You Must Eat Brunch In Barcelona

Last month, I went to Barcelona Spain. This was my second trip to the coastal city and while I wasn’t blown away last time I visited….I must say I have a new appreciation for Barcelona now. If I wasn't living in Italy, Spain would definitely be the next choice on my list! Beautiful beaches, tapas, and sangria what else do you need?? I absolutely LOVE this country. I have been here a few times since living in Europe…..Bunol for the Tomato Fight, Valencia, Madrid…and I am trying to make my way south…..I mean I love it more and more with each visit, but Barcelona was the only city in Spain…
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6 Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

I had the opportunity to visit Riga......which is the capital and the largest city of Latvia. If your like me, you didn't even know Latvia was a country, but after my visit I found that it is yet another beautiful European city, but it also has some of the friendliest people as well!! Here are 5 things you should do when visiting there: Eat For just a little city, there are so many food options here! They have everything from traditional Latvian food, to Thai, Indian, Steak House's, Chinese...... and TGIFriday's...American (DON"T DO IT!!!! You better not even think about it!! Please skip Friday's).  Check out the Central Market, you can even opt to do a…
Read More

Greece is More than Santorini….Exploring Corfu

I've been wanting to do some island hopping in Greece, but while doing some research I learned that ferry's to all the Greek Island's don’t necessarily run every day, so you could be stuck on one island for a couple of days, which isn’t a bad thing but I was limited on time. I only had 4 days over the Labor Day weekend and wanted to make the best of it. Everyone wants to go see Santorini, and I do too, but I really wasn’t in the mood for the tourist crowds. I started looking on Ryan Air for cheap tickets....to any destination really, I just needed my flight dates…
Read More

Vino Hopping Birthday Bash

In previous years for my birthday I've celebrated doing a variety of things.........in 2013 I was touring Europe, in 2014 I rented a cabin in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountians and last year I was throwing tomatoes in the world's largest food fight in Spain. This year I decided to celebrate at home in Italy by escorting 8 of my friends around to a few local wineries for tastings, a little food and some much needed fun! Our winery tasting tour began promptly at 9:30 am, what better way to start your morning than with vino for breakfast, right?!?!?! Our first stop was to Ca'Bruzzo where we met Alan Bruzzo.…
Read More

12 Countries In 12 Months….DONE!! 24 Countries In 24 Months…..Let’s Go!!

In 2015, I started the year off by traveling to 3 countries all before the end of February. When I moved to Italy in May of 2015 my travel opportunities……..well lets just say, they grew considerably. If you remember last year I was researching Bucket List ideas and came across completing “12 Countries in 12 Months” and added it to my list. Why not, right? By the end of 2015, I accomplished “12 Countries In 12 Months” ……..and I decided to continue the Bucket List idea by going for “24 Countries In 24 Months” in 2016! Now I know you might be a little skeptical and might be questioning how I…
Read More

10 Things I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE About Italy (or 10 Reasons I don’t want to move back to the States…EVER!)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6uF_IQUX-yE For more detailed explanations just listen! 1. FRESH FOOD  All I have to say is your body will love you for this! If the food isn’t fresh they will tell you! 2. EASE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Travel by plane, train, auto and/or bus! All for cheaper than traveling in the States. 3. RELAXED LIFE STYLE Italians don’t rush through life like Americans.....They are relaxed, laid back and this definitely takes some getting use to but I love it! Sit back, relax and smell the roses. 4. AFFORDABLE TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES If you don’t know by now....Follow my blog! @StayHomeForWhat 5. THE FESTIVALS/MARKETS Food Festivals, Jazz Festivals, Wine Festivals, Pea Festivals....yes…
Read More

Cinque Terre……..the Second Time Around

  It was Easter weekend and I had nothing planned (I know....not like me at all). I usually have everything ready to go and all I have to do is board the plane, but I don't know what was different about this weekend. I had my heart set on going to Naples, but I just couldn’t decide what to get into. Then out of nowhere a travel buddy says lets go to Cinque Terre............. I'm thinking to myself ...... been there, done that, I even tried talking him into going to Naples, but after doing the numbers it was more cost effective to head Cinque Terre and I was not about…
Read More

Stay Home For What’s 1 Year Blogiversary!!

5 Joys of Blogging/Vlogging Has it been a year ALREADY???? It seems like it was just last month........... I returned from Miami, Dubai, Brazil and Cozumel all within the first 2 months of 2015! It also seems like yesterday when my friend Rebecca emailed me and said, "Keisha, you should start a blog about your travels." I have been seriously traveling since 2006, now that I am thinking back I don’t know why I never thought about it. It was enough for me to share my pictures with my friends on FB, but I thought what the hell. How hard could it be???? #1 SOMETHING NEW Well........................THIS 'ish is HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!…
Read More

Wednesday Weekend Recap – Malta

In my 12 Countries in 12 months quest........My 11th country this year was Malta. [embed]http://youtu.be/Ru9icj94fQ0[/embed] I visited Malta over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Malta's tourist season is from the end of May until the end of October. You will find a lot of stores, restaurants and museums closed during the off season. The best reason to go during the off season is NO ONE is THERE!! You can get amazing pictures and enjoy the island without a million tourists. PLEASE be advised that during the off season it can get a little chilly with high winds, be prepared with a heavy coat, scarf and gloves just in case. The local's…
Read More

12 Countries in 12 Months

With my recent move to Italy, I wanted to start an European Bucket List. As I was searching the net I came across "12 Countries in 12 Months" as a bucket list idea. Three months into 2015 I had already vacationed in 3 countries and moving to Italy gave me even more of a reason to add this to my list! So here we go......this only includes travel from Jan 2015 until now......here are the stats as of September 2015! When/ Country #/ Where Jan - #1 - Dubai, UAE Feb - #2 - Sao Paulo, Brazil Mar - #3 - Cozumel, Mexico May - #4 - Zagreb, Croatia June…
Read More

You Must Eat Brunch In Barcelona

Last month, I went to Barcelona Spain. This was my second trip to the coastal city and while I wasn’t blown away last time I visited….I must say I have a new appreciation for Barcelona now. If I wasn't living in Italy, Spain would definitely be the next choice on my list! Beautiful beaches, tapas, and sangria what else do you need?? I absolutely LOVE this country. I have been here a few times since living in Europe…..Bunol for the Tomato Fight, Valencia, Madrid…and I am trying to make my way south…..I mean I love it more and more with each visit, but Barcelona was the only city in Spain…
Read More

6 Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

I had the opportunity to visit Riga......which is the capital and the largest city of Latvia. If your like me, you didn't even know Latvia was a country, but after my visit I found that it is yet another beautiful European city, but it also has some of the friendliest people as well!! Here are 5 things you should do when visiting there: Eat For just a little city, there are so many food options here! They have everything from traditional Latvian food, to Thai, Indian, Steak House's, Chinese...... and TGIFriday's...American (DON"T DO IT!!!! You better not even think about it!! Please skip Friday's).  Check out the Central Market, you can even opt to do a…
Read More

Greece is More than Santorini….Exploring Corfu

I've been wanting to do some island hopping in Greece, but while doing some research I learned that ferry's to all the Greek Island's don’t necessarily run every day, so you could be stuck on one island for a couple of days, which isn’t a bad thing but I was limited on time. I only had 4 days over the Labor Day weekend and wanted to make the best of it. Everyone wants to go see Santorini, and I do too, but I really wasn’t in the mood for the tourist crowds. I started looking on Ryan Air for cheap tickets....to any destination really, I just needed my flight dates…
Read More

