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[...]
 
 
This is a guest post by Samantha Vowles.Have you ever dreamed of setting sail over the choppy ocean waves to seek adventure, and perhaps a quenching, rum based cocktail to boot? For those with piratical fantasies, or aspiring to plunder lesser known experiences from a far-flung isle, holidays to Greece are the new holidays to the Caribbean. Mark a cross on your world map and set sail (or book [...]
 
 
It's hard not to go camera crazy in a place like Jamaica. Everything from the blue skies to the yellow and pink sunsets are just screaming to be photographed. I've narrowed down my favorite pictures to the eight shown in this post. For more wanderlust, make sure to check out my Jamaica Millennial Guide and my insights from volunteering at a local school. After spending a week in both Negril and M[...]
 
 
I’m sure we’ve all had those moments, where, for whatever reason we are prompted by the inner working of our minds to face our fears, accept our failures and forgive our faults. I wasn’t expecting these emotions to sweep through me while in Jamaica but as I watched the sun set on my last day in Montego Bay, I realized the tides were shifting, both externally and internally. Maybe the waves of emot[...]
 
 
Earlier this month I finally checked Portland off my travel bucket list only to discover that I want to check it off again and again. This city is effortlessly fascinating and everything from the gritty street art to the farm to table culinary scene tops the charts. If you're from Portland you probably already know that it's the epitome of cool but for those of you who are planning a visit, hopefu[...]