What's that smell?!

I was flipping through a hoity-toity travel magazine recently and I happened to notice one of those question-and-answer interviews with a travel writer.  The question was: "what one thing will you never travel without?"  Her reply? a candle. I remember rolling my eyes and thinking: whatever.  How high maintenance are you that you require "mood lighting" in your hotel room?  But, I was totally missing the point.  Shortly after reading this article, I checked in to a New York hotel room.  It was very clean and lovely, but it had a peculiar.....smell.  It wasn't bad or good - it was just a smell.  It was then that I scolded myself for my rush to judgment about our travel writing friend and I really, really wished I had a candle.

Now, I'M the princess who won't travel without a candle. Voluspa candles are my favorite.  They're small and cute and come with their own little lids.  They smell fantastic and they're so compact they won't take up any room in your bag.  I love the Pomegranate Patchouli - rich berries & spice...smells like a spa.

Some hotels are pouncing on this marketing opportunity and creating their own signature "scent" - it hits you right when you walk into the lobby. If you like it, look for it in the hotel's gift shop and get out your wallet, especially if it was created just for that particular hotel. 


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I didn’t dip my toe in an ocean until I turned 25 and my friend Sandy and I traveled to Puerta Vallarta, Mexico. After that week, I was hooked. I loved being somewhere new; smelling the smells, tasting new food, seeing how other people lived. It energized me. As luck would have it, I landed a job that allowed me to travel all over the US and often to Canada. Being a sports event television producer, I was on the road all the time. That's when my love affair with travel began. Now, its 20 years later and still no one gets more “geeked up” about planning a vacation than I do. All I need is a destination and some travel companions and my fire is lit! I start delving into my favorite hotel sites, sifting through photos and reviews, comparing, contrasting -it’s like an addiction. The travel shows with tips and trends? I study them like a playbook. I LOVE doing the things most people hate doing before they go on vacation. Whether it be searching for a food tasting tour with a local or discovering a romantic B&B in the middle of New York - I’ve found it and I’ll share it with you. So....where should we go?