Cali: Salsa dance capital of Colombia

Learning to Salsa Dance in Colombia: What if Your Hips DO Lie

My previous encounters with salsa always included a side of Tostito tortilla chips, which I masterfully conquered without a hitch. So allow that to set the stage (hah, dance pun) for the impending shitstorm, casually disguised as salsa dance lessons. As if speaking Spanish wasn’t mortifying enough, I opted to bring an entirely new level of embarrassment upon myself while…

The metrocable in medellin

13 Things You Should Do in Medellin Colombia

In all of my travels, this is the first time I have stayed put for this length of time. Two months! The verdict? Amazing! I have an apartment, I have a gym, I take Spanish classes, I take salsa classes, I have a routine, I AM NORMAL! I haven’t felt like this since the summer…

What To Do in Cartagena Besides the Expensive Day Tours

Cartagena, Colombia is a beachy, Caribbean paradise. It is famous for its Old Town, a UNESCO world heritage site, and stunning beaches. The catch is, these beautiful beaches are not part of Cartagena at all! They exist on small islands off the coast, which require you to book a trip in order to reach them.…

View of Budapest across the Danube on the free walking tour in Budapest

The Best Free Walking Tours in Europe

There would have to be a really good reason for me to miss out on free walking tours in the city I am traveling in. For instance, there aren’t any. That is justification enough for me to take a pass. Grave illness. There’s another reason. They charge money upfront. Um, well then stop calling yourself…

Pretty scenery on the Inle Lake trek

Hiking Myanmar: Kalaw to Inle Lake Trek

You may hear a lot of people say that Myanmar is an up and coming tourist destination and to get there before it changes.  In Yangon and Mandalay I saw very few tourists, while Bagan was nearly exclusively tourists, though I expected more. However, if you want to find westerners, hit the trails between the…

12 Helpful Tips for Attending Carnival in Rio

With Carnival fast approaching (beginning February 24), you may want to start making preparations. If you have not yet made any arrangements, be ready to shell out some serious cash, or maybe start thinking about next year.  If you already have your plan in place, here are a few things I would have liked to…

Me with Mt. Fuji in the distance, solo travel

Evolution of My Solo Travels: Then and Now

Solo travel was an alien topic to me not so long ago.  Previously, I would go on vacation with my family or friends and I would coordinate to get the same week off for a trip.  But what can you do when a week of vacation rapidly is thrown in your face?  At this point,…

Koh Lipe

Thai Massage 101: What to Expect and What You Should Pay

Have you been to Thailand?  Did you get a massage?  Not the most logical follow-up question, but seriously, you’ll understand why people care once you’ve experienced a Thai massage.  While I am not going to claim to be an expert or anything, I did have four Thai massages in my first five days in the country.…