Vino Hopping Birthday Bash

In previous years for my birthday I've celebrated doing a variety of things.........in 2013 I was touring Europe, in 2014 I rented a cabin in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountians and last year I was throwing tomatoes in the world's largest food fight in Spain. This year I decided to celebrate at home in Italy by escorting 8 of my friends around to a few local wineries for tastings, a little food and some much needed fun! Our winery tasting tour began promptly at 9:30 am, what better way to start your morning than with vino for breakfast, right?!?!?! Our first stop was to Ca'Bruzzo where we met Alan Bruzzo.…
Read More

12 Countries In 12 Months….DONE!! 24 Countries In 24 Months…..Let’s Go!!

In 2015, I started the year off by traveling to 3 countries all before the end of February. When I moved to Italy in May of 2015 my travel opportunities……..well lets just say, they grew considerably. If you remember last year I was researching Bucket List ideas and came across completing “12 Countries in 12 Months” and added it to my list. Why not, right? By the end of 2015, I accomplished “12 Countries In 12 Months” ……..and I decided to continue the Bucket List idea by going for “24 Countries In 24 Months” in 2016! Now I know you might be a little skeptical and might be questioning how I…
Read More

10 Things I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE About Italy (or 10 Reasons I don’t want to move back to the States…EVER!)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6uF_IQUX-yE For more detailed explanations just listen! 1. FRESH FOOD  All I have to say is your body will love you for this! If the food isn’t fresh they will tell you! 2. EASE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Travel by plane, train, auto and/or bus! All for cheaper than traveling in the States. 3. RELAXED LIFE STYLE Italians don’t rush through life like Americans.....They are relaxed, laid back and this definitely takes some getting use to but I love it! Sit back, relax and smell the roses. 4. AFFORDABLE TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES If you don’t know by now....Follow my blog! @StayHomeForWhat 5. THE FESTIVALS/MARKETS Food Festivals, Jazz Festivals, Wine Festivals, Pea Festivals....yes…
Read More

Cinque Terre……..the Second Time Around

  It was Easter weekend and I had nothing planned (I know....not like me at all). I usually have everything ready to go and all I have to do is board the plane, but I don't know what was different about this weekend. I had my heart set on going to Naples, but I just couldn’t decide what to get into. Then out of nowhere a travel buddy says lets go to Cinque Terre............. I'm thinking to myself ...... been there, done that, I even tried talking him into going to Naples, but after doing the numbers it was more cost effective to head Cinque Terre and I was not about…
Read More

Stay Home For What’s 1 Year Blogiversary!!

5 Joys of Blogging/Vlogging Has it been a year ALREADY???? It seems like it was just last month........... I returned from Miami, Dubai, Brazil and Cozumel all within the first 2 months of 2015! It also seems like yesterday when my friend Rebecca emailed me and said, "Keisha, you should start a blog about your travels." I have been seriously traveling since 2006, now that I am thinking back I don’t know why I never thought about it. It was enough for me to share my pictures with my friends on FB, but I thought what the hell. How hard could it be???? #1 SOMETHING NEW Well........................THIS 'ish is HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!…
Read More

Wednesday Weekend Recap – Malta

In my 12 Countries in 12 months quest........My 11th country this year was Malta. [embed]http://youtu.be/Ru9icj94fQ0[/embed] I visited Malta over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Malta's tourist season is from the end of May until the end of October. You will find a lot of stores, restaurants and museums closed during the off season. The best reason to go during the off season is NO ONE is THERE!! You can get amazing pictures and enjoy the island without a million tourists. PLEASE be advised that during the off season it can get a little chilly with high winds, be prepared with a heavy coat, scarf and gloves just in case. The local's…
Read More

12 Countries in 12 Months

With my recent move to Italy, I wanted to start an European Bucket List. As I was searching the net I came across "12 Countries in 12 Months" as a bucket list idea. Three months into 2015 I had already vacationed in 3 countries and moving to Italy gave me even more of a reason to add this to my list! So here we go......this only includes travel from Jan 2015 until now......here are the stats as of September 2015! When/ Country #/ Where Jan - #1 - Dubai, UAE Feb - #2 - Sao Paulo, Brazil Mar - #3 - Cozumel, Mexico May - #4 - Zagreb, Croatia June…
Read More

You Must Eat Brunch In Barcelona

Last month, I went to Barcelona Spain. This was my second trip to the coastal city and while I wasn’t blown away last time I visited….I must say I have a new appreciation for Barcelona now. If I wasn't living in Italy, Spain would definitely be the next choice on my list! Beautiful beaches, tapas, and sangria what else do you need?? I absolutely LOVE this country. I have been here a few times since living in Europe…..Bunol for the Tomato Fight, Valencia, Madrid…and I am trying to make my way south…..I mean I love it more and more with each visit, but Barcelona was the only city in Spain…
Read More

6 Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

I had the opportunity to visit Riga......which is the capital and the largest city of Latvia. If your like me, you didn't even know Latvia was a country, but after my visit I found that it is yet another beautiful European city, but it also has some of the friendliest people as well!! Here are 5 things you should do when visiting there: Eat For just a little city, there are so many food options here! They have everything from traditional Latvian food, to Thai, Indian, Steak House's, Chinese...... and TGIFriday's...American (DON"T DO IT!!!! You better not even think about it!! Please skip Friday's).  Check out the Central Market, you can even opt to do a…
Read More

Greece is More than Santorini….Exploring Corfu

I've been wanting to do some island hopping in Greece, but while doing some research I learned that ferry's to all the Greek Island's don’t necessarily run every day, so you could be stuck on one island for a couple of days, which isn’t a bad thing but I was limited on time. I only had 4 days over the Labor Day weekend and wanted to make the best of it. Everyone wants to go see Santorini, and I do too, but I really wasn’t in the mood for the tourist crowds. I started looking on Ryan Air for cheap tickets....to any destination really, I just needed my flight dates…
Read More

Vino Hopping Birthday Bash

In previous years for my birthday I've celebrated doing a variety of things.........in 2013 I was touring Europe, in 2014 I rented a cabin in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountians and last year I was throwing tomatoes in the world's largest food fight in Spain. This year I decided to celebrate at home in Italy by escorting 8 of my friends around to a few local wineries for tastings, a little food and some much needed fun! Our winery tasting tour began promptly at 9:30 am, what better way to start your morning than with vino for breakfast, right?!?!?! Our first stop was to Ca'Bruzzo where we met Alan Bruzzo.…
Read More

12 Countries In 12 Months….DONE!! 24 Countries In 24 Months…..Let’s Go!!

In 2015, I started the year off by traveling to 3 countries all before the end of February. When I moved to Italy in May of 2015 my travel opportunities……..well lets just say, they grew considerably. If you remember last year I was researching Bucket List ideas and came across completing “12 Countries in 12 Months” and added it to my list. Why not, right? By the end of 2015, I accomplished “12 Countries In 12 Months” ……..and I decided to continue the Bucket List idea by going for “24 Countries In 24 Months” in 2016! Now I know you might be a little skeptical and might be questioning how I…
Read More

