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!

How to Prepare for an Epic Road Trip in Iceland

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.

5 Essential Things You Need to Know Before Visiting Prague

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: