Clearly Mother Nature has it out for the Northeast lately. If you live in this area, you are well aware of the impact Sandy has had on the infrastructure of our roads, homes, cars, transportation, and overall well being. In times like these, we feel a need to give to those less fortunate and reevaluate the things in life that are most important: our friends and family, safety, and health.
I have seen an incredible amount of support pouring in for the square mile city of Hoboken where I have resided for the past six years. But the nor’easter that dumped even more snow on streets just beginning to breathe after sewage waters flooded basements just a week ago means we have had little reprieve.
Like so many others, I daydream of warmer weather and a vacation away from the harsh winter just ahead. It’s hard not to think about packing a suitcase and going somewhere—anywhere!—where bitter cold temperatures and snow are not in the picture.
I learned recently about Gogobot.com, a social travel site that allows users to connect with their friends to get advice on where to visit, what to eat, and where to stay when traveling. It allows you to plan things ahead of time or poll your friends on the fly, which is great for both planners and procrastinating travelers alike (I think I fall somewhere in the middle).
Many moons ago, I visited the beautiful Mediterranean city of Barcelona, an architect’s dream and a backpacker’s delight. I looked up this destination on Gogobot and fell in love with the culture all over again. I remembered the vibrant streets, the sandy beaches, the lively hostels, and the beautiful people. I had recollections of stumbling upon one Gaudi house and park after another and getting lost for hours by foot. I was happy there and reading the reviews and the overview made me wish I could just drop it all once more to plan another vacation.
Because so much of my trip exists only in vague recollections and faded photographs, I’d love to return to soak it all in once more. My dream trip would entail sleepy mornings in coffee shops, a trip to La Segrada Familia, shopping at La Boqueria market, and an afternoon of staring at artwork at the Picasso Museum. Now that I’m no longer a starving college student (I have since graduated to a starving full-time corporate monkey), I might be able to afford a nicer stay. There are so many great and perfectly affordable vacation rentals, including the Plaza Catalunya which is conveniently located in the heart of Barcelona.
And let’s not forget about my favorite part: the food. Since I am a vegetarian, I always like to scope out the options for non-meat eaters and I keep fingers crossed that the food is prepared with a cultural flair I wouldn’t find here in the states. I like that I can sort by cuisine and there are at least a handful that cater to veggies like Camper FoodBALL, a raw vegetarian restaurant.
Every time I read about a destination I’d love to visit, my bf gets an earful of where we’re heading next. That being said, this is a wonderful resource for anyone planning their next vacation… or anyone who would just like to escape where they currently are, even if only for a beautiful fleeting moment.
Gogobot allows you to tap into the knowledge of your friends when planning a trip anywhere. You can find like-minded travelers and inspiration for your next vacation, creating easy-to-use wishlists you can return to again and again.
And when you are not in vacation mode or planning a trip, you can discover hidden gems in your own neighborhood for entertaining guests or a weekend staycation.
The best part? Every page on Gogobot is personalized. You can see reviews from your friends and people you are following at the top, which allows you to weed out the noise and fraudulent reviews that become a problem on other review sites. Check out Gogobot today!
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Gogobot. The opinions and text are all mine.