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Living in NYC can be daunting, stifling and at times frustrating. Some people find solace in weekends in the Hamptons, others travel further to Nantucket or Cape Cod. However, only a few hours north of the city are some charming places to rejuvenate. Whether you’re looking for a foodie’s paradise, a challenging hike or a leisure canoe trip the Hudson Valley has a little bit for everyone. I’ve consulted Carolyn Stine for the best things to see, experience and eat in the Hudson Valley. Want more of her pics? Check out her instagram at @Carobaker1

Back in April 2016 I launched the New Orleans chapter of Six Degrees Society. While in NOLA I was struck by the European influence that was seen throughout the city, the incredibly delicious seafood selection and the kindness of the natives. I enlisted the help of one of my favorite NOLA foodie natives to write her guide to New Orleans. Enjoy reading about NOLA through the eyes of Sarena Teng, a pediatric anesthesiologist and native. 

My first time in Cartagena was in January 2016 for our annual January girls trip. I went with several girl friends including Carolyn Stine, our official itinerary planner. To me Cartagena felt like you stumbled onto a movie set. The buildings are brightly colored with balconies adorning them and giving off a New Orleans type feel. My favorite part of the trip were the amazing street vendor offerings. The mochilla bags illuminated the street with their vibrant colors and affordable prices. In addition to doing some serious shopping we did some serious eating. The food was heavy on seafood to reflect its coastal positioning. Check out our itinerary and snaps from the pic, all courtesy of Carolyn Stine. To see more travel and food inspiration follow her @Carobaker1.

Not quite sure how to spend the rest of your summer? Look no further than Portland, Maine. This charming vacation spot is the perfect escape from the confines of a city and offers something for the foodie and the adventure seekers. Check out our City Guide written by our resident food and travel expert Carolyn Stine. You can also follow her adventures on Instagram @Carobaker1

I haven’t been to Lisbon in years and when I did I was a vegetarian and didn’t have the same foodie tendencies I have now. But now, when I go back I’m fully prepared with a jam packed itinerary written by the wonderful Carolyn Stine, owner of the FOMO inducing instagram handle @carobaker1. 

As many of you might realize, I love traveling. I think I’d be a pretty boring if it wasn’t for Carolyn Stine who pushes my limits when I travel and finds the most unique and “fabulous” places to eat and spots to visit. In January 2015 Carolyn, my younger sister Ali and I said goodbye to January depression and spent a week in Tulum. Tulum is an incredible little not so hidden piece of paradise a little over an hour from Cancun, Mexico. The feel is local, the lodges “eco” and  all of the restaurant’s chic but rustic.  You might run into everyone you wanted to avoid in NYC but it’s hands down one of the top 3 favorite vacations I’ve ever had. Check out what we did and note that this entire itinerary was planned by Carolyn Stine. Check out more of her photos and travels on instagram @carobaker1.