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Three Reasons to Check Your Passport Right Now

A new year brings a slew of resolutions and opportunities — and travel is at the top for us. But whether your plan is to take a fabulous honeymoon, plan a romantic getaway or a trip with friends, or just be ready to hit the road at the right opportunity, now is the perfect time to make sure you’re ready to go international when the time comes. Many people don’t know this, but just having a valid passport isn’t enough to ensure smooth travels, and there are multiple reasons that a country can deny entry to someone holding a seemingly valid passport. Here’s what you need to check, asap.Learn more

Courtesy of Accor Hotels
Courtesy of Accor Hotels

Romantic Hotels in Cartagena’s Old City

Earlier this year I was lucky enough to be a speaker at the Love Colombia conference in Cartagena, Colombia. Though this Central American city had long been high on my must-visit list, I had never made it there before. After spending five days exploring Cartagena’s romantic hotels and meeting with the city’s top tourism and event pros, I know firsthand what I’ve been missing, and I’m certain I’ll be back again! Located on the southern edge of the Caribbean Sea, Cartagena was founded in the 16th century, and today the historic Old City is a designated UNESCO Heritage Site. The historic stone walls (originally built to repel invaders)Learn more

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Shutterstock/Delpixel

Travel Visas Made Simple

Thank you Conde Nast Traveler for calling out one of our go-to online travel tools: Passport Index. This handy website lets you easily search for travel visas entry policies around the world. Just click on the cover of your particular passport nationality, and you’ll get the visa-free score. Click on that and you’ll get a list of countries and their particular requirements for travelers fro your country. The U.S. has 155 countries listed, with caveats from Visa Free, Visa Required, or E-Visa Available. Not only is it an easy way to see which countries require visas, which is super-helpful in trip planning, but it’s a great idea generatorLearn more

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A Return to Cap Juluca, and Classic Caribbean Luxury

Once upon a time, when I was brand new to travel writing, I got an invitation to go to Cap Juluca resort in Anguilla. I had no idea where Anguilla was exactly, but had heard of Cap Juluca because of the celeb fan base (Jennifer Aniston, Janet Jackson, Bill Gates…the list goes on…). At the time, I had traveled, but in a college budget-type way. That trip was an eye-opener to what a luxury hotel experience could be, and in some ways set the course for where my life would go. I’ll never forget sipping a welcome glass of champs on that amazing beach; my first experience with a in-roomLearn more

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Honeymoon Travel Tip: Don’t Be Afraid to Take It Slow

I love talking to couples about travel. Some of them are more excited about the honeymoon than they are about their weddings! Which may seem odd to their in-laws and wedding planner, but as an avid traveler myself, I totally get it. But here’s a travel tip: Your honeymoon is an extremely important trip, no doubt — that’s why we make it our business! But it’s not the only trip you’ll ever take as a couple; it’s just the first of many in a lifetime of travel together. I speak to a lot of couples who want to cram as much as possible into theirLearn more

Twirl weddings
Twirl Weddings — isn’t she gorgeous?

See our Top Travel Must-Haves on Twirl New York

Whether you travel once a year or once a week, it’s important to be comfortable on the road. After all, if the journey is the destination, you want the journey to be a good one! I’ve picked up quite a few tricks in my 15+ years of globe-trotting, and was so exited when one of my fave magazines, Twirl New York, asked me to share my favorite travel products. Some of my fave discoveries, I run into while traveling. Take this one. I was in the Caribbean visiting The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas when I noticed someone using a Eminence Sun Defense Minerals powder sunscreen, and I was intriguedLearn more

Jicaro Island Ecolodge, a romantic private-island resort in Nicaragua
Jicaro Island Ecolodge, a romantic private-island resort in Nicaragua

Meet Jicaro, A Romantic Eco Resort in Nicaragua

The buzz is growing about Nicaragua. The Central America country is undergoing a tourism renaissance, and our recent visit found a lot of romantic eco resort options — including Jicaro Island Ecolodge, an unexpected treasure.

See Our Latest Travel Picks in the Spring 2016 Issue of Destination I Do!

Pardon my braggy moment, but I was so excited to go to my bookstore today and see the latest issue of Destination I Do! I travel a lot, scouting for clients and writing about top honeymoon and wedding spots for various magazines. Destination I Do is one of my favorites; they share my undying passion for travel, and are some of the smartest, kindest people I’ve ever had the privilege of working with. For this issue, I headed to Los Cabos, Mexico, which is a fave spot personally as well as for weddings and honeymoons, thanks to the abundance of great hotels, gorgeous natural beauty and the fact thatLearn more

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Photo by BMProductions/Shutterstock

Key Advice for Picking the Right Honeymoon Spot

As a honeymoon planner, questions come with the job. Most often, they take some form of the following: Where should I honeymoon? What’s the best honeymoon spot? What’s your all-time favorite honeymoon spot? I love sharing my knowledge, gained by years of firsthand travel around the world as a travel writer and wedding-mag editor. But the truth is, there’s no easy answer to those questions. I love Africa, but I also love Tahiti. And New Orleans. And Thailand. And Tuscany. And so much more. The list goes on and on, and new places are constantly being added as I continue toLearn more

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