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i-to-i TEFL review

So last summer I decided to kick my job to the curb. I'd had enough of corporate politics, couldn't use my vacation time, and...

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...

San Felipe de Barajas Castle

Some part of me blames Disney for creating a false perception of what a castle truly looks like. The illusion in my head resembled...

GPS Guided Travel Article: Turks and Caicos (Free Promotion)

gps guided travel article apps Have you ever read a travel article and wished you could take it with you as a guide or itinerary...

Where to stay in Cartagena, Colombia

I might be a bit of a snob. But in the best way, I promise! At some point, I got a taste of the suite...

Club Meliá • Is membership worth the reward?

Not sure if membership in Club Meliá is right for you? Here's how the program works and what you should consider before making the...

GPS-guided travel article apps

gps-guided travel article apps Have you ever read a travel article and wished you could take it with you as a guide or itinerary while...

Mixed feelings after solo trip to Curacao

Many travelers rave about Curacao which peaked my travel addiction just in time for the annual North Sea Jazz Festival Located among the ABC islands...

Mystique: Luxury Collection Hotel

The luxurious Mystique hotel was a warm welcome after sailing hours across the sea from Mykonos. Possibly more attractive than the view is the luxurious affiliation...

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...

Fun Things to Do in Bali for Solo Travelers

There's plenty of sightseeing in Indonesia. Here's my short list of 5 fun things to do in Bali as a solo female traveler. Padang Padang Beach  On a...

The New York Times Travel Show 2017

  The New York Times Travel Show brings together travelers and industry professionals from around the world for a fun weekend of excursions in New...

Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Credit Card

Citi Hilton HHonors Visa Signature Credit Card is the perfect choice for my upcoming trip to Curacao and for anyone looking to earn Hilton...

Hilton Curacao needs a Beyonce style upgrade

Hilton Curacao needs an upgrade, now! As a Hilton Honors member, I made an exception to stay at Hilton Curacao hotel having heard it...

10 tips to shatter fears and travel solo

When it comes to traveling there are many obstacles that can get in the way of you getting to your destination. Some of those...

How to see Sydney in Two Days

Sydney, the land way down under. No one in their right mind travels to Australia to stay for just two days, except me. Life is...

Why I’m not going back to Punta Cana

A few days in and I knew for sure I was enjoying Punta Cana. Then, the shit hit the fan in the most literal...

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...

How you can legally travel to Cuba + Trump’s Cuba Policy...

With travel rules to Cuba constantly changing, many confused American travelers are unaware of how to legally travel to Cuba. In this post, I explain...
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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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