• Gardens by the Bay
    Asia,  Travel

    Singapore

      It stormed a majority of the whole time I was in Singapore, so I wasn’t able to do all of my itinerary (MacRitchie Reservoir Treetop Walk and Lazarus Island), but I still got to do some exploring! The first day I got there, I immediately went to Din Tai Fung, as all of my friends recommended. I actually think they’re in the States now too, but I’d never been and really enjoyed my salad and soup dumplings! From there, I walked to Marina Bay. It stopped raining by the time I got to the Marina, so it was nice to walk around and enjoy how beautiful Singapore is. Across…

  • Ritz Abama
    Europe,  Travel,  Wellness

    Canary Islands, Spain

    I went with my family to Tenerife, not expecting the best weather in early April, but we got pretty lucky. It was warm enough most days to lay by the pool, and while it was freezing, we even went into the ocean. We stayed on the south side of the island, and to be honest, we didn’t do much exploring. I had wanted to do some hiking while we were there, but it was nice to just completely relax and unplug. One morning we went for a run along the water in Alcalá, which has gorgeous black sand beaches. The only other “activity” was going into San Juan town for really…

  • Africa,  Travel

    Ngorongoro Crater

      I had been dying to go to Ngorongoro Crater for years. I was hiking Kili, and I knew I had time to make a day trip there. It’s rather expensive, but I figured I had to take advantage of the opportunity and just do it. Given that I decided this while I was still on top of Kili, I used Pristine Trails again for this adventure. Pristine was incredible with setting everything up, and ensuring I had a great experience. They were even very transparent about the pricing of the trip, which I really appreciated. The driver/guide picked me up from Kili and drove me to Arusha for the…

  • Africa,  Travel,  Wellness

    Kilimanjaro

      I’ve been wanting to hike Kili for years. I lived in a township in South Africa for a few months and really thought I would climb it then, but I never made it. So, when someone asked if I would be up for hiking, I jumped at the chance. My friend Diana got us together and planned it through Pristine Trails. Pristine was amazing – and I recommend you using them! They made us all feel completely taken care of and safe. The guides and porters were incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable. I can confidently say the experience would not have been the same without the great team at Pristine. I…

  • Europe,  Travel,  Wellness

    Slovenia

      I had heard hiking in Slovenia was spectacular, so I convinced two friends to take a trip out to Slovenia. We flew in and out Ljubljana, so spent a night on each end of the trip there. I definitely recommend renting a car in Slovenia. It’s not expensive, it’s the same side of the street that I’m used to (driving on the right side), and the signs and roads make it an easy country to drive in. I’m sure it’s not that difficult to get from Ljubljana to Lake Bled via public transportation, but it definitely made it easier and there were a few other spots we went that I’m…

  • Europe,  Travel

    Champagne, France

      A bunch of us decided to go to Champagne in France on weekend, as it’s not that far from London. We left London Friday morning around 6:30am, took a bus to Dover, took the ferry from Dover to Calais, and then drove to Reims. It was a time consuming trek for sure, and I don’t recommend it. But, it was fine for a group of us on a budget. We were staying the weekend in Reims, so when we arrived we did a tour of Reims. It’s a cute little French town, but not much there. The next morning, we started off early at the most beautiful vineyard, Champagne…

  • Europe,  Travel

    Belgium

      Eurostar runs promotions every few months, making it super cheap to take the train around Europe. We took the Eurostar from London to Bruge (changed trains in Brussels) for a little weekend getaway. To be honest, I didn’t  know much about Belgium, except for my chocolate eating knowledge, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. For a change,  I didn’t plan out every moment of the trip and figured I would go with the flow of what the others wanted to do. We ended up switching onto the wrong train in Brussels, so it took us a bit longer to get to Bruge than we anticipated. Once we got…

  • Europe,  Travel

    Mallorca, Spain

      This was my first adventure to a European beach, and I was so excited. I went with a few friends, and we rented a house on AirBnB. The house was so old-school Spain. I felt like I was living in a different era, but it was the perfect place for ten of us to stay for the weekend. We unfortunately didn’t do much sightseeing on this trip, as it was so short, but we did drive by the Palma Cathedral a few times. It’s this massive cathedral, and completely breathtaking. Next time, it would be worth walking around a bit more, and I hear there are great hikes throughout the mountains…

  • Africa,  Travel

    Morocco

      We had the most incredible trip to Morocco. We flew into Casablanca, took a train to Fes, then did a three day excursion through the desert, and spent the last two days in Marrakech before flying back home. Everyone kept saying there’s not much to see in Casablanca, and they’re right. We included it in our itinerary – but trust me – you can skip it. We walked around a bit, went to lunch, and then hopped on a train to Fes. A bit of insight into Moroccan trains: they’re very old school. There was no air conditioning, the announcements were not in English, and our train broke down.…

  • North America,  Wellness

    Whistler, Canada

      I’m very new to skiing, but when my friend told me she was getting a group together to go to Whistler I couldn’t say no. I knew Whistler was supposed to be gorgeous, and I enjoy skiing. We flew into Vancouver and drove to Whistler late Thursday night, which was an adventure navigating the mountain road in the dark. Eventually we made it there and were exhausted. We stayed in an AirBnB in the Whistler Ski Village. The ski village in Whistler is adorable. There are tons of shops, restaurants, and bars, so it’s fun to walk around for a bit. The first morning we had breakfast at The…