By establishing the e-commerce fulfillment firm Darkstore, accomplished entrepreneur Lee Hnetinka revamped the current logistics model for online businesses, resulting in reduced costs for sellers and shorter wait times for buyers. Outside of his professional achievements, Lee Hnetinka is an experienced traveler who seeks out undiscovered locations.
There are many beautiful destinations around the world that have yet to reach peak popularity with travelers. Here are a few places where adventurous travelers can avoid the crowds.
Bergen, Norway: Bergen is stunning mountain town on Norway’s southwest coast and a great place for nature lovers and hikers. It is also the home of picturesque Sognefjord, which is a narrow strip of sea surrounded by cliffs.
Laos: This southeast Asian country is a quieter alternative to Thailand or Vietnam. The capital Vientiane is well-known for its temples, and the northern town of Luang Prabang is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Oman: Though it is generally overlooked by travelers heading to neighboring Dubai, Oman has a host of attractions. Visitors can see ancient Bedouin forts, scuba dive in the Arabian Sea, or spend a night under the stars in the Wahiba Sands desert.
Lee Hnetinka is cofounder and CEO of Darkstore, a company that enables online retailers to offer their customers same-day delivery. In his free time, Lee Hnetinka enjoys traveling, particularly to such undiscovered vacation destinations as Sayulita, Mexico.
Located north of Puerto Vallarta, Sayulita welcomes visitors interested in experiencing the many charms of a sleepy beachfront town along Mexico’s Riviera Maya. A few reasons to consider planning a trip to this hidden coastal gem include:
1. Food. With over 100 restaurants, Sayulita offers seemingly unlimited dining choices. Local delicacies include fish tacos and ceviche prepared with fresh catches straight from the ocean. Travelers can also beat the heat with a paleta, a traditional Mexican popsicle, while adults can enjoy a spicy cocktail known as the Michelada.
2. Lodging. Lodging options abound, as tourists can stay in the charming and uniquely designed Petit Hotel Hafa or the luxury beachfront Villa Amor. Alternatively, they can camp along the beach or rent one of the town’s hundreds of villas.
3. Surfing. A surfing hotspot since the 1960s, Sayulita attracts a number of advanced surfers looking to ride the challenging Pacific waves. However, the presence of surfing schools and ample board-renting options also make the town ideal for those new to the sport.
A cofounder and the CEO of Darkstore, Lee Hnetinka helps e-commerce brands deliver goods quickly and efficiently. Based in New York City, Lee Hnetinka maintains a passion for food and enjoys eating at the many of the city’s Michelin-starred restaurants. While many people think Michelin-starred restaurants are out of their price range, there are several affordable options in New York City.
Even those on a budget can enjoy Le Bernardin, one of the world’s most celebrated restaurants, by going for lunch during the week. Although the three-course lunch tasting varies each week, it is generally under $50, some of which goes to City Harvest.
Similarly, Gotham Bar and Grill becomes very affordable during lunch hours, when the most expensive entree is $27. Alternatively, some may prefer the dining establishment’s $38 greenmarket lunch, a three-course meal made from ingredients purchased at the Union Square farmer’s market.
La Vara in Brooklyn features some of the city’s best tapas. The key to an affordable meal here is going with friends. Two people can easily fill up on five dishes for a total cost of about $35 per person. More friends mean more selections, of course. Some must-try dishes include the roasted suckling pig and the spiced chickpeas.
A graduate of the University of Buffalo, Lee Hnetinka is cofounder and chief executive officer of Darkstore in New York City. The company offers customers ecommerce products delivered on the same day an order is placed though fulfillment centers in New York, Phoenix, and San Francisco. In his down time, Lee Hnetinka enjoys dining at Michelin-star restaurants.
In 1900, the Michelin Tire Company issued a guidebook that helped visitors traversing France. A quarter century later, the company began sending out anonymous reviewers to try new restaurants. Michelin now regularly sends representatives to write thorough reviews about their dining experiences. All of the reviewers then gather, share their thoughts, and determine if a restaurant receives zero to three stars. According to the guide, one star signifies very good cooking in its category, two stars means excellent cooking and worth a detour, while three stars signifies exceptional cuisine and worthy of a specific journey.
In November 2016, the Michelin Guide announced the six New York City restaurants that received three-star ratings for 2017. The three-star eateries include:
* Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, which received this high honor for the second straight year.
* Eleven Madison Park, which is a contemporary American restaurant.
* Jean-Georges, which serves as the flagship restaurant for Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
* Le Bernardin, which is a seafood restaurant under the guidance of Chef Eric Ripert.
* Masa, which is a sushi restaurant operated by Chef Masa Takayama.
* Per Se, which offers French and American cuisine.