Mexico City is a prime vacation destination for foodies, history buffs, and connoisseurs of interesting cultures and traditions! I know Mexico City has gotten a bad reputation, but have no fear-- with a little bit of research and this guide, you will see that Mexico City has SO much to offer. In reality, Mexico City hasn’t been as dangerous as most people think since 2009. I was definitely a little bit nervous about traveling there with the rumors I had heard, but I wasn’t nervous or uncomfortable while I was there AT ALL. Like with any big city, you have to use your street smarts and avoid going to any sketchy parts of the city alone at night. As we learned on one of our tours, most of the places you will visit are really well policed and far away from the places you don’t want to be.
If you've been following my How Stay Healthy While Traveling the World series, by now you should know traveling can be AMAZING but can also be exhausting and potentially threatening your health. The first two articles in the series covered important things to do before your trip and essential oils you should have in your first aid kit.
Here are 6 habits you should engage in to stay well and enjoy your trip:
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.
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.
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:
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!).
An airport layover is a connection point between two cities that can range from 30 minutes to 23 hours long. They can be viewed as annoying or an exciting way to have fun! With the right planning and attitude you can use those bonus travel hours to get out and explore or even contribute towards your future travels.
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.
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.
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: