Whenever people meet me and hear about my travels I am always asked, what is your favorite country, beach, restaurant, cuisine, hotel, etc. It is sometimes hard to think of these things on the fly and I will admit that it is usually the places that I visited most recently that spring to the top of my mind. In this section I highlight a few of my favorite things, adding and subtracting where it feels appropriate. If there is a section that you would like to see added, please leave a comment below!
West Bay Beach, Roatan
In 2009, I visited Honduras and was astounded by the stunning West Bay Beach on the Honduran island of Roatan. With lush mountains as a backdrop, the white sand beaches and crystal clear water are only topped by some of the best snorkeling I have ever done in my life. Coral reefs anyone?!
Green Bowl Beach, Bali
All of the best beaches in Bali require work! You generally have to climb down hundreds of stairs to access these strips of paradise and Green Bowl Beach is no different. A short drive from Uluwatu, it is totally worth the journey and the exercise. The cave on the beach offers a bit of reprieve from the blazing sun.
Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar
Zanzibar has one of the most stunning coastlines that I have ever seen. And while there are tons of beaches, Nungwi stands out as the best though Paje is a close second. The white sand and perfectly blue water, dotted with traditional dhow boats will have you daydreaming about Zanzibar for years to come.
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I never leave home without my Lo and Sons' O.G. Bag. This bag is the perfect travel companion because it has a laptop sleeve and enough space for everything I need at my fingertrips during a flight, such as my Bose headphones, passport wallet, pens, a pillow, a blanket and other knick knacks. I have had it for two years and never fly without it.
After years of reading reviews and buying and returning bags I FINALLY found the perfect carry on bag. The Away Bigger Carry On is perfect for those that like to travel light. This bag, coupled with the Lo and Sons OG bag is my go to for EVERY SINGLE FLIGHT. The fact that I can charge my phone is an added bonus and the wheels roll perfectly on any surface.
The Serengeti should be at the top of anyone’s list who is interested in doing an African safari, and next to that should be the Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti. From being met by our driver at the tiny airport with champagne and lunch in tow, to comfortable game drives and breakfast in front of a watering hole, this hotel easily finds its way onto my favorites list.
Aptly named, Zanzibar White Sand Luxury Villas & Spa sits on Paje Beach, one of the most beautiful on the island. The various private villas range from one to five bedrooms where you will enjoy the privacy of a plunge pool and outdoor bathtub. Their Michelin star chef cooks up mouthwatering dishes that can be served in your villa, on the beach or in the restaurant. If you are looking for home in paradise, this is it.
With a barter system in place, you can trade an item for a stay at 25hours Zurich Langstrasse, an adult playground of sorts. What you get in exchange are comfortable well appointed rooms, a rooftop spa with city views, suggestive Japanese art and access to a free bike and car, yes CAR. You can use one of two Minis for up to four hours, which is the perfect amount of time to visit the beautiful countryside that surrounds Zurich.
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