• 4 DAYS IN CARTAGENA

    4 DAYS IN CARTAGENA It’s fun that I can fly from NYC to South America for cheaper than I can fly home to Kentucky! That is what we did for my best friend Mallory’s bachelorette party this August; we went to Cartagena, Colombia and I can’t recommend it enough. Cartagena is a coastal Colombian city, full of vibrant colonial buildings and lots of history; there’s lots of fun to be had in this city. We stayed Wednesday afternoon – Tuesday morning, but the below could easily be done in 4 full days. GENERAL TIPS You can pay with debit or credit card almost anywhere; if you are at the beach or want to buy something from a street vendor, take cash Try to have cash on hand for tipping Cartagena has Uber! Download maps.me and then download the map for the city of Cartagena within the app so that you can navigate when off of WiFi No visa needed No vaccinations needed No converter needed if coming from the USA! TOP 5 FOOD / DRINK MUSTS La Vitrola: one of Cartagena’s most popular restaurants, known for its vintage Cuban-themed interior, live jazz music and killer seafood. It’s also known for filling up fast, so call a few weeks ahead to book a reservation; you most likely will definitely need a reservation to get a table. Some of our favorites were: the BBQ chicken salad (think chopped salad with avocado, blue cheese, and lots of other yummy stuff topped with BBQ chicken), the rice with shrimp and lobster, the steak with a blue cheese sauce (honestly, amazing) and the coconut pie/cake – that I’m still drooling over when I think about it—for dessert. We had so much food and so many drinks and the total ended up being $29 per person […]

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  • 4 DAYS IN CUBA

    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 […]

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    A glimpse of Istanbul, a glimpse of Almaty

    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.

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  • Overcome Packing Procrastination with Eagle Creek

    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!

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  • Jauntaroo Chief World Explorer – Top 100 Video Application

    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!).  

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