Unconventional Vacation Ideas for Web City Girls Like Us
Dec17

Unconventional Vacation Ideas for Web City Girls Like Us

 If you’ve caught the travel bug, you’ll understand our urge to see as much of the world as possible. There’s a whole planet out there to explore, and over at Web City Girls, we want to see it all. (Okay, probably not every last inch, but most of what’s out there, anyway.) The main problem for us travel lovers when it comes to seeing the world is money. Traveling can take a lot to fund, even if you do it on the cheap. Luckily, if you take the leap and get a little unconventional about the way that you travel, you can make globe trotting a little more doable. There might not be any luxe hotel rooms – sorry girls, but by switching up how you travel, you can see all four corners of the globe. And all without putting too bigger a dent in your savings. For everything you need to know, make sure to keep reading. Road trip it One of the best ways to see and explore the world is by taking a road trip. You’ll save on accommodation and won’t have to stress about buying plane ticket after plane ticket. All you’ll need is a motorhome, fuel money, and food. Today, travel trailers and motorhomes are incredibly spacious and comfortable. They even come with built-in bathrooms – neat, right? The main reason girls like us love the idea of taking a road trip is because of the freedom it brings. Having a set of wheels with beds, a mini kitchen and bathroom in, allows us to go wherever we want, whenever we want. Plus, we don’t need to stress about the cost of accommodation – always the most expensive part of traveling. Couchsurf If you’re willing to forgo the luxury of a hotel room and instead, sleep on a stranger’s couch, you can make traveling more doable. It might seem a little risky – going to a stranger person’s home alone, but there’s a website dedicated to Couchsurfing. (If you’re choosy about who you stay with, and don’t go it alone, Couchsurfing is fairly safe.) The best thing about this informal accommodation is the fact that it’s free – 100 percent free of charge. Of course, your host might appreciate you splitting the cost of food, but as far as money goes, that’s about it. If you’re skint, Couchsurfing is one of the best ways to see the world. All you need to do is save for a plane ticket. Volunteer abroad Want to give your karma a boost and see the world at the same time, and then volunteer abroad. At some point or...

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Travel Journey: #webcitygirlsEnMexico
Oct11

Travel Journey: #webcitygirlsEnMexico

 Mexico diversity and rich culture has been forever embedded into my heart and brain. It started with an invite by Tourism of Mexico City to be part of the inaugural JetBlue non-stop flight to Mexico City followed by a two-day intense educational tour. The thought of visiting Mexico as a tourist was mind blowing, as I have been traveling to Mexico City since 1999 (I owned a production company in Mexico) and had never had time to play, mainly I just worked. Three other wonderful journalists were part of this experience: Carlos Ayan Benitez, Paola Serna and Edgar Galvis. Bueno Amores comenzo la diversión con @JetBlue! Nos vemos en #Mexico en 3hrs 🇲🇽. #webcitygirlsEnMexico #JetBlueMex pic.twitter.com/vdFbcQPw0r — SNAP: webcitygirls (@webcitygirls) October 1, 2015 We checked in at Fort Lauderdale Airport where a press conference was taking place and of course Mariachi’s had to be part of JetBlue celebration. I have flown close to a million miles in my lifetime and never experienced an inaugural flight. It was special and celebratory from the moment we arrived at the Jet Blue counter to our arrival in Mexico City. Among fun highlights of the trip, I created a Snapchat video inside the cockpit with Captain Patrick and Co-Pilot which happened to be a woman, Diane James. Met Captain Patrick, CoPilot Diane James crew inaugural @JetBlue 1st flight #Mexico #JetBlueMx #webcitygirlsEnMexico pic.twitter.com/aq0Yn7Fisr — SNAP: webcitygirls (@webcitygirls) October 1, 2015 Once in Mexico Airport we attended a formal press conference with distinguished members of the Mexican Government like Miguel Torruco Marques, Minister of Tourism of Mexico City, Dave Clark, vice president network planning, JetBlue and top Mexican media coverage. Our adventure in Mexico City started with dinner to the sound of Mariachis, folklore dance and a delicious meal. Followed by check-in at the most legendary hotel in Mexico City: Hotel Geneve. Its Mariachi time at dinner in #Mexico 🇲🇽 Gracias @TurismoCDMX @TorrucoTurismo #JetBlueMex #webcitygirlsEnMexico 💙 pic.twitter.com/UOr7TEBgTN — SNAP: webcitygirls (@webcitygirls) October 2, 2015 Early next morning on Friday, October 2, we were off to visit a historic site called Plaza Three Cultures in Tlatelolco which happened to be memorial day for the 1968 Mexican Student senseless and sad massacre of a ferocious violence unleashed by government forces. Nevertheless this historic site was stunning and we got to learn about this historic moment. Visitamos Plaza 3 Culturas con historia desde Siglo XlV parte del viaje con @turismocdmx #webcitygirlsEnMexico pic.twitter.com/TfQRCTM4pj — SNAP: webcitygirls (@webcitygirls) October 3, 2015 One hour away from the city we drove towards an ancient Mesoamerican City and visited Teotihuacán Pirámides: Pasamos increible hoy en las Pirámides Teotihuacán 🇲🇽 Gracias @TurismoCDMX @JetBlue #webcitygirlsEnMexico...

