12 Scenic Drives in the American West

After driving 4500 miles around the American West last August, I thought it would be fun to share some of our favorite parts of the drive. We saw some really gorgeous parts of the country during those 10 days, and we’ve compiled a list of some of our very favorite drives–winding roads with gorgeous scenery, inspiring outlooks, and opportunities for viewing wildlife. A few of … Continue reading 12 Scenic Drives in the American West

10 Free & Cheap Edinburgh Attractions

It’s getting close to the three year anniversary (really? three years!?) of my trip to Europe, and since Edinburgh was my favorite city of the three that we visited, I’ve been reminiscing about it a bit and wanted to share some tips on how to have a fun trip to Edinburgh on a budget! I’m hoping to go back to Edinburgh in a few years … Continue reading 10 Free & Cheap Edinburgh Attractions

Random Thoughts on Solo Travel

Solo Travel and especially, Female Solo Travel are some super big buzzwords in the travel industry of late, so I thought I’d put in my two cents. I’ve never gone on a trip completely alone, but I’ve definitely spent time alone while traveling, flown alone to visit people, and in general spent lots of time going it solo while traveling, especially after my Cuba trip. … Continue reading Random Thoughts on Solo Travel

Your Guide to Cuban Slang

Your Guide to Cuban Slang

Here’s a quick guide to some common Spanish slang that I noticed was used in Cuba during my month there! If you don’t speak Spanish yet, check out these reasons why you should. If you do, that’s awesome, and I hope this quick guide will help you on your trip to Cuba! 1. Yuma This word means foreigner, similar to the way gringo/a is used in other … Continue reading Your Guide to Cuban Slang

On the Hemingway Trail in Havana, Cuba

Ernest Hemingway is strongly associated with the city of Havana. He lived, fished, and wrote there for quite some time, and his best novel (in my opinion), The Old Man and the Sea, uses Cuba as a backdrop. He was known as “Papa Hemingway” by Cubans during his time. So if you’re ever in Havana and you want to check out some of his old … Continue reading On the Hemingway Trail in Havana, Cuba

6 Misconceptions Americans Have About Cuba

As many of you know, I spent a month living and studying Havana, Cuba this summer. Of course, this doesn’t make me an expert on Cuba or Cubans, but I have noticed several misconceptions that many Americans seem to have about Cuba (some of which I had before I went there as well) which I’d like to clear up! If you’re planning a trip to … Continue reading 6 Misconceptions Americans Have About Cuba

7 Inspiring Panoramas of Cuba

7 Panoramas That Will Inspire You to Book Your Ticket to Cuba

Cuba is an amazing country to visit, and if you’re interested in going, you should go as soon as you can! Big changes are coming for this nation, and while I don’t doubt that it will continue to be quirky and fascinating, some of its more-unique aspects may soon be gone, once the US embargo is lifted. Need more convincing that you should book your … Continue reading 7 Panoramas That Will Inspire You to Book Your Ticket to Cuba

My Top 5 Havana Nightlife Hot Spots

Havana is a great city for nightlife, whether you like dancing, music or people-watching. Nearly every restaurant has a band playing on weekend nights, so you can enjoy a wide variety of music just by eating dinner! There’s also a wide variety of nightclubs and dance clubs. After spending a month in the city I definitely had some favorite spots, and I’d like to share … Continue reading My Top 5 Havana Nightlife Hot Spots