2017’s Memorable Travel Moments

I’m grateful for the places I visited that wouldn’t have made my 2017 wanderlist, the people I met on the literal and figurative road, and the unforgettable experiences that this year brought.

Cacao + The Coast.

The Coast. 2am. It was late. Too late, I thought for any of us to happily wake up to head to the beach in the morning. Our call time was terrible. We needed to be down by 7:45am at the latest. I was so sleep deprived that I considered suggesting we move the beach to…

Planning to visit Cartagena?

Since I posted my first photo from Cartagena, I’ve gotten a number of questions that focused heavily on how I navigated the vacation. What activities I did, how I dealt with safety issues, the language barrier, visa info + more. Although I answered each person individually, I penned this post to consolidate answers to all…

Traveling with People Taught Me…

I spent four days in Cartagena with the kind of people who make you laugh until you’re clutching your abdomen, who share their food while placing their fork in your plate, and nudge you out of your comfort zone if the need arises. The three of us have a good relationship so it wasn’t surprising that…

6 Memorable Travel Firsts

Hey, Y’all! You know those memories that stick with you? The ones where you don’t need photos to recall the moments because they were so profound? Sometimes, of course, certain memories fade, but some seem like they’ll last forever – like these events that make up my memorable travel firsts. Most of these are good memories. Some…

6 Misconceptions about Travel

The other day, my friend and I were talking about common travel misconceptions; a.k.a untrue thoughts about travel and its aspects. We chatted about our thoughts for a while so I’ll be including hers -and mine, of course- as part of this list. Some of these I’ve always known to be misbeliefs, while the rest…

The Start of Something…

Hey everyone, Happy Friday! Tomorrow I will be moving to Ecuador, South America for 2 months to conduct some public health research. While I’m there, my goal is to learn from my experiences, from those of others and create something that will impact people’s lives positively even after I’m gone. As I do all of…

How to Volunteer Abroad

Hi there, Happy Hump Day! If you’re anything like me, you might want to volunteer abroad for a number of reasons; maybe you enjoy working with people or you’re passionate about providing care, education, and resources. However, doing these effectively requires some deliberation. It’s not enough to go into a community, hand people clothes, food and…

You’re Scared, So What?

I had never been an adventurous girl. As a child, I read books, I wrote short stories and dramas and I loved to be in my room. I went outside to play quite a bit because my grandparents made sure we got some sun + exercise and because staying indoors could get boring. I’d take…