The Ultimate Guide to Carnival in Rio – Part 2: How to Plan

The Ultimate Guide to Carnival in Rio – Part 2: How to Plan

So you’ve read all about what Carnival in Rio is like, and you’re ready to jump on a plane yesterday right?  This post should help guide you through planning and booking Carnival in Rio—from when to start booking, where to stay, and other things to consider…
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The Ultimate Guide to Carnival in Rio – Part 1: What to Expect

The Ultimate Guide to Carnival in Rio – Part 1: What to Expect

World famous beaches, bronzed bodies dancing to sensual samba beats, and hundreds of thousands of people looking to have a good time. Who hasn't thought about partying in Rio de Janeiro for Carnival at least once in their life? Well I have, many times. So I finally took…
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Ten Days in the Amazon on a Budget: Part 2

Ten Days in the Amazon on a Budget: Part 2

Three nights of sleeping in a hammock strung up alongside about 100 strangers. Six consecutive carb-heavy meals of rice, noodles, and beans. Ninja mosquitos with a freakish immunity to Deet. Showers in smelly brown river water. This isn’t exactly a Carnival Cruise, people. Perhaps this post should…
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Ten Days in the Amazon on a Budget: Part 1

Ten Days in the Amazon on a Budget: Part 1

Part of the reason I chose to do an extended trip through South America was because I couldn't choose where to visit first on a short vacation: Machu Picchu, Rio de Janeiro, Patagonia, or the Amazon. So naturally, I decided to do them all, plus…
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Getting Dirty at Volcan el Totumo

Getting Dirty at Volcan el Totumo

So there’s this popular day trip from Cartagena to a place called Volcan el Totumo. It’s a so-called mud volcano, and the whole experience goes a little something like this: strip down to your bikini, climb a steep wooden staircase, descend into a thick, muddy…
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HOW TO CELEBRATE NEW YEARS (OR ANY DAY) IN CARTAGENA

HOW TO CELEBRATE NEW YEARS (OR ANY DAY) IN CARTAGENA

I kicked off my multi-month Latin tour by ringing in 2015 in South America’s party city: Cartagena, Colombia. From what I can tell, Cartagena is catching on as a major global tourist destination. Even though the city was packed with mostly Argentinians, it’s clear to…
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A New Year, A New Life

A New Year, A New Life

South America, I've arrived via Colombia! After what felt like a decade of packing and planning, I finally finished most of my pre-trip list and got to bed at 130am Tuesday morning. I was right back up an hour and twenty minutes later to get ready for my flight.…
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I Just Bought My First One-Way Ticket

I Just Bought My First One-Way Ticket

I've been in Ohio for eight days. Most of the time I've been sitting on the couch in my pajamas watching TV and playing with the dogs, but today I finally made a move towards my "what's next." After months and months of figuring out destinations, routes, and…
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It’s official: I’m leaving New York

It’s official: I’m leaving New York

It's been a while since I've posted on here. As you know, the past year has had me questioning the next step in my life—with my career, my travels, and Just Visiting. After some serious soul searching, drinking, and location scouting, I finally uncovered the…
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Love it or Hate it: Venice, Italy

Love it or Hate it: Venice, Italy

After leaving my short-lived life as a Londoner, I did a week-long ultra touristy trek through Italy, hitting up Rome, Venice, Pompeii, and the Amalfi Coast. Everyone assured me I would absolutely love the romantic old-world charm of Venice. But after three days of exploring…
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Galápagos Islands Travel Guide & Money Saving Tips

Galápagos Islands Travel Guide & Money Saving Tips

The Galápagos. A cluster of volcanic islands, teeming with rare, exotic wildlife, rising out of the Pacific Ocean some six-hundred miles off of mainland Ecuador. Sounds like an expensive trip, doesn't it? Sure, it can be. But it doesn't have to be. Don't get me…
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What’s Next After Making It In NYC?

What’s Next After Making It In NYC?

For the past twelve years I've been working towards one massive life goal— move to New York City, finish school, get a good job, and get my own apartment in Manhattan. Last September I finally achieved the last thing on that checklist. And ever since, I've been…
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WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK IN ISTANBUL

WHAT TO EAT AND DRINK IN ISTANBUL

The short answer? Everything. The downside to taking a last-minute weekend trip once I'd already splurged on a huge twelve-day trip in the same month, was that unfortunately I couldn't afford to eat everything. Nor did I have the time. And since my hotel offered…
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Biking Through NYC On The Five Boro Bike Tour

Biking Through NYC On The Five Boro Bike Tour

This afternoon I completed the Five Boro Bike Tour in NYC. This evening my Jell-o-like limbs are confined to the couch. The Five Boro Bike Tour is an annual cycling tour of NYC, and it's the largest recreational cycling event in the US. This year there were 32,000 riders, as they…
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Scuba Diving Round 2: Swimming with Hammerheads

Scuba Diving Round 2: Swimming with Hammerheads

I was really looking forward to doing a redemption dive in the Galapagos Islands—just one kickass dive to erase all the bad memories from Florida. But after reading online that the dive sites are best for advanced divers and known for their strong currents, not their water clarity,…
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