After finding coconuts on practically every street corner in Colombia, I can understand why this South American country might be known as the land of coconuts. Eating it in so many different ways while I was there started me thinking about what a valuable product this natural ingredient is and how I’ve added it to the health and beauty mix in my house.
March is Women’s History Month. Celebrating women who travel is just one of the many categories of impressive females in our history. We’ve all heard of Amelia Earhart, Jane Goodall and Nellie Bly, the list of inspiring women is a comprehensive one. Intrepid explorers all: one part bravery, one part brains and a whole lot of wanderlust and passion. In celebration of International Women’s Day, I thought I’d share the stories of three relatively unknown women with very different stories. One a survivor, one a wealthy explorer and one a remarkable artist. The common thread of women who travel runs through and changes their lives in unexpected ways.
As a baby boomer, I grew up with a generation who never heard of SPF and thought sun protection meant baby oil and iodine. I’ve had more than my share of run ins with skin cancer and over the last three decades, more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer then all other cancers combined. A sobering fact. While you can’t erase damage already done, you can change your habits. That’s why I’m so excited to introduce Coolibar sun protection clothing, the perfect addition to your warm weather travel wardrobe.
Ah Cartagena, you have seduced me with your charm and warm hospitality. Rising from a shady and dangerous past, rebuilding your reputation and shining for all the world to see. I envy the secrets you learned for embracing your old lines and preserving your historic character, all the while mixing in the new. My Cartagena highlights mix an intoxicating cocktail that tastes at once familiar and oh so different.
Experiential travel. Is the popular phrase at least partially responsible for the explosion of Airbnb globally? I’d answer a resounding yes. The concept of staying in a home rather than a hotel has helped travelers around the world experience staying local. The Casa Particular, a Cuba homestay is the equivalent on the island, allowing visitors a true cultural understanding.
The recent death of Fidel Castro and the presidential election in the United States has everyone wondering what the next chapter will be for this island less than 90 miles from Miami.
“If Cuba is unwilling to make a better deal for the Cuban people, the Cuban-American people and the U.S. as a whole, I will terminate the deal”, Trump tweeted in November.
What a difference a year makes, when Obama became the first sitting U.S. president to visit the country in 88 years. I would urge you to travel to Cuba now, while the opportunity exists, before thawed relations move toward the very real climate change taking place on the rest of the globe.