A year ago today I started Meet Me in Paradise. My own little slice of the Internet pie. I originally started this blog to regain some creativity in my life, but what I have gotten out of it has been so much more than that. I have met and made connections with people from around the world and back, I have the perfect way to look back on the past year of my life that has been documented here, and I have remembered to do one of the most important things in life, to cherish the little things. Thank you all for reading and letting me share my life with you!
While I love the winter, I have always been the summer beach bum type. I was bundling up this morning putting on layers upon layers, and I couldn’t help but day-dream about the beach. Sitting in a beach chair, feet in the hot sand, and pina colada in hand. Sounds like heaven to me. Tortola is one of the British Virgin Islands located in the Caribbean and it’s spot-on paradise. One of the best beaches that I have ever been to is a secluded beach in Tortola. The particular beach we went to was in a bay with nothing ahead but the clear blue Caribbean sea. I can’t wait to go on vacation!!!
St. Thomas is hands down one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen in my life. I traveled there with my family while on a cruise a few years back. We started off our day getting a driven tour of the island. We went ventured up to the peaks of the island were we looked out at the ocean that seemed to stretch on forever. We stopped at various points admiring the views and random animals that were roaming the island. We retreated to Magen’s Bay where we laid on the beach and relaxed in the calm, crystal clear water. The beach was so relaxing and is exactly what I think of when I think of paradise. After a few hours on the beach, we hopped back into the car, where they took us to see the beach we were just at, but from above. This is the first time in my life that I saw something that actually took my breath away. I don’t think any camera can capture how stunning the view really was. I could have stayed there forever. Since we were on a tour, and had to comply with the timeline, we eventually had to leave :(. We arrived back at our ship and departed from the island in perfect time for sunset. All in all, another perfect day in paradise.
I’m sitting indoors and hurricane Sandy is taking over the east coast.. it’s pouring out and the rain and winds are out of control. I am sitting here day dreaming of future and past vacations. Ahh.. to be on a sandy beach instead of in the Sandy hurricane….
One of my favorite places that I have been in the past few years is Atlantis, Paradise Island. Atlantis is a place for everyone – it’s filled with the most beautiful aquariums you will ever see, water rides, pools, beaches, dolphin encounters, casinos and restaurants. It is impossible to get bored there. We were only there for one short day and we were determined to see it all. Ruben and I started off our day attempting to map out our plan of attack. I am obsessed with aquariums so we decided to conquer them first – walking through the amazing hotel that was made of caves, underground tunnels and breathtaking underwater views of sea life. From sharks to jellyfish, from eels to clown fish, they had it all. After hours of amazement, we stepped outside to tour the rest of the property. We had a delicious lunch and gambled enough to pay for the rest of our day there. We continued to sight-see until we finally decided to retire to the beach and the pool and enjoy the rest of our day relaxing in the sun and sipping tropical drinks. We left exhausted, satisfied and sun-burnt. For any of you cruising through the Bahama’s, make sure to make Atlantis one of your stops!Have you ever been to Atlantis? I’d love to hear about your adventures!
DC is only a hop skip and jump away from New York and I hadn’t been there since I was looking at colleges. All of the monuments and memorials that are located in the heart of DC are so powerful and beautiful. We had two long days of site seeing, museum hopping, and great eats. I don’t remember DC being so stunning – I just wish we had more time to enjoy it!
being really mature….The World War II Memorial:The Lincoln Memorial:The Vietnam Memorial:The White House:The Capitol Building:The Smithsonian Air & Space Museum:…because food and drinks are at the same level as guns.
I had been anticipating going back to Orlando since my childhood, and let me tell you, it didn’t disappoint. Going to all of these parks is just as fun as an adult. Each park is so original and has their own specialties, which made each one of them a completely different type of adventure.
For the Movie Buff // Universal Studios:For the Thrill-Seeker // Islands of Adventure:For the Children | To bring out your inner child // The Magic Kingdom:For the Animal Lover // Animal Kingdom:For the World Traveler // Epcot:For the Artist // Hollywood Studios:
- Map your cab route. Taxis are a necessary evil in Las Vegas. Even if you rent a car, you’ll probably be too drunk to drive it at some point. Vegas cab drivers are notorious for taking advantage of customers. I always tell the cab driver the route I want to take when I get in the car. If I don’t know the best route, I look it up on my phone. Sometimes it shaves a few bucks off, and sometimes it saves more. The drivers love to play “Mr. Nice Guy” and ask where you’re from, what you’re doing here, et cetera. This is his crafty way of confirming that you’re a clueless tourist, and keeping you talking so you don’t realize he’s taking the long way to your destination.
