California Winter Fit Multisport with Backroads: Sugar Bowl, Sonoma, Sausalito, San Francisco

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This incredible adventure trip with Backroads began with a flight to rainy Reno, Nevada, on Easter and a short drive to Sugar Loaf Mountain in Tahoe. Not knowing what to expect, I met one nice family in our casino meeting spot and another single older lady, and before you know it, we picked up another […]

Top 10 Reasons to go on a Backroads Trip – Enhance Your Life With Active Travel

Our group walked over The Golden Gate Bridge and back to our hotel - Cavallo Point Lodge (Photo credit: Melissa Curtin)

Recently, I went on a weeklong journey with Backroads, the world’s #1 active travel company. Their California Winter Fit Multisport Trip took our small group from the snowy mountains of Tahoe (Sugar Bowl Ski Resort) to the wine country of Sonoma to the idyllic marina town of Sausalito ending our adventure in sensational San Francisco. […]

Top 10 Reasons to Stay at Hotel Monaco San Francisco

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1. Stylish, Hip, Gorgeous Decor The Hotel Monaco has been recently renovated thanks to the inspiration of the Founder Bill Kimpton. This luxurious boutique hotel is one of my favorite places to stay. The four star hotel has a whimsical and bold design which is evident throughout the building straight to your bedroom. The rooms have […]

Koh Lanta, Southern Thailand’s Secret Gem

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My boyfriend Peter and I had no idea what to expect. We felt beaten down by the previous major cities like Tokyo and Bangkok, and were relieved to find some rest for the weary upon making it to the Phi Phi Islands by route of chaotic Phuket.  Koh Lanta is 27 km long and 12 km […]

Aloft Brooklyn Hotel, a Vision of W Hotels

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Since I had such a fabulous experience at the Aloft Bangkok, I thought it was time to try an Aloft hotel in my own country to see if it would meet my expectations as the hip, clean, affordable spot always in a fun location. The Aloft pronounced “AhhLoft” is not only a loft style hotel, […]

Thailand’s Phi Phi Islands – Getting To “The Beach”

We made it! "The Beach!"

I’ve been dreaming about “The Beach” ever since I saw the movie with Leonardo DiCaprio around 2000. I always dreamt I would make it there some day to see what that solitary beach paradise was really like. After leaving chaotic grimy Bangkok we took an hour or so plane ride to the southern coast of […]

Make the Most of Tokyo: What Not to Miss

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Fireworks… Subway system by Jackson Pollock… Monkeys make most sense as pets… Cats are very good luck… Udon, Sushi, BBQ, tempura, yes please… No garbage cans anywhere = No garbage anywhere… PRAY often… Toilets talk to you, this is not God… Bad fortune is Good fortune, you learn more and grow more… Life is one […]

Top Reasons to Stay at the Aloft Bangkok

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If you are looking to be in the nuttiness of it all in the city that feels like an assault on your senses, then Aloft Bangkok should be your first choice. Aloft Hotels pronounced “uh-loft” have been popping up all over the world in the most unexpected places creating a modern, hip, and fun destination. Part […]