Posts Tagged‘Beach’

Being Patriotic via Instagram

I think it’s possible to be anti-Trump (and the incoming administration) without being anti-American. With homesickness starting to kick in and simultaneously having to hear so much anti-American sentiment lately abroad (including from myself), I think a reminder of how amazingly beautiful, colorful and diverse my country is would be perfect right about now. What better way to do so than through a homegrown American invention: Instagram! This is my attempt at being patriotic.                                                    …

Flashpacker’s Guide to Hotels in Thailand

When I’m really excited to go somewhere I’ve always wanted to go, I can’t help but have the urge to plan out all the details farther in advance than might be necessary. Do you know the feeling? It makes the trip feel sooner, and frankly makes waiting easier. This was the case when I went to Thailand a few months ago, as I’d wanted to travel there for SO long. I reached out to friends who had been before, but they’d all either stayed at really fancy and expensive resorts or, on the other end of the spectrum, were backpacking and…

Getting Tropical Without Leaving the Continental US: Captiva Island

Located on Florida’s Gulf Coast, just west of Fort Myers, are two pristine sister islands: Sanibel Island and Captiva Island. Two of my best friends recently got married, destination wedding style, in Captiva Island. Before the wedding activities, I’d never spent time on the West Coast of Florida before. Anyone that I’d told I was going beforehand, would start RAVING about how gorgeous it was and how much I was going to love it. Expectations were high, and I’m happy to report that they were indeed surpassed. I’m grateful that my friends decided to hold their wedding in such a gorgeous setting, and…

Hanging Ten with Surfers in SoCal

I recently spent some time visiting with a good friend on the West Coast (particularly Southern California, or SoCal), and I’m still processing the variances out there from my own East Coast attitude. Having not only grown up in New Jersey, and having lived in and around New York City for years now, it has become inherently clear in my attitude. This is particularly applicable in places as contrasting as SoCal, and even in parts of Italy with their “Relax! It’ll get done when it needs to get done!” laid-back attitude. I’m sad to admit that I generally always expect new…