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

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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 female 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…

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 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 tend to shorten some words and omit certain syllables which make our words flow smoother…

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…