• 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,  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…

  • 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,  Wellness

    Hawaii

      I went with my family to Hawaii for ten days, and it was magical. I had been dying to go to Hawaii for years, and it didn’t disappoint. We went to Maui first and stayed in Wailea, the southwestern part of the island, and literally everything was stunning. The first few days we just relaxed by the pool and walked along the ocean. Every night we explored a bit for dinner. You can get incredible fresh fish at every restaurant, which is perfect for my family. Our favorite was Mama’s Fish House, but we enjoyed all the restaurants we went to (Morimoto Maui, Monekypod, Mala). We didn’t make it to…