10 Things I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE About Italy (or 10 Reasons I don’t want to move back to the States…EVER!)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6uF_IQUX-yE For more detailed explanations just listen! 1. FRESH FOOD  All I have to say is your body will love you for this! If the food isn’t fresh they will tell you! 2. EASE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Travel by plane, train, auto and/or bus! All for cheaper than traveling in the States. 3. RELAXED LIFE STYLE Italians don’t rush through life like Americans.....They are relaxed, laid back and this definitely takes some getting use to but I love it! Sit back, relax and smell the roses. 4. AFFORDABLE TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES If you don’t know by now....Follow my blog! @StayHomeForWhat 5. THE FESTIVALS/MARKETS Food Festivals, Jazz Festivals, Wine Festivals, Pea Festivals....yes…
Read More

Cinque Terre……..the Second Time Around

  It was Easter weekend and I had nothing planned (I know....not like me at all). I usually have everything ready to go and all I have to do is board the plane, but I don't know what was different about this weekend. I had my heart set on going to Naples, but I just couldn’t decide what to get into. Then out of nowhere a travel buddy says lets go to Cinque Terre............. I'm thinking to myself ...... been there, done that, I even tried talking him into going to Naples, but after doing the numbers it was more cost effective to head Cinque Terre and I was not about…
Read More

Stay Home For What’s 1 Year Blogiversary!!

5 Joys of Blogging/Vlogging Has it been a year ALREADY???? It seems like it was just last month........... I returned from Miami, Dubai, Brazil and Cozumel all within the first 2 months of 2015! It also seems like yesterday when my friend Rebecca emailed me and said, "Keisha, you should start a blog about your travels." I have been seriously traveling since 2006, now that I am thinking back I don’t know why I never thought about it. It was enough for me to share my pictures with my friends on FB, but I thought what the hell. How hard could it be???? #1 SOMETHING NEW Well........................THIS 'ish is HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!…
Read More

Wednesday Weekend Recap – Malta

In my 12 Countries in 12 months quest........My 11th country this year was Malta. [embed]http://youtu.be/Ru9icj94fQ0[/embed] I visited Malta over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Malta's tourist season is from the end of May until the end of October. You will find a lot of stores, restaurants and museums closed during the off season. The best reason to go during the off season is NO ONE is THERE!! You can get amazing pictures and enjoy the island without a million tourists. PLEASE be advised that during the off season it can get a little chilly with high winds, be prepared with a heavy coat, scarf and gloves just in case. The local's…
Read More

12 Countries in 12 Months

With my recent move to Italy, I wanted to start an European Bucket List. As I was searching the net I came across "12 Countries in 12 Months" as a bucket list idea. Three months into 2015 I had already vacationed in 3 countries and moving to Italy gave me even more of a reason to add this to my list! So here we go......this only includes travel from Jan 2015 until now......here are the stats as of September 2015! When/ Country #/ Where Jan - #1 - Dubai, UAE Feb - #2 - Sao Paulo, Brazil Mar - #3 - Cozumel, Mexico May - #4 - Zagreb, Croatia June…
Read More

You Must Eat Brunch In Barcelona

Last month, I went to Barcelona Spain. This was my second trip to the coastal city and while I wasn’t blown away last time I visited….I must say I have a new appreciation for Barcelona now. If I wasn't living in Italy, Spain would definitely be the next choice on my list! Beautiful beaches, tapas, and sangria what else do you need?? I absolutely LOVE this country. I have been here a few times since living in Europe…..Bunol for the Tomato Fight, Valencia, Madrid…and I am trying to make my way south…..I mean I love it more and more with each visit, but Barcelona was the only city in Spain…
Read More

6 Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

I had the opportunity to visit Riga......which is the capital and the largest city of Latvia. If your like me, you didn't even know Latvia was a country, but after my visit I found that it is yet another beautiful European city, but it also has some of the friendliest people as well!! Here are 5 things you should do when visiting there: Eat For just a little city, there are so many food options here! They have everything from traditional Latvian food, to Thai, Indian, Steak House's, Chinese...... and TGIFriday's...American (DON"T DO IT!!!! You better not even think about it!! Please skip Friday's).  Check out the Central Market, you can even opt to do a…
Read More

Greece is More than Santorini….Exploring Corfu

I've been wanting to do some island hopping in Greece, but while doing some research I learned that ferry's to all the Greek Island's don’t necessarily run every day, so you could be stuck on one island for a couple of days, which isn’t a bad thing but I was limited on time. I only had 4 days over the Labor Day weekend and wanted to make the best of it. Everyone wants to go see Santorini, and I do too, but I really wasn’t in the mood for the tourist crowds. I started looking on Ryan Air for cheap tickets....to any destination really, I just needed my flight dates…
Read More

Vino Hopping Birthday Bash

In previous years for my birthday I've celebrated doing a variety of things.........in 2013 I was touring Europe, in 2014 I rented a cabin in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountians and last year I was throwing tomatoes in the world's largest food fight in Spain. This year I decided to celebrate at home in Italy by escorting 8 of my friends around to a few local wineries for tastings, a little food and some much needed fun! Our winery tasting tour began promptly at 9:30 am, what better way to start your morning than with vino for breakfast, right?!?!?! Our first stop was to Ca'Bruzzo where we met Alan Bruzzo.…
Read More

12 Countries In 12 Months….DONE!! 24 Countries In 24 Months…..Let’s Go!!

In 2015, I started the year off by traveling to 3 countries all before the end of February. When I moved to Italy in May of 2015 my travel opportunities……..well lets just say, they grew considerably. If you remember last year I was researching Bucket List ideas and came across completing “12 Countries in 12 Months” and added it to my list. Why not, right? By the end of 2015, I accomplished “12 Countries In 12 Months” ……..and I decided to continue the Bucket List idea by going for “24 Countries In 24 Months” in 2016! Now I know you might be a little skeptical and might be questioning how I…
Read More

10 Things I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE About Italy (or 10 Reasons I don’t want to move back to the States…EVER!)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6uF_IQUX-yE For more detailed explanations just listen! 1. FRESH FOOD  All I have to say is your body will love you for this! If the food isn’t fresh they will tell you! 2. EASE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Travel by plane, train, auto and/or bus! All for cheaper than traveling in the States. 3. RELAXED LIFE STYLE Italians don’t rush through life like Americans.....They are relaxed, laid back and this definitely takes some getting use to but I love it! Sit back, relax and smell the roses. 4. AFFORDABLE TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES If you don’t know by now....Follow my blog! @StayHomeForWhat 5. THE FESTIVALS/MARKETS Food Festivals, Jazz Festivals, Wine Festivals, Pea Festivals....yes…
Read More

Cinque Terre……..the Second Time Around

  It was Easter weekend and I had nothing planned (I know....not like me at all). I usually have everything ready to go and all I have to do is board the plane, but I don't know what was different about this weekend. I had my heart set on going to Naples, but I just couldn’t decide what to get into. Then out of nowhere a travel buddy says lets go to Cinque Terre............. I'm thinking to myself ...... been there, done that, I even tried talking him into going to Naples, but after doing the numbers it was more cost effective to head Cinque Terre and I was not about…
Read More

Stay Home For What’s 1 Year Blogiversary!!

