What’s on your 2016 travel calendar????

2015 was an epic year of travel. I was able to cross Japan, Dominican Republic, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Hong Kong, Argentina, Costa Rica, and Peru off my list. Now that 2016 is upon us, I am pondering where to next. Last year I was reminded about the importance of giving the gift of travel…

Thank you 2015!

  2015 has been an incredible year. I’ve visited places I’ve always dreamed of; met remarkable people; and started a blog.  I’ve been reminded that people can leave an indelible mark on your life even if you’ve known them for a short period of time. I reminisce fondly on my trip to Hong Kong in…

Lima, Peru Layover

Delays, Delays, Delays I hadn’t expected to leave the airport in Lima because my layover was only for 2 hours.  Fate stepped in so I found myself in Lima for 24 hours due to a missed connection. It all started in Buenos Aires when thunder and lightning prevented the flight from leaving on time. After…

10 simple tips for becoming a Great Airbnb host!

This year was my first time trying out AirBnB. For those of you unfamiliar with Airbnb, it’s a service where individuals may rent out their homes, apartments, and spare bedrooms. Airbnb is available in the U.S as well as many countries around the world. For some, Airbnb is more appealing than hotels because sometimes it’s…

Friendship knows no boundaries

It’s always important to tell the special people in your life how much they mean to you while you can. Never take anything for granted. I’m headed to Buenos Aires in less than 2 weeks for a much needed reunion.

Words of Wisdom to a First Time Traveler

I can remember my first international trip like it was yesterday. Senior year of college, fall 2006, I headed to Madrid, Spain to study abroad for the semester. I remember feeling a myriad of emotions from excitement, nervousness, to fear. During that semester, I learned about myself and I also learned how people perceived me…

FREE MONEY FOR TRAVEL!!!

Last week, I ran into one of my colleagues in the hallway. I hadn’t seen him since I left for South Africa. Coworker,”Hey, where have you been?” Me, “I was on vacation.” Coworker, “oh really, Where did you go?” Me, “I went to South Africa.” Coworker, mouth hanging open, “oh, you must be rich!” My…

Reflections from afar

Cape Town vrs. Johannesburg One of the most striking ways Cape Town and Johannesburg are different is the people. For example, immediately upon arriving in Johannesburg, I felt like I was in Africa, specifically Sub-Saharan Africa. The distinction between northern Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa is important because people in Northern Africa tend not to resemble…

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Layovers can sometimes be a tricky thing. There’s always the concern of should you leave the airport or not. Typically, my rule of thumb is if I have at least 6 hours or more, especially in a new country, I opt to leave the airport. Obviously, having mere hours in a country isn’t ideal but it’s more…

Cape Town, South Africa

                         First Impression After a short 2 hour flight, Danielle and I arrived in Cape Town. Almost immediately, I could tell I was no longer in Johannesburg. As we were driving to our Airbnb accommodations, both of us marveled at how different Cape Town was from Johannesburg. At first glance Cape Town felt familiar; the…