Is anybody else dreaming of the english countryside right now or is it just me? Good Morning Texas invited me on the show to discuss summer travel ideas. Watch the segment here and get the details below:
It’s actually cheaper to fly to Europe than El Paso from Dallas right now! The trick is to plan your trip around the plane tickets. You’ll want to nab them ASAP when deals are posted, as they’re often only up that day. Right now Tuesdays and Wednesdays are the cheapest days for European travel. I love Hopper and Cheap DFW to find great deals.
I’ve heard so many people saying to skip the Caribbean this year after the hurricanes and I could not disagree more. The Caribbean needs our tourism dollars right now and all you have to do to help is vacation on some of the world’s best beaches. Contrary to popular belief, many islands were left largely unscathed after the hurricanes, including my beloved Providenciales in Turks and Caicos. The Buccaneer in Saint Croix is open again, Nevis is ready to host you, and even the severely damaged British Virgin Islands are starting to reopen resorts for business. Of the 30% of the islands that were affected, 50% of their hotels have reopened. Read my extensive Caribbean coverage here.
Cocoa Beach, FL
Want a beach vacation without an international flight? I had the best time exploring Cocoa Beach on Florida’s Space Coast a few weeks ago. The town of Cocoa Beach is charming and full of great seafood. Read about my recent trip to Cocoa Beach here.
Everybody thinks of Salem in the fall but I absolutely adored Salem when I went in June several years ago. Salem is close to Boston, which always seems to have reasonable airfare, and is a lovely little harbor town. Get all of the history with none of the crowds in the summertime. The Hawthorne Hotel is a must, as is dinner at Nathaniel’s. I still think about the caesar salad prepared table side in a cocktail shaker! Don’t forget oysters on the water.
Want a day trip or overnight getaway? Visit Winnsboro for a Texas treat. Go see my friends at Clara Ida Frances for home decor, fashion finds, chocolates, and other goodies. Just steps away you’ll find awesome antiques at Beauweevil’s, which is where I found my famous turquoise china cabinet! I know South African food is hardly associated with east Texas – or Texas at all – but life at Liefi li Vine is a must. My favorite dishes include the vinger happie platter, Tandori salmon salad, smoked chicken (and anything with their smoked salmon), and a cappuccino enjoyed with a caramel brownie with pretzel crust with ice cream. Yes please!