Showing posts from October, 2013

Cultural Tourism

There are many kinds of travelers in this world; those that want to lounge on the beach and let their worries wash away with the tides, those that crave the adrenaline rush of white water rafting,  those that want a sort of "light bulb" vacation that ignites their spirit and motivates them to do more with their life. and then there's everything in between. There is no right or wrong to a persons travel goals, the most important thing to note is that they come away from their travels better for it.

As a former social worker, I have worked with people from every walk of life, representing many countries from around the world. Working with them allowed me to see first hand how their culture works,not only within our U.S. borders but within their people and in their countries. In working with people from other cultures as well as with  our fellow U.S. citizens, I was keenly aware of the fears that both parties brought to the table when it came to understanding and interactin…

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Well, my first trip to Puerto Vallarta will most definitely NOT be my last trip. I've been to Mazatlan, Cancun, Playa del Carmen and Riviera Maya but none of those places compare to Puerto Vallarta. Puerto Vallarta sits within the Bay of Banderas surrounded by the Sierra Madre Mountains. The combination of the Pacific ocean, the mountains and the quaintness of Puerto Vallarta makes it a truly unique destination.

I was privileged enough to be a guest of Hard Rock resorts in Riviera Nayarit ~ which is about 15 minutes away from old town Puerto Vallarta. There are what feels like miles of sugar soft beaches in either direction from Hard Rock so needless to say, I had to discover both to the left and to the right on my morning and evening strolls on the beach. While on my beach strolls, I discovered empty baby turtle shells scattered on the beach. At first site, I thought they were ping pong balls but then quickly realized that 1.) there were no ping pong tables around, haha! and 2.) …

Lay overs

I'm en route to Puerto Vallarta and have three glorious hours in the Sky Harbor airport. Upon landing, the airport was bustling and buzzing with frenetic energy.  I thought I'd blend in with the crowd and wander around a while and do some window shopping, but much to my amazement, there was nothing to look at. I can't kill three hours in a news stand pouring over magazines and gum packs so I decided to grab myself  a slice of pizza and salad and drag myself to a chair that looked out over the tarmac. It was 9:00 a.m., and I don't usually eat pizza and salad for breakfast but considering I'd been awake since 3:30 a.m., I figured I was ready for lunch.

What I love about traveling is simply people watching. Airports are a great place to watch people. Most of the people in the B terminal at the airport were headed to either Hawaii or Cabo San Lucas so there were a lot of jovial spirits ready to get their relaxation on. What I also love about traveling is eaves dropping…