To sum things up, I need to plan a 3rd trip back because it’s that amazing. A large part of it is because of where we stayed. The trip was booked spontaneously and upon a quick Google search, I came across Ryo Kan and knew I had to stay there.
The trip allowed me to check out one of Chicago's newest hotels, a boutique hotel named Hotel at Midtown. The decor is modern with white bedding (white bedding is a high preference for me when it comes to hotel rooms), hardwood floors, super sleek bathrooms (hello marble!) and lots of natural light.
A place that had been on my bucket list for quite some time, but truth be told, I was intimidated to make the trip to Iceland for a few reasons: it's cold, it's very cold, and it's extremely cold. My biggest fear is being cold and driving in windy conditions, both of which I had to face while there.
So you may or may not know, but last week I went to Iceland. No big deal. There were many highlights to the trip, but more on that once I put together my Iceland recap. There is one particular experience that stood out amongst the rest. The timing of our trip took place during the tail end of Iceland's winter season and was able to book an ice cave tour right before the season ended.
As part of my life goal to visit all 50 states before age 50, I set out on an East Coast road trip at the end of last year. The route? I flew from LA to NYC to meet/pick up one of my best friends, Stacey, and together we ventured south to Miami. To avoid unpredictable weather/road conditions (we planned the trip back in September), we cut out a good chunk of the driving through snow-prone states and took the midnight (3AM, actually) Amtrak down to Richmond, VA.
Notice anything different? A makeover was wayyyyyyy overdue. Given the amount of hours that I had spent giving this site a much-needed facelift, it has also motivated me to update more regularly. Can't let the hard work go to waste. And what better way to celebrate the new look than with a photo diary from my recent trip to Havana, Cuba.
My love for Hawaii runs deep. It's difficult for me to put into words why I love it so much. I admire the culture, the stunning scenery, delicious food, slow pace of life and all of the memories that I've made on the various islands. Simply put, I'm just filled with pure happiness whenever I'm there.
October is my favorite month because it's my birthday month. And every birthday, I like to pack my bags and skip town. This year, my girlfriends and I chose Hawaii as our destination for some fun in the sun. We decided on the Big Island since none of us had been to this particular island of Hawaii before.
I tend to stick with hotel properties that I'm familiar with when it comes to traveling. It was a no brainer to stay at the newly opened JW Marriott since I recently stayed at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa a few months ago and was blown away on all levels.