Literary Heroes, Vegan Fare & Creativity in Europe (and a bit of North Africa!)

I've waited over half of my life for this trip. Its main purpose is to finally visit the first foreign country I ever longed to see: Spain. As someone who has dedicated her life to literature, learning Spanish, and understanding the roots of Latin American culture, this is a dream come true for me. Over the … Continue reading Literary Heroes, Vegan Fare & Creativity in Europe (and a bit of North Africa!)

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15 Christmas Gifts Female Travelers Will Love

We all have our lists of things we'd love to have. But let's admit it, everyone is into different things, and some people are more difficult to buy for. If there is an avid female traveler in your life, chances are she doesn't want another box of lotions or pair of stilettos she'd only wear … Continue reading 15 Christmas Gifts Female Travelers Will Love

One Day in Bangkok: How to Make the Most of Your Time

Bangkok is a complex, sensory city filled with grit, bright lights, crowded streets, a mix of modern and old culture, and no shortage of temptation. As the capital of Thailand and a major economic hub, this metropolis is home to over 6 million people, with an estimated 14 million people living in the suburbs. While … Continue reading One Day in Bangkok: How to Make the Most of Your Time

Who, Me? The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Inspiration is one of those intangible things that make this chaotic, and sometimes mundane, life a bit more magical. Whether it comes from art, music, deep conversation, nature, or exposure to something new, inspiration cracks our minds open, revealing fresh possibilities and realms unknown. This inexplicably beautiful experience brings creativity, motivation, and ingenuity to human … Continue reading Who, Me? The Very Inspiring Blogger Award

Buenos Aires: A Time of Struggle, Awakening, and Transformation

When I moved to Argentina, there was much I had to learn not only about the country and the Latin American region, but also myself. At the romantic, idealistic age of twenty-two, I bought my one-way ticket to Buenos Aires. I was prepared to volunteer teaching English, finish the novel I'd started the year before, become … Continue reading Buenos Aires: A Time of Struggle, Awakening, and Transformation

On the Road with Your Parents (what could go wrong?)

Things do not always go as planned. This is exponentially true when on the road. Life's ups and downs are multiplied and magnified exponentially when you travel. You can't set your heart on seeing Machu Picchu without a cloud in sight, or ending world poverty by volunteering for a month in Nicaragua. You also can't prevent … Continue reading On the Road with Your Parents (what could go wrong?)

What Hiking Multnomah Falls Taught Me

Just the other day, I met up with two new friends (one of them a friend of a friend I met through Travel Massive in San Francisco) who had just arrived in Portland. They were doing a cross-country trip from New York, stopping by national parks, checking out cities, and having some great adventures. Portland … Continue reading What Hiking Multnomah Falls Taught Me

Five Underrated Beaches You Should Visit in the Philippines

The heat is on! Summer has always been my favorite time of the year, but since moving to the Pacific Northwest, I get the urge to turn on the AC when it hits 80 degrees Farenheit. The last couple of weeks, the weather has been beautiful, but I constantly catch myself daydreaming about my trip … Continue reading Five Underrated Beaches You Should Visit in the Philippines

Celebrating India: Four Major Hindu Festivals

Oh, the many, many places I have yet to see! It spins my mind to think of all the adventures that await me. Still, there are those few countries that stand apart from the rest, beckoning with their unique allure. Will they be as I have imagined? One of the top three countries I have … Continue reading Celebrating India: Four Major Hindu Festivals