5 Joys of Blogging/Vlogging Has it been a year ALREADY???? It seems like it was just last month........... I returned from Miami, Dubai, Brazil and Cozumel all within the first 2 months of 2015! It also seems like yesterday when my friend Rebecca emailed me and said, "Keisha, you should start a blog about your travels." I have been seriously traveling since 2006, now that I am thinking back I don’t know why I never thought about it. It was enough for me to share my pictures with my friends on FB, but I thought what the hell. How hard could it be???? #1 SOMETHING NEW Well........................THIS 'ish is HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!…
Read More

Wednesday Weekend Recap – Malta

In my 12 Countries in 12 months quest........My 11th country this year was Malta. [embed]http://youtu.be/Ru9icj94fQ0[/embed] I visited Malta over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Malta's tourist season is from the end of May until the end of October. You will find a lot of stores, restaurants and museums closed during the off season. The best reason to go during the off season is NO ONE is THERE!! You can get amazing pictures and enjoy the island without a million tourists. PLEASE be advised that during the off season it can get a little chilly with high winds, be prepared with a heavy coat, scarf and gloves just in case. The local's…
Read More

12 Countries in 12 Months

With my recent move to Italy, I wanted to start an European Bucket List. As I was searching the net I came across "12 Countries in 12 Months" as a bucket list idea. Three months into 2015 I had already vacationed in 3 countries and moving to Italy gave me even more of a reason to add this to my list! So here we go......this only includes travel from Jan 2015 until now......here are the stats as of September 2015! When/ Country #/ Where Jan - #1 - Dubai, UAE Feb - #2 - Sao Paulo, Brazil Mar - #3 - Cozumel, Mexico May - #4 - Zagreb, Croatia June…
Read More

You Must Eat Brunch In Barcelona

Last month, I went to Barcelona Spain. This was my second trip to the coastal city and while I wasn’t blown away last time I visited….I must say I have a new appreciation for Barcelona now. If I wasn't living in Italy, Spain would definitely be the next choice on my list! Beautiful beaches, tapas, and sangria what else do you need?? I absolutely LOVE this country. I have been here a few times since living in Europe…..Bunol for the Tomato Fight, Valencia, Madrid…and I am trying to make my way south…..I mean I love it more and more with each visit, but Barcelona was the only city in Spain…
Read More

6 Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

I had the opportunity to visit Riga......which is the capital and the largest city of Latvia. If your like me, you didn't even know Latvia was a country, but after my visit I found that it is yet another beautiful European city, but it also has some of the friendliest people as well!! Here are 5 things you should do when visiting there: Eat For just a little city, there are so many food options here! They have everything from traditional Latvian food, to Thai, Indian, Steak House's, Chinese...... and TGIFriday's...American (DON"T DO IT!!!! You better not even think about it!! Please skip Friday's).  Check out the Central Market, you can even opt to do a…
Read More

Greece is More than Santorini….Exploring Corfu

I've been wanting to do some island hopping in Greece, but while doing some research I learned that ferry's to all the Greek Island's don’t necessarily run every day, so you could be stuck on one island for a couple of days, which isn’t a bad thing but I was limited on time. I only had 4 days over the Labor Day weekend and wanted to make the best of it. Everyone wants to go see Santorini, and I do too, but I really wasn’t in the mood for the tourist crowds. I started looking on Ryan Air for cheap tickets....to any destination really, I just needed my flight dates…
Read More

Vino Hopping Birthday Bash

In previous years for my birthday I've celebrated doing a variety of things.........in 2013 I was touring Europe, in 2014 I rented a cabin in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountians and last year I was throwing tomatoes in the world's largest food fight in Spain. This year I decided to celebrate at home in Italy by escorting 8 of my friends around to a few local wineries for tastings, a little food and some much needed fun! Our winery tasting tour began promptly at 9:30 am, what better way to start your morning than with vino for breakfast, right?!?!?! Our first stop was to Ca'Bruzzo where we met Alan Bruzzo.…
Read More

12 Countries In 12 Months….DONE!! 24 Countries In 24 Months…..Let’s Go!!

In 2015, I started the year off by traveling to 3 countries all before the end of February. When I moved to Italy in May of 2015 my travel opportunities……..well lets just say, they grew considerably. If you remember last year I was researching Bucket List ideas and came across completing “12 Countries in 12 Months” and added it to my list. Why not, right? By the end of 2015, I accomplished “12 Countries In 12 Months” ……..and I decided to continue the Bucket List idea by going for “24 Countries In 24 Months” in 2016! Now I know you might be a little skeptical and might be questioning how I…
Read More

10 Things I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE About Italy (or 10 Reasons I don’t want to move back to the States…EVER!)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6uF_IQUX-yE For more detailed explanations just listen! 1. FRESH FOOD  All I have to say is your body will love you for this! If the food isn’t fresh they will tell you! 2. EASE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Travel by plane, train, auto and/or bus! All for cheaper than traveling in the States. 3. RELAXED LIFE STYLE Italians don’t rush through life like Americans.....They are relaxed, laid back and this definitely takes some getting use to but I love it! Sit back, relax and smell the roses. 4. AFFORDABLE TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES If you don’t know by now....Follow my blog! @StayHomeForWhat 5. THE FESTIVALS/MARKETS Food Festivals, Jazz Festivals, Wine Festivals, Pea Festivals....yes…
Read More

Cinque Terre……..the Second Time Around

  It was Easter weekend and I had nothing planned (I know....not like me at all). I usually have everything ready to go and all I have to do is board the plane, but I don't know what was different about this weekend. I had my heart set on going to Naples, but I just couldn’t decide what to get into. Then out of nowhere a travel buddy says lets go to Cinque Terre............. I'm thinking to myself ...... been there, done that, I even tried talking him into going to Naples, but after doing the numbers it was more cost effective to head Cinque Terre and I was not about…
Read More

Stay Home For What’s 1 Year Blogiversary!!

5 Joys of Blogging/Vlogging Has it been a year ALREADY???? It seems like it was just last month........... I returned from Miami, Dubai, Brazil and Cozumel all within the first 2 months of 2015! It also seems like yesterday when my friend Rebecca emailed me and said, "Keisha, you should start a blog about your travels." I have been seriously traveling since 2006, now that I am thinking back I don’t know why I never thought about it. It was enough for me to share my pictures with my friends on FB, but I thought what the hell. How hard could it be???? #1 SOMETHING NEW Well........................THIS 'ish is HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!…
Read More

Wednesday Weekend Recap – Malta

In my 12 Countries in 12 months quest........My 11th country this year was Malta. [embed]http://youtu.be/Ru9icj94fQ0[/embed] I visited Malta over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Malta's tourist season is from the end of May until the end of October. You will find a lot of stores, restaurants and museums closed during the off season. The best reason to go during the off season is NO ONE is THERE!! You can get amazing pictures and enjoy the island without a million tourists. PLEASE be advised that during the off season it can get a little chilly with high winds, be prepared with a heavy coat, scarf and gloves just in case. The local's…
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12 Countries in 12 Months

With my recent move to Italy, I wanted to start an European Bucket List. As I was searching the net I came across "12 Countries in 12 Months" as a bucket list idea. Three months into 2015 I had already vacationed in 3 countries and moving to Italy gave me even more of a reason to add this to my list! So here we go......this only includes travel from Jan 2015 until now......here are the stats as of September 2015! When/ Country #/ Where Jan - #1 - Dubai, UAE Feb - #2 - Sao Paulo, Brazil Mar - #3 - Cozumel, Mexico May - #4 - Zagreb, Croatia June…
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You Must Eat Brunch In Barcelona

