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Quick Tips | Painless Travel With Kids

Before we get into the nitty-gritty, we need to address the elephant in the room which is that many people are put off by the thought of traveling with kids —- to the next town, let alone to another country. I’m here to tell you that traveling with children is worth it and could very well be the experience of a lifetime for you and for them. This post is to help remove some of the mental barriers we…

MASHRAMANI FESTIVAL | GET YOUR MASH ON IN GUYANA

 If you’ve never heard of Mashramani or Guyana, then you need to put this celebration and this country on your radar especially during the carnival season. Typically, when people think of Carnival, they think of Brazil, Trinidad, Jamaica, Barbados, and other places, but there is a lesser-known but no less thrilling and exciting cultural celebration that takes place all over Guyana called Mashramani.

Mashramani also referred to popularly as “Mash,” is an annual cultural festival celebrating Guyana’s independence in 1966….

The Art of Taking Vacation

If you are like me, you always have “use or lose” leave because you are too good at utilizing long weekends and holidays to get in little “vacationettes” here and there, instead of longer-duration vacays. So when the time comes to figure out what to do with your leave, you either end of up donating it or trying to plan the vacation to end all vacations. To be clear, if you end up with excessive use or lose leave…

POLITICAL TOURS | CEREBRAL ADVENTURE SEEKERS TAKE ON TABOO TRAVEL

 

The interwebs define “Taboo Travel/Political Travel” as a form of travel where a destination’s desirability is directly proportionate to how taboo it is. Hence, the more politically controversial and/or relevant the country, the more isolated and difficult it is to reach, the longer the amount of time it has been closed off to the outside world, are the ingredients in the recipe that create a strong appetite and deep curiosity in travelers to visit taboo/political destinations. This type of…

Quito | It’s Always A Good Idea

If you are considering traveling to the Andean region and Ecuador specifically, you must include Quito on top of your to-do list. Quito has a little bit of everything which makes it a perfect destination for any traveler. I went to Quito to visit friends for the holidays and had no idea the amazingness that I was in for. During the course of our time in Quito, we visited world-class eateries, museums, national monuments, the literal center of the…

DERRECK KAYONGO: FROM REFUGEE TO CEO

Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of speaking to Derreck Kayongo, the founder and creator of theGlobal Soap Project, a project that recycles partially used hotel soap to save lives in impoverished countries. We had a very interesting conversation about the origins of the Global Soap Project, what he’s doing now, and what we can do as a community to get involved in ways that meaningfully contribute and give back to our African diaspora community.
How did the Global Soap Project…

The Road to Huayna Potosi: Mighty Mururata

I am not a mountain climber by any stretch of the imagination.  I enjoy the outdoors, and could be considered an “outdoorsy type” but I live in Bolivia, in La Paz specifically, the heart of the Andean mountain region.  So despite not being the mountain climbing type, I feel I have no choice but to take advantage of my surroundings.  There are many different peaks just outside of La Paz of varying heights ranging from at the highest Nevado…

SPOTLIGHT ON NEW ZEALAND: Weeks in a Winnebago (Part 3 of 3)

If you are looking for a travel destination that has it all, then look no further than New Zealand. For those with an adventurous spirit, an appreciation of the outdoors, a penchant for indigenous cultures, and an interest in learning how to drive on the left side of the road, New Zealand is the place for you. This summer I had the pleasure of ticking off another bucket list item, which was to visit the amazing, incomparable, and unbelievably…

Must Do Travel Destinations in New Zealand – North Island (Part 2 of 3)

This summer I took an epic slightly over 2-week vacation in New Zealand, which is saying something since I have the privilege of traveling often and have been to many amazing places in the world. In New Zealand, I wend my way down nearly the entirety of both islands by Winnebago. To say that New Zealand is gorgeous is an understatement. Literally everywhere I looked I saw beauty, natural beauty primarily, but also beauty in the people, the culture, the…

5 Ways to Make the Most of Your Camping via Winnebago Experience (Part 1 of 3)

I very recently had the pleasure of traveling through the majority of New Zealand for slightly over two weeks by Winnebago aka Camper Van aka RV (recreational vehicle), and in my case a supped-up van (meaning it wasn’t that big), which I shared with two other fully grown adults and too many bulky suitcases and other items.   To say it was an “experience” is an understatement.  It was amazing and challenging in ways I didn’t even know I needed…