20May

How Travel Has Transformed Me

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"As you move though this life ...you leave marks behind, however small. And in return , life -- and travel -- leaves marks on you." - Anthony Boudain Do you want to hear how travel has transformed me? I'm about to tell you. Last week I was in the middle of the most amazing press trip in Iceland when something quite unexpected happened to me. I got hurt. Not just hurt, badly hurt. Without going into detail on what happened, I will just say that I'm okay and that everything was done to make me comfortable while I was in Europe. I got home a few days Read More

17May

A Toyota Adventure to Hilton Short Hills to see Listen to Your Mother

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Last weekend my family and I ventured to New Jersey for a bit of an adventure. I was given a Toyota 4Runner to test out for our journey and was eager to set out on our family road trip. We had big plans: a weekend stay at Hilton Short Hills and a trip to see the New Jersey production of Listen to Your Mother, a show I have had much to do with since its inception. I hadn't known where the producing road would take me then and I certainly didn't know where the weekend's traveling roads would take us, but I was looking forward to finding out. The Toyota Read More

04May

A (Solo) Visit to Grand Residences Riviera Cancun

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Last week my travels took me to Mexico for a stay at Grand Residences Riviera Cancun, a five-star, Leading Hotel of the World property. Located between Cancun and Playa del Carmen, just 30 minutes from the Cancun airport, Grand Residences in the newest addition to the Royal Resorts family. While I was there, I indulged in all the hotel has to offer - from their complimentary sunset cruise to an aqua-aerobics class to a spa treatment to a tea tasting session with a professional sommelier to a bike ride into Puerto Morales, a nearby fishing village. The Read More

30Apr

A Taste of Wine & Hollywood at Carmel Valley’s Holman Ranch

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Alaina Yoakum is a Marketing, Communications, Social Media and Event Planning expert with over 20 years’ experience. When she’s not traveling the world or spoiling her two children at home in Northern California, she loves to help clients promote their brands more effectively through winning strategies, catchy copy, dynamic designs, and unforgettable events.  If you’re anything like me, sometimes you just need to grab your favorite gals and escape. The endless to-do lists, piles of laundry and constant homework monitoring just gets to be too Read More

28Apr

Preparing for a Trip to Iceland with Ask Guðmundur

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I've written about travel to Iceland many times, over on MiniTime where I gave 10 reasons to take the kids and Family Vacation Critic where I talked about Icelandair's amazing stopover program, and, of course, here on The Culture Mom. I've never gotten the trip out of my mind. It was such a raw, exotic, memorable experience and I've been itching to go back. So, when I was invited by the folks at Inspired by Iceland, I jumped at the opportunity. You'll be reading about my adventures soon, many of which I will write about here and elsewhere. In Read More

23Apr

My Rejuvenating Trip to Kauai

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Do you ever stop to think about the life you've been given? The legacy that has been passed onto you? Do you ever think about the fact that you were blessed with beauty and you can find this beauty in every moment, no matter where you look? On my recent rejuvenating trip to Kaua'i, where I traveled for the first time, I came into contact with a woman named Puna Kalama Dawson, Hawaiian Cultural Guide to Wellness at The St. Regis Princeville Resort. She reminded me to remember: How important it is to take the time to appreciate what is directly in Read More

25Mar

A Mother-Son Weekend in the Catskills

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My son and I recently spent some time in the Catskills. We basically jumped in our car and headed to the mountains for some R&R and a bit of bonding. He loves to ski, so knowing that was part of our plan was a big motivator for him. The Catskills is an interesting getaway choice because it offers so much to do for both children and adults, and we were both up to the challenge of checking it out. Equipped with a full tank of gas, we set out from Westchester for two days of adventure with a group of writers and their children. Where We Stayed Our Read More

11Mar

Explore India with Insight Vacations

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We recently attended a media event in New York City hosted by Insight Vacations®. That particular night they were promoting their journeys to India, Bhutan and Nepal. We were joined by Insight Vacations President Phil Cappelli and Global Brand Ambassador and Bollywood actress, Lisa Ray, and an exclusive group of media for an evening of authentic Indian food and inspirational travel conversations. The results were tantalizing and we can easily see the attraction of visiting India in 2015, and it's now on our bucketlist even more than it was Read More

09Mar

Kissing the Cold Away in Kissimmee, Florida (and Win a FREE Trip!)

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Last week I was invited to tour Kissimmee, Florida and I jumped at the chance. I was curious about the town neighboring Orlando and what it has to offer tourists. After all, how can one compete with the lure of Disney? I can honestly say I was surprised with just how much the city has to offer in terms of luxury hotels, great restaurants and a plethora of activity for families looking to do something other than amusement parks. Here's a wrap-up of what I did, where I stayed, where I dined, so you can plan your next visit to Kissimmee...with or without Read More

05Mar

Getting Places with Google Flights

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Last week I attended a small press breakfast hosted by Google about their new and expanded tool, Google Flights. As you know or would think, Google has the most intelligent people on the planet behind the production of their tools so spending an hour with them during a snow storm was truly the most perfect morning I could ask for. The most interesting thing about the conversation for me was the discussion of how the consumer is evolving. Since I last worked in travel publishing just five short years ago, so much has happened and now nearly 50% of Read More