Sunset stroll through Begur

On my whirlwind 60 hours in Costa Brava last September I visited several little, charming Medieval towns in the region. Along with Norma, my guide and new friend, we zoomed all over Emporda, making the most out of very limited time. One of my favorite stops, the town of Begur, wasn’t even on my initial itinerary but, in my experience, those oftentimes end up being the … Continue reading Sunset stroll through Begur

The Houseboat Museum in Amsterdam

One can’t walk around the streets and over the countless bridges of Amsterdam without taking notice of the many boats tied to the canal walls. These are houseboats and are valuable real-estate in the city. About one third of Amsterdam’s 2,400 houseboats are moored within the 17th century canal system of downtown Amsterdam and regulations on the number allowed have made them valuable property. Living on … Continue reading The Houseboat Museum in Amsterdam

Meet Loren, the DTourist to Australia!

I’m so excited to introduce you to Loren Klein, the next DTourist to cover a continent for DoubleTree by Hilton! Loren (along with his wife, Kristen) leave for Australia on Tuesday, January 21 and I cannot wait to follow along on their adventure. Loren is a gifted artist and designer and I know that his photos, videos and posts from Down Under are going to … Continue reading Meet Loren, the DTourist to Australia!

A Visit to Carlingford Oyster Company

A soft sunset, a quiet breeze, a happy, wet dog nudging at my hand with his nose. My all too brief visit to Carlingford Oyster Company in Carlingford, Ireland was the perfect way to end a visit to the area. All day, I was looking forward to this final stop on our TBEX daylong press trip from Dublin and my only regret is that we … Continue reading A Visit to Carlingford Oyster Company

No Need for Menus

I’m going to admit something here. I’m not a foodie. Let me say that again, make sure you understand. I’m NOT a foodie. In the travel writing and blogging world I feel like everyone is a self-proclaimed foodie and I might get my passport revoked for this blatant admission. But amateur foodies/critics/photographers can be found in all walks of life. All you have to do is … Continue reading No Need for Menus

Top Travel Moments from 2013

December 31st always tends to be a day of reflection: another year come and gone, a chance to look back on the highlights, lowlights and an opportunity to look toward the new year. 2013 has been a good travel year for me. I’ve made a list of my top travel moments from 2013, in no particular order. 1. Driving solo around Arizona In May I … Continue reading Top Travel Moments from 2013

A Point of Clarification

On November 21 an article about my DTour experience was published in The Winnetka Current, my local hometown paper. I was interviewed for the article and provided photographs about two weeks before it ran. For the most part, this was an informative piece about my experience with DoubleTree, my trip through Europe and highlights from the adventure. I have had several people contact me in … Continue reading A Point of Clarification

Meet Jen, DTourist to the Middle East and Africa!

I had the pleasure of meeting Jen when I was in London on my DTour. We enjoyed a lovely sushi dinner, ventured to the Charles Dickens Museum and strolled through central London to taste our way around Borough Market. Jen and I were fast friends and I’m sure our paths will cross again. She left on her DTour a couple of days ago and I’m … Continue reading Meet Jen, DTourist to the Middle East and Africa!

Top 10 Moments From My European DTour

It was so hard to whittle this list down to only 10 highlights! I could have easily created a Top 10 list for each destination, or even each day! 10. Visiting the Charles Dickens Museum in London. Not only is Charles Dickens one of my favorite authors but I got to visit his former London home with fellow DTourist, Jen Lowthrop from She Gets Around! Since … Continue reading Top 10 Moments From My European DTour

Balloons over Cappadocia

Only a few hours after I arrived in the area I was given a grand introduction to the unique landscape of Cappadocia, Turkey – from a hot air balloon! From aboard the 12 passenger yellow ballon I both fulfilled a childhood dream of flying in a balloon and was awed by sights before me. The sunrise was long and soft and I was amazed at … Continue reading Balloons over Cappadocia