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5 Special Reasons to Visit Laguna de Oviedo in Jaragua National Park (UNESCO Biosphere Reserve)

Located in the Southwest Dominican Republic, 5 hours from Santo Domingo by car, is the uniquely hypersaline lake: Laguna de Oviedo in the Jaragua National Park. Laguna de Oveido is part of a protected UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and listed as an important area for bird conservation and biodiversity (for land, plants, and animals– many of…

Homemade DIY Hair Mask For Curly Hair [Hydrating Recipe]

Using all-natural ingredients from your kitchen, give your hair a nourishing spa day with this easy-to-make hydrating mask. After spending a month mourning and healing from the initial shock of our current shift in daily living with Covid-19, the lives that have been tragically lost, and the loss of livelihoods for so many… Slowly, as…

This Traditional Dominican Onion Tea is Cherished for its Immune-Boosting & Cold-Busting Effects

tea with onion in it

You’re probably thinking “Onion tea? Yuck!” Well, at least that’s what I thought when I first heard of this cold-busting/immune-boosting tea that’s so praised in the Dominican Republic. I asked my Dominican friends and family about it in disbelief, and not only did most of them already know all about it, they sternly agreed it’s…

A Love Letter to the Dominican Heritage Tour by Katherine Carol

The Dominican Heritage Tour is a cultural heritage project delving into the cross-cultural influences and deep history of the Caribbean – in the hopes of better understanding and preserving our rich heritage while embracing the country’s natural wonders. This project is of particular importance in today’s increasingly transnational world and for us first-generation hyphenated Americans – who grew up between worlds, yearning to better understand our roots and multicultural values/identities. This project is in collaboration with local entrepreneurs, community leaders, and researchers in the efforts to not connect with but support each other. Below is a reflection of the trip experience by fellow traveler: Katherine Carol.

13 Unique Ways to Ethically Connect with Local Culture Abroad + Mistakes to Avoid

In light of successfully completing another heritage tour through the Dominican Republic, I wanted to share the unique ways travelers can connect with local culture via immersive travel…and a few mistakes they should avoid.

A Travel Guide to Visiting Bahia de las Aguilas – Dominican Republic’s Finest Beach

bahia de las aguilas beach

When you picture a natural paradisiacal scene, what comes to mind? To many, it’s a white sand beach with crystal clear water like the ones used as desktop photos. Often, we travel far and wide looking for that transparent blue beach only to realize that it’s crowded with tourists, polluted, and/or nothing like the pictures….

15 Fun Things to Do in Panjim: A Travel Guide to Goa’s Capital & City Center

panjim, goa things to do

Goa has been dazzling travelers for decades with its cultural richness and abundant natural wonders. However, many visitors often skip over its city center in pursuit of North Goa’s nightlife and/or South Goa’s beaches. But did you know that Goa also offers a world of things to do in Panjim, its bustling city center? Panjim, also known as…

Cola Beach, Goa: Exploring the Best Beach in South Goa, India

cola beach goa

Goa is a relatively tiny but not-so-tiny state located along the southwestern Indian coast offering a world of things to do and places to see. Formerly a Portuguese colony, Goa is not only vibrant in cultural diversity and heritage but in the natural beauty that extends along its coastline and into its verdant rural landscapes….

An Amazing 3 Days in Lisbon Itinerary | Portugal Travel

3 days in lisbon

So you only have 3 days in Lisbon to grasp the city’s grand magnificence? No worries. We’ve got you covered here with the top cool and unique things for a Lisbon 3 day itinerary.  After the devastating earthquake of 1755, much of Lisbon was rebuilt with a more contemporary structure and facade. Today, you’ll see…

How to Spend the Perfect Weekend in Bruges – City Break in Belgium

Weekend in Bruges

In a town as charming and romantic as Bruges, you’d have to try really hard not to have a lovely weekend. Its picturesque canals, gothic architecture and charming courtyards/squares, as well as the delicious food,  make Bruges the perfect short weekend break that will not disappoint. Situated in northwest Belgium, Bruges is becoming known as…