Review: Toberua Island Resort, Fiji

Bula! Fiji Bula, the ubiquitous greeting and Fijian word for Hello, yet it seemingly embodies more than just a simple “hi, how are you?” It is the spirit of the South Pacific archipelago island nation of Fiji. Bula is a robust and burly word yet it also so soft, mellow and welcoming and that is…

Review: Rosewood Luang Prabang

Hello! This is part of my Asia Trip Spring 2018. This is a bit of a detailed hotel review so if you’d rather not read and just look at pictures, in short:  Only 20 minutes from the airport and 10 minutes from downtown. Stunning design and landscape, wonderful management and friendly staff, delicious food curated…

Review: Avani+ (formerly Azerai) Luang Prabang

Good Day, This is a post that is part of my larger Spring 2018 Trip across Asia. I am playing catch up now on the posts per the outline below as the trip ended up being quite packed near the end and I spent about a week recovering and organizing photos. Introduction: Asia Trip Spring…

Christmas Weekend in Vienna, Austria & Bratislava, Slovakia

[Weekend Trip Series] Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! For my three day Christmas holiday I chose to venture to Vienna, Austria as well as a half-day side trip to Bratislava, Slovakia. There are few nonstop flights from Vienna to the United States, which is actually a nice thing in my humble opinion because there definitely…

Weekend in Panama City, Panama

[Weekend Trip Series] I just returned from a nice, albiet short, weekend trip to Panama City, Panama. I had never been to Panama before but in 2011 when I sailed with Semester at Sea, our voyage crossed the Panama Canal, and it was a surreal once-in-a-lifetime experience. This time I got a chance to explore…

Weekend in Amsterdam, Netherlands

[Weekend trip series] Last weekend my mom and I ventured off to Amsterdam, Netherlands for the weekend. It was the first time for the both of us and I was quite excited despite the rainy and slightly windy weather that greeted us and stayed with us. Amsterdam is a very charming and sophisticated city. Being…

Weekend in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

[Weekend Trip Series] Two weekends ago, I visited Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was my first time in Rio and in Brazil. For many countries a visa is required to visit Brazil, a requirement that was waived during the Olympics. For U.S. Citizens the hefty visa fee pays off as the visa lasts ten years,…

48 Hours in Cartagena, Colombia

[Weekend Trip Series] The second part of my trip to Colombia this past week after spending a full day in Bogota was spending 2 nights and 2.5 days in Cartagena. Cartagena is a city on the northern Caribbean coast of Colombia, it has a modern part but its main attraction and where most people stay…

24 Hours in Madrid, Spain

[Weekend Trip Series] For my first weekend journey in 2017 I spent 24 hours in Madrid, Spain. I had previously been to Spain in 2008 as part of a High School summer language immersion program. I recalled that I thought Madrid was ok, a little dirty and really not that exciting compared to some other…

Weekend in Quebec City, Canada

[Weekend Trip Series] In early October 2016 I decided to head up to Quebec City, Canada to meet up with my mom and aunts as they prepared to board a Northeast cruise trip. Multiple U.S. carriers fly nonstop flights to Quebec City from the Northeast, specifically the NYC area. I flew Delta from JFK to…

Review: Belmond’s Eastern Oriental Express, Restaurant Andre, and Gaggan

Hi All, The following is a guest feature from a recent journey with Belmond’s Eastern Oriental Express from Singapore to Bangkok including meals at Asia’s top restaurants Restaurant Andre (Singapore) and Gaggan (Bangkok). This is one family’s member second Belmond train journey and first overnight one, previously we went on Belmond’s Hiram Bingham train in…