People often ask me what kind of phone coverage I use when I travel and because of how I travel, using my phone plan’s international service is actually the best option for me.
This isn’t the case for everyone. A lot of travelers prefer to use international sim cards or even calling cards, in some cases.
But my “normal” life comes with a phone plan that includes 4 other people – i.e., my family, and some of those plans that include “free international service” have limitations, as well as spotty service here at home – which isn’t fair to my husband and teen.
Last year, when I visited Paris on vacation with my family, it rained every single day we were here…except for the day we were heading home.
Despite this, my family and I had the best time. We visited the Louvre, climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Champs Élysées. We toured Sacre Coeur and Montmartre. We visited cafes and brasseries, stayed in a fabulous HomeAway apartment and sailed the Seine. It was magical and fun, rain and all.
I didn’t expect was that I would have the opportunity to return so soon.
As another holiday weekend approaches, kicking-off a series of summer festivities enjoyed by travelers near and far, my family and I are planning in two ways: either staying close to home and celebrating in our small New Jersey suburb or by traveling to smaller towns with less crowds but big festivities as well.
Over the years, and I can’t blame my kids for this because it started to happen before they came along, I have lost an interest in traveling to be among the crowd just to watch the fireworks, or the parades, or the ball drop at the beginning of the year. And as our family grew larger, I find myself with almost a zero interest to even try.
Last I visited Steamboat Resort, it was winter and cold, perfect for skiing (my family did) and snowshoeing (my husband and I did), and horseback riding through a wintery aspen forest (I did). You can read all about it on my article in Huffington Post Travel.
I have often written, both here on this site and across social media, about my Dominican heritage and my pride for the same.
And today I want to write something a little different that I hope you will read as well.
It’s been a few days now, but I have been too busy to post the commercial that I did with Citibank for Citi Card in their #EnjoytheRide campaign.
This is the foundation upon which I raise my children. This is the mantra I repeat in my head. And this week, where one of the most important milestones of my family’s life took place, and where I haven’t, until now, been able to work or blog, barely tweet or Facebook, I have had to exhale in release of the stress from the pressure that I place on myself for being “quiet” and “absent” and remind myself, “family first”. It’s interesting how we often talk about the freedom that blogging and social media has provided so many of us. The freedom to create our own businesses and carve our own name and reputation in this space, and yet, I have found, so many of us trapped. Trapped in the expectations we feel others have of us, to the extent that this so-called freedom we claim to have becomes a lie.
First let me say that I think it a beautiful thing to share travel with others. I say this simply based on how happy it made me and those involved in going through the entries of this contest feel when we looked through them.
Ever wonder what happens when you go to one of New York City’s coolest borough, for an event in one of its coolest venues, with 150 of the coolest people around?