4 Must-Have Essential Oils For Your First-Aid Kit

During your travels have you ever experienced any of the following: jet lag, nausea, itchy mosquito bites, muscle aches and pain, headache, respiratory infections/common cold, or the bubble guts aka. the preclude to diarrhea? If you haven't, please tell me your secrets! However, I'm confident that most of us have experienced these health issues while traveling. While we can grab over-the-counter medicine, Mother Nature provides us with natural remedies that give immediate relief to the above health issues and many more.

How to Stay Healthy While Traveling the World (Part I)

As much as I LOVE traveling, it can take a toll on your body. Jet lag, exposure to sick people (i.e. bacteria circulating through the plane's A/C), environmental toxins, even breaking out of your normal routine - all can mess with your health and ruin your precious vacation. Unfortunately, I have been sick while abroad more times that I would like, from recurring flu-like symptoms when I was studying in South Africa to stomach viruses in Thailand, and a few things in between. Fortunately, from being sick so many times, I've learned essential strategies to help you stay healthy during your travels (things that I've gotten better at over the years). I'll go over these strategies in a 3-part series in the upcoming weeks.

3 Important Things to Do Before You Book Your Accommodation

Four years ago, I went on my first trip to Europe where I visited Rome, Paris & Barcelona! I was traveling with my friend who couldn't be convinced to stay in hostels, so we decided to stay in hotels. We selected our hotels based solely on cheap prices, which worked out ok in our Paris & Barcelona hotels. However, our daily 40 minute bus ride commute from our hotel in Rome to key attractions was not something I was expecting! 

Reflecting on my Rome trip, I realized that time is just as valuable as money! It's all about finding the balance of having an affordable stay that maximizes your vacation time. If you want to achieve this vacation sweet spot, here are 3 key things you need to do before you book your accommodation:

Your 4-Day Peru Travel Guide

Last fall, my best friend and I were mulling over where to visit for the winter holidays. We’re both big on travel and hadn’t taken an international trip in ages but deciding where to go was really tricky. Europe? Nah, too cold. Caribbean? Zika…yeah. South East Asia? Way too far for our short trip. And then it hit us: Peru! It’s summer time there and, surprisingly, it isn’t in the thick of their tourist season. Looking back, I’m so happy we went – it was the perfect mix of activity, culture, and leisure. I still remember our train ride through the Andes mountains to Machu Picchu and I seriously miss the amazing food (one word: ceviche!). 

7 Must-See Places in Colombia That You’ve Probably Never Heard Of

Colombia is the most biodiverse country on earth. From flourishing cities to lavish landscapes, the country offers a taste of everything for the multifarious traveler.  

You’d be remiss not to experience everything the country has to offer. Yet, the average traveler knows little about the bountiful secrets that Colombia has in store. If you want to experience Colombia fully, you’ll want to add these 7 places into your itinerary.

Liebster Award 2017

The Liebster Award is an online-only award that bloggers use to applaud their favorite new bloggers. I've been on this blogging journey for 8 months and really pour my heart into my blog, so it was nice to be recognized by the blogging community through a Liebster nomination.

The Ultimate Guide to Getting Around in Accra

Figuring your way around a new city can be super fun and exciting, but also a bit stressful. What helps me alleviate my stress when using public transportation abroad is knowing the do’s and don’ts of the local system. After a year+ of living in Ghana, I’ve mastered a few tricks that I am excited to share with you!  

Here are 4 essential tips you need to know to get around Accra with ease:

15 Holiday Gift Ideas for Travel Lovers

The holiday season is officially here and it's time to start working on your shopping list. While gift giving is awesome, it can also be quite stressful for some. To help you out, I've created a list of 15 useful and thoughtful gift ideas for yourself and other travel lovers in your life. All of these items are items I own and love or are high on my holiday wish list this year!

Free Travel Insurance You May Not Know You Have

I've had my fair share of travel disasters, which caused me to pay more attention to travel insurance. A few years ago I got a VentureOne credit card from Capital One so I could rack up points with my big flight purchases. I chose this card mainly because it had no annual fee, a reasonable APR, no foreign transaction fees, and a great purchase point system. However, a recent review of my credit card benefits reminded me that I also have decent built-in insurance as a cardholder.

While not all credits cards offer these services, here are 4 travel-related coverage options you may already have in your wallet:

Giving Thanks: 5 Times Strangers Helped Me During My Travels

It seems virtually impossible to avoid negative news on TV and even our social media feeds. With the bombardment of such negativity it is easy to fall in a cycle of hopelessness for humanity. I strive to practice gratitude daily, so that even in these dark times I am reminded of the good.

While not ignoring the challenges that we must work to overcome, this post will highlight 5 particular acts of kindness from people that could have easily avoided involvement, yet chose to help me, a much appreciative stranger get through many unfortunate situations while traveling.

5 Lessons Learned from My Travel Disaster

This past summer I went on an amazing two week road trip throughout Europe. If you kept up with my trip recap series, you would have seen mostly highlight reels of beautiful buildings, historical monuments, selfies, and gorgeous city views. But, the reality is traveling isn't always as glamorous as pictures suggest. While my trip ran relatively seamless, my travel back home was a DISASTER! 

Here's a run-through of my 30+ hour nightmare journey home from Warsaw to North Carolina and the 5 lessons I learned along the way:

Practice Makes Perfect: The Art of Bargaining in Markets in Ghana

My best friend has been living in Ghana for the past year, but has traveled back and forth to the city since 2009. One of the many great things about this, is that she's developed amazing bargaining skills! Before we went shopping at the markets she schooled my friends and me on the art of bargaining in Ghana. I admit it's hard, but just like anything the more you do it the easier it becomes! 

Essential Items You Need for a Healthy Trip to Ghana

I'm off to Accra, Ghana to visit my best friend Carolina who moved there over a year ago to help launch Teach for Ghana. I will be joined by my other two best friends Maritza and Frances. I'm so excited to explore Ghana with my girls, and to check off my bucket list item of celebrating my birthday abroad! I turn 27 on October 2nd (shout out to all my Libras!).

Here is my packing list of the essential items I needed to make this a healthy trip!