Exploring Maria La Gorda & Guanahacabibes in Cuba’s Most Western Tip

Towards the very western end of Cuba is the Guanahacabibes Peninsula, home to the Guanahacabibes National Park and the beach center of Maria la Gorda. Despite it’s far away and relatively untouched location, visitors from all around the world trickle in to visit Maria la Gorda & travel through the Guanahacabibes Peninsula for its natural […]

Acoso Callejero: Porque Existe & Como Evitarlo

Me siento desnuda, aunque estoy completamente vestida. La piel me arde, aun cuando estoy debajo del resguardo de mi sombrilla. Mantengo la mirada hacia frente mientras trato de evitar cualquier contacto visual. No es el sol ardiente el que hace que me quiera derretir para desaparecer entre las grietas de la acera, son las miradas […]

“No Me Cierres la Puerta!” Community vs. Independence: Conflicting Multicultural Values

One of the loveliest but trickiest things about being both Dominican and American is balancing and integrating our close-knit community values with the concept of independence, introversion and boundaries. In many, if not most cultures around the world, setting certain boundaries (like even just closing your bedroom door) can be considered rude, dismissive and/or selfish. […]

Where to Go in Myanmar: Here Are the Top 5 Places to Visit

Myanmar, formerly known as Burma is one of my favorite travel destinations in the world. Traveling through this special country coupled with reading many books about Burma, changed a part of me and the way I look at politics, history and even books! More so than many other destinations I’ve traveled to for many reasons […]

Best Places In the Dominican Republic to Visit Beyond Punta Cana

The Dominican Republic is the most popular travel destination in the Caribbean. Every year, over five million travelers from around the world arrive in the tropical island nation. Tourism is one of the most important sources of revenue for the island nation. However, this revenue is not spread out consistently around. Many foreign travelers in […]

A Guide to Moving to & Living in Santo Domingo

living in santo domingo

If you’re thinking about moving to Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic but not sure of where to begin, here’s a beginners guide to all the know-how’s and to-do’s of living in this vibrant city! There are tons of different neighborhoods and things to do for anyone looking to enjoy living a few months or […]

Visiting the Three Eyes National Park (Los Tres Ojos) in Santo Domingo

The Dominican Republic’s Three Eyes National Park is a nature reserve and open-air limestone cave system with a series of crystal clear lakes known as the “eyes.” Located in the capital, Santo Domingo, just ten minutes by car from the popular Colonial Zone, the park provides a sweet respite from the hustle and bustle of […]

A Travel Guide to Solo Backpacking Africa on a Budget (Southern Countries)

People look at me like I’m crazy when I tell them I solo traveled through Africa. The truth is, I probably would have thought the same before this trip. I didn’t mean to do this Africa trip alone (read here why). But due to an unforeseen series of events, there I was, entering my first […]

Facts About Life in Cuba from Baracoa to Havana

I returned from my first trip to Cuba sporting a glowing tan, whistling to the hymns of the Buena Vista Social Club, and expressing a newfound snootiness for coffee. My more recent trip to Cuba, however, was less romanticized and involved a more “nacional” experience where I gained a more in-depth perspective of life on the island. Along […]