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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...

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...

Traveling while Black: Detained in New Zealand

New Zealand started off with a bang! A few years ago, I met a lovely guy in Santorini who insisted I add New Zealand to...

Things to do in Cartagena

Located off the Caribbean coast of Colombia is the lovely town of Cartagena. Its old charm hasn’t flooded with tourists yet, so, I highly...

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...

The Buccaneer: St. Croix, Virgin Islands

November is my birthday month and I travel a lot during this time. Each year, I set out to find a relaxing and memorable experience...

Cayman Islands + Solo Female Travel Tips

Cayman Islands remain my favorite go-to destination in the Caribbean. After traveling the Caribbean Sea, I'm home in Grand Cayman. Sade sang it’s never as good...

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...

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...

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...

Roasted Eggplant Pitas and Farro Salad

Roasted Eggplant Pitas with Tomato, Cucumber & Farro Salad, my latest Blue Apron creation something new Blue Apron exposed me to delicious vegetarian meals and spices...

The Reserve at Paradisus Palma Real, Punta Cana Hotel Review

The week before Christmas I had the bright idea to get away to Punta Cana. I'd never had a desire to visit the Dominican...

How to travel to Cuba right now and tips from a...

In this travel article, I share my experience visiting Cuba over the holidays and a few tips to help you kickstart your Cuban getaway. Finally,...

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...

I’m going to Punta Cana

I'm going to Punta Cana and can't wait! My travel plans for November were all over the map thanks to storms throughout most of the...

How Brazilian wax in Hoboken led me to Blue Apron

Conversation topics during a Brazilian wax run the gamut. So, I wasn't taken aback when Blue Apron came up. After all, you need something to take...

Eating healthy while traveling solo

Being on the go can take a toll on your body, especially if you’re not eating healthy, not staying hydrated, and skipping exercise. As...

Win a travel getaway

Here's your chance for a travel getaway on us! So many people think they can't afford to travel and we get it, travel can be...

10 Hiking Tips for Your Next Trip

Planning ahead before hiking is essential for success. Spare yourself drama and consider these 10 hiking tips on your next trip. Water. No brainer,...

The Carlyle Penthouse • South Beach Miami Hotel Review

The Carlyle Hotel in South Beach Miami is in an amazing location. Located in the center of South Beach on Ocean Drive right across from...
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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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