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Top 5 Destinations Around The World

Finding the perfect meal with the perfect view has always been my tagline; you may recognize it from my matching Instagram account. When deciding what to write for my first blog post I was wracked with anxiety, stayed up tossing and turning, all the self-turmoil, writer’s block theatrics. So after weeks of ruminating, I thought I’ll keep it simple and introduce myself with some of my favorite destinations to find the perfect meal with the perfect view!

I was born in raised in rural Massachusetts but moved to New York to attend university. I’ve lived in Manhattan and more recently Brooklyn for over six years and desperately miss it while I’m traveling.

I went to school to study journalism and have worked and written for companies like Viacom, Good Housekeeping, Harper’s Bazaar and more. Enough of the introduction, let’s get down to the good stuff.

I’ve been to 25 countries so picking my favorites was definitely tough. In no particular order, here it goes…

New Zealand

Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand
Lake Wakatipu, Queenstown, New Zealand

By far the most spectacularly beautiful country I’ve ever seen. My boyfriend and I rented a car for two weeks and navigated our way around the South and North Island. We both prefer the South but that is only because every turn felt like we were in a scene from Lord Of The Rings. The natural beauty of places like Lake Tekapo, Wanaka and especially Queenstown made me appreciate nature in a way I never have before. For a city girl, that’s saying a lot.



I’m a firm believer in not visiting a place too many times. But after spending two weeks traveling through Italy and Greece on a school trip, the islands have always stuck with me. I used to daydream about going back and renting a boat to cruise the islands at my own pace or maybe honeymooning there one day. The white façade and blue domes are iconic and are truly spellbinding to see perched on the jagged hilltops.



Lounging on a boat cruise around Ha Long Bay, Vietnam
Lounging on a boat cruise around Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

This country holds a very special place in my heart for a lot of reasons. It’s lush green landscapes, vibrant food, and kind-hearted people made this country unparalleled. Two and a half years ago I decided to go on a trip to Southeast Asia by myself. I went on an incredible Intrepid Travel tour that my now boyfriend was also on. We fell in love and have been together ever since. But if the long plane ride scares you, the fresh spring rolls and Bánh mì are worth the trip alone.



Locals sell fresh fruit in Caye Caulker, Beleze
Locals sell fresh fruit in Caye Caulker, Beleze
Colorful homes and businesess line the beaches of Caye Caulker, Beleze
Colorful homes and businesess line the beaches of Caye Caulker, Beleze

As a kid, tropical islands were the family getaway. I’ve seen my fair share of crystal clear waters and white sand but Belize topped them all. I went there for spring break a few years ago with my roommates and it exceeded all my expectations. We stayed on the minuscule island of Caye Caulker, which has since become popular with the backpackers. There is one main street, a few restaurants and one bar overlooking the most beautifully clear ocean I have ever seen. Not to mention, off the coast Belize lives the world’s second largest barrier reef, which for me, definitely rivaled the Great Barrier Reef.


New Orleans

The home of author Anne Rice, New Orleans
The home of author Anne Rice, New Orleans

This city is the only place I’ve broken my “don’t go there twice rule”. After my first time listening to jazz in the dive bars, slurping on crawfish and walking the cobblestone streets of the infamous Garden District it became one of my favorite cities on Earth. There is a charm to the city that is hard to describe and uniquely its own. Despite reaching a balmy 100 degrees with 95% humidity in the summer, I still watched an outdoor jazz festival, drank my way down Bourbon Street and had a great time. Its grand Sothern homes, friendly people and of course its comfort food makes it one of my favorite places ever.

These are my top five travel destinations, for now. Check out my top five food destinations.


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  1. Tereza

    Ah I wish I could travel more but with no money and two cats it gets a little difficult haha! You have some beautiful picks here x

    February 28, 2017 Reply


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