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.
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.
A Traveler’s Tale and A Little Black Book
The ferry finally arrived at the Greek island of Ios. Maggie and Nicole had been rocking the waves since 6:00 am that morning. They are on the last leg of their backpacking trip through Europe. They were both experiencing a mix of emotions. “Wow, finally the last leg of our trip.” And “Oh, bummer this is the last leg of our trip.”
The Betsy Hotel, Miami Beach, Illuminates Literature, Art & Music.
The Betsy Hotel is a luxury boutique property on the iconic street, Ocean Drive, in Miami Beach. The building’s architecture is Floridian-Georgian. Completed in 1942, used as a barrack for the Air Force during WWII. In 1970, it was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.
Bitcoin. The Great Work Around.
Before I started writing, I led a customer service team. We worked in a complicated, outdated reservation system. The goal was to provide resolution for our customers. So, you know what we did? We worked around the system. We created shortcuts to make it right for our customers. We added things here, and toggled things there. We made phone calls and negotiated out of expensive errors. The point is, our team did whatever it took to make sure our customers got what they paid for. We were successful and won awards for our accomplishments. I can’t help but think, on a much larger scale, this is what was going through the mind of Bitcoin’s creator. We need a work around. A better form of currency. A way to create an even playing field around the globe, without the interference of large banks and government regulation. It’s the great workaround.