“Pura Vida”: Highlights of Costa Rica

Note: I traveled to Costa Rica in July 2021, prior to the rapid increase in COVID-19 cases due to the Delta variant. I know there are mixed opinions on whether it’s smart or safe to travel internationally, regardless of being vaccinate, so take this as you will. After a year and a half of staying […]

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A Weekend in Lake Placid, New York

The Adirondacks is a mountainous region located in upstate New York, north of Albany and Syracuse. And it’s basically a mountain-lovers’ paradise! While this region is quite large and impossible to explore in one weekend, we ended up having our sights on Lake Placid, home to the 1932 and 1980s Winter Olympics. It’s a 4.5 […]

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How to Cope with Cancelled Travel Plans

Well, I finally bit the bullet and cancelled all of my international travels that had been pre-booked for 2020. Japan and Colombia will have to wait until at least sometime in 2021. It’s disappointing to say the least. And it can be challenging to feel excited about traveling again, due to the unknown with the […]

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How to Spend A Long Weekend in Manhattan, NYC

New York City (Manhattan in particular) will always have a special place in my heart. Embarking on a long weekend adventure in a new city during our anniversary, it was also the weekend my love proposed to me. And NYC was the perfect city to have this adventurous weekend! There was no shortage of things […]

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What to Know Before Visiting Cuba

Traveling to Cuba (especially as an American citizen) can be a rather unique experience. Having been rather isolated from the rest of the world, visiting Cuba feels like an otherworldly experience. Tourism has been a growing industry in Cuba within the past few years and I highly recommend taking an adventure down there to support […]

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8 Ways for Travelers to Keep Busy At Home During A Pandemic

Well, it’s official. Most people throughout the world have either directly or indirectly been affected by COVID-19. With countries on lock-down and social distancing being the most effective method, it can be a pretty restless time for everyone, especially avid travelers. However, we can use this time to pause and dive into all of the […]

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How To Blend In (When You Otherwise Stand Out)

No matter where I go, I always stand out. Vibrant red hair doesn’t typically blend in among many countries (unless you’re in Scotland…). I’ve been pointed at, laughed at, and had dozens of photos taken of me like I’m a celebrity or zoo animal (yes, I’m looking at you China!). While I typically don’t mind […]

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Highlights of Cuba: A Four Day Itinerary

Ever since Cuba became a more tangible place for Americans to visit in 2016, I knew I had to visit someday. Despite your political views and opinions on US-Cuban relations, the island is truly a vibrant, historical, and cultural place making it an amazing vacation destination! Even with recent travel restrictions as of June 2019, […]

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My 2020 Travel Plans and Wish List

It’s that time of year again, where I find myself booking new destinations for the upcoming year as well as daydream of places and adventures I have been dying to explore. Here are the top places I am hoping to visit in 2020 (with some places confirmed): Japan (September 2020) I’m happy to announce that […]

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A Year In Review: My Top 10 Adventures of 2019

It’s that time of year again! Another year to reflect on goals and progress made and to remember all the adventures and good times to be had. I was fortunate enough to cross off some major bucket items off my list, including African safaris and visiting Cuba for the first time. So without further ado, […]

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