It seems we’ve started a tradition of booking destinations we know nothing about. I love it, heading to a place unknown. While last December, we spent the holiday season away from our families, in Vietnam; this year, we took a short (and sweet) trip to St. Maarten, part of the Kingdom of the Netherlands. It’s in the gorgeous Caribbean and the small island is half French, half Dutch. We stayed on the Dutch side, enjoying four lovely nights. The highlights had to be Maho Beach, where the airport landing strip is just insane, and the crystal clear waters of Mullet Bay. And of course, I enjoyed the “all inclusive” resort life, which was a first for me. I normally shoot for authentic, “road less traveled” sorts of adventures, but I totally understand why people like this lounging by infinity pools sipping Piña Coladas-thing. For now, I’m happy to be back in my own comfy bed and thankful for the incredible year 2016 has been.