Category Archives: Performances/Events

The White House, Studying Abroad, and Diversity

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My travels started long before I could fully comprehend the awesome that my solo traveling mom was before I was born. I’ve traveled since I was a baby because I come from a family of immigrants who understood that to learn more and seek out better opportunities they needed to travel.

I traveled throughout my entire life for holidays, for moves, to study, in search of myself, in search of careers, and in search of a home. It wasn’t till later that travel became more of a luxury (to travel for vacation, but not necessarily to see family) and now for work, as a freelance travel writer and blogger.

And though I did study abroad and even sometimes lived in family friends’ houses to do so, my family would have never thought that this practice, this lifestyle they had for me and my siblings, was one that they would find support in from the US government.  To them, those kids whose parents send them to study in Europe? Yeah, those kids were white and from wealthy families. So, a Latina girl of color from a working class immigrant family need not even think to apply. And I didn’t. But I should have been able to. Though these were not messages we ever received at my low-income public school either.

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The ‘Traveling on A Budget’ Bilingual Twitter Chat

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Recently, I announced my partnership with Cricket Wireless in their “Ask The Experts” series to discuss traveling on a budget. After answering several questions from my readers, I am now co-hosting a bilingual Twitter chat on the subject along with Nicole Diaz of The Funthusiast. Meet us on Twitter on Thursday, March 6, 1pm CST/2pm EST. The hashtag is in Spanish (#CharlaCricket which translates to Cricket Chat), but the conversation will be in both English and Spanish, so even if you only speak English, I invite you to join in and ask or share anything about traveling on a budget. Cricket Wireless will be giving away some fun prizes!

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Time Travel & Travel Sweepstakes

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My colleagues over at the Expedia Viewfinder travel blog and I have had a lot of fun over the past few days in digging deep into our craziest travel fantasies and talking about where we would go if we could travel back in time. The inspiration is coming from Expedia’s current campaign with Dreamwork’s newest animated flick, Mr. Peabody and Sherman, out in theaters this March 7, 2014. The film follows the adventures of two classic cartoon characters, Mr. Peabody, and Sherman through their explorations in a time machine that has them touring ancient France, Greece, and Italy as well as many meeting many of the famous personalities of ancient times.

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The Joy of Giving Back

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During my travels I try to point out to my kids the areas outside of our lovely hotels and comfortable stays that represent the reality of many of the people who live and work in the places we visit – not as something to feel sorry for or stare at, but as something to be aware of and remember when they look at their comfortable life.

Not having a lot at times in my life really helped to give me a good sense of the world and of myself. I enjoy the things I have more. I appreciate every detail that helped to reward our work and offer us the life we have, not just in material things, but in the affection and warmth of our family.

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Travel Outside The Box: Adventures with Kids in Tow

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I often rave about my family road trips and travel because it is while on those trips that I get to see a new side to my kids each time: an adventurous, crazy curious, incredibly fearless side that I don’t  get to see on a regular basis.

Ask me if there are any places where I wouldn’t take my children, and aside from a war-ridden destination, there aren’t many places I could name. And that is because once we stepped outside the box – and really we have been stepping out of the box, albeit little by little, for years  – of what people consider “family places”, once our children pushed us to trust them and allow them to be more than just “travelers” but also adventurers, once we decided to take on the world unafraid, well, it seems there’s nowhere we wouldn’t go together.

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A New Pair of Kinky Boots Struts Down Broadway

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As a born-and-raised, worn out and jaded New Yorker, the word kinky doesn’t scare me. It doesn’t shock, surprise or faze me—even if it’s in the limelight that is Broadway. Now, if you add some shiny boots and composition from Ms. Unusual herself, Cyndi Lauper, then that’s another story.

Or should I say, Broadway musical.

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Scotland Week Kick-Off NYC: Kilts, Music, Scotch, & Food

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Well, it’s finally here! Scotland Week has arrived and last night I had a blast with a group of Scotland Week Ambassadors who have arrived to NYC to help kick it off.

Among them was the alternative, hip-hop group Stanley Odd, from Edinburgh, who featured songs from their second album Reject and who helped to keep the energy high. I also met and got to taste the treats being served by Chef Michael Smith, of the Three Chimneys, in the Isle of Skye.

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Feeling the Love & Aruba Warmth in Times Square

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Times Square hosted its annual Vow Renewal Ceremony 2013 on the red steps yesterday, while Aruba Tourism hosted the reception on a pop-up beach, complete with sand, warmth, and lounge chairs.

The day was one of the first where New Yorkers, though still somewhat cold, got a hint of Spring in the air. Times Square was alive with couples from all over signing up to exchange vows they had once before shared with each other.

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Scotland and Poets Celebrate Burns Night

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January 25th marks the annual celebration of Burns Night, the holiday reserved for the “National Poet of Scotland” and one of the many fun Winter holidays travelers can experience this time of year when visiting Scotland. If you’re traveling in Scotland be sure to check out all the festivities taking place, which entertain beyond the recital of poetry and song.

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Coming Out of The Shell with Broadway Edge’s Performing Arts Workshops

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In the heart of NYC’s thriving Broadway theatre district, there’s more for your child to do than just see the best shows: they can also learn how to be in them.  Only in New York can a kid find themselves receiving professional, Broadway-level training that rivals the best adult-oriented classes in the Big Apple.  Two weeks ago, I joined a group from MamaDrama and their kids ages eight through fourteen for a special ANNIE workshop with Broadway Edge, the hottest training program to hit the Great White Way in years.

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