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  • My last trip to NYC 🍎 was truly a New York Minute! 

Despite the tight schedule I decided to do a quick shoot with @flytographer to capture the whole Manhattan vibe I was in. Hello Times Square! 🚕

What do ya think of the photos??? 📸 

PS: I am OBSESSED with @Flytographer! It’s a super easy way to book professional photographers in most major cities… ultimately capturing your travels! It sure beats a regular ol’ cellphone selfie photo! Plus you get to hang with a cool local and get photos to make all your friends jealous of you amazing trip or vacation. Win win win!

If you want to give them a try on your next trip, use the code SARAHD50 for a $50 discount!

#flytographer #vacationphotos #vacationphotographer #timesquarenyc #photos
  • Truly an oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle! 

📍 @margaritavilletimessquare 

@margaritaville delivers so well at this property in the heart of NYC! A little bit of tropical, yet modern and cool, it’s this perfect little escape in the city. It’s both relaxing and warm!

As my mom said, “I feel like I’m on a real vacation! And I’m just in the city!” 

Granted that may have been the cocktails🍹talking that we had at both Landshark and (their really cool rooftop bar) 5 O’Clock Somewhere… either way, mom approves! 

Returned for my second time, you might even say this has become my new “home away from home in the city I used to call home.” 

See you next visit Margaritaville Times Square!

#margaritaville #margaritavilletimessquare
  • It’s #nationalplanforvacationday! ✈️🚂🚗 

Where are you going this year? Some places I’m excited about… Louisville, Istanbul, and Belize. But I’d still like to make a trip to Africa and/or Iceland happen! 

As if you needed a reminder, just get a trip planned. Big or small, it doesn’t matter. You’ll feel happier having something to look forward to and we all know experiences are worth it.

So where are you looking forward to the most?

🎥 @jorgelopezmedia 

#planatrip #travelplanning #travelsmarter #vacationplanning
  • You can’t work in the hospitality business—be genuinely engaged—and not learn a lot about life. 

Of course I talk a lot about travel, but I also talk about perspective and outlook on life. The thing is, you can’t connect with people without being a little thoughtful. 

So… here are a few life lessons I’ve been reminded of while working behind the concierge desk, people from all walks of life, as well as on the road. 

What’s your favorite life lesson you’ve picked up along the way? 👇🏻

Photo by @jorgelopezmedia 

#lifelessons #travelexpert #liveoutsidethebox #staygrounded #concierge #conciergelife
  • How’s your sleep when you travel? 

Probably pretty crappy. (Hello, I just woke up at 3:30 am today to catch a flight!) But sleep is so important and a big thing that hotels take into consideration. After all, when you’re staying at a property, you are trusting them with one of your basic life necessities. SLEEP.

Travel can wreak havoc on your sleep routine. Sleep hygiene (aka your sleep habits) is super important to not only your daily life, but it can make or break a trip. 

Here are a few helpful tips to sleep better when on the road:

💤 Sleep strategically if you’re going to be changing time zones. Start adjusting ahead of time. 
☀️ Get lots of natural daylight when and where you can.
🏃🏼‍♀️ Stay active. Movement should be a part of your routine anyway (it helps with sleep), but definitely keep it up when you travel.
🥃 You’re gonna hate this, but be mindful of your alcohol and caffeine intake. Both can contribute to fatigue or sleep disruption.
💧 Drink plenty of water. Trust.
🛏️ try to follow your regular bedtime routine. (I know we aren’t kids, but adults need bedtime routines too… just like we need naps.)
💊 Try Melatonin to help with better sleep!

There you have it. Hopefully some of those tips help you sleep better on the road! 

Disclaimer: as a hotelier, I have to be VERY clear. No hotel beds were harmed in the snapping of these photos. (And no I didn’t hit my head on the fan either.)

#traveltips #sleephygiene #hotelbeds #sleephealth
  • Everyone always asks when is the best time to book for the best deals…

⚡️ News Flash ⚡️

The best time to snag a deal is when you find one! There’s no set rule on when the deals come out, so if you’re seeing something that makes you look twice. 👀 Book it. 

