“My new happy place in SoCal” by HMD

“My new happy place in SoCal” by HMD

I found a new happy place on the West Best Coast of the United States. The perfect place to breathe, relax and retire early, or just escape from the noise of La La Land. Dana Point, California: Where have you been all my life? As I sipped my prosecco on the balcony overlooking the ocean, [...]

20 Hours in Reykjavík (and what to do on a long layover in Iceland)

20 Hours in Reykjavík (and what to do on a long layover in Iceland)

Well, WOW Air did one thing right in my books recently... they planted me in Reykjavic, Iceland for a day long layover. Iceland. My #2 bucket list country (next in line to Japan) and I had 20 hours to taste test the capital of the world famous island. Ready, set, GO! We landed at 10 [...]

“My First Visit to LONDON” by HMD

“My First Visit to LONDON” by HMD

London is a world famous city, and raved about in travel community for all it's offerings, sights and history.  It often shocked people that I hadn't made my way to "THE City" after so long on the road and quite a few trips to Europe, which is just a short flight away.  I put it [...]

Princess Treatment at Radisson Collection Royal Mile

Princess Treatment at Radisson Collection Royal Mile

Is there anything better than a suite on the top floor of 5 star hotel overlooking a castle and a street called Royal Mile?  I think not. Radisson Collection Royal Mile made my final two days in Edinburgh perfect.  I truly won't forget my stay here, or my visit to this city.  Edinburgh quickly became [...]

Hotel de Paris: My New Favorite Boutique Hotel in Montreal

Hotel de Paris: My New Favorite Boutique Hotel in Montreal

Hotel de Paris is an old family manor turned hotel on Sherbrooke street in Montreal, and I was lucky enough to call it home for 10 days.  The hotel has been operating for over 30 years and has quite a cool growth story, starting out with only 9 rooms and expanding over the years to [...]

Finding Bliss in a Blizzard

Finding Bliss in a Blizzard

Note to readers: I'm trying something new.  You can now watch this article in video form on Youtube!  Click and subscribe here. It's below zero degrees outside and I've found myself in Montreal, Quebec, Canada of all places, in the dead of Winter.  I'm looking out the window at white covered everything, wondering how I'll [...]

She Goes…to Canada?!

She Goes…to Canada?!

Oh Canadaaaaa, the land I call my...COLD, I call you COLD.  Canada, I underestimated your bite... I've been in Montreal for just over one week and my face hasn't fallen off yet, which continues to shock me.  Colder than any weather I've ever experienced in my lifetime (I'm from California where we just "opt out" [...]