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17 Refreshing Day Trip Hikes From New York City

The vast state of New York is often tucked behind the shadow of New York City, one of the world’s biggest metropolises. But did you know that NYC is less than 1% of New York State’s landmass? Yet 64% of the population lives in the city? That often leaves many of us New Yorkers hungry…

21 Best Things to Do in Izmir, Turkey’s Third Largest City

Merhaba, fellow explorers! Are you planning to visit the beautiful metropolitan city of Izmir located on Turkey’s stunning Aegean coast? If so, this is your guide to the top things to do in Izmir for first-time travellers. As a bonus, we’ve also added must-do day trips from Izmir further below! First-time traveler to Turkey? Don’t…

Blueberry Picking in the Hudson Valley: A Relaxing Day Trip from NYC

The Hudson Valley is brimming with hiking trails, waterfalls, and many other outdoor excursions that can help nourish our quarantined souls. Due to our new socially distanced way of living and the understandable limitations on travel, New Yorkers are now looking for socially distanced outdoor activities near New York City. And what better way to…

11 Healthier Alternatives to Goya Foods by Multicultural Small Businesses!

Goya Foods products have been famously used by many Latinos around the world, especially for their packets of sofrito, blended spices (like adobo), and other seasonings with emblematic flavors such as cilantro and garlic. But now, many are seeking alternatives to Goya products after the company’s CEO, Roberto Unanue praised President Trump at a White…

Santiago’s Centro León: A Must-Visit Cultural Center Museum For Dominican Heritage, History, & the Arts

Centro Leon Museum: A culturally enriching space to learn, explore our roots and connect to Dominican art Welcome to the beautiful and vibrant city of Santiago de los Caballeros,  the second-largest in the Dominican Republic. Famously nicknamed as “la Ciudad Corazón” (the heartland city) and historically known as the first “Santiago” of in the Western…

Top 19 Best Places to Visit in Turkey – A Travel Guide

Morning cup of tea with view of colorful hot air balloons flying

Turkey is one of those special countries that leaves a traveler yearning to see more. Visitors can easily spend over a month exploring the country’s landscapes, history, and culture by train, bus, plane, and ferry. In collaboration with expert travel bloggers, we’ve compiled a bucket list of the best places to visit in Turkey to…

Healing Dominicanidad: Intergenerational Trauma + DR Locals to Follow for BLM / Decolonizing Efforts

My grandmother, mother, and I are pictured above. Three Dominican generations. An overwhelming feeling of IMPOTENCIA engulfed me as I watched neo-nazi groups stop not one but two Black Lives Matter peaceful protests that were supposed to take place in Santo Domingo this week in solidarity with the current protests/marches in the USA and around…

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 which…

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…