Last month, I went to Barcelona Spain. This was my second trip to the coastal city and while I wasn’t blown away last time I visited….I must say I have a new appreciation for Barcelona now. If I wasn't living in Italy, Spain would definitely be the next choice on my list! Beautiful beaches, tapas, and sangria what else do you need?? I absolutely LOVE this country. I have been here a few times since living in Europe…..Bunol for the Tomato Fight, Valencia, Madrid…and I am trying to make my way south…..I mean I love it more and more with each visit, but Barcelona was the only city in Spain…
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6 Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

I had the opportunity to visit Riga......which is the capital and the largest city of Latvia. If your like me, you didn't even know Latvia was a country, but after my visit I found that it is yet another beautiful European city, but it also has some of the friendliest people as well!! Here are 5 things you should do when visiting there: Eat For just a little city, there are so many food options here! They have everything from traditional Latvian food, to Thai, Indian, Steak House's, Chinese...... and TGIFriday's...American (DON"T DO IT!!!! You better not even think about it!! Please skip Friday's).  Check out the Central Market, you can even opt to do a…
Read More

Greece is More than Santorini….Exploring Corfu

I've been wanting to do some island hopping in Greece, but while doing some research I learned that ferry's to all the Greek Island's don’t necessarily run every day, so you could be stuck on one island for a couple of days, which isn’t a bad thing but I was limited on time. I only had 4 days over the Labor Day weekend and wanted to make the best of it. Everyone wants to go see Santorini, and I do too, but I really wasn’t in the mood for the tourist crowds. I started looking on Ryan Air for cheap tickets....to any destination really, I just needed my flight dates…
Read More

Vino Hopping Birthday Bash

In previous years for my birthday I've celebrated doing a variety of things.........in 2013 I was touring Europe, in 2014 I rented a cabin in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountians and last year I was throwing tomatoes in the world's largest food fight in Spain. This year I decided to celebrate at home in Italy by escorting 8 of my friends around to a few local wineries for tastings, a little food and some much needed fun! Our winery tasting tour began promptly at 9:30 am, what better way to start your morning than with vino for breakfast, right?!?!?! Our first stop was to Ca'Bruzzo where we met Alan Bruzzo.…
Read More

12 Countries In 12 Months….DONE!! 24 Countries In 24 Months…..Let’s Go!!

In 2015, I started the year off by traveling to 3 countries all before the end of February. When I moved to Italy in May of 2015 my travel opportunities……..well lets just say, they grew considerably. If you remember last year I was researching Bucket List ideas and came across completing “12 Countries in 12 Months” and added it to my list. Why not, right? By the end of 2015, I accomplished “12 Countries In 12 Months” ……..and I decided to continue the Bucket List idea by going for “24 Countries In 24 Months” in 2016! Now I know you might be a little skeptical and might be questioning how I…
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10 Things I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE About Italy (or 10 Reasons I don’t want to move back to the States…EVER!)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6uF_IQUX-yE For more detailed explanations just listen! 1. FRESH FOOD  All I have to say is your body will love you for this! If the food isn’t fresh they will tell you! 2. EASE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Travel by plane, train, auto and/or bus! All for cheaper than traveling in the States. 3. RELAXED LIFE STYLE Italians don’t rush through life like Americans.....They are relaxed, laid back and this definitely takes some getting use to but I love it! Sit back, relax and smell the roses. 4. AFFORDABLE TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES If you don’t know by now....Follow my blog! @StayHomeForWhat 5. THE FESTIVALS/MARKETS Food Festivals, Jazz Festivals, Wine Festivals, Pea Festivals....yes…
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Cinque Terre……..the Second Time Around

  It was Easter weekend and I had nothing planned (I know....not like me at all). I usually have everything ready to go and all I have to do is board the plane, but I don't know what was different about this weekend. I had my heart set on going to Naples, but I just couldn’t decide what to get into. Then out of nowhere a travel buddy says lets go to Cinque Terre............. I'm thinking to myself ...... been there, done that, I even tried talking him into going to Naples, but after doing the numbers it was more cost effective to head Cinque Terre and I was not about…
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Stay Home For What’s 1 Year Blogiversary!!

5 Joys of Blogging/Vlogging Has it been a year ALREADY???? It seems like it was just last month........... I returned from Miami, Dubai, Brazil and Cozumel all within the first 2 months of 2015! It also seems like yesterday when my friend Rebecca emailed me and said, "Keisha, you should start a blog about your travels." I have been seriously traveling since 2006, now that I am thinking back I don’t know why I never thought about it. It was enough for me to share my pictures with my friends on FB, but I thought what the hell. How hard could it be???? #1 SOMETHING NEW Well........................THIS 'ish is HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!…
Read More

Wednesday Weekend Recap – Malta

In my 12 Countries in 12 months quest........My 11th country this year was Malta. [embed]http://youtu.be/Ru9icj94fQ0[/embed] I visited Malta over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Malta's tourist season is from the end of May until the end of October. You will find a lot of stores, restaurants and museums closed during the off season. The best reason to go during the off season is NO ONE is THERE!! You can get amazing pictures and enjoy the island without a million tourists. PLEASE be advised that during the off season it can get a little chilly with high winds, be prepared with a heavy coat, scarf and gloves just in case. The local's…
Read More

12 Countries in 12 Months

With my recent move to Italy, I wanted to start an European Bucket List. As I was searching the net I came across "12 Countries in 12 Months" as a bucket list idea. Three months into 2015 I had already vacationed in 3 countries and moving to Italy gave me even more of a reason to add this to my list! So here we go......this only includes travel from Jan 2015 until now......here are the stats as of September 2015! When/ Country #/ Where Jan - #1 - Dubai, UAE Feb - #2 - Sao Paulo, Brazil Mar - #3 - Cozumel, Mexico May - #4 - Zagreb, Croatia June…
Read More

You Must Eat Brunch In Barcelona

Last month, I went to Barcelona Spain. This was my second trip to the coastal city and while I wasn’t blown away last time I visited….I must say I have a new appreciation for Barcelona now. If I wasn't living in Italy, Spain would definitely be the next choice on my list! Beautiful beaches, tapas, and sangria what else do you need?? I absolutely LOVE this country. I have been here a few times since living in Europe…..Bunol for the Tomato Fight, Valencia, Madrid…and I am trying to make my way south…..I mean I love it more and more with each visit, but Barcelona was the only city in Spain…
Read More

6 Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

I had the opportunity to visit Riga......which is the capital and the largest city of Latvia. If your like me, you didn't even know Latvia was a country, but after my visit I found that it is yet another beautiful European city, but it also has some of the friendliest people as well!! Here are 5 things you should do when visiting there: Eat For just a little city, there are so many food options here! They have everything from traditional Latvian food, to Thai, Indian, Steak House's, Chinese...... and TGIFriday's...American (DON"T DO IT!!!! You better not even think about it!! Please skip Friday's).  Check out the Central Market, you can even opt to do a…
Read More

Greece is More than Santorini….Exploring Corfu

I've been wanting to do some island hopping in Greece, but while doing some research I learned that ferry's to all the Greek Island's don’t necessarily run every day, so you could be stuck on one island for a couple of days, which isn’t a bad thing but I was limited on time. I only had 4 days over the Labor Day weekend and wanted to make the best of it. Everyone wants to go see Santorini, and I do too, but I really wasn’t in the mood for the tourist crowds. I started looking on Ryan Air for cheap tickets....to any destination really, I just needed my flight dates…
Read More

