Yes, I know it’s already a week into March.
I spent most of this short month at home in Boston, but I did have a few mental vacations. For the second year in a row, I attended the The Boston Globe Travel Show, where I got to stock up on brochures and chapsticks, and learn more about destinations here in New England and around the world. I also got to spend time with my Wanderful friends, catch up with other local travel bloggers and see a Filipino children’s dance company perform.
I also got to do some networking on behalf of Visit.org, for which I serve as a brand ambassador. Visit.org connects travelers with immersive one-day experiences that benefit local communities, and was looking for contacts at several tourism boards and brands.
The following weekend I got the chance to be one of the first people in Boston to slide down the Freezin’ Gator Zipline, which was sponsored by our friends in sunny Kissimmee, Florida. Experience Kissimmee was also nice enough to bring along some of its top attractions like Crayola Experience Orlando and Gatorland Orlando. I even got to take an airboat ride on Boston Harbor at sunset with Wild Florida Airboats. (It was COLD! There’s a reason there are no airboats in Boston, especially in winter.)
The only travel I did this month was to New Jersey to visit my family, and a highlight of the trip was spending a day with my parents in Hershey, Pennsylvania, a.k.a. “the sweetest place on earth.” Hershey is about two hours from where I grew up, and since it’s the site of Hershey Park, an amusement park, it was a favorite destination of mine when I was younger. (Fun fact: It was also where I attended my first concert with friends; I saw the band Live in the stadium there in high school.)
This time; however, I enjoyed a more “adult” experience. After lunch at the Hershey Grill, located at the Hershey Lodge, we spent the afternoon shopping and getting pampered at the Spa at the Hershey Hotel (Well, my mom and I did. My dad opted for a walk around the Butterfly House.) I had a chocolate message, which is as good as it sounds, and ate about a pound of Hershey’s Kisses afterward.
March is going to be a practical month, since I am busy gearing up for two+ months of travel, which I will kick off in mid-April. Stay tuned for where I’m going!
Banner image: taken while (freezing) on an airboat tour of Boston Harbor at sunset