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Introducing SoloGirlTravel.com!

6 Jan

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I’m thrilled to ann0unce the launch of my new travel website, sologirltravel.com! It’s been a labor of love, and after months of preparation, writing, researching, and obsessing, I’m so excited to put it out there and watch my new baby grow.  I encourage any and all comments, feedback, advice, etc.  And while the site is dedicated to women traveling alone, I hope that all types of travelers can get some inspiration from it.  Enjoy…and happy travels!

About Solo Girl Travel:

Solo Girl Travel is a source of information and inspiration for wanderlustful women. We believe that globetrotting gals with a thirst for the best of world travel need not be hindered by the lack of a travel companion. Whether you are single and fabulous, have a significant other who can’t join you, or simply prefer to be alone at times, you want to see the world in style, and we want to help you. We realize what’s most important when traveling alone as a female: safety, security, and comfort in and with your surroundings. At SGT, we don’t let anything get in the way of the perfect trip, and we aim to ensure that you won’t either. Our articles, tips, tricks, and helpful hints will bring you everything you need to know to plan your solo sojourn. Remember, traveling alone doesn’t have to be lonely—in fact, it can be that much better!

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Travel News: Eco-Friendly–and Wallet-Friendly–Luxury

21 Mar

For over 20 years, the Four Seasons Resort Nevis, one of the Caribbean’s most luxurious properties, has been a resort most others look to for inspiration.  The waterfront stunner, located on the volcanic shores of Pinney’s Beach, was named  “Top Family-Friendly Hotel in the Caribbean” and “Best Service in the Caribbean” by Travel + Leisure.

A favorite feature of travelers is their commitment to the local environment: Pinney’s Beach is a nesting habitat for three endangered species of sea turtles, including the critically endangered hawksbill.  Four Season Resort Nevis  partners with Nevis Turtle Group and the Sea Turtle Conservancy to promote education and preservation of the sea turtles.  Resort guests can sponsor turtle adoptions and can join forces with the Nevis Turtle Group to help protect and mark turtle nests during the night-time turtle vigils.   Encouraging education and child-friendly conservation, the resort’s complimentary Kids for All Seasons program offer a weekly Sea Turtle Camp day for kids.

Adults remain happy as well, as Four Seasons Resort Nevis’ Executive Chef, Andreas Donnerbauer, sources the majority of his ingredients from local fishermen and sustainable farms.  Environmentally-conscious foodies enjoy his “Farm to Fork” menu, including Cades Bay tomato and avocado salad, Carib beer-battered flying fish, and ground provisions roti (root veggies).

WHY BOOK NOW? Why not?! In addition to saving the environment, now you can save money on your stay: Now through September 4th,  Four Seasons Resort Nevis is offering a third night free when booking two consecutive paid nights, valid on all room types and villas for resort stays between April 15th and September 9th, subject to availability.  Rates per night start at $445.  For reservations or more information, call (869) 469-6238 or visit www.fourseasons.com/nevis.

Around the World Imbibing

18 Nov

It’s been about a month since my last international trip, and I am starting to feel antsy.  My suitcase, sitting lonely and empty under my bed, is calling out to be filled, and my passport just seems to be screaming “Use me! Stamp me! Love me!”  I’m going through withdrawals.

If I didn’t live in New York City, I’d really be in trouble, but luckily, I do, so I can handle this.  After all, if I can’t get on a plane and go somewhere, I can at least get into a taxi and wind up someplace pretty special.

One of my favorite things to do is to go to one of the city’s classic, iconic hotels, and pretend that I am an international traveler, visiting New York and experiencing it as I would if I were in Paris, London, or another equally spectacular city.

The other night, while the itch to get away was particularly strong, I decided to go to The Pierre, one of the city’s best hotels, that old NY gem located on Fifth Avenue just across from Central Park.  I had heard they just introduced “Live @ Two E” , a no-cover jazz music series every Tuesday evening between 6:30 and 9:30pm.   The classy, swanky jazz night takes places in the equally classy, swanky Two E lounge at the hotel, and the moment I walked in, I knew it was just what the doctor ordered.

The setting: warm woods, low lights, cozy banquettes, classic elegance.
The crowd: glamorous, sexy, stylish, sophisticated.
The music: cool, classy, and oh-so-jazzy, with a jazz guitar, a bass, and a couple of talented musicians.

This was enough to make my Tuesday evening something special, but I was even more pleasantly surprised (as was the wanderlustful side of me!) when I discovered their new drink menu, entitled “A Taste Around the World.”  Are you kidding me?  Vacation in a glass.

Cocktail choices include: The Canadian Maple (Mount Gay Rum, Real Maple Syrup, & Lime Juice), Rising Sun of Japan (Ultimat Vodka, Lychee Liqueur, Wasabi, Lemon Juice & Simple Syrup), Great Wall of China (Illegal Mezcal Joven, “Chinese Five Spice” Agave Nectar, Cointreau, Fresh Orange Juice & Fresh Lime Juice), African Safari (Hennessy VS, Fresh Tangerine Juice, Tamarind Paste, Citrus Syrup & Tio Pepe), Taj of India (Ultimat Vodka, Cilantro Leaves, Mint Leaves, “Chaat Masala”, Fresh Lime Juice, Simple Syrup & Pineapple Juice), the Persian (Juniper Berries soaked Belvedere Vodka, “Barberry Puree”, Agave Nectar, & Saffron Infused Sweet Vermouth), and my personal favorite, the Warsaw Mermaid of Poland (Zubrowka Vodka, “Longonberry” Preserves, Apple Juice, Lemon Juice & Simple Syrup).

After a few internationally-inspired cocktails, a few internationally-inspired appetizers (and a nice bonus: complimentary olives, parmesan cheese, and delicious potato chips), and a couple of hours of beautiful jazz, I felt relieved, relaxed, and refreshed–I had taken a mini trip around the world and a trip back in time.  You’ll know where to find me next Tuesday…

http://www.tajhotels.com/Luxury/Grand-Palaces-And-Iconic-Hotels/The-Pierre-New-York/Overview.html