I’m heading to Brazil later today so I may not be able to cross post on FB and Google+ while gone.
You’ll spread more than a little holiday happiness my way if you would share the posts you like on FB with your friends on my behalf while I’m away.
I do anticipate writing some posts when I am in Brazil since I will have a lot of quiet and down time but my regular activity will not resume until I return from my vacation with my in-laws after the New Year’s holiday. Enjoy this bit of Brazilian man candy who we met last year when we visited Paraty. For more photos from that trip link here.
Two weeks from tonight I will be boarding a plane to fly to Brazil where I will spend the Christmas and New Year’s holiday. This will be the first time in several years that I will be in Brazil for the Christmas holiday and while I’ll miss the holiday traditions Sergio and I have made for ourselves here in Boston, I’m looking forward to the warmer weather and time with my in-laws.
I’m not a fan of using traditional travel sites because I can’t always find the cheapest and most convenient travel destinations. However, I do like Google Flights, because it allows me to select dates and shows me the prices of multiple destinations near and far that I can travel to if I just want to get away.
If you find yourself looking for a quick break from winter, I’d suggest you check out Google flights to see what airfares cost from your closest airport. At one glance you will be able to see airfares to multiple destinations in the US, Caribbean and beyond.
Hanging out on Ipanema Beach in Rio de Janeiro. Can’t believe it has already been a year. I leave for Brazil later next month; this time Sergio & I travel alone to spend time with his family before spending a few days in Sao Paulo.
Seven Mile Beach on Grand Cayman Island
Lest you think I don’t practice what I preach, earlier this week Sergio and I booked a trip so we can escape from Old Man Winter. Earlier this year I wrote, How to survive a Boston winter. The first post in that series suggested that you book a trip prior to the holiday season so you aren’t stretched by the Christmas credit card crunch and so you can score cheaper airfare.
We were able to get great airfare to Grand Cayman Island in the Caribbean so we booked a trip. If you feel like demands at work would prevent you from getting away, keep in mind my previous post Please go away – often and book a trip to get away – even if only for a couple nights. Great airfares out of Boston remain available to warm destinations like Florida, Puerto Rico and Caribbean.
Oxford Economics released a report in September that found Americans are taking fewer vacation days than ever before. In 2013, Americans took an average of 16 days of vacation, compared to 20.3 days in 2000. Taking fewer earned vacation days translated into nearly 170 million lost paid days off. Interestingly the report found those who forfeited vacation time did not receive better raises or bonuses. The message I take from this is:
Plan Your Vacation Today
Anyone who reads this blog, knows that I love traveling and I love spending time with friends and family. If you haven’t the opportunity to get away, plan a stay-cation and enjoy time away from work. You might be surprised to learn that 1) Your colleagues miss you and appreciate you more; 2) You feel refreshed.
You can read the Boston Globe article and the study by linking here.
While I am not a fan of staying in Midtown and prefer neighborhoods like SoHo and Tribeca, I often stay in Midtown because that is where my office is located.
Last month when I visited NYC my usual hotel was booked so I had to look elsewhere and ended up staying at the Westin Times Square, which is on 8th Ave by 43rd Street.
Despite the hassle of Times Square which I could do without, the hotel is conveniently located on the cusp of Hell’s Kitchen; a great neighborhood.
This 45-story tower is an impressive property with all the amenities you would want and come to expect from a Westin Hotel. I had no issues with the internet connection and enjoyed my expansive view of Manhattan during my stay. If you are planning a trip to NYC and want to be near Hell’s Kitchen, this is certainly a property you may want to consider. The rooms are spacious and conveniently set up for one to work, relax and enjoy their stay.