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 Brotherly 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,…

Dealing with Travel Burnout: Why it Happens & How to Overcome it

I never thought I would get here. Standing in a hotel room in Myanmar, feeling completely numb to the new city outside my window. Tired of eating the same breakfast of powdered eggs and some grains. Tired of my 24-hour friendships. Tired of wearing the same worn out clothes. Tired of seeing my hair in…

Ten Reasons to End the U.S. Embargo Against Cuba

Don’t think the embargo should end? Here are 10 reasons that will change your mind.

Rapidly Changing Brooklyn & the Perpetual Fear of Displacement in NYC

The clamor of metal clanks, wooden plows, and electric drills from local construction sites have been echoing throughout my street and into my tenement apartment window for years now. Change is inevitable and even expected in New York City. However, the rate of change in my Clinton Hill/Fort Greene, Brooklyn neighborhood has been exponential and feels almost…

Mongolia Travel Tips: 11 Things To Know Before You Travel to Mongolia

Mongolia is an enchantment for travelers interested in history, culture, nature, and adventure travel. And yet, it is ranked as one of the least visited countries for tourism in the world (134 out of 188). This is partly because up until Mongolia’s Democratic Revolution in the 1990’s, tourism was limited by their formerly communist government….

Why I am “Dominican Abroad” and Not “American Abroad”

What does it mean to be an American? We are a 236-year-old relatively nascent country of immigrants, influenced by cultural values from around the world. Every few decades a new wave of immigrants enter and form their own diaspora communities for a few generations until they slowly assimilate into what we call the American culture; but…

Why I Will NOT Boycott Travel to Myanmar & What You Can Do to Help

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Myanmar has been making headlines across news platforms and social media for its military’s persecution of the Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority, which United Nations experts now call “textbook ethnic cleansing.” Because of this humanitarian crisis and the government’s public denial of its gravity, many ethically-mindful travelers have called for a boycott of Myanmar travel. These…