That being said, focus more on WHEN you travel. Off season or more specifically, days of the week. Think Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. 🗓️ 

Of course there are always exceptions to these suggestions, and if you’re hoping prices for flights and hotels will come down… don’t get too excited. Expect a little drop, but long gone are the days of super cheap travel from 2020 and 2021. 

Plan ahead. Be prepared to pay. But most importantly, enjoy yourself! 

Shout-out to @kcalnews for having me on to talk about this and more. 

Will be joining the show on a monthly basis, so if there’s something you want to hear me cover, hit the comments below!

See ya in the skies soon ✈️ 

#kcal9 #cbsla #traveldeals #travelsmarter #travelexpert
  • @nickresortrivieramaya where you can let loose! Play like a kid, with or without one!

One of my favorite features of this resort is that the main lobby area, restaurants and water park are a short shuttle from the building with all the suites! This way you can have peace and calm at your room with ocean views without overheating all the activity in the main part of the resort! Pretty genius, especially if traveling with kids. 

@karismahotels #karismaexperience #nickelodeonrivieramaya
  • Yoooo! The holidays are upon us, and whatever you celebrate (or not), maybe you want to give a gift. But lives at stores are scary… and kinda no bueno. 

Well, there’s still time to give the gift of travel for the holidays… be it something from your favorite hotel or a gift card to a future trip. Think outside of the box! 

Always my favorite this time of year, because let’s face it, we all have enough shoes… 😉 or yoga pants and candles in my case! 

#holidaytravel #giftoftravel #travelgift #hotelamenities
  • Five days of cruising in one reel! 🚢 

In case you missed the real time stories, here’s an overall recap of my recent @azamaravoyages cruise! What an adventure! 🌊 

What I love about cruises is everything you get to DO. We played on the beach in St John, snorkeled and catamaraned in St Maarten, and we helicoptered in Antigua… from cocktail making classes to dancing the night away… this was a great end to my 2023 travel season. 🏝️ 

Thank you @azamaravoyages for helping me close out the year in such a special way!

