United States

Seeing NYC in a New Way- As Locals

New York is a sensual feast. Since you have visited as tourists, I suggest exploring NYC as “residents”of different neighborhoods. Each community area in NYC has a distinctive feel. I suggest beginning your adventure in the Tribeca/Battery Park. Staying in each neighborhood will make you feel more local. Take advantage of this artist’s colony by popping in to local galleries; peruse hi...

Neighborhood Wanderings in New York City

After four trips to New York City, you’re in a great position to explore it like a local would. Wander through trendy Tribeca, the ultra-hip Meatpacking District, the charming West Village, and the funky East and Greenwich Villages. These spots are particularly great for uncovering new secrets each time you visit them. I’ll name some highlights in these areas and any others that you’re interested ...

The Many Sides of San Francisco

On this trip to San Francisco, you’ll play the roles of both tourist and local. See all the classic sights, but from a new perspective. You’ll visit the wharf, but you’ll explore some of its overlooked sights. And instead of just snapping photos of the Golden Gate Bridge, why not ride across it on a bike? You’ll also view San Francisco through the eyes of a local as you imm...

Just Maui’d!

Aloha & Congratulation! I was born and raised on Maui and know the island like the back of my hand. I will share with you my local insider knowledge when it comes to food and off the beaten track adventures. Although when it comes to food you are going to have to try a little pork, Kalua Pork is the most traditional food of the islands. I will build you a 10 day action packed plan but donR...

Northern California: An Array of Adventures

When it comes to travel variety, Northern California reigns supreme; you should have no trouble pleasing everyone in your family with a trip through this diverse region. Spend the first half of your vacation along the most rugged and scenic stretch of the California coast. Use Carmel as your seaside base; the area surrounding this charming, Mission town has plenty of opportunities for family fun, ...

Behind the Music

Come for the festival, stay for city. What Austin lacks in major tourist attractions, it makes up for with charming, offbeat experiences and amazing food. Take some time out from the shows to marvel at the largest urban bat colony in the world, pay your respects to a Cathedral of Junk, do a hot sauce tasting, take a dip in a year-round natural spring-fed pool, or relax in a beer garden-bake shop c...

Enjoy the Island life on Kauai

Go to Kauai to enjoy the island life as the locals do. Many consider it the best Hawaiian island. Spend your time on the many beautiful beaches swimming and watching surfers. Explore a sunken ship or coral reef. Enjoy snorkeling in a blue lagoon. End your days by witnessing one of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever see. If you’re up for it, you can casually hike to the many waterfalls ...

Beyond the Glitz of Waikiki

There is more to Oahu than Waikiki and to get the real feeling of Hawaii you must travel beyond this destination. I suggest you spend a day or two lounging by the pool or taking a quick walk to a nearby more local beach with crystal clear water. The other days I will suggest a few day trips that require renting a car but will take you to some of the best Thai food of your life as well as end of th...

The Urban Explorer: 72 hours in New York City

Each part of New York has its own unique feel, and my trip plan will take you on a tour through the city’s most interesting neighborhoods. I’ll show you the trendy boutiques and galleries of SoHo, cozy cupcake shops in the West Village, cultural vibrancy in Harlem, and funky parks and bars in Greenwich Village. In these neighborhoods and throughout the entire city, I have suggestions for the best ...

A Local’s Guide to Touristy NYC

Experience the Big Apple from a locals point of view. Get in the big sights (Times Square, Top of the Rock, Broadway, etc), but also have time for lesser known neighborhoods like SoHo and the Meat Packing District (where the cool younger locals hang out). Explore the streets and check out the foodie scene at Chelsea Market. Indulge in dishes from my all-time favorite restaurants (fresh pasta, auth...