10 Reasons to Visit Monte Cristi in the Dominican Republic

Monte Cristi is the Dominican Republic’s most northwestern province, bordering Haiti, and about 3 hours’ drive from Puerto Plata or 2 hours from Santiago. It’s uniquely located in a topography that offers clear emerald green beaches, natural swimming pools surrounded by mangroves, vibrant wildlife, uninhabited little islands (keys/cayos), and arid desert-like mountains. This more virginal […]

Why I Traveled Through Africa Alone

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One hot and extra humid day I was sitting in my damp co-working space in Canggu, Bali feeling restless. Overtourism coupled with the inevitable tourist-phobia that comes with it, had me itching to flap my wings out of Bali as soon as possible. But where to? My apartment had been subleted for the next few […]

Day at a Havana Hair Salon: Where & How to Get Your Hair Done in Cuba

Hair Salons in Havana seem to be everywhere now since the Cuban government lifted some restrictions on private entrepreneurship about a decade ago, allowing for certain small businesses to form. Since then, legal hair salons have sprung up in backyards, porches, living rooms, and other parts of Cuban homes throughout the country. This is why […]

Prejudices Against the Dominican Accent & Anti-Dominican Sentiment

Dominican Accent Identity

Dominicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, coastal Colombians, coastal Panamanians, Argentinians, and even the Andalusian/Canarian Spaniards generally tend to omit certain syllables and letters in our Spanish accents. For example “Como tu estas?” can easily be said “Como tu ‘ta?” when we speak. We can shorten words to make our language flow smoother and faster. Similarly to […]

10 Amazing Things to Do in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe | A Travel Guide

I initially meant to stop by Bulawayo in Zimbabwe for a few days on my way to see the rest of the African region. Instead, I unexpectedly spent almost two weeks here recharging, making new friends, catching up on work, and of course, exploring. Bulawayo proved to be more than just the perfect jumping point/transit hub on […]

Why You Should Give Bangkok a Chance + The Best Things to Do

Bangkok is special from anywhere else you’ll visit. Vibrant. Raw. Pulsating. It’s everything hipster cities around the world try to be. There’s something in this city for everyone. Shopping, culture, history, exotic and delicious food, short day trips to nature, bustling nightlife, and a never-ending list of attractions. The cool home decor and artwork that […]

“But where were you born?!” Traveling While Multicultural

“BUT… where were you born?” “BUT… where is your family now?” “BUT… do you have a home in X location?” How many of you guys get these types question after stating that you are a cultural/ethnic hybrid? Or the product of more than one world? Or the byproduct of a space within another space? Such […]

Hiking Pico Duarte in the Dominican Alps: Conquering the Tallest Mountain in the Caribbean

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Hiking Pico Duarte in the Dominican Republic is often overlooked by tourists who visit the island and are usually more interested in the tropical country’s more conventional attractions: white sand, crystal clear beaches, coconut palm trees, and pina coladas. And while we proudly have lots of those scenes scattered throughout our coastlines, they’re just a […]

Day trip to Philadelphia from NYC: What to See & Where to Go

The City of Brother Love, Philadelphia, is Pennsylvania’s largest city situated just 90 minutes from New York City by train. Yet, many traveling through the northeastern United States are often unaware of the myriad of things this underrated and often overlooked city can offer. Philadelphia is bustling with significant American history, traditional and modern art, […]