Photo Diary: Three New Yorkers in Puerto Rico

This is how we do it down in Puerto Rico.

– Luis Fonsi, “Despacito”

As you may or may not know, I recently got back from a week-long trip with my friends to Puerto Rico, La Isla del Encanto! We stayed at Luis’ Condominio San Tropez Airbnb in Carolina and also spent some time in Old San Juan.

Our trip consisted of multiple visits to the beach, a Casa Bacardi Rum tour, a trek through El Yunque National Forest, delicious food, and pretty cocktails.

Of course, I took way too many photos for this diary, so here’s a curation of the best ones, organized by day, beginning on August 16 and ending on August 22:

Day 1: Hitting the beach after landing in Puerto Rico

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Beach chillin’ with Kristell

Day 2: Casa Bacardi & Raices Restaurant

Casa Bacardi Rum Distillery Puerto Rico

Fun Fact: I’m almost positive that 95% of cocktails made in Puerto Rico’s restaurants and bars contain Bacardi.

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Mid-Summer 2017 Around the World Playlist

We’re midway through the summer, and if you haven’t already gone on vacation, you’re probably going somewhere fun soon to escape work and all the stress of everyday life.

As with most things, traveling is so much fun when you’ve got great tunes to go along with you.

This year’s mid-summer playlist is music themed, with songs about different places around the world to feed your wanderlust soul.

I hope these 18 tracks take you on an unforgettable summer excursion.

1. Hollywood, RAC feat. Penguin Prison. Here’s to trying hard not to be that person while visiting the Land of Stars.

2. Hamburg, Kapekoff. “Together we’re alive.”

3. Michigan, Grammar. “In a heavy fever” indeed.

4. Chicago, Canon Blue. A song for those hot summer nights in Chicago.

5. Monterrey, TW Walsh. I bet you can “find a way to get to Monterrey”.

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Photo Diary: 7 Days in Niagara Falls, CA

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From May 27th to June 2nd, I visited Niagara Falls in Ontario, Canada. Yes, I’m crossing one off my 30 Before 30 list, because I’ve finally visited a foreign country!

I went with the ‘rents, who decided to take the 7 hour drive up there from NYC. Thankfully, I’m not a kid anymore, so I didn’t keep asking if we were there yet, but jeez, that was the longest ride!

Having only seen Niagara Falls in pictures, seeing the falls in person literally took my breath away. Majestic doesn’t even begin to describe the scene.

That's my "I can't believe I'm actually in Niagara Falls" face.

Behind my mom and I is the beautiful American Falls. That’s my “I can’t believe I’m actually in Niagara Falls” face.

Here’s a rather lengthy photo diary of my time in Canada:

Day 1 – May 27th: Crossing the border into Canada, seeing the Falls for the first time, and Clifton Hill at night

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Spring Break 2016 Getaway Playlist

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Spring weather + wanderlust = ROAD TRIP!

The temps are finally hitting the upper 50s and 60s, and everyone is excited about spring break. For those of you who love to travel long distances by car for spring break with friends, I’ve made you a getaway playlist.

So put some gas in the tank, hook your tunes up to the car stereo and get ready to road trip it with this 17-track Spring Break 2016 Getaway Playlist.

1. Runaways, Betty Who. Start your engine to the sound of Betty Who this spring.

2. Tourists, Wilhelm Tell Me. No matter how you put it, you’ll be tourists wherever you don’t call home.

3. 48 To Go, The Fray. For that cute couple that keeps stopping in every state to make it a special moment. ❤

4. The Getaway, Hilary Duff. “Gotta make a getaway.”

5. You Are a Tourist, Death Cab for Cutie. Oh, it is most definitely time to go.

6. Ride, 21 Pilots. How fun would it be to actually go on a road trip with the guys from 21 Pilots?

7. Run, Coin. “Maybe we can run.”

8. Border, Years and Years. Sing along with this one every time you hit a new border line.

9. Somewhere Only We Know, Keane. Run away to somewhere only you two know.

10. Coastal Brake, Tycho. When the night falls and all the city lights line the highways, this song will remind you of your newfound freedom.

11. Run Away, Anthem Lights. Yep, “we can ride all night.”

12. I Wanna Go, Britney. We all wanna go, don’t we?!

13. Joy Rides, Mutemath. I call shootgun for this one.

14. Runaway (You & I), Galantis. Stretch those legs with this EDM track.

15. Anywhere We Go, Kaptan. Sing this chorus at the top of your lungs. Who cares what the other people in cars think…

16. Kidnap Me, CRUISR. For the goofball moments during your trip.

17. Runaway, Mr Little Jeans. Just remember, “When you run away you can go anywhere.”

Have a wonderful and safe spring break!

Looking for some places near NYC to visit? Check out my road trip gems on Mapquest!