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Have A Happy Historic Holiday In #Florence
Mar26

Have A Happy Historic Holiday In #Florence

 If you enjoy a bit of European history, there is plenty of it to see when you travel to Europe. Greece, France, Italy and England are particularly rich in historic sites. Each country caters very well for the tourist and provides a wealth of tours and museums so you can really feel the history unfold. Of course, each country has so much to offer it would be impossible to see it all. While you may relish the thought of  seeing six or seven countries in just a week, Europe is vast and full of interesting places you just could not get around to in that time. Florence, in Italy’s Tuscany region, is one such place that could fill your entire week. There is so much to see and do here. If you are interested in history, then you will be delighted to hear that Florence is widely considered the birthplace of the Renaissance. Some even declared it to be the Athens of the Middle Ages. Much of this era survives in and around the city. The city itself has been declared one of the most beautiful on the planet. Awe-inspiring architecture, and incredible art and sculptures are on display everywhere. Florence Duomo If you are thinking of visiting Florence for a holiday, you can choose from a wide variety of accommodation. There are some beautiful luxury hotels, quaint little B&Bs, and some excellent apartments to choose from. Use a website like Venere to see what is available on the dates you wish to travel. Florence boasts good weather most of the year, so you could visit and enjoy this city anytime. Much of the region of Tuscany is beautiful countryside, so try to make time for a few excursions outside of the city walls to take in some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. Italy really does have so much to offer, but each city has its own unique flavor. Choose from Rome, Venice, Pisa and Florence to see some of the most famous and most extraordinary places on Earth. Florence is so beautiful, and much of that beauty is man-made from hundreds of years ago. It reminds us what we are capable of, and how talented those early architects, builders, sculptors and artists must have been. Florence really does boast the best of the best. Should you be touring Italy, a visit to Florence is absolutely essential to take in some of these incredible sights. Wherever you visit in Europe, there are amazing things to see. You may be doing a historic tour, or you may be cruising along the Mediterranean to soak up the sun and enjoy...

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#TOPBlogueras14 at LATISM’14 Annual Conference
Dec01

#TOPBlogueras14 at LATISM’14 Annual Conference

 Blessed and thankful as everyday I get to do what I love. Its been four years of working very hard to create new opportunities, while I was learning/networking and determined to make my dreams come true. Happily surprised throughout 2014 as invites keep popping up and they truly just get better and better. In November I was recognized for the third year in a row as one of LATISM [ LatinosInTechandSocialMedia.org ] TOP Latina Influencers 2014, which included an invitation to Anaheim, California during LATISM 2014 Conference. Among others, The Walt Disney Company Global Diversity & Inclusion was a proud sponsor of LATISM’14 Annual National Conference and the Top Blogueras 2014 retreat. TOP Blogueras 2014: We are here to focus on ourselves, learn and discover the power of our voices together ~ #TopBlogueras14 #Latism pic.twitter.com/NnQDa9MQqZ — Lynn Ponder (@Ponderful) November 13, 2014 The morning continued to amaze me as our first mentor was from the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators who shared valuable information to those who were interested in writing a book (ME)!!! I learned about the difference of traditional publishing and self-publishing, conferences, workshops and felt empowered to write my book. There is a need for Latinas based in the US to write books and LATISM Founder, Ana Roca put the seed about this need, and the fact that she is expecting a BEST SELLER from this group of insanely talented and driven TOP Blogueras 2014. Our next mentor was Susana Tubert, Creative Director at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Creative Entertainment with a remarkable successful story who shared all the knowledge. Susana motivated and inspired us with powerful words: Do not compete with anyone but yourself. You are the writer and protagonist of your own book ~ @SusanaTubert @Disney #TopBlogueras14 #Latism — Lynn Ponder (@Ponderful) November 13, 2014 If you’re passionate on what you believe it will become true ~ Susana Tubert #TopBlogueras14 #Latism14 A perfect energizing morning could only become better by a visit to experience the kick-off of a lively holiday at Disney ¡Viva Navidad! Its Disney celebrating the holidays en Español! I felt proud to see the Disney characters participating with live Latino music. A truly wonderful experience of our culture and traditions through the eyes of an iconic American Brand. APLAUSOS Disney! Next two days was all about LATISM 14 Conference covering Health, Education, Business and Technology tracks with different panels like Johnson & Johnson sharing their amazing initiative Donate a Photo to help different children causes. Javier Moreno from Toyota participated in a very interesting panel about the business side of blogging and social media influencers from a brand’s...

