10 Things You Should Never (ever) Do Abroad

10 Things You Should Never (ever) Do Abroad

With all the lessons I've gathered up over the last three years of travel, I can say in total honesty that I know exactly as much about what NOT to do, as what TO DO abroad.  With every "travel hacking" notation I've made along the way, there's been a warning frantically scribbled on my notebook [...]

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A Panamanian Woman with Third World Problems and First World Happiness

A Panamanian Woman with Third World Problems and First World Happiness

I met the most amazing woman a few days ago in Bocas Town, Panama. It'd been a long few days staring at my computer screen and not interacting with anyone.  I was feeling antisocial- I get like that sometimes.  When I finally emerged from my dark hole of silence, I was hit by blazing sunlight [...]

Four places to Eat, Pray, Love (beyond Italy, Bali and India)

Four places to Eat, Pray, Love (beyond Italy, Bali and India)

There are so many special places on this planet, and I've been fortunate enough to discover many of them. Like every other "basic" girl from the states, I watched Eat, Pray, Love years ago (saw it twice in theaters) and was even more inspired to travel than I already had been.  It's hard not to [...]

Red Frog Beach Resort | Bocas del Toro, Panama

Red Frog Beach Resort | Bocas del Toro, Panama

Want to see all this on video?  Check out my YouTube episode! I found a slice of heaven on an island called Bastimentos in Panama. Nestled on the quiet side of Bastimentos Island, Red Frog Beach Resort is quite literally paradise on Earth. When my contact at the resort, Dan, said I'd be set up [...]

Beachside Living in Playa Coronado

Beachside Living in Playa Coronado

After 10 days in Medellin, seemingly endless rain, and a few sleepless nights, I was SO ready for some beach time when we arrived in Panama.  Luckily, we had four days lined up at Inn Hostal B & B Las Catalinas where we would be a two minute walk from the ocean. Our flight over [...]

Finding my Zen in the madness of Medellin

Finding my Zen in the madness of Medellin

We spent 10 full days in Medellin, Colombia- and I've got to admit (especially after so much chill time in Peru) the raging energy of the city could feel exhausting at times. Many people are constantly partying, cars are driven by crazies behind the wheel, and the city seemingly never sleeps (for tourists at least). [...]

Dear Diary, I trekked Peru’s Salkantay Trail to one of the World Wonders…and I liked it.

Dear Diary, I trekked Peru’s Salkantay Trail to one of the World Wonders…and I liked it.

If you would have told me a few years ago I’d end up in Peru with a small backpack trekking up and down mountains and through the jungle (unbathed and without makeup on), I would have laughed so hard my nice red wine would have been spit out and my butt would be on the [...]