• 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…

  • North America,  Travel,  Wellness

    Ojai Valley, California

      I went with my family to the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa for a few days and it was magical. It was colder than normal, but it was still so nice. The energy of the whole place is calm and peaceful and all of the staff are incredibly wonderful and helpful. The property is gorgeous and expansive. Each day we would do a thirty to forty minute walk around the property to explore. We borrowed bikes one day and rode to Ventura Beach. It was definitely a long ride, and not the prettiest, so we ended up having them pick us up on the way back. But, it was fun…

  • North America,  Travel

    Cuba

      I went to Cuba with a company called Insights Cuba. I wouldn’t recommend them, but I made it back alive and safe, so it was okay in the end. The company had us stay at the Melia Varadero, which is a very moderate, old-fashion hotel. There are some nicer hotels around Cuba, especially on the beach, but it was good enough for a long weekend. I flew to Varadero’s airport, Juan Gualberto Gomez airport. I got there early afternoon and went straight to the resort. The next morning we went to a sugar cane museum, which was nice, but it’s no longer a working sugar cane factory, so it was…

  • Africa,  Travel

    Zanzibar, Tanzania

      I was spending some time in Nairobi, so I decided a little getaway to Zanzibar would be a fun adventure. We stayed at the Protea Hotel Zanzibar Mbweni Ruins, which is a part of the Marriott hotel group. It’s on the west side of island, very close to the airport, and only 15 minutes from Stone Town (the downtown area of Zanzibar’s main island). The hotel was very nice, and perfect if you want to use hotel points. If you’re looking to explore more of the island, or a very luxurious hotel, there are some other options all around the island. We arrived late in the evening, so when we…