The Grand Canyon’s Rustic Alchemy

While I have taken many, many trips since I first visited the Grand Canyon, it stands out clearly in my mind as if I had just returned last week. Whenever someone visits the United States, it is one of the first recommendations that I offer, aside from the imperative exploration of the San Francisco hills … Continue reading The Grand Canyon’s Rustic Alchemy

Reykjavik’s Ubiquitous Street Art

Street art. While some people see it as defacing public property, I beg to differ. Street art is a massive statement of the city’s people, not only claiming the city as their own, but adding their own personal or social experience to the place’s visual appearance. When I was studying Latin American Art History in … Continue reading Reykjavik’s Ubiquitous Street Art

Budget Travel: Using Groupon on the Road

As a budget traveler, I’m always looking for ways to get the most out of life while saving money. While I adopted a frugal way of living many years ago- packing lunches to work, walking instead of taking a cab, hunting for sales, and cutting out unnecessary expenses- this doesn’t mean that I don’t like … Continue reading Budget Travel: Using Groupon on the Road

Big Berry, Slovenia: My First-Ever Glamping Experience

By the time I had arrived, it was almost one in the morning and I was exhausted from the journey. I had traveled through five countries that day by car, which, in Europe, is completely possible without even realizing how far you’ve gone. We arrived at someone’s house, and stepping out of the van, I … Continue reading Big Berry, Slovenia: My First-Ever Glamping Experience

My Time in Reykjavik: Staying at The Loft

After about six hours on the WOW Air flight from Boston, I grabbed my bags, made some essential purchases at Keflavik airport's duty free shop, and descended into the bitter cold night. My hiking boots crunched soft snow as I zipped my new omni-heat Columbia coat all the way up and walked toward the bus … Continue reading My Time in Reykjavik: Staying at The Loft

Purring Voices, Alien Landscapes, and Psychedelic Lights: Why I’m Going to Iceland

I wanted to see Iceland before anyone even knew it existed, save Icelanders. Before the Blue Lagoon, before the Ring Road or cooing over the cuteness of arctic foxes, I’ve yearned to see this land of extremes. See, before all of the hype, there was a girl standing in her kitchen, brunette buns wound tightly … Continue reading Purring Voices, Alien Landscapes, and Psychedelic Lights: Why I’m Going to Iceland

Ethical Travel Tips for the Average Explorer

As I stood inside the rickety train, watching the countryside pass me by, my heart filled with joy, and then immediately sank. Here I was in Malaysian Borneo, riding the Sabah State Railway on my way to go white water rafting in the Padas River. My anticipation for adventure was curbed as I saw the … Continue reading Ethical Travel Tips for the Average Explorer

12 Genuine Ways to Increase Your Twitter Audience

It was late 2012, and Twitter had already been quite the rage for over six years. I had a few friends who used it, but mainly I was of the opinion that it was a good way to follow every stupid thing Kim Kardashian said, or just a way for superficial people to waste their … Continue reading 12 Genuine Ways to Increase Your Twitter Audience