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[...]
 
 
Over the holidays I did something that I haven't done in two years...I took a holiday. Well, sort of a holiday and I'll explain. My husband is originally from Argentina and hadn't been home in a few years so naturally, we decided to swap a few weeks in cold New York for sunny, 90 degree weather in Argentina.I still did some work here and here but for the most part, I was able to relax and disc[...]
 
 
Growing up on the east coast, I don't think I was fully prepared for the awe-inspiring landscapes that would greet me upon my arrival. Compiling this list of my favorite SA cities was harder than I anticipated, but I take that as a good sign.1) Jujuy, ArgentinaBefore arriving in Jujuy, I had no idea of the small city's existence, but it soon cast a captivating spell upon me. Jujuy is a rea[...]
 
 
Less than 48 hours into my luxurious stay at Barcelo Punta Cana, it was time to swap our swim suits for comfortable clothes and durable sneakers. From about 9am until 6pm, our group spent hours delving into the local culture surrounding Punta Cana, Dominican Republic.Hopping on board what resembled a mix of a safari vehicle and a beat-down van, we were introduced to our guide and his two adora[...]
 
 
Going off of our Neighborhood Guide to Santiago, here is an indie twist for the avant-garde traveler.Bohemian LifestyleFor a truly bohemian experience, I recommend staying in the Brasil neighborhood of Santiago. The area is a bit separate from the city center but if you want a real dose of old style architecture and street art, Brasil is the place to go. The interesting thing about this ne[...]
 
 
Sometimes we all need a break, even us travel writers, who to most people appear to be on one never-ending vacation. And while my four days in Punta Cana was technically work, it felt far less action-packed than my normal press trips. For one thing, we stayed in the same resort room for the entire duration, which meant that my clothes would be far less wrinkled than normal.After a whirlwind su[...]
 
 
Ever since I discovered how amusing it is to create a travel bucket list, the Galapagos Islands has been up there near number one. I actually started tentatively planning a trip there a few years back but those plans unfortunately fell through. So, as a result, this destination is still on my list of "must see" places around the world.Global Basecamps, who I've done several partnerships with h[...]
 
 
During the three weeks I spent living the travel writing life, I discovered first-hand how positively locals go about their day to day activities. I've compiled a series of photographs taken in Bogota and in neighboring towns and indigenous villages. These images best represent the local way of life that I experienced in Colombia.Owner of a small, traditional Colombian restaurant on a dirt roa[...]
 
 
While Bogota is a huge city with endless things to see and do, it's the neighboring towns that make the list for bohemian traveler worthy destinations.La CandelariaMost travelers passing through Bogota stay in the historic downtown district of La Candelaria. Partly due to a surplus of affordable hostels located here, it's also the center for art galleries, museums and cultural centers. Mus[...]
 
 
It's nearly impossible to visit Colombia without eating more than you'd like to admit. Here is a local guide to Colombian food for the avant-garde traveler.Going back to my previous post about the most notorious restaurant in Colombia, Andres Carne de Res does not disappoint. They are especially known for their selection of meat dishes but there are a number of vegetarian options. The original[...]
 
 
Although I was pre-warned, I clearly underestimated the daily amount of rainfall in Bogota. Forgetting to pack both my raincoat and umbrella certainly didn’t help matters.While rain is not exactly my favorite weather condition, it’s completely normal for Bogota residents who don’t let a little bad weather ruin their day. In an effort to fell more local, I put on my game face and braved the gre[...]
 
 
This is a Guest Post by Marina K. Villatoro of Travel Experta.Antigua Guatemala is so much more than just another colonial style town with cobble stone streets from Central America. It has many unique places to visit that set it apart from the other cities of its kind.1. Picnicking at a Ruin - Antigua still has tons of churches and convents, but it used to have lots more before the earthqu[...]