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A Fabulous Trip to Los Angeles
Oct07

A Fabulous Trip to Los Angeles

 webcitygirls// was invited and hired by McDonald’s as social media correspondents to the kick-off of a unique acoustic performance by Draco Rosa, Latin GRAMMY-winning singer/songwriter, musician and record producer, in Los Angeles at the Avalon Hollywood. McDonald’s is an official sponsor of the 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY 2013 awards. The Latin Grammy Acoustic Sessions are exclusive, by invitation only concert series that take place in top Hispanic markets in U.S. and features intimate performances by some of the music industry’s most talented and nominated artists, as a prelude to the Latin GRAMMY awards. Lately and thankfully webcitygirls// has been blessed with many new opportunities that overlap in dates, so Lynn and I have been covering some events separately. I studied in Los Angeles and lived there for many years and since I moved to Florida in 2006, I had not been back, so you can imagine how excited I was to be in town again. Once I arrived at the McCafe red carpet experience it was show time and I immediately started interviewing different up and coming performers who talked about the new McCafe Holiday Pumpkin Spice Latte, which is absolutely delicious. If you’re a coffee drinker, I suggest you try it, believe me you will love it too. The crowd was really into Draco Rosa’s music and while he sang there was a beautiful video of his life playing on the background, you could see everyone smiling and you could hear typical Puerto Rican expressions like “Aww” and “Ay Bendito” as they showed photos of Draco in the hospital, it was very moving. As he continued singing you could hear all his fans singing along with Him. McCafé was so gracious to give us 2 tickets for a “Meet and Greet” with Draco Rosa, to share with some lucky fans. I looked into the crowd and picked two girls as one had mentioned to me that she had a crush on him and the other looked liked she was in heaven watching him perform. Imagine their happiness to meet him close and personal wepa! Draco comes across like a very warm, down to earth person, I truly wish him good health and many blessings. One of the lucky fans, Doris Castro with Draco Rosa: We had so much fun with McCafé sharing with the guests and thought that it was a great initiative using @MeEncanta and #MinutoMcCafe hashtag to engage with new and existing followers during this magical concert with Draco Rosa. Here is one of the interviews with up and coming “Nueva Ola Group”: The 14th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be broadcast live from Mandalay Bay...

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Amazing Island: Dominican Republic
Sep26

Amazing Island: Dominican Republic

 By Lynn Ponder: It all started by accepting to help a friend in her wonderful initiative related to social media and little did I know that I would be invited by The Ministry of Tourism of the Dominican Republic to a trip of a lifetime. The experience of giving unconditionally creates goodness, which in my opinion is part of the spiritual side of life! A mix of 15 people, families with children, couples and singles from Milwaukee to Italy landed in Santo Domingo the capital of Dominican Republic for a six-day press trip. It is not easy to harmonize in a big group like this, some of us even meeting for the first time, but let me tell you this group became a big “familia”. Together we learned about the amazing Dominican Republic, while caring for each other and having a blast!!! Latina Social Media Influencers in Dominican Republic: Dania @lafamiliacool, Lorraine @lorrainecladish, Denisse @denisseicaza, Ana @AnaRC, Maura, @mauraalcantara periodista Dominicana and our host Yaniris Felipe @yanirisfelipe plus me @ponderful @webcitygirls Dominican Republic is situated on the southeast coast of the island of Hispaniola, at the mouth of the Ozama River. My recommendation is that you start your trip in The Colonial City of Santo Domingo. Hopefully your tour guide is Kin Sanchez, who will describe in a very animated way, about the city that was discovered by Cristóbal Colón in 1492. You might get invited to go through their underground tunnels called “alcantarillados” which where used for hiding and protection. On the other side of the City be ready for a huge variety of restaurants, fun nightlife and great shopping from major chains from all around the world. If you are in the city for business they have great hotels that cater to young professionals like de Crowne Plaza recently renovated, but if you are on vacation you need to stay at Hostal Nicolás de Ovando (prices are affordable starting at $135 a night). Guests at Nicolas de Ovando expect to wander inside the hotel through large arcades, magnificent picture windows, lavish gardens and refreshing colonial patios with fountains where their fabulous food is served. Next day we were off to La Romana to visit some hotels and for a two-night stay. Dominican Republic has 1,600 km of stunning coastline beaches and their number one economy is Tourism. Actually the Ministry of Tourism does an amazing job hosting press teams scheduled through their 28 offices from around the world. Ministry hosts were a friendly top-notch knowledgeable team, Yaniris Felipe and Prudencio Ferdinand, whom we learned from and who made our trip delightful. La Romana includes their own International...

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