Encuentro Beach Leads Me Home By Emily Yurcheshen, Travel Writer “Every room in my home makes me smile.” –Cheryl Richardson I arrived into Puerto Plata with my friend, Lulu, after a red-eye flight from Los Angeles. As we stepped off the plane, this picturesque country warmly welcomed us with the sweet sounds of a colorful Merengue band. A young gal at customs spoke to Lulu, a native Spanish speaker and asked her if it was her first time here. “Yes, […] Read more »


Travelblog By Emily Yurcheshen, Travel Writer “What are five words you would use to describe your first impressions of the Dominican Republic?” Deborah asked me while walking along the beach of Cabarete. Cabarete is the neighboring town to where I was doing a summer internship for Deborah and DS Publishing. I paused, for I was not certain I was ready to define my experience so soon. It was less than a week ago I had arrived, and I felt as […] Read more »

BALI COTTAGE, Hilo, Hawaii

One Love at Bali Cottage By Emily Yurcheshen   For most of my adult life, I have dreamed of the perfect love. I envisioned traveling the world hand-in-hand with my soul mate playing music, embarking on fabulous adventures, and enjoying romance on the road. Every man I dated had potential to be the one, but something always went awry. Flying solo, I found myself alone with my dreams to travel, write, and sing. So when the publisher of the The Vacation Rental Travel Guide […] Read more »