Reading →

From The City to The Bush

SOUTH AFRICA (Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, Johannesburg) Overview When:  Cape Town: May 19-21, Hazyview: May 21-24, Johannesburg: May 24-25, May 27-28, June 2 Where (accommodations):  Cape Town: Pepperclub Hotel and Spa, Hazyview: Abangane Guest Lodge, Johannesburg: African Pride Melrose Arch, The View Boutique Hotel Transportation: British Airways flight from London to Cape […]

Layover in London- comfortable shoes required!

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Overview When:  18 May, 2019 and 3 June 2019. Where (accommodations): No hotel on May 18th. Hilton London Heathrow Airport on June 3rd. Transportation: British Airways flight from Boston (BOS) to London (LHR).  British Airways flight  from Johannesburg (JNB), South Africa to London (LHR). Sights/attractions: Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace, Wellington Arch, Buckingham Palace, Westminster... Continue Reading →

Riding waves, not elephants!

SRI LANKA (Colombo, Weligama, Udawalawe) Overview When:  1 January - 5 January, 2019 Where (accommodations): Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa Transportation: Flight from Delhi, India to Colombo on Air India airlines, flight from Colombo to Mumbai, India on Sri Lankan Airlines Sights/attractions: Colombo: Jami Ul-Alfar mosque, Gangaramaya temple, Seema Malaka temple. Weligama Bay: beach, surfing and... Continue Reading →

New Year in New Delhi- the city that takes your breath away (quite literally)

DELHI- Part VI of INDIA travel series Overview When:  27 December overnight and 30 December, 2018 - 1 January, 2019 Where (accommodations):  Shangri-La's-Eros Hotel Transportation: Drive to Delhi from Agra (3.5 hrs) for the first visit. Flight from Delhi to Jodhpur round trip -Jet Airways for New Years. Sights/attractions:  Rashtrapati Bhavan- president's house, Akshardham Temple,... Continue Reading →

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