- Posted by Abbie in adventure / cuba tagged with cuba / cuba trip / habana vieja / havana / itinerary / old havana / travel On
Back in December, my best friend Mallory gave me a cigar box with two cards inside; one asked me if I would be her Maid of Honor and the other said, “Will you go to Cuba with me?” with a plane ticket attached. We set off on our Cuban adventure in February with two of our other closest friends. We had four days to visit, but you could spend months and never get bored. I have NEVER returned from a trip and received so many texts, DMs, emails, etc. from people asking me for tips and suggestions so I thought I’d make this easier for everyone to share with their friends, etc. by writing it all here. Below are some tips and tricks, as well as our itinerary. I linked to Instagram geolocations so you can visually see what these places are like. Hope this is helpful for everyone planning a trip to Cuba! exchange USD to CAD or Euro before you go and then to CUC when you arrive — much better exchange rate was very easy to get the visa, and to return to the US. There will be a special check in kiosk for travelers going to Cuba. We flew United from Newark. We walked up to a small desk, bought our visas (no one at the visa desk even questioned us), and then we went to check-in like you would for any normal flight; the woman there asked us our purpose for traveling to Cuba. I said journalism and showed her my camera, the other three girls said ‘people to people exchange.’ No one even questioned us at customs on the return. know that the money exchange at the airport has a HUGE line. we stood in it for 30 minutes and didn’t move so told our […]
- Posted by Abbie in adventure / california / coachella / coachella 2014 / los angeles / music festival / palm springs / travel / Uncategorized / United States tagged with american / cali / california / coachella / coachella 2014 / desert / festival fashion / los angeles / music festival / palm springs / santa monica / travel / united states / usa On
- Posted by Abbie in adventure / asia / central asia / istanbul / travel / Uncategorized tagged with 12 hours in istanbul / almaty / central asia / istanbul / istanbul layover / kazakhstan / travel / travel photography / turkey On
A little over a month ago, I took off on a 10-day adventure to Almaty, Kazakhstan. Lucky for me, I had a 15-hour layover in Istanbul. I am finally finding the time to sort through my images. I couldn’t wait to post these two–definitely two of my favorites. Keep an eye out for the rest of the photos, as well as a ’12 Hours in Istanbul’ itinerary.
- Posted by Abbie in adventure / eagle creek / packing / pre-trip / travel tagged with backpacking / eagle creek / packing / packing procrastination / pre-trip / travel / trip planning On
Packing is really hard. Packing is really really hard when you’re planning to be gone on a 4-month trip (which turned out to be 8 months), and planning on taking as little as possible, all while making sure everything fits into a carry-on bag. Oh, and not to mention having to shove a huge jumbo ziplock bag of Silly Bandz into that 22″ backpack–yeah, that made things a lot more difficult. If only I had talked to Jeff from the Eagle Creek marketing team before my trip; I could have packed much more quickly and efficiently. Check out my Q&A with Jeff on how to Overcome Packing Procrastination!
- Posted by Abbie in adventure / new york / new york city / travel / United States tagged with chief world explorer / jauntaroo / new york city / nyc / travel On
Most of you know that I was applying for the Jauntaroo Chief World Explorer position, a position that seemed ideal for me – traveling to 30-50 destinations in one year while taking photos, shooting videos, blogging, volunteering, and managing social media (with a $100,000 salary); what most of you don’t know, however, is that I was contacted last Sunday and told that I was one of the Top 100 candidates (out of over 3,000 original applicants!).
- Posted by Abbie in adventure / music festival / travel / United States / Washington DC tagged with america / festival / freefest / music festival / travel / usa / washington dc On
It’s always nice to get away from NYC for a weekend. Don’t get me wrong, every weekend in this city could be filled with trying new activities, eating at new restaurants, and exploring a new neighborhood. But, hopping on a five hour bus to Washington DC was a nice weekend getaway, especially for a music festival. Virgin Mobile’s Freefest; a lineup that included Robin Thicke, MGMT, Vampire Weekend, and Kaskade to name a few. Bags packed with raincoats and a change of clothes, we hopped on a party bus with about 25 other DC friends and headed to the soppy festival. The rain held off for a good five minutes and then it began to downpour, soaking everyone in sight. The pouring rain didn’t stop us from purchasing funnel cakes (I know you want it), french fries and beer, though. I think a good time was had by all.
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