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From Cacao to Chocolate

Tweet As we traipsed through the forest, following our guide, my mind was on my exposed arms and the potential for mosquito bites. It was too hot to wear long sleeves, so I was distracted until I saw the brightly colored, football-shaped items dangling in odd spots from trees. There didn’t seem to be any […]

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The Next Adventure: A National Parks Road Trip

TweetDespite seeing about half of the United States thus far, I haven’t made it to some of the most notable places out west, including the national parks. This is an especially big year for the NPS, who are celebrating their 100th birthday. So my next adventure falls perfectly in line. I’ve been planning this trip […]

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Drinking at a Dominican Colmado

Tweet They call it a colmado. The meaning isn’t directly translated into English, but in the Dominican Republic, it serves as a place for both groceries and social gatherings, stemming from the verb for “to fulfill.” The sound of music and the need for cold beer brought my friends and me to a bodega-style corner […]

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Photo Friday: Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Tweet Located on the north shore of the Dominican Republic, bordering the Atlantic Ocean, Puerto Plata was the original tourist town in the country before Punta Cana became the favorite destination. Christopher Columbus created a settlement nearby during his travels. And while the tourism is not what it once was, it’s seeing a resurgence thanks […]

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The Importance of Responsible Travel

Tweet Responsible travel is a term frequently used by brands and those in marketing, but what does it really mean? Why is it important to consumers? How can you be responsible when you travel? Every tour company has its own definition, but this one from Intrepid Travel’s responsible business page sums it up best: Using […]

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Caroline in the City Guide to Miami

Tweet The city of Miami, Florida elicits a number of images: Miami Vice, South Beach, and Little Havana. It’s where dozens of Caribbean cultures come together, including Cuban, Haitian, Dominican and much more. Miami is surrounded by water so there are miles of beaches stretching from the north and to both coasts of Miami Beach. […]

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Eating and Drinking in the Dominican Republic

Tweet The two trips to the Dominican Republic weren’t planned as such, so my knowledge of Dominican food was limited. We don’t have many Dominican restaurants in Atlanta and I assumed it would be similar to other Caribbean flavors I’d tasted in Puerto Rico and at local Cuban restaurants. What I found instead was some of […]

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Photo Friday: Boca Chica, Dominican Republic

Tweet If I had my way, every press trip would involve beach time. So luckily for me, part of my Santo Domingo itinerary included a day trip to Boca Chica, the closest beach to the Zona Colonial that is also on the way to the Las Americas International Airport. This water baby was thrilled to just […]

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Atlanta’s Best Cocktail Bars

TweetWe all love a carefully concocted beverage. For me, it was always beer, but as I’ve grown older, I’ve appreciated the art of mixology even more. Atlanta has a surprising cocktail culture for being the land of sweet tea and Coca-Cola. I made it my mission to check out some of the city’s best cocktail […]

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A Wellness Weekend in Hot Springs, Arkansas

Tweet There must be quite a few things a hot bath won’t cure, but I don’t know many of them. – Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar If I didn’t know any better, I’d assume that Sylvia was talking about a visit to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Because she’s right. What’s better than the healing properties of a […]

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