Posts by: kimberlymerritt2319

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 the maze-like canals and carless…
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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 wrong, the Galápagos aren't exactly a backpacker…
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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 asking myself, "now what?" Over…
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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 free breakfast and afternoon snacks,…
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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 closed off a bike-only route…
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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, I wasn't sure how great…
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6 REASONS TO GO TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS NOW

6 REASONS TO GO TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS NOW

To say the Galapagos Islands were one of the most surreal, jaw-dropping places I've ever been to, leaving me with the urge to abandon everything I've ever loved for a simpler life, would be a massive understatement. The 19-island archipelago has a lot to offer in a relatively small-ish space,…
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EVACUATING PUERTO AYORA FOR A TSUNAMI ALERT

EVACUATING PUERTO AYORA FOR A TSUNAMI ALERT

Mother Nature played a very cruel April Fool's joke on us down here in Puerto Ayora yesterday. The day started off great. I woke up early, went on a relaxing yacht ride to Bartolome (my new favorite place in the world by the way), took some fantastic photos, and met…
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