Vino Hopping Birthday Bash

In previous years for my birthday I've celebrated doing a variety of things.........in 2013 I was touring Europe, in 2014 I rented a cabin in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountians and last year I was throwing tomatoes in the world's largest food fight in Spain. This year I decided to celebrate at home in Italy by escorting 8 of my friends around to a few local wineries for tastings, a little food and some much needed fun! Our winery tasting tour began promptly at 9:30 am, what better way to start your morning than with vino for breakfast, right?!?!?! Our first stop was to Ca'Bruzzo where we met Alan Bruzzo.…
Read More

12 Countries In 12 Months….DONE!! 24 Countries In 24 Months…..Let’s Go!!

In 2015, I started the year off by traveling to 3 countries all before the end of February. When I moved to Italy in May of 2015 my travel opportunities……..well lets just say, they grew considerably. If you remember last year I was researching Bucket List ideas and came across completing “12 Countries in 12 Months” and added it to my list. Why not, right? By the end of 2015, I accomplished “12 Countries In 12 Months” ……..and I decided to continue the Bucket List idea by going for “24 Countries In 24 Months” in 2016! Now I know you might be a little skeptical and might be questioning how I…
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10 Things I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE About Italy (or 10 Reasons I don’t want to move back to the States…EVER!)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6uF_IQUX-yE For more detailed explanations just listen! 1. FRESH FOOD  All I have to say is your body will love you for this! If the food isn’t fresh they will tell you! 2. EASE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Travel by plane, train, auto and/or bus! All for cheaper than traveling in the States. 3. RELAXED LIFE STYLE Italians don’t rush through life like Americans.....They are relaxed, laid back and this definitely takes some getting use to but I love it! Sit back, relax and smell the roses. 4. AFFORDABLE TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES If you don’t know by now....Follow my blog! @StayHomeForWhat 5. THE FESTIVALS/MARKETS Food Festivals, Jazz Festivals, Wine Festivals, Pea Festivals....yes…
Read More

Cinque Terre……..the Second Time Around

  It was Easter weekend and I had nothing planned (I know....not like me at all). I usually have everything ready to go and all I have to do is board the plane, but I don't know what was different about this weekend. I had my heart set on going to Naples, but I just couldn’t decide what to get into. Then out of nowhere a travel buddy says lets go to Cinque Terre............. I'm thinking to myself ...... been there, done that, I even tried talking him into going to Naples, but after doing the numbers it was more cost effective to head Cinque Terre and I was not about…
Read More

Stay Home For What’s 1 Year Blogiversary!!

5 Joys of Blogging/Vlogging Has it been a year ALREADY???? It seems like it was just last month........... I returned from Miami, Dubai, Brazil and Cozumel all within the first 2 months of 2015! It also seems like yesterday when my friend Rebecca emailed me and said, "Keisha, you should start a blog about your travels." I have been seriously traveling since 2006, now that I am thinking back I don’t know why I never thought about it. It was enough for me to share my pictures with my friends on FB, but I thought what the hell. How hard could it be???? #1 SOMETHING NEW Well........................THIS 'ish is HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!…
Read More

Wednesday Weekend Recap – Malta

In my 12 Countries in 12 months quest........My 11th country this year was Malta. [embed]http://youtu.be/Ru9icj94fQ0[/embed] I visited Malta over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Malta's tourist season is from the end of May until the end of October. You will find a lot of stores, restaurants and museums closed during the off season. The best reason to go during the off season is NO ONE is THERE!! You can get amazing pictures and enjoy the island without a million tourists. PLEASE be advised that during the off season it can get a little chilly with high winds, be prepared with a heavy coat, scarf and gloves just in case. The local's…
Read More

12 Countries in 12 Months

With my recent move to Italy, I wanted to start an European Bucket List. As I was searching the net I came across "12 Countries in 12 Months" as a bucket list idea. Three months into 2015 I had already vacationed in 3 countries and moving to Italy gave me even more of a reason to add this to my list! So here we go......this only includes travel from Jan 2015 until now......here are the stats as of September 2015! When/ Country #/ Where Jan - #1 - Dubai, UAE Feb - #2 - Sao Paulo, Brazil Mar - #3 - Cozumel, Mexico May - #4 - Zagreb, Croatia June…
Read More

You Must Eat Brunch In Barcelona

Last month, I went to Barcelona Spain. This was my second trip to the coastal city and while I wasn’t blown away last time I visited….I must say I have a new appreciation for Barcelona now. If I wasn't living in Italy, Spain would definitely be the next choice on my list! Beautiful beaches, tapas, and sangria what else do you need?? I absolutely LOVE this country. I have been here a few times since living in Europe…..Bunol for the Tomato Fight, Valencia, Madrid…and I am trying to make my way south…..I mean I love it more and more with each visit, but Barcelona was the only city in Spain…
Read More

6 Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

I had the opportunity to visit Riga......which is the capital and the largest city of Latvia. If your like me, you didn't even know Latvia was a country, but after my visit I found that it is yet another beautiful European city, but it also has some of the friendliest people as well!! Here are 5 things you should do when visiting there: Eat For just a little city, there are so many food options here! They have everything from traditional Latvian food, to Thai, Indian, Steak House's, Chinese...... and TGIFriday's...American (DON"T DO IT!!!! You better not even think about it!! Please skip Friday's).  Check out the Central Market, you can even opt to do a…
Read More

Greece is More than Santorini….Exploring Corfu

I've been wanting to do some island hopping in Greece, but while doing some research I learned that ferry's to all the Greek Island's don’t necessarily run every day, so you could be stuck on one island for a couple of days, which isn’t a bad thing but I was limited on time. I only had 4 days over the Labor Day weekend and wanted to make the best of it. Everyone wants to go see Santorini, and I do too, but I really wasn’t in the mood for the tourist crowds. I started looking on Ryan Air for cheap tickets....to any destination really, I just needed my flight dates…
Read More

Vino Hopping Birthday Bash

In previous years for my birthday I've celebrated doing a variety of things.........in 2013 I was touring Europe, in 2014 I rented a cabin in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountians and last year I was throwing tomatoes in the world's largest food fight in Spain. This year I decided to celebrate at home in Italy by escorting 8 of my friends around to a few local wineries for tastings, a little food and some much needed fun! Our winery tasting tour began promptly at 9:30 am, what better way to start your morning than with vino for breakfast, right?!?!?! Our first stop was to Ca'Bruzzo where we met Alan Bruzzo.…
Read More

12 Countries In 12 Months….DONE!! 24 Countries In 24 Months…..Let’s Go!!

In 2015, I started the year off by traveling to 3 countries all before the end of February. When I moved to Italy in May of 2015 my travel opportunities……..well lets just say, they grew considerably. If you remember last year I was researching Bucket List ideas and came across completing “12 Countries in 12 Months” and added it to my list. Why not, right? By the end of 2015, I accomplished “12 Countries In 12 Months” ……..and I decided to continue the Bucket List idea by going for “24 Countries In 24 Months” in 2016! Now I know you might be a little skeptical and might be questioning how I…
Read More

