In April, 2020. I launched ConsciousTraveler.CO. A travel blog focused on sustainable luxury tourism, unique experiences, travel tips and trends. I hope to inspire people to travel again...so much depends on it.
The Disney Genie Plus, Lightning Lane. Does it Work like Magic?
We did it. We put the My Disney Experience app to the ultimate test. We were traveling with a group of people, 11 in total. It was a family trip, celebrating the college graduation of my niece and son with their closest friends. We had begun making arrangements months earlier. I think it was January or February. Far enough in advance to make dining reservations. The earliest for Disney Dining is 60 days prior to travel. Rule number one, planning your dates is crucial to getting into the restaurants you want.
Photograph Your World from a Global Point of View, and Capture it with a LensBall.
Becoming a great photographer takes a lot of practice and knowledge about lighting, perspective, and a steady hand. If you’re an amateur like me, using a LensBall helps your photography stand out and get noticed. It gives you that extra edge over the others. If you’re lucky you may even come across as you know what you’re doing.
Be Careful What You Wish For.
The cabin in the woods had been abandoned for years, but one night, a candle burned in the window. Terry could barely make out the cabin from her bedroom. She was pretty high up, as she sat on her window ledge from the third floor. She had gazed at it before, but something looked different. It was an abandoned log cabin. That was what she thought. She would always imagine something magical and mysterious about the place. She lived in an old Victorian. The town of Hadley was a historic village in Maine. Some of the buildings dated back as far as the early 1600s. There were families in Hadley that could trace their ancesesters back to the Pilgrims.
CharityWater.Org Providing Clean Water For those in Need. One Well at a Time.
In honor of Earth Month, I wanted to write something special. It prompted me to create a new chapter of ConsciousTraveler.Co. These posts will highlight charities that tie into the narrative of sustainable tourism. CharityWater.Org was a perfect match.
How I Overcame Travel Hesitancy, with a trip to Jamaica.
Are you experiencing travel hesitancy? If so, I completely understand. The whole world understands. It’s real, prior to our last trip to Jamaica. I was feeling very anxious and doubtful. I guess it was fear. The fear of traveling to another country and testing positive, unable to re-enter the United States until getting a negative Covid-19 test result.
Do Not Fly Without These Air Travel Essentials!
Are you ready to fly the friendly skies again? I get a thrill just being in an airport. I love watching the arrivals and departures from destinations around the world. I’m a people watcher, I imagine some of their stories, perhaps they are on a honeymoon or visiting family. Maybe they are taking a trip of a lifetime. Whatever the case there is a story behind every passenger. Some stories do not go as planned and I’m sure if you’ve traveled you’ve witnessed unfortunate things happen in airports.
Fly Me to the Moon from the TWA Hotel
I recently had the opportunity to visit the TWA Hotel, conveniently located at Terminal 5 - JFK International Airport. While there the strangest thing happened. I was sitting at The Sunken Lounge minding my own business, sipping a specialty cocktail, Vodka is My Copilot (Vodka, Dry Vermouth & Olives). I was enjoying the 1960’s ambiance of the hotel lobby when out of nowhere Don Draper walks up. He was styling a slick haircut, thin black tie, and slimming gray suit. His trench coat was casually draped over his left arm and a briefcase in the other. Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon” was playing in the background. He walked up and took a seat at my table. Looking everywhere but directly at me, he lit up a cigarette, took a sip of scotch, and said. “ If you don’t like what is being said, then change the conversation.” I gazed at him with disbelief, as I took a sip of my cocktail, the large flight board began to flap. Flight numbers and their destinations appeared on the screen. Don Draper got up, checked his watch, picked up his briefcase, and disappeared through the long oval tube to catch his flight.
The Art Deco Era of the 1930’s, Lives On in the Shadows of Miami Beach.
The 1930’s may be long gone but the vibes of the Great Gatsby era live on in Miami Beach. Miami Beach was the party town for the rich and famous. Home to glamorous flapper girls, mobsters, like Al Capone, hidden casinos, and Hollywood stars. Today Miami Beach is a preserved gem of beautifully restored Art Deco buildings. South Beach is a neighborhood within Miami Beach, and is home to many boutique hotels and trendy restaurants. This is thanks to the crusade led by Barbara Baer Capitman. She recognized the importance of preserving these works of art and in 1976 founded the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL). In 1979 the Art Deco Historic District was born and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Thus becoming the nation's first 20th century urban historic district.
What is Sustainable Tourism and How to Find it?
Sustainability. Lately, I’ve been seeing this word everywhere. It's mentioned in every commercial from toilet paper to coffee beans. But what does it mean? In regards to tourism, it is very simple. When we travel, we want to leave the destination better off, than before we arrived. In other words, we want the community to benefit from our visit and not hinder its culture, nature, wildlife, or put a needless drain on the infrastructure.