• 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…

  • Africa,  Travel

    Nairobi, Kenya

      I absolutely love Nairobi. I think it’s such a cool city, in the heart of Africa. So many big companies (Barclays, McKinsey, etc.) have offices there, yet it’s still very much an African city. The dynamic is spectacular and really speaks to me. I went to Nairobi to work with a non-for-profit for a few weeks, but I was lucky enough to see some Nairobi highlights while I was there. I took a day to do some fun animal visiting. First we went to an elephant orphanage. It was one of the cutest things I’ve ever done. I am vehemently anti-zoo, but this elephant orphanage rescues and rehabilitates elephants at…

  • Asia,  Travel

    South Korea

      After our trip to Japan, we stopped in South Korea for a few days. South Korea had a very different feel from Japan, so it was interesting to see the contrast. Seoul felt very commercial, especially compared to cities in Japan. There are huge malls everywhere, and many of the sites people recommend seeing are newly built shopping and business centers. The subway system is easy to navigate and filled with people at all times. But, there are still South Korean markets and palaces to see. The two palaces we went to see were Gyongbokgun and Changdeokgung. Both are gorgeous and historical, but to be frank, we were fairly…

  • Asia,  Travel

    Japan

      I should start by saying this was one of my favorite trips. Japan is one of the most incredible places. There is an energy of the culture that is enchanting. I should also mention, a big priority on this trip was the food. I am obsessed with sushi and ramen, so I intended to eat as much as possible. When we arrived in Tokyo we went to our hotel, Cerulean Tower Hotel, to drop our stuff off and start exploring. We went to a few historical places that first day, to Meiji Shrine, which is Tokyo’s most famous Shinto shrine. Right near there is the Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, which is…