10 Things I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE About Italy (or 10 Reasons I don’t want to move back to the States…EVER!)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6uF_IQUX-yE For more detailed explanations just listen! 1. FRESH FOOD  All I have to say is your body will love you for this! If the food isn’t fresh they will tell you! 2. EASE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Travel by plane, train, auto and/or bus! All for cheaper than traveling in the States. 3. RELAXED LIFE STYLE Italians don’t rush through life like Americans.....They are relaxed, laid back and this definitely takes some getting use to but I love it! Sit back, relax and smell the roses. 4. AFFORDABLE TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES If you don’t know by now....Follow my blog! @StayHomeForWhat 5. THE FESTIVALS/MARKETS Food Festivals, Jazz Festivals, Wine Festivals, Pea Festivals....yes…
Read More

Cinque Terre……..the Second Time Around

  It was Easter weekend and I had nothing planned (I know....not like me at all). I usually have everything ready to go and all I have to do is board the plane, but I don't know what was different about this weekend. I had my heart set on going to Naples, but I just couldn’t decide what to get into. Then out of nowhere a travel buddy says lets go to Cinque Terre............. I'm thinking to myself ...... been there, done that, I even tried talking him into going to Naples, but after doing the numbers it was more cost effective to head Cinque Terre and I was not about…
Read More

Stay Home For What’s 1 Year Blogiversary!!

5 Joys of Blogging/Vlogging Has it been a year ALREADY???? It seems like it was just last month........... I returned from Miami, Dubai, Brazil and Cozumel all within the first 2 months of 2015! It also seems like yesterday when my friend Rebecca emailed me and said, "Keisha, you should start a blog about your travels." I have been seriously traveling since 2006, now that I am thinking back I don’t know why I never thought about it. It was enough for me to share my pictures with my friends on FB, but I thought what the hell. How hard could it be???? #1 SOMETHING NEW Well........................THIS 'ish is HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!…
Read More

Wednesday Weekend Recap – Malta

In my 12 Countries in 12 months quest........My 11th country this year was Malta. [embed]http://youtu.be/Ru9icj94fQ0[/embed] I visited Malta over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Malta's tourist season is from the end of May until the end of October. You will find a lot of stores, restaurants and museums closed during the off season. The best reason to go during the off season is NO ONE is THERE!! You can get amazing pictures and enjoy the island without a million tourists. PLEASE be advised that during the off season it can get a little chilly with high winds, be prepared with a heavy coat, scarf and gloves just in case. The local's…
Read More

12 Countries in 12 Months

With my recent move to Italy, I wanted to start an European Bucket List. As I was searching the net I came across "12 Countries in 12 Months" as a bucket list idea. Three months into 2015 I had already vacationed in 3 countries and moving to Italy gave me even more of a reason to add this to my list! So here we go......this only includes travel from Jan 2015 until now......here are the stats as of September 2015! When/ Country #/ Where Jan - #1 - Dubai, UAE Feb - #2 - Sao Paulo, Brazil Mar - #3 - Cozumel, Mexico May - #4 - Zagreb, Croatia June…
Read More

You Must Eat Brunch In Barcelona

Last month, I went to Barcelona Spain. This was my second trip to the coastal city and while I wasn’t blown away last time I visited….I must say I have a new appreciation for Barcelona now. If I wasn't living in Italy, Spain would definitely be the next choice on my list! Beautiful beaches, tapas, and sangria what else do you need?? I absolutely LOVE this country. I have been here a few times since living in Europe…..Bunol for the Tomato Fight, Valencia, Madrid…and I am trying to make my way south…..I mean I love it more and more with each visit, but Barcelona was the only city in Spain…
Read More

6 Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

I had the opportunity to visit Riga......which is the capital and the largest city of Latvia. If your like me, you didn't even know Latvia was a country, but after my visit I found that it is yet another beautiful European city, but it also has some of the friendliest people as well!! Here are 5 things you should do when visiting there: Eat For just a little city, there are so many food options here! They have everything from traditional Latvian food, to Thai, Indian, Steak House's, Chinese...... and TGIFriday's...American (DON"T DO IT!!!! You better not even think about it!! Please skip Friday's).  Check out the Central Market, you can even opt to do a…
Read More

Greece is More than Santorini….Exploring Corfu

I've been wanting to do some island hopping in Greece, but while doing some research I learned that ferry's to all the Greek Island's don’t necessarily run every day, so you could be stuck on one island for a couple of days, which isn’t a bad thing but I was limited on time. I only had 4 days over the Labor Day weekend and wanted to make the best of it. Everyone wants to go see Santorini, and I do too, but I really wasn’t in the mood for the tourist crowds. I started looking on Ryan Air for cheap tickets....to any destination really, I just needed my flight dates…
Read More

Vino Hopping Birthday Bash

In previous years for my birthday I've celebrated doing a variety of things.........in 2013 I was touring Europe, in 2014 I rented a cabin in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountians and last year I was throwing tomatoes in the world's largest food fight in Spain. This year I decided to celebrate at home in Italy by escorting 8 of my friends around to a few local wineries for tastings, a little food and some much needed fun! Our winery tasting tour began promptly at 9:30 am, what better way to start your morning than with vino for breakfast, right?!?!?! Our first stop was to Ca'Bruzzo where we met Alan Bruzzo.…
Read More

12 Countries In 12 Months….DONE!! 24 Countries In 24 Months…..Let’s Go!!

In 2015, I started the year off by traveling to 3 countries all before the end of February. When I moved to Italy in May of 2015 my travel opportunities……..well lets just say, they grew considerably. If you remember last year I was researching Bucket List ideas and came across completing “12 Countries in 12 Months” and added it to my list. Why not, right? By the end of 2015, I accomplished “12 Countries In 12 Months” ……..and I decided to continue the Bucket List idea by going for “24 Countries In 24 Months” in 2016! Now I know you might be a little skeptical and might be questioning how I…
Read More

10 Things I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE About Italy (or 10 Reasons I don’t want to move back to the States…EVER!)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6uF_IQUX-yE For more detailed explanations just listen! 1. FRESH FOOD  All I have to say is your body will love you for this! If the food isn’t fresh they will tell you! 2. EASE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Travel by plane, train, auto and/or bus! All for cheaper than traveling in the States. 3. RELAXED LIFE STYLE Italians don’t rush through life like Americans.....They are relaxed, laid back and this definitely takes some getting use to but I love it! Sit back, relax and smell the roses. 4. AFFORDABLE TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES If you don’t know by now....Follow my blog! @StayHomeForWhat 5. THE FESTIVALS/MARKETS Food Festivals, Jazz Festivals, Wine Festivals, Pea Festivals....yes…
Read More

Cinque Terre……..the Second Time Around

  It was Easter weekend and I had nothing planned (I know....not like me at all). I usually have everything ready to go and all I have to do is board the plane, but I don't know what was different about this weekend. I had my heart set on going to Naples, but I just couldn’t decide what to get into. Then out of nowhere a travel buddy says lets go to Cinque Terre............. I'm thinking to myself ...... been there, done that, I even tried talking him into going to Naples, but after doing the numbers it was more cost effective to head Cinque Terre and I was not about…
Read More

Stay Home For What’s 1 Year Blogiversary!!

