50 Tips for Your First Trip Abroad

As I’m preparing to head back to Europe in a few months, I’ve been thinking back to my first trip “abroad” and I thought I could share some advice, so I’ve compiled a list of 50 tips that I would give to someone heading out for their first international trip! The Basics #1: Pick somewhere on the beaten path. I know, I know, everyone’s always … Continue reading 50 Tips for Your First Trip Abroad

Bonneville Speed Week 2016

Bonneville Speed Week Travel Guide

When I was researching for our trip out to Bonneville Speed Week, there weren’t many resources to help with planning, and I’ve since learned that some of the information was outdated or incorrect. Therefore I wanted to try my hand at an updated guide for those wishing to attend Bonneville Speed Week as spectators! What is Bonneville Speed Week? Speed Week is an event that … Continue reading Bonneville Speed Week Travel Guide

The Gringa Guide to Havana

I had a great time in Cuba, and my friend Madison and I always took note of things to add to our “Gringa Guide to Havana” while we were there, so I thought it would be good to write down some advice for women traveling to my favorite city! Gringa vs. Yuma First off, let’s get something straight. In Cuba, you’re not a gringa, you’re a yuma. … Continue reading The Gringa Guide to Havana

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

Quick Guide: Coroico

IN SHORT I really loved Bolivia, and especially Coroico. It’s a really beautiful area, the people are very friendly, the Spanish is easy to understand, and everything is really cheap (think 75 cents for a meal with a Coke). It’s definitely a wonderful area to explore. BEST ATTRACTIONS 1. UAC – Carmen Pampa The UAC (Universidad Academica Campesina) at Carmen Pampa educates the local young people … Continue reading Quick Guide: Coroico

Quick Guide: Edinburgh

IN SHORT People often think of Paris as a literary city, but Edinburgh has a fascinating history of its own in that respect. Great writers like Robert Louis Stevenson, Sir Walter Scott, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle have called Edinburgh home, and even J.K. Rowling is said to have penned much of the first Harry Potter novels in a cafe sitting below Edinburgh Castle (inspiration … Continue reading Quick Guide: Edinburgh

Puerto Rican Food and Drink

Puerto Rican cuisine is all about the two P’s: pork and plantains. There’s also a lot of rice and fried food, all of it delicious and most of it pretty un-spicy. This surprises a lot of people who are expecting something along the lines of Mexican food, with lots of peppers and hot sauce. Instead, comida criolla in Puerto Rico is all about satisfying, flavorful dishes. Here’s a … Continue reading Puerto Rican Food and Drink

Quick Guide: Puerto Rico

IN SHORT Puerto Rico’s nickname is the “Island of Enchantment” and I’ve also heard it described as “Latin America for beginners”. I think both are true, and great reasons for visiting. You can get a feel for Latin America–the colorful art, welcoming culture, upbeat music, tasty food–without having to be fluent in Spanish, think about currency conversions, get a passport, or worry about avoiding drinking … Continue reading Quick Guide: Puerto Rico

Quick Guide: Paris

IN SHORT It’s one of the most-visited cities in the world, and along with popular tourist attractions come hordes of tourists and the downsides they can bring too. It can be a pretty city–so much beautiful architecture, the glittering Eiffel Tower from the Trocadero at night, the stained glass in Notre Dame–but it can also be unfriendly and dirty. Many of the locals get very sick of … Continue reading Quick Guide: Paris