Unique Florida Gulf Coast Destinations

The Gulf coast of Florida is a paradise for visitors. Warm winter temperatures are a welcome reprieve for northerners seeking to escape snow shoveling. Lined with sandy beaches, nature preserves, vibrant communities and historic towns, there’s a variety of things to do for couples, families and solo travelers. Here are some of the most unique…

Florida Snowbirds: Tips for an Extended Stay

The sunshine state is a favorite wintertime home for many northerners. 663 mikes of great beaches, palm trees and outdoor activities offers a sanctuary away from shoveling snow. It is also a great place to socially distance in beachside state parks. I grew up in Florida and we have spent some time this winter enjoying…

Sunrise over the ocean with a pier in the background

How to Spend a Week in Zanzibar

By Alex Kallimanis: Zanzibar, aka Spice Island, is lined with picturesque beaches and offers a vibrant fusion of cultures. The island was colonized by the Portuguese, Arabs and English and tragically was the center of the East African slave trade in the 1800’s.  While the predominant religion is Islam, large Hindu and Christian minorities also…

Sunrise over the Indian Ocean, boats and balcony

Excellent Things to Do in Chicago

By Alex Kallimanis: Chicago feels more like New York than any other American destination. It’s the USA’s third largest city and pairs an impressive skyline with a diverse culinary scene. On warm days, the city’s beaches on Lake Michigan give the city a Miami vibe. If you visit Chicago for a weekend, downtown has plenty to…

Local Tips For Visiting Tarpon Springs, Florida

By Alex Kallimanis: Just 30 miles northwest of Tampa, Tarpon Springs has the largest per capita Greek American population of any town in the USA. Around 25% of some 29,000 Tarpon residents are of Greek descent. An abundance of excellent Greek restaurants, bakeries, fresh seafood, craft breweries, boutique shops and festivals makes Tarpon Springs a…