#azamaraonward #azamara #cruisevacation #caribbeancruise #cruisetravel
My last trip to NYC 🍎 was truly a New York Minute! Despite the tight schedule I decided to do a quick shoot with @flytographer to capture the whole Manhattan vibe I was in. Hello Times Square! 🚕 What do ya think of the photos??? 📸 PS: I am OBSESSED with @Flytographer! It’s a super easy way to book professional photographers in most major cities… ultimately capturing your travels! It sure beats a regular ol’ cellphone selfie photo! Plus you get to hang with a cool local and get photos to make all your friends jealous of you amazing trip or vacation. Win win win! If you want to give them a try on your next trip, use the code SARAHD50 for a $50 discount! #flytographer #vacationphotos #vacationphotographer #timesquarenyc #photos
3 days ago
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Truly an oasis in the middle of the concrete jungle! 📍 @margaritavilletimessquare @margaritaville delivers so well at this property in the heart of NYC! A little bit of tropical, yet modern and cool, it’s this perfect little escape in the city. It’s both relaxing and warm! As my mom said, “I feel like I’m on a real vacation! And I’m just in the city!” Granted that may have been the cocktails🍹talking that we had at both Landshark and (their really cool rooftop bar) 5 O’Clock Somewhere… either way, mom approves! Returned for my second time, you might even say this has become my new “home away from home in the city I used to call home.” See you next visit Margaritaville Times Square! #margaritaville #margaritavilletimessquare
4 days ago
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It’s #nationalplanforvacationday! ✈️🚂🚗 Where are you going this year? Some places I’m excited about… Louisville, Istanbul, and Belize. But I’d still like to make a trip to Africa and/or Iceland happen! As if you needed a reminder, just get a trip planned. Big or small, it doesn’t matter. You’ll feel happier having something to look forward to and we all know experiences are worth it. So where are you looking forward to the most? 🎥 @jorgelopezmedia #planatrip #travelplanning #travelsmarter #vacationplanning
6 days ago
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You can’t work in the hospitality business—be genuinely engaged—and not learn a lot about life. Of course I talk a lot about travel, but I also talk about perspective and outlook on life. The thing is, you can’t connect with people without being a little thoughtful. So… here are a few life lessons I’ve been reminded of while working behind the concierge desk, people from all walks of life, as well as on the road. What’s your favorite life lesson you’ve picked up along the way? 👇🏻 Photo by @jorgelopezmedia #lifelessons #travelexpert #liveoutsidethebox #staygrounded #concierge #conciergelife
1 week ago
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How’s your sleep when you travel? Probably pretty crappy. (Hello, I just woke up at 3:30 am today to catch a flight!) But sleep is so important and a big thing that hotels take into consideration. After all, when you’re staying at a property, you are trusting them with one of your basic life necessities. SLEEP. Travel can wreak havoc on your sleep routine. Sleep hygiene (aka your sleep habits) is super important to not only your daily life, but it can make or break a trip. Here are a few helpful tips to sleep better when on the road: 💤 Sleep strategically if you’re going to be changing time zones. Start adjusting ahead of time. ☀️ Get lots of natural daylight when and where you can. 🏃🏼‍♀️ Stay active. Movement should be a part of your routine anyway (it helps with sleep), but definitely keep it up when you travel. 🥃 You’re gonna hate this, but be mindful of your alcohol and caffeine intake. Both can contribute to fatigue or sleep disruption. 💧 Drink plenty of water. Trust. 🛏️ try to follow your regular bedtime routine. (I know we aren’t kids, but adults need bedtime routines too… just like we need naps.) 💊 Try Melatonin to help with better sleep! There you have it. Hopefully some of those tips help you sleep better on the road! Disclaimer: as a hotelier, I have to be VERY clear. No hotel beds were harmed in the snapping of these photos. (And no I didn’t hit my head on the fan either.) #traveltips #sleephygiene #hotelbeds #sleephealth
2 weeks ago
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Everyone always asks when is the best time to book for the best deals… ⚡️ News Flash ⚡️ The best time to snag a deal is when you find one! There’s no set rule on when the deals come out, so if you’re seeing something that makes you look twice. 👀 Book it. That being said, focus more on WHEN you travel. Off season or more specifically, days of the week. Think Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. 🗓️ Of course there are always exceptions to these suggestions, and if you’re hoping prices for flights and hotels will come down… don’t get too excited. Expect a little drop, but long gone are the days of super cheap travel from 2020 and 2021. Plan ahead. Be prepared to pay. But most importantly, enjoy yourself! Shout-out to @kcalnews for having me on to talk about this and more. Will be joining the show on a monthly basis, so if there’s something you want to hear me cover, hit the comments below! See ya in the skies soon ✈️ #kcal9 #cbsla #traveldeals #travelsmarter #travelexpert
2 weeks ago
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@nickresortrivieramaya where you can let loose! Play like a kid, with or without one! One of my favorite features of this resort is that the main lobby area, restaurants and water park are a short shuttle from the building with all the suites! This way you can have peace and calm at your room with ocean views without overheating all the activity in the main part of the resort! Pretty genius, especially if traveling with kids. @karismahotels #karismaexperience #nickelodeonrivieramaya
1 month ago
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Yoooo! The holidays are upon us, and whatever you celebrate (or not), maybe you want to give a gift. But lives at stores are scary… and kinda no bueno. Well, there’s still time to give the gift of travel for the holidays… be it something from your favorite hotel or a gift card to a future trip. Think outside of the box! Always my favorite this time of year, because let’s face it, we all have enough shoes… 😉 or yoga pants and candles in my case! #holidaytravel #giftoftravel #travelgift #hotelamenities
2 months ago
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Five days of cruising in one reel! 🚢 In case you missed the real time stories, here’s an overall recap of my recent @azamaravoyages cruise! What an adventure! 🌊 What I love about cruises is everything you get to DO. We played on the beach in St John, snorkeled and catamaraned in St Maarten, and we helicoptered in Antigua… from cocktail making classes to dancing the night away… this was a great end to my 2023 travel season. 🏝️ Thank you @azamaravoyages for helping me close out the year in such a special way! #azamaraonward #azamara #cruisevacation #caribbeancruise #cruisetravel
2 months ago
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