5 Joys of Blogging/Vlogging Has it been a year ALREADY???? It seems like it was just last month........... I returned from Miami, Dubai, Brazil and Cozumel all within the first 2 months of 2015! It also seems like yesterday when my friend Rebecca emailed me and said, "Keisha, you should start a blog about your travels." I have been seriously traveling since 2006, now that I am thinking back I don’t know why I never thought about it. It was enough for me to share my pictures with my friends on FB, but I thought what the hell. How hard could it be???? #1 SOMETHING NEW Well........................THIS 'ish is HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!…
Read More

Wednesday Weekend Recap – Malta

In my 12 Countries in 12 months quest........My 11th country this year was Malta. [embed]http://youtu.be/Ru9icj94fQ0[/embed] I visited Malta over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Malta's tourist season is from the end of May until the end of October. You will find a lot of stores, restaurants and museums closed during the off season. The best reason to go during the off season is NO ONE is THERE!! You can get amazing pictures and enjoy the island without a million tourists. PLEASE be advised that during the off season it can get a little chilly with high winds, be prepared with a heavy coat, scarf and gloves just in case. The local's…
Read More

12 Countries in 12 Months

With my recent move to Italy, I wanted to start an European Bucket List. As I was searching the net I came across "12 Countries in 12 Months" as a bucket list idea. Three months into 2015 I had already vacationed in 3 countries and moving to Italy gave me even more of a reason to add this to my list! So here we go......this only includes travel from Jan 2015 until now......here are the stats as of September 2015! When/ Country #/ Where Jan - #1 - Dubai, UAE Feb - #2 - Sao Paulo, Brazil Mar - #3 - Cozumel, Mexico May - #4 - Zagreb, Croatia June…
Read More

You Must Eat Brunch In Barcelona

Last month, I went to Barcelona Spain. This was my second trip to the coastal city and while I wasn’t blown away last time I visited….I must say I have a new appreciation for Barcelona now. If I wasn't living in Italy, Spain would definitely be the next choice on my list! Beautiful beaches, tapas, and sangria what else do you need?? I absolutely LOVE this country. I have been here a few times since living in Europe…..Bunol for the Tomato Fight, Valencia, Madrid…and I am trying to make my way south…..I mean I love it more and more with each visit, but Barcelona was the only city in Spain…
Read More

6 Things to Do in Riga, Latvia

I had the opportunity to visit Riga......which is the capital and the largest city of Latvia. If your like me, you didn't even know Latvia was a country, but after my visit I found that it is yet another beautiful European city, but it also has some of the friendliest people as well!! Here are 5 things you should do when visiting there: Eat For just a little city, there are so many food options here! They have everything from traditional Latvian food, to Thai, Indian, Steak House's, Chinese...... and TGIFriday's...American (DON"T DO IT!!!! You better not even think about it!! Please skip Friday's).  Check out the Central Market, you can even opt to do a…
Read More

Greece is More than Santorini….Exploring Corfu

I've been wanting to do some island hopping in Greece, but while doing some research I learned that ferry's to all the Greek Island's don’t necessarily run every day, so you could be stuck on one island for a couple of days, which isn’t a bad thing but I was limited on time. I only had 4 days over the Labor Day weekend and wanted to make the best of it. Everyone wants to go see Santorini, and I do too, but I really wasn’t in the mood for the tourist crowds. I started looking on Ryan Air for cheap tickets....to any destination really, I just needed my flight dates…
Read More

Vino Hopping Birthday Bash

In previous years for my birthday I've celebrated doing a variety of things.........in 2013 I was touring Europe, in 2014 I rented a cabin in the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountians and last year I was throwing tomatoes in the world's largest food fight in Spain. This year I decided to celebrate at home in Italy by escorting 8 of my friends around to a few local wineries for tastings, a little food and some much needed fun! Our winery tasting tour began promptly at 9:30 am, what better way to start your morning than with vino for breakfast, right?!?!?! Our first stop was to Ca'Bruzzo where we met Alan Bruzzo.…
Read More

12 Countries In 12 Months….DONE!! 24 Countries In 24 Months…..Let’s Go!!

In 2015, I started the year off by traveling to 3 countries all before the end of February. When I moved to Italy in May of 2015 my travel opportunities……..well lets just say, they grew considerably. If you remember last year I was researching Bucket List ideas and came across completing “12 Countries in 12 Months” and added it to my list. Why not, right? By the end of 2015, I accomplished “12 Countries In 12 Months” ……..and I decided to continue the Bucket List idea by going for “24 Countries In 24 Months” in 2016! Now I know you might be a little skeptical and might be questioning how I…
Read More

10 Things I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE About Italy (or 10 Reasons I don’t want to move back to the States…EVER!)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=6uF_IQUX-yE For more detailed explanations just listen! 1. FRESH FOOD  All I have to say is your body will love you for this! If the food isn’t fresh they will tell you! 2. EASE OF PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION Travel by plane, train, auto and/or bus! All for cheaper than traveling in the States. 3. RELAXED LIFE STYLE Italians don’t rush through life like Americans.....They are relaxed, laid back and this definitely takes some getting use to but I love it! Sit back, relax and smell the roses. 4. AFFORDABLE TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES If you don’t know by now....Follow my blog! @StayHomeForWhat 5. THE FESTIVALS/MARKETS Food Festivals, Jazz Festivals, Wine Festivals, Pea Festivals....yes…
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Cinque Terre……..the Second Time Around

  It was Easter weekend and I had nothing planned (I know....not like me at all). I usually have everything ready to go and all I have to do is board the plane, but I don't know what was different about this weekend. I had my heart set on going to Naples, but I just couldn’t decide what to get into. Then out of nowhere a travel buddy says lets go to Cinque Terre............. I'm thinking to myself ...... been there, done that, I even tried talking him into going to Naples, but after doing the numbers it was more cost effective to head Cinque Terre and I was not about…
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Stay Home For What’s 1 Year Blogiversary!!

5 Joys of Blogging/Vlogging Has it been a year ALREADY???? It seems like it was just last month........... I returned from Miami, Dubai, Brazil and Cozumel all within the first 2 months of 2015! It also seems like yesterday when my friend Rebecca emailed me and said, "Keisha, you should start a blog about your travels." I have been seriously traveling since 2006, now that I am thinking back I don’t know why I never thought about it. It was enough for me to share my pictures with my friends on FB, but I thought what the hell. How hard could it be???? #1 SOMETHING NEW Well........................THIS 'ish is HARD!!!!!!!!!!!!…
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Wednesday Weekend Recap – Malta

In my 12 Countries in 12 months quest........My 11th country this year was Malta. [embed]http://youtu.be/Ru9icj94fQ0[/embed] I visited Malta over the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Malta's tourist season is from the end of May until the end of October. You will find a lot of stores, restaurants and museums closed during the off season. The best reason to go during the off season is NO ONE is THERE!! You can get amazing pictures and enjoy the island without a million tourists. PLEASE be advised that during the off season it can get a little chilly with high winds, be prepared with a heavy coat, scarf and gloves just in case. The local's…
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12 Countries in 12 Months

With my recent move to Italy, I wanted to start an European Bucket List. As I was searching the net I came across "12 Countries in 12 Months" as a bucket list idea. Three months into 2015 I had already vacationed in 3 countries and moving to Italy gave me even more of a reason to add this to my list! So here we go......this only includes travel from Jan 2015 until now......here are the stats as of September 2015! When/ Country #/ Where Jan - #1 - Dubai, UAE Feb - #2 - Sao Paulo, Brazil Mar - #3 - Cozumel, Mexico May - #4 - Zagreb, Croatia June…
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