- Save your room keys if you visit often. Most Vegas resorts have fabulous pools for their guests to use. All you have to do to gain entrance is flash a room key. By saving old keys from places I’ve stayed (or friends have stayed) before, I have access to half a dozen different pools both on and off the strip.
- Don’t be afraid to leave The Strip. Sure, it’s glamorous and fabulous but it’s also over-priced and crawling with tourists. There are some amazing restaurants off the strip that are well worth a visit. Some of my favorites are Firefly and Lotus of Siam. For a super casual meal, my favorite is Metro Pizza.
- Watch out for resort fees. Most Vegas hotels charge daily resort fees that can be as much as $25. The annoying part is that those fees don’t really get you anything, but can add up quickly. Research your hotel’s fee before you book so you’re not surprised. Or seek out a hotel that doesn’t charge them and treat yourself to a nice dinner instead! Among others, Caesar’s properties (like Caesar’s Palace and The Rio) don’t charge resort fees. If you do stay somewhere with resort fees but have a problem, you can ask that they be dropped. For example, we once checked into a hotel and couldn’t get the room we wanted, so they dropped the resort fees for us. Don’t be afraid to ask- the worst they can say is no!
- Get Player’s Cards- even if you’re not a gambler. Player’s cards are free and provide two distinct benefits: accruing rewards and earning discounts. Casinos reward people who play at their casinos a lot by giving them “comps”. These can be redeemed for meals, drinks, or even nights at their hotel! If you do gamble a lot, get a players card and game in one place to earn as many freebies as possible. Note that comps don’t usually expire quickly, so if you get a lot, you can keep them for your next trip. Player’s Cards also save you money on casual dining. If you’re hitting the buffets or food courts, players cards can save you as much as $10 a person!
- Most clubs offer free or discounted cover if you arrive early (usually before midnight). Most of them have people handing out passes on the casino floor. So if you want to hit a nightclub, stroll through the gaming area first and look for someone handing out flyers or wristbands. The drinks are expensive enough- paying a cover charge is insane! Another way of scoring free entry is by contacting a promoter a day or two in advance. Look for them on Facebook or Twitter.
Sin City is a place that everyone needs to head to at some point in their life’s. Vegas is a place unlike anywhere else in the world. Clocks and watches basically don’t exist here, and it’s hard to say whether the night life, or the pool parties are a better time. Las Vegas is probably the only place that I have been to (besides New York) where you can always find something to do… no matter what time of the day or night. Vegas isn’t all about the gambling, nightlife, and drinking… but as a tourist, that was pretty much all I cared to do. Let me tell you, it isn’t called Sin City for nothing. One of my favorite parts about Vegas is that every place you go is so different and original – The lobbies of all the hotels are stunning, the restaurants and bars have views like you’ve never seen, and the glitz glam and surrounds are completely unique and seriously live up to the hype. Here are a few of my favorite places in Vegas:
The Bellagio Hotel // The gorgeous lobby:
The Palms Hotel // The Hugh Hefner Sky Villa.. yes we were lucky enough to have a night here!:
Rehab // Sunday party at the Hard Rock, probably one of the best parties I’ve ever been to:
Minus 5 // A bar that is completely made out of ice:
The Shows // My favorite was the Beatles Love Cirque du Soleil
Come back later this week if you want to see some insiders tips from a friend who actually lived in Las Vegas!
This past weekend I went away for my annual Fire Island mini-vacation. Every year my friends and I take this trip on the same weekend, stay in the same crappy hotel room, and love every second of it. For those of you who don’t know where Fire Island is, it is a long and skinny island directly south of Long Island. The amazing thing about it is as soon as you arrive you seem to be in another world. You have to take a boat to get there, and once you have arrived, the main mode of transportation is a bike. The streets are lined with adorable shops, intimate restaurants and beachy bars. This was exactly the weekend escape I needed after a long and stressful week. Too bad anytime you go away with eleven girlfriends, you can’t plan to get too much rest!
[St Thomas, US Virgin Islands; Overlooking Megan’s Bay]
Do you ever have the feeling of just needing a vacation? I feel like this all the time. Not exactly because of where I live or my lifestyle etc, but because I have such a desire to see everything the world has to offer. To see places that are completely unique, places where the history runs so deep, places that a single glance can take your breath away…