Heading to South America this fall? Whether planning a weekend getaway from hubs like Buenos Aires or Rio de Janeiro or saving up for a month long excursion, you’ll likely come across TAM Airlines during your flight hunt. The video below is not in English, but you’ll be able to get the gist simply by watching.In terms of where TAM flies, the list is fairly extensive. If jetting off from the Un[...]
 
 
Like many cities in Latin America, Panama City is full of contrasts. From the varied styles of architecture to the gritty graffiti boldly covering building walls, a walk through the cobbled streets of Casco Viejo is anything but boring. Yet, as much as I enjoyed learning about Panama's past, I found myself easily more fascinated with its present. In particular, I gravitated toward a program called[...]
 
 
Next week I'll focus on downtown Panama City, but right now it's time to revel in the glamour of pure nature. The great thing about Panama is that city and country are never too far apart. Our drive from Panama City to the starting point of our San Blas islands adventure was only a two-hour car ride. That goes by pretty fast, making this an ideal day-trip or even a weekend getaway if you crave mor[...]
 
 
It's hard to believe that it's been over a month since my very first trip to Panama and yet, here I am, still thinking about all the amazing people I met while I was there. In some cities, it's the architecture that really blows me away and for others, it's the food. In Panama, I fell in love with the people. Sure, the food was delicious, the buildings colorful and the culture vibrant, but ultimat[...]
 
 
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[...]
 
 
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[...]