WHAT IS WEND

DESTINATIONS

INSPIRATION

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Netherlands

WHAT TO SEE AND DO IN CASTRICUM

Before my trip to the Netherlands, I didn’t realize much else existed outside of Amsterdam other than windmills and green pastures. But after spending a few days off the beaten path in the small town of Castricum, I quickly…

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Netherlands

OFF THE BEATEN PATH IN THE NETHERLANDS

When I touch down in a new city, my first instinct is to drop my luggage, step outside and instantly start exploring the main sites. I feel like I have to hit all the landmarks, almost as if running…

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Brazil

CHECKING INTO THE VILLA TERESA

The plan was to stay in Copacabana near the Olympic festivities and the sun drenched beaches for the duration of our trip to Brazil. But a hotel mix-up threw a wrench into our plans and my Russian and I were…

Looking out over Rio
Travel Tips

5 WAYS TO OVERCOME THE POST-TRAVEL BLUES

Travel is my passion. When I’m planning a getaway, in transit to a destination or exploring a new city I’m at my happiest. On my third and final flight returning home from Brazil, I noticed a familiar pang of sadness…

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Brazil

EXPLORING THE NEIGHBORHOOD OF SANTA TERESA

If it weren’t for a hotel mix-up that left me stranded in the middle of Rio, I would have never visited Santa Teresa. After learning that our original hotel had no record of our reservation, my Russian and I…

Riding the trolley in Santa Teresa, Brazil
Brazil Travel Tips

13 TIPS FOR STAYING SAFE WHILE TRAVELING

I’m fresh off my whirlwind birthday trip to Rio de Janeiro Brazil and though a bit jet lagged, I’m still buzzing from the beauty and excitement that filled this past week. My Russian and I spent our days exploring…

Overlooking Rio from the Villa Teresa Boutique Bed and Breakfast
Brazil Thoughts From The Road

BIRTHDAY REFLECTIONS IN BRAZIL

  The past few days in Brazil have been a whirlwind. Walking the lively shores of Copacabana, cheering on Olympic athletes along with thousands of spectators from across the globe, exploring colorful street markets, dining on mouthwatering local dishes,…

Coney Island Boardwalk in the summer
NYC

A GUIDE TO NEW YORK’S BEACHES

Living in New York has many perks. Access to world class museums, fabulous restaurants, endless events and exposure to just about every culture there is. But part of what makes New York even more special is its proximity to the…