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Not all who wander are lost

It is amazing how others perceive you when you express a desire to travel the world. The immediate thought is you must be crazy....

Candle + Spa Subscription Box Review

Hey, Traveling Pearls! I just returned “home” after nine months straight on the road. I actually gave up my apartment last year and spent my...

Start Here: Getting around Cultured Black Pearl

Welcome to Cultured Black Pearl! Cultured Black Pearl is a new digital platform featuring my perspectives from around the world as a solo female traveler. Be...

Blissful nights at Hotel Spiwak: Cali, Colombia

Recently, I had a chance to stay at Hotel Spiwak while in Cali on my Colombian vacation. I loved the hotel! It was centrally...

Riu Ocho Rios Hotel Review

In dire need to relax, I was glad to arrive at Hotel Riu in Ocho Rios since that would force me to sit still....

North Sea Jazz Festival Curacao Review

Landed safely in Curacao just in time for the annual North Sea Jazz Festival. Labor Day festivities kicked into high gear when I met...

Where to stay in Cartagena, Colombia

I might be a bit of a snob. But in the best way, I promise! At some point, I got a taste of the suite...

The irony of trying to pee straight after a Brazilian bikini...

My first Brazilian bikini wax experience and what happened next... It was a typical hot summer day in New York City. I walked down 3rd...

Simple Hiking Tips for Every Season

There are several good hiking tips in the blogosphere. In this post, I focus on seasonal hiking tips:  Seasonal Hiking Tips for Summer Hike before...

Club Meliá • Is membership worth the reward?

Not sure if membership in Club Meliá is right for you? Here's how the program works and what you should consider before making the...

The New York Times Travel Show 2017

  The New York Times Travel Show brings together travelers and industry professionals from around the world for a fun weekend of excursions in New...

YouTube Travel Videos

https://apis.google.com/js/platform.js YouTube travel videos highlighting my travel journey! Velassaru Maldives Water Villa Fresh off a month long birthday vacation in Maldives and the Velassaru Maldives villa exceeded...

Pampered Travelers Escape to Ani Villas for Luxury • NYT Travel...

The New York Times Travel Show returned this year with record-breaking attendance for the longest-running trade and consumer travel show in North America. The...

Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport – Hotel Review

Hilton Garden Inn Bali Ngurah Rai Airport exceeded expectations My international flight into Bali landed in the middle of the night. It was hot and...

Basque Style Cod and Freekeh

Basque Style Cod with sweet pepper, tomato sauce and Freekeh is my latest Blue Apron creation basque style cod Blue Apron continues to expose me to...

Roasted Eggplant Pitas and Farro Salad

Roasted Eggplant Pitas with Tomato, Cucumber & Farro Salad, my latest Blue Apron creation something new Blue Apron exposed me to delicious vegetarian meals and spices...

A long walk in the park: Lincoln Memorial

My heart raced. I’d been here many times, but not like this. The stroll down Pentagon Row under the pale moonlight rekindled a series...

Eating healthy while traveling solo

Being on the go can take a toll on your body, especially if you’re not eating healthy, not staying hydrated, and skipping exercise. As...

How to make the most of a 4-day layover in Paris

The Parisian experience is one to be had. It's overwhelming to take in with only four days to spare, but doable! When my eyes...

Yacht Experience: Santorini, Greece

Add a private yacht experience to your list of things to do while in Santorini! We stayed at the lovely Mystique and there's a...
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Solo Female Travel in Kyoto (and Osaka + Tokyo)

Outside of cherry blossom viewing, my solo travel to Kyoto included a flexible itinerary. Yearning to...

By Night in Havana with Meiby • Arts Immersion Experience

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VbNsyMDFw8] The decision to spend Christmas in Cuba came as a shock to many friends...
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Conrad Bali (a Hilton Hotel review)

Mixed reviews for Conrad Bali made me question staying at this Hilton property during my vacation...
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W Bali Seminyak: Hotel Review

W Bali Seminyak Villa was beyond marvelous! Arriving to such an astonishing and tranquil scene after a...
Bali: a spiritual journey

Bali: spiritual travel journey

The journey was long but the arrival was plenty. After a twenty-eight hour flight from...

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