I was fortunate to explore 7 countries in 2016. No matter where I travel to in the world, I find that doing the following 15 practical things always leads to a pleasant experience!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Out of all the places I've travelled to, Ghana definitely ranks high in fun social activities. Ghanaians are very warm and welcoming people. When I went out, the vibes were always positive and lively, and the music was always on point! Here's your 7-day guide to having a lit social experience in Ghana:
In early October, I spent 10 days in Ghana mainly in Accra, but did venture out to some of the surrounding areas. For anyone who will be a first timer visiting Accra, know that there is a lot to see, but if you have a limited amount of time, here are 7 places you should definitely visit:
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:
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!
In honor of my 4 months of blogging I wanted to give a gift to my readers. I recently returned from an amazing vacation in Ghana and bought back this beautiful hand-made wooden mask. The elephant on the mask represents strength, patience, wisdom, longevity, and happiness. All things I wish you all have in your life.
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!
Immediately, I began to do basic research and quickly learned that the best way to see Iceland is by car. I kept coming across phrases like “the ultimate road trip of your life,” and “you’ll want to stop every five minutes,” which are pretty bold statements that make you take pause. It did not take long for me to come to my decision—I was going to do this road trip, known as The Ring Road because it’s literally circles the entire island. That was settled.
When my friends and I were planning our Euro road trip we had to choose between spending more time in Prague or Budapest. I reached out to my FB friends to get their opinion and it was spilt relatively evenly. I ultimately chose to spend more time in Budapest because it seemed like it had way more to do. That meant we had 2.5 days to get a taste of Prague's grace. Here are the top 5 things I learned that you should know before your visit:
Continuing on my Euro road trip series, Jacek, Jessica, and I drove 2.5 hours from the coast of Poland to Berlin. We spent 3 days there, which bought us to the halfway mark of our itinerary. As soon as we arrived in Berlin, I received major NYC vibes from its evident diversity (relative to Poland) and liveliness. It felt natural for me to be there, so much so that I could even see myself living there and loving it.
Before we get into the top 5 things to do in Berlin, let's cover some travel basics: accommodations and transportation.
Confession time. My Polish friend, Jacek has been trying to get me to visit Poland for many years. But I brushed off his invitation to visit "sexier" places in Europe like Paris, Barcelona, and Milan. If you've been following my posts, you know that I recently accepted his invitation and I'm pleased to say I had the time of my life during our road trip exploring Poland and other neighboring countries. I was completely wrong about Poland, the country is underrated and truly is Europe's hidden gem! Here's 4 reasons why you should visit Poland followed by a photo montage and detailed itinerary.
I recently came back from my European excursion and I'm eager to share with you all details of my itinerary, but before that you need to know why a road trip throughout Europe will give you life!
So you’re thinking of going on baecation? Here are some tips on how to do it and where to go with bae.