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Jazz Legend Al Jarreau Dead at 76

Jazz Legend Al Jarreau Has Died The sudden news that Al Jarreau died this morning hit hard. Rewind back barely seven months ago and I was...

Things to do in Cali Colombia

Going back to Cali, Cali, Cali! Had a blast in Colombia for a trip that wasn't planned. Cali reminded me of San Diego. It was safe and...

Not all who wander are lost

It is amazing how others perceive you when you express a desire to travel the world. The immediate thought is you must be crazy....

London Eye

The all-seeing London Eye was a fantastic ride. This Ferris wheel is the largest in the world and offers spectacular views of London. You...

CDC promotes healthy travel at the New York Times Travel Show

CDC promotes healthy travel at the New York Times Travel Show. Stefanie Erskine, M.P.H. shares 5 healthy travel tips in the short video above.  Staying healthy...

Bali perspectives after the trip

Bali perspectives after the trip offers a glimpse into my experience. My travel journey to Bali was beyond surreal. The culture, people, and food were all amazing....

Candle + Spa Subscription Box Review

Hey, Traveling Pearls! I just returned “home” after nine months straight on the road. I actually gave up my apartment last year and spent my...

Videos from my solo trip to Bali

I’m back from wonderful Indonesia. It was an amazing journey. Here are a few videos of Bali, Indonesia from my solo female trip. Enjoy...

Warung bejana • Restaurant Review

bejana is an authentic Balinese restaurant offering a journey through Indonesian Archipelago. Located in Badung, the open air restaurant is perfectly situated on a...

Sunsets & Strolls: Santorini, Greece

Sunsets, strolling, and cheese! My fondest memories of Santorini. Roaming free through the towns of Santorini resulted in one of the most rejuvenating experiences of...

Seychelles Islands should be on your bucket list – NYT Travel...

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RSo0G40P9AI] Seychelles are some of the most beautiful islands in the world and a favorite destination as a solo female traveler. The fastest way to...

Blissful nights at Hotel Spiwak: Cali, Colombia

Recently, I had a chance to stay at Hotel Spiwak while in Cali on my Colombian vacation. I loved the hotel! It was centrally...

Ports of Call Resort Turks and Caicos

Ports of Call Resort, located in the heart of Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos, was a great stay for my recent trip to...

5 Tips for Finding the Right Mission Trip to Support

Pray about your mission trip A mission trip is different from other humanitarian work. Often faith-based. So, a good practice is to start, end, and...

Things to do and see in Barbados

No sleep in Barbados! The longest work week fell upon me. Working 18 hour days was for the birds. The busy season never seemed to end...

Periods, Snorkels and Sharks in Diamond Head Crater

My longest flight at the time (nearly 15 years ago) was to Hawaii. My mother and I embarked on a getaway to the Big...

Yacht Experience: Santorini, Greece

Add a private yacht experience to your list of things to do while in Santorini! We stayed at the lovely Mystique and there's a...

Cooking Couscous Stuffed Zucchini

Back in the kitchen with another Blue Apron recipe. This time I'm making Couscous Stuffed Zucchini with Goat Cheese and Summer Squash Salad. The...

Post-trip debrief: Uganda Missionary Trip

Reflections of mission trip in Uganda I volunteered in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa! The opportunity to serve the community and vacate appealed to me. I...

Spicy Peperonata Pasta

Cooking my first meal with Blue Apron was so much fun! The first dish was a savory and tangy Spicy Peperonata Pasta. Being vegetarian...
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Solo Female Travel in Kyoto (and Osaka + Tokyo)

Outside of cherry blossom viewing, my solo travel to Kyoto included a flexible itinerary. Yearning to...

By Night in Havana with Meiby • Arts Immersion Experience

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VbNsyMDFw8] The decision to spend Christmas in Cuba came as a shock to many friends...
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Conrad Bali (a Hilton Hotel review)

Mixed reviews for Conrad Bali made me question staying at this Hilton property during my vacation...
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W Bali Seminyak: Hotel Review

W Bali Seminyak Villa was beyond marvelous! Arriving to such an astonishing and tranquil scene after a...
Bali: a spiritual journey

Bali: spiritual travel journey

The journey was long but the arrival was plenty. After a twenty-eight hour flight from...

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