Before heading to Toronto early last month, I had already heard about the city's coolest neighborhood, West Queen West, and was eager to explore it firsthand. For those unfamiliar with what Vogue deems the world's second hippest neighborhood, it's basically a one-stop-shop for everything trendy. I toured the area on a rainy afternoon and even with overcast skies, I found myself returning the next [...]
 
 
November started off with a bang in Paris where I celebrated my 28th birthday and the fun continued on to Toronto. I had the pleasure of speaking at an impressive fashion & beauty blogger conference called at SPARK Sessions about the Power of Google+. It was an amazing experience and one that both challenged and excited me and I'm looking forward to filling you all in on that a bit later. Stay[...]
 
 
I decided to write a post about the myths and preconceptions that surround Macau because before visiting there last month, I believed most of them. Not only did I learn some pretty fascinating facts about Macau's culture and history, but I left feeling rejuvenated, empowered and most of all, inspired. As a writer and creator, inspiration is like my morning cup of coffee. Without it, I feel sleepy [...]
 
 
*This is a guest post by Marteen of Lust for the World.Budapest is the world’s melting pot of Architectural styles. From Roman amphitheaters and Gothic-styled cathedrals to traditional Turkish baths, Budapest has it all. Since the city is fairly large and diverse, we’ve put together a list of our favorite architectural treasures to see in Budapest.Let’s begin the tour.. 1) Start off at th[...]
 
 
In mid October I was finally getting over the sleepless nights and tired days that plagued me since returning from my honeymoon in Bali (thanks jetlag!) So what was the logical thing to do next? Fly back to Asia of course!In all seriousness, Macau has been on my calendar for months now and I was really excited to visit another destination on the other side of the world. The weird thing, howeve[...]
 
 
I spent four days in Quito and while I could have easily stayed another few more, it's very possible to tour the city in three days (two if you're really fast). I didn't pack too much into each day because from my experience, this just leads to frustration if I don't check all the items off my list. At the end of this post I've suggested a few more activities for different interests. In general, I[...]
 
 
Earlier this month I traveled to Quito for a foodie-themed trip and while the cuisine was pretty delicious, I discovered that there is a lot more to this special city than the food on my plate. From well-preserved, colonial architecture and vibrant roses of every color of the rainbow to aboriginal dance performances and gritty street art, here are 5 alternative ways to tour Quito. 1) Architecture[...]
 
 
Turismo de Mexico has a new campaign that just launched and it is seriously making me want to book a last-minute plane ticket to Puerta Vallarta stay there indefinitely. In terms of my own Mexico travel, I've been to Cozumel and the Los Cabos area and while both of those trips were truly memorable, there is still a huge chunk of the country that I have yet to see. Although this video is only 60 se[...]
 
 
Going along with my other life lesson post from earlier this year, I feel that Bali deserves the same honor. My husband and I got married nearly two years ago and ultimately chose Bali as our belated honeymoon destination. It's been awhile since I've taken a real vacation and we really went all out with out trip in terms of enjoying it 100%. We rented a small bungalow with an outside (but mostly c[...]
 
 
Now that we've covered Lisbon's gritty yet glamorous side, let's turn our attention to the city's unique mix of old and new design influences. Perhaps the most visual representation of this is the range of architectural styles used on many of the city's most noteworthy buildings. Lisbon is a rather large city and there are three main touristic areas: Parque das Nações in the north, Barrio Alto in [...]
 
 
July started off with an unexpected trip to Lisbon. My husband had been invited to speak at The Lisbon Challenge and I was fortunate enough to tag along for the weekend. Technically, I had been to Portugal before but it was very short lived. I spent a memorable day in Faro during my semester studying abroad. It was meant as a pitstop on my way to see a friend who was living in Sevilla, Spain. Well[...]
 
 
This is a guest post by Samantha Vowles.Europe’s infamous party island has always enjoyed a pretty clear cut reputation for sizzling clubs, superior beats and inebriation. But more recently, holidays to Ibiza have become as much about the chill as the chaos; the island’s mellow roof terrace vibe, hippy markets and idyllic golden sunsets belie a side to the famous island which is just as integr[...]