Let me first explain the title of this post. As you will shortly see, I wasn’t able to post many pictures of this “would’ve been” spectacular vacation, because my purse was stolen on Miami beach at the tail end of my trip, and OF COURSE my camera was in the purse. My wallet, license, car keys, house keys, and a few other unmentionables were also in the purse, but that’s a whirlwind of a story for another day…
So, let’s start at the beginning… Six months ago I decided I wanted to do something completely out of the ordinary for New Years. For a few years now, I had trekked up to Stowe, VT for an overindulgent ski weekend with my friends. Don’t get me wrong, it was a total blast, but I had a hankering for something new and exciting. So, I signed up for my 2nd G Adventures trip that would take me through southern Chile, Patagonia, and finally, Argentina. With my limited knowledge of South America, I was under the impression it was going to be beautifully warm and a wonderful escape from the New England winter. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I met my fellow travelers in Santiago, Chile, which was…. ok. If you’re thinking about going to Santiago, I would skip it. There are far more beautiful places to go in Chile. If anything, I would just head to the wineries – Chile is famous for it’s wine, don’t you know? From there, we travelled to Puerto Varas, in the stunning Chilean Lake District. The town was super cute, with great restaurants and shopping. While I thoroughly enjoyed the town and neighboring sites (e.g. the Osorno Volcano), it was FREEZING! Not having the right gear and clothing (I swear “really warm clothing” was not listed on the packing list), I came down with a horrific cold, which lasted throughout the majority of the trip. Boo.
Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending Boston Blogger’s ‘Home for the Holidays’ event at Boston’s Copley Place. Sponsored by (and located at) Wayfair, the day was chock-filled with informative sessions, fun DIY classes, and impressive speakers from the food, blogger, and home styling sectors.
It was a super fun day and I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many talented bloggers and entrepreneurs. Not to mention Wayfair truly outdid themselves with the decorations, warm hospitality, and the thoughtful gifts they let us take home at the end of the day. I couldn’t help but think how fun it would be to work there – what a cool and creative group of people!
The event kicked off with an informative Q&A led by Dwell Studio’s Christiane Lemieux and featured Dooce.com’s Heather Armstrong.
Heather made quite a few poignant and informative comments about how Dooce.com became a wildly popular (and sometimes controversial) mommy blog, but what resonated most with me (especially in how I run my business), was the importance of authenticity.
Since most of her blog’s income comes from sponsored content, Heather said she is constantly challenged by ensuring what she writes is authentic, is written in her voice, and is relevant to her audience. I can especially relate to this in determining what types of projects I take.
This is an exciting time of year for many people – the holidays are finally upon us, it’s almost 2013 (thank God), and just as the cold, winter air settles in for the season, it’s time to start planning that warm, beach vacation with your family, friends or significant others.
When it comes to beach vacations, one of the most daunting tasks is finding the best place to go. I’m currently just beginning this process, and have finally narrowed my list down to an island in the Caribbean. Well great, there are almost 7,000 Caribbean islands (source: Ask.com) – how the heck am I going to narrow down the list and find the best location that will fit my budget?
Since I’m sure there are tons of people out there doing the same kind of research, I thought this would be a great opportunity to enlist the help of my good friend Stephanie Kohn from SniqueAway – one of my favorite new private travel sale sites. I love SniqueAway because it’s like a RueLaLa – but for travel – and they offer some pretty fantastic accommodations at surprisingly affordable prices.
Stephanie was kind enough to provide responses to my questions about finding the best beach vacation deals (including a few great deals available today,) so I hope you find her feedback as helpful as I do.
**For an added treat, anyone who signs up for SniqueAway between today and December 16 gets $25 in credit!! Click here for the deal: http://www.sniqueaway.com/invite/AsCrowFlies
I know, I know, it’s been a while since my last post. Many apologies! It’s been a rather chaotic month or so, but I’ve been able to see quite a few new and memorable places since my last post. I’ve been back in Boston for almost four years, and it continues to astound me how many wonderful places there are to visit within only an hour or two’s drive. Over the 4th of July weekend, I had a week off of work, so I took advantage of the open road and took a drive to visit a few of the places I’d been wanting to visit along the coast.
The first stop was Wellfleet, MA – located near the most southern tip of Cape Cod. I had never been to this chill little town before, but I had always heard such wonderful things about it. One of my friends was renting a house there for a week, so I took her up on her offer to come for a visit. Unlike many places in Cape Cod, Wellfleet is incredibly laid back and not as packed with tourists – definitely my cup of tea. I only stayed there for a night, but I was able to see quite a bit. We had lunch in town and then walked around to see some of the local flavor. The shops were super cute and they had quite a few little markets selling fresh fish and homemade pastries.