Travel

There are lots of adjectives one could land on to paint a picture of Provincetown: remote, raw, real, wild, fun, accepting, loose, indulgent, inspiring, open, artistic, picturesque, vivid, quirky, sweeping, entertaining, eye-popping, creative, gorgeous, quixotic, mercurial, engaging, alluring, relaxing, quiet, loud, salty, gray, blue, dog friendly, winsome, peaceful, and fiery are but a few. But if I had boil all those words into one it would most definitely be COLORFUL..

Okay… I had a boss that often used to say “sometimes it is better to be lucky than good.” Well, boy did I get lucky with these words my brilliant friend Vanessa shared with me regarding our very limited time in Venice. This is some good stuff – entertaining reading filled with historic tidbits and a guide that includes snacks at almost every turn…

My friend Jill’s travel to Aspen continues…  Here she provides some helpful tips for a multi-tasking traverse across the country – ticking off miles while savoring mini-adventures along the way.  As most trips should be, this one was as much about the journey as it was about the destination

Excited to share my friend Jill’s first Grab Your Group and GO guest post.  Jill has been part of my go-to group for 15 years.  She said yes in the early stages of our friendship to the question, “Anyone want to join us in Costa Rica?”, and we’ve been traveling together ever since. I loved following her road tripping travels on FB this past July so much that we invited her to share her experience here. Share away Jill!

On our recent trip to Portugal we chose to stay in the lovely seaside town of Cascais, 40 minutes outside of Lisbon.  We had a pretty swish HomeAway overlooking the hills and sea of our quaint fishing town.  My favorite part of the home was that we could depart on foot and hike for hours in the hills in front of our house exploring the various trails that criss crossed the cliffs. BUT, we were in Portugal and you can’t go to Portugal without seeing Lisbon, right?

If I had a plane ticket for every time someone said, “Thanks so much for organizing!” I would be forever on a plane.  My family, my friends and some perfect strangers are more than happy to let me assume this role and I am grateful for their trust and subsequent gratitude.  It is from these experiences of leading, coordinating, masterminding and organizing that I have learned to be a better, maybe even an expert, follower.  And following can be a whole lot of fun…

On our three hour tour of Porto we learned many things, among them that Porto, the second largest city in Portugal and one of the oldest cities in Europe, has only become a viable tourist area in the last 6 to 8 years.  When Ryan Air added Porto as one it’s mainstream stops, access to the city grew.  Poof, a tourist destination was born…

I am guessing you have a perception of Tokyo already in your head: fast moving, crowded, busy, bathed in neon, and a tad overwhelming. All of this is true to a degree, but the beauty of Tokyo is that all of this is coupled with an impressive order that gives the city a peaceful and gracious air. I am not going to regale you with a list of where to go and what to do (at least not in this post). The internet is chock-a-block full of this information, but I will provide a primer of sorts…

Nothing makes me happier than pondering and planning the details of our next trip or adventure.  Plan a ski trip for 5 families? On it!  Take 12 moms and 20+ kids to Hershey Park? Put me in charge.  Monthly Theater Group for 240 and growing? Bring it on!  That being the case you would think I would run screaming away from any kind of pre-organized travel managed by a tour group, but that is not the case…

Michael and Stacie closed their China tour down with 3 days in Beijing. Not Stacie’s favorite city, but sounds like the gateway to some pretty interesting and iconic experiences. Their day at an unrestored portion of The Great Wall alone makes me want to grab my group and go…

Last weekend my husband and I celebrated our 22nd wedding anniversary with a trip to Cedar Lakes Estates, a rustic romantic retreat in the Hudson River Valley. I had been casting about for what had been concocted in my mind as the ideal getaway. My criteria included: under 2 hours of drive time from NYC, a freestanding unit with a beautiful view, a heady dose of nature, and a fun vibe.  Cedar Lakes Estate checked every box on my list and then some. One day, I’d love to go back with a larger group. Read on to find out why…

My friend Stacie, and this blog’s Editor in Chief, just got back from her biannual work trip to China. This time, she had her husband in tow and some extra time to act as a tourist and see the sights…