Airports, Destinations, Jamaica

Funking for Jamaica

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Today I am off on a new adventure. I am flying to Jamaica! I was able to get a good last minute deal at an all inclusive resort in Montego Bay aka MoBay. I honestly didn’t think that I would be going anywhere for spring break this year. If you remember, last year I headed out to New Mexico to go to Ojo Caliente. I am hoping to get a tropical spa experience in Jamaica.

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In the spirt of full disclosure I loathe this part of traveling. I arrived at the airport at 3:00 A.M. I had to wait until 4:00 A.M. for the kiosk to open so I could get my boarding pass. There was a red headed woman from Michigan who kept offering to watch everyone’s bags for them. She was a bit too eager for my liking. I was the first one in line because I was anxious about the dreaded TSA portion of the trip over with. Sure enough I was flagged for a full pat down. The agent who patted me down seriously owes me dinner and a drink She got a little too close for comfort. Now I am waiting to board my flight. I am flying United so I have to fly to Chicago then we go to Jamaica from there.

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I will check back in once I have a cool tropical beverage in hand.

Food, Havana

What is a Cuban Sandwich Anyway

 

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Food stand in Old Havana, Cuba (2018)

Most Cuban Sandwiches in Cuba are pretty basic: bread, meat, and a condiment. You can find the pan con jamon y mayonesa sold on just about every corner in Old Havana.  But in the United States, a Cuban sandwich can come in a number of varieties.

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Pizza place in Old Havana, Cuba (2018)

mixto is a popular grab and go lunch in Cuba consisting of sliced roasted pork, thinly sliced ham, Swiss cheese, dill pickles, and mustard on Cuban bread.

Medianoche is similar to a Cuban sandwich except it is served on egg loaf and sometimes without ham. It’s popular as a late night snack, hence the name medianoche.

Pan con lechón is a traditional pressed sandwich that most people think of when they think of a Cuban sandwich. It is the first Cuban sandwich that I tried when I ate at Margon restaurant in midtown Manhattan. It contains roasted pork, mojo sauce, and onions on Cuban bread.

Pan con bistec is a pressed sandwich similar to pan con lechón except sirloin steak replaces the roasted pork.

What is your favorite type of Cuban sandwich? Share in the comment section. Remember to like, subscribe, and share!

Destinations, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco Bay Area, Tips and Tricks, Washington, DC

Don’t Go It’s A Tourist Trap

Don’t you hate it when you ask for travel advice and someone tells you not to go to the one place that you have always wanted to go because it is a tourist trap? Whether it is The Empire State Building in New York, The White House in Washington, D.C., or The Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, tourists spots are popular for the simple fact that tourists want the experience that they have to offer. It’s no wonder that tourism is a multi-million dollar business.

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Standing across the street from the touristy La Bodeguita del Medio in Cuba.

I get that we want people to have an authentic experience when they visit a destination, but I always encourage first time visitors to do all of the touristy things just in case you don’t get a chance to go back again. The next time you visit the same destination, I say you should explore the off the beaten path hidden gems. I grew up in San Francisco which is one of the most touristy destinations in the United States. Whenever family and friends visited San Francisco they wanted to go on the cable cars, view the Golden Gate Bridge, and go to Fisherman’s Wharf. I was always happy to oblige because my hometown is a beautiful city and I love to show it off. I am also a big fan of the hop on hop off buses like Big Bus which lets you visit all of the touristy spots in one day at your leisure. Click on the link to book your tickets in advance.

The next time someone tries to dissuade you from seeing a popular tourist destination just politely thank them, then ask if they can offer helpful tips for getting around the long lines and the crowds.

What touristy spots have you been told not to visit during your travels? Share them in the comment section. Remember to like, subscribe, and share!

Tips and Tricks

5 of My Favorite Travel Accessories for 2019

The holidays are a great time to catch amazing sales on travel accessories. Here are a few  items that I picked during the 2018 Christmas holiday. Most of the items are still on sale so if you want them then keep reading to find out where to buy them.

Torrid Belt Bag
Belt Bag from Torrid

Fanny packs are all the rage right now but I love this stylish belt bag that literally doubles as a belt but is large enough to hold my phone, money, ID, and lipgloss. I was excited to find something that is compact enough to be inconspicuous while traveling but large enough to fit around my larger waist. Available at Torrid.

Plaid tote bag
Plaid tote bag

Plaid is one of the hottest trends this season and I admittedly have gone plaid crazy. So when I saw this stylish plaid tote bag on sale I had to snatch it up. The bag is large enough to hold your laptop and other work essentials or to use as a carry on bag when traveling. Available at Dress Barn

Last Call Passport Holders
Passport Holders from Neiman Marcus Last Call

I’ve been on the hunt for a cute passport cover for a while but couldn’t find one that I absolutely loved. Neiman Marcus Last Call had an amazing sale on travel accessories. I found not one but 3 cute passport holders for less than $10 each! Last Call offer a wide assortment of colors and styles as well. Available at Neiman Marcus Last Call

Nest Black Tulip
Nest Black Tulip parfume and mini candle from Sephora

A travel tip that I learned years ago was to bring a scented candle with you when you are staying in a hotel to counter lingering odors and stagnant air. This Nest set is the perfect size for traveling. Inside is a 0.2 oz/ 6 mL Eau de Parfum Mini Rollerball and a 0.95 oz/ 27 g Scented Candle that are small enough to take up only a fraction of your travel bag. Available at Sephora

Flowerbomb mini set
Flowerbomb Mini Set from Sephora

I love the smell of floral scents with just a hint of spice. Flowerbomb is a long time favorite for delivering that delicate combination of olfactory delight. This mini set contains 2 x 0.24 oz/ 7 mL Eau de Parfum minis, a 0.51 oz/ 15 mL Shower Gel, and a 0.51 oz/ 15 mL Body Lotion that make it super to easy to throw in your travel bag and hit the airport. Available at Sephora

What is your can’t live without travel accessory? Share in the comments sections. Remember to like, subscribe, and share.