I often say in my profiles that I am a corporate gal by day and a blogger nights and weekends. So when I read the About Me section of blogging friend Nadeen of The Sophisticated Life was thoroughly surprised to see that this travel blogger with style is a pediatrician! Her opening line, “blogger by day, physician by night” brought a huge smile to my face…I love Nadeen’s flair!
I met Nadeen online a few months ago and speedily gravitated to her blog because not only is she a foodie and goes to lots of amazing events, some of her favorite travel spots – like Spain – are my fav too. She has a fun jetsetter roundup that she publishes every month. I participated in January’s and plan to show my face a few more times throughout the year.
Let’s meet Nadeen!
 When and how did you become a traveler?
The story goes that I took for first trip via plane from NYC where I was born to Jamaica WI where my extended family lived. Living in Jamaica until I was 10 we often took trips to NYC and Florida. While growing up I watched my Mother travel around the World coming back with magnificent stories. She was truly my travel inspiration and I wrote a blog post about her here.
 What is travel to you in 10 words or less?
Adventure, Fun, Food, Culture, People, History, Relaxation.
 What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?
People are surprised to hear that although I love to travel I do NOT like to fly! I had a few bad experiences which left lasting impressions on me. However, I refuse to not see the world. And since you can’t get overseas or many places quickly by train or car, my favorite mode of transportation is still via airplane.
 What do you typically do while traveling by plane?
Try my best to sleep so the time goes by faster. I also read books on my kindle or iPad and listen to music. If it is a long flight I often read about the place I am visiting and plan out my itinerary.
 What is your favorite travel memory involving food?
This is a tough choice. It is probably a tie between Spain and Greece. You will often hear me tell people that I did not have a bad meal in Spain. I went into the most random, casual places and had the best tapas and paella of my life! In Greece the food was so fresh! Fish literally caught from the Aegean Sea, grilled to your liking then filleted on your plate!
 What is one blogging tip or lesson that you have learned along the way that you can share with my readers?
Choose to write about what you are passionate about. Do not pick a category or blog theme based on what is trendy or popular. There are a lot of aspects of blogging I did not know about and don’t really care for like the business or technical issues. However, what keeps me going is writing and sharing stories and pictures about my Travels and Food excursions, Wine Tasting and my love for The Arts.
 Where to next?
Since I will be getting married in the fall my international travel will slow down a bit until the end of the year, but I have several trips approaching in the US and back to Dominican Republic. First up is Disneyland in California! I am from the East Coast but a Cali girl at heart! I love exploring new and old areas and the last time I was in Los Angeles I discovered quite a few new things including Manhattan Beach.
In March I will be back in the Miami Beach area where I lived for 8 years and it is the perfect place to visit in the winter. In April its back to Punta Cana in Dominican Republic! I stayed at the Hard Rock Hotel in December but in April I will be staying in the Now Larimar resort. In June it is a trip to Austin, Texas for the first time to pick up my first blogging award! I am the winner of the 2014 Best Travel Blog in the the Black WeBlog Awards!
You can keep all with all my travels on the Travel section of my website.
How about you? What would you like to know about Nadeen?
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