How to Have a Sublime Midlife Crisis Trip in Hong Kong

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Last year I went on a trip to Asia with a really good girlfriend of mine. I wrote about my travels primarily on gogirlfriend.com and you can go back and read my stories there. The trip was everything that I'd hoped it would be...and then some. For two weeks, we ventured into the unknown - truly, as neither of us had been to this unique part of the world - and it was sublime. Before we went, we created this amazing document on Google Docs, which we titled "Holly & Alaina's Midlife Crisis Trip 2013" which we referred to constantly during our … [Read more...]

Exploring Jerusalem with Kids

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I have spent a lot of time in Israel in my lifetime, and I have traveled to a lot of places.  Yet no matter where I go or how exotic the destination is, Jerusalem holds a special place in my heart.  When I started booking a trip to Israel that we took a few years ago, I knew we had to start in Jerusalem and spend a few days there.  The city also holds many special memories for me as I attended part of high school and college in the city. I know Jerusalem as intimately as I know my own hometown, perhaps even more so. Jerusalem is the capital of Israel … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Women, Travel and Much, Much More

Thoughts on Women, Travel and More

Yesterday I went to celebrate International Women's Day at a new conference that was held in downtown Manhattan called Women's Travel Fest. It was a day of discussion meant to inspire and prompt women to travel. I went because as an avid traveler and writer, I was excited to hear women talk about my favorite subject and watch others get as empowered about the topic as I already am. I recently hosted a twitter party on this very subject and know that statistics prove that women are anything but afraid to travel in 2014. These are a few of the stats … [Read more...]

Exploring Early 20th Century Jewish Life on the Lower East Side

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With all the snow we've been having in the Northeast, it's been hard to have adventures recently. This past Sunday, I had hopes for a cultural and educational day, so we headed out to the Lower East Side for an afternoon of exploration. A long time New Yorker, I have vivid memories of exploring the area when I first moved to the city, with visits to the pickle seller and then back to my apartment for sacred viewings of “Crossing Delancey,” the film with Amy Irving that brought the Lower East Side into the lives of many, mainly tourists, back in the … [Read more...]

A Few Days in San Francisco (with 1/2 the Family)

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    If you follow me over on Instagram, you know that I love to travel, take photos, explore, with kids/without kids, eat, study a city's history while I'm there and wander.  Head over right now and you'll follow my recent travels while visiting the wonderful city of San Francisco.  It's a city I've ventured to many times in my life, probably around a dozen, having had close friends and family out there to visit throughout my adulthood. Each time I go, I experience a new feeling. When I was younger, I experienced its culture seeing Lily … [Read more...]

My Favorite Posts of 2013 and Hello, 2014

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  It's my annual tradition to look back at the year in review.  When I started to think about 2013, I thought I had nothing to write about.  It hasn't been my best year, but somehow along the way, I managed to get more accomplished than I realized. Rather than bore you to tears with a long post, I'm going to give it to you in small chunks. My most popular posts: A visit to the set of Orange is the New Black seems to have hit a nerve with my readers and also happens to be have been my favorite blogging experience of the year.  I interviewed … [Read more...]

A Movies and Holiday Lights Tour in NYC (Taken By a Local)

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Last night my family and I were treated to a night on the town.  It wasn't that typical for us to play total NYC tourists, and you might be as stunned (as my husband was I told him what we were doing) when I tell you where we went. After living in NYC nearly 20 years, I dragged everyone into the city (in the snow!) to go on a bus tour to do a "Holiday Lights and Movie Sites", a bus tour led by a company called On Location Tours. We met the bus outside the Columbus Circle holiday market around 7pm and instantly found our tour guide, Lou. Lou, an Indie … [Read more...]

A Trip to the North Pole on the Polar Express in Saratoga Springs

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  Do you know the story of the Polar Express? It's about a boy's journey to the North Pole to rediscover his belief in Santa Claus.  It was book turned major motion picture starting Tom Hanks and is meant to teach both kids and adults that it is never too old to believe. Well, apparently Polar Express rides to the North Pole have become a tradition for many families and tickets are in huge demand. I had never heard of the rides until my family and I were invited to ride the Polar Express on the Saratoga & North Creek Railway last weekend. … [Read more...]

Passports with Purpose: Supporting Education

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  Two years ago I participated in a travel blogger's fundraiser called Passports with Purpose.  The goal was to raise money for Room to Read, an organization I have close attachment to as I work for them in my local chapter. The program funded the establishment of two libraries in under-served communities in Zambia.  The program put books in the hands of kids that don’t have them and it was very, very rewarding. Last year I wasn't involved, but they raised money to build wells in Haiti with Water.org. Not only did they exceed their fundraising … [Read more...]

A Night Away Without the Kids at Water’s Edge Resort & Spa

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When I was invited to spend an evening at Water's Edge Resort & Spa in Connecticut, it sounded like the answer to my prayers.  It had been many years since my husband and I got away on our own.  I just looked it up on my blog and it was in 2009, before this blog was even born. We don't have much family support where we live, so it is never easy to orchestrate childcare so we tend to take our kids with us when we travel. Thankfully, when this invite came, the timing could not have been better.  We've both been working overtime with long commutes into … [Read more...]