Hi, I’m Donnamarie

I started this as a travel blog but soon came to the conclusion that exploring doesn’t always have to mean leaving your home. Therefore I have included my explorations with food and fun cocktails as well as virtual experiences.

This began because I have always enjoyed traveling and want to share my unique experiences with you. My intention is to provide rich experiences for those on a budget or those of you who just want to try something new. I am also including sections on ways to vacation at home for the times you can’t travel. I hope you enjoy exploring the road with me, Donnamarie.

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Hi, I’m Donnamarie

Summer Vacations

I grew up on the south shore of Long Island, NY. From the time I was nine years old, my family would vacation for a week each summer at Lake George. The first few years we stayed in Capri Village and later at the home of a family friend in Haigue, NY. I found the small town charming and fell in love with the people there. I think this experience awakened a desire to travel and get to know people with different experiences than myself.

As a teenager I spent my summers at the beach with my friends. We would take the ferry over to Barrett Beach, Davis Park, or Kismet. Sometimes we would head out at 9am and wouldn’t come back until 5pm. Other times we would race back just in time to throw our uniforms over our bathing suits and go work the ice cream counter at Friendly’s. I envied the ladies I saw walking around selling homemade shell jewelry on the beach. My aspirations were to move out to California or Florida so I could enjoy the beach all year round.

Small Town NY

I spent my college years in the small town of Geneseo, south of Rochester. Again, I fell in love with the culture and people of the small town. It was a place where we would walk barefoot, end up at the local pub, get a beer and be allowed to pay later. It was a town left over from the hippie era, where people wore lots of tie dye and followed the Dead. I worked as a waitress and used the money to travel to Europe, California, and Florida during breaks from school. I eventually moved to Florida to pursue a masters degree as a family therapist.

My love for travel and culture never left me, but I found that finances and family responsibilities prohibited me from traveling as much as I would have liked.

If this sounds familiar, then you are in the right place. I have learned that vacationing is a state of mind. My goal is to share with others ways to get that vacation state of mind without having to travel to other continents, by exploring the roads before us or maybe just discovering our own back yards.

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