Travel, Travel Stories

A Wine Lover’s Dream in Stellenbosch, South Africa

October 5, 2016

By the time I graduated from college, I knew everything there was to know about wine. I knew white wine went with seafood, red wine went with red meat, and Mad Dog 20/20 went with pretty much anything, except those brownies they always had at the parties. Because one minute you’re poppin’ to Luke’s greatest hits, and the next minute you’re outside running laps around the building to cool off because that makes perfectly good sense during Summer in Florida.

Theoretically. Anyway, where was I..…

Oh, wine. Bae. My rainy day snugaboo and winter lifeline. Well the good news is, my palate has grown more sophisticated since college, and I’ve developed an appreciation for a much larger variety of wines. However, in my youthful ignorance, I assumed the best wines came from Europe. It wasn’t until my 30s that I discovered that South Africa is home to some of the finest wines in the world!

So when my friends were planning a trip to Cape Town, I was all like, “Grapes from the motherland….the blacker the berry…..we gotta try this stuff!” I was definitely being ridiculous, but either way, I was totally on board with the wine-lovers in our crew who planned to visit Stellenbosch during our stay.

Our day trip, led by Afrivista Tours, consisted of 3 different vineyards across the region. Here are a few highlights from each stop:

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Giving Back, Videos

VIDEO: Little Bay School Renovation in Jamaica

September 28, 2016

During my solo retreat at Rockhouse Hotel in Negril, I was invited to visit the Little Bay All Age and Infant School to see the work their foundation is doing in the community. That day was easily the highlight of my trip, and I hope to stay involved with their initiatives with schools in the area.

Check out the video to see my experience there, and see below for a few ways you can get involved:

  1. Donate directly
  2. Use Amazon Smile to donate 5% of your purchases to Rockhouse Foundation
  3. Bring supplies directly to the school. Click here to view their wish list.
Giving Back, Travel

Rockhouse Hotel: Changing Lives One School At A Time

September 26, 2016

Believe it or not, I’m actually a hotel snob. Despite the fact that I usually try to save by staying at Airbnb homes or hostels, I’m a sucker for chic decor, plush bathrobes, turn-down service and all the amenities that come with a luxury experience. But the way my bank account is set up….yeah. Doesn’t happen often.

However, birthdays are one of the times I allow myself to splurge. So after a few days at the big Dream party weekend in Negril, I checked in at Rockhouse Hotel which sits atop the infamous cliffs on the west coast of the island. With 2 restaurants, 3 bars, a spa, and jerk chicken on speed dial, I had zero reasons to leave the property. But my plans changed after I attended a welcome social and the folks from Rockhouse Foundation invited us all out to a local school that they had renovated. They showed this video, I fell in love with all the babies, and I knew I had to see everything for myself the following morning.

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Brooklyn, Videos

VIDEO: Pop Up Dinner Brooklyn 2016

June 17, 2016

The 2016 Brooklyn Pop Up Dinner was magical! Super diverse, well executed and a beautiful gathering of positive energy and good vibes. Watch the video for a glimpse of an amazing kickoff to Summer 2016!

Brooklyn

Finally! An Affordable Ride to NYC Airports

May 11, 2016

I’ll never forget my first ride home from LGA on public transportation. I was fresh out of school, with barely enough money to cover my flight, let alone some yellow cab home to Brooklyn. So I hopped on the M60 bus, and started my journey home.

2 buses, 3 trains and 2.5 days later, I made it home and vowed to never put myself through that again. For $23 I could be home in 20 mins, so I started adding cab fares to my travel budget.

Unfortunately, my ride home to Crown Heights is at least $35 now, and from JFK the bill can be up to $50 with tip. I tried taking Uber pool once, but see here’s the thing. It’s all good until you’re 10 minutes from LGA, 15 mins from your baggage cutoff time, and the driver decides to go pick up a passenger in the Bronx. Then you gotta go all crazy Black chick on him in the backseat even though you he’s just doing his job, and he’s all like “But I’m gonna get in trouble,” and you’re all like “MY FLIGHT IS IN 5 MINUTES SHE CAN FIND ANOTHER RIDE!” and this is what you get for being cheap. Hypothetically.

So of course I was geeked when I found out there’s a reasonably priced shuttle service that leaves from Brooklyn! Continue Reading…

Giveaway, Travel Tips

Walking Tour App Giveaway: GPS My City

April 27, 2016

Did I ever tell ya’ll about that time I got lost in Costa Rica in a neighborhood with no addresses, and tried to get home by telling some strangers I lived “by the bakery?” (the equivalent of telling someone you live near McDonald’s.)

Or what about that time I got lost during J’ouvert in Trinidad and thought my Momma was gonna find me on the news covered in chocolate and wearing a blinking cowboy hat?

Or maybe that time in Paris when…ok you get it. I stay lost clearly, and half the time it’s because I’m all about the carefree “play it by ear” method when it comes to discovering a city. Which is totally fine, as long as you have an international plan with GPS and access to Queen Google who knoweth all.

But as expensive as travel can get, everybody ain’t able to add another $75-$100 to every trip just for cell phone service. Continue Reading…