Tips for Surviving the (Awesome) Craziness of Marrakech, Morocco

Marrakech.  The city whose name I was never sure if it was spelled with a ‘C’ or ‘S’ (turns out, C=English spelling, S=French spelling).  The city that is dusty, crowded, invasive, hectic, overwhelming, uncomfortable, confusing. AND FILLED WITH SO MUCH AWESOME. Initial Fears Initially, I’ll admit, I was scared about going to Morocco.  I remember sitting in my hostel in Sevilla, Spain, conducting HOURS of research, trying to figure out Continue reading Tips for Surviving the (Awesome) Craziness of Marrakech, Morocco

Madrid, Spain – When walking tours lead to new friends!

As I’ve mentioned before, free walking tours are one of my favorite ways to see a new city!  They’re generally about 3 hours long, tip based, you get to know the layout of the city and where all the big attractions are, and sometimes, you get some new friends out of the deal!  Friends that remind you why you started traveling in the first place, and why those ‘5 minute Continue reading Madrid, Spain – When walking tours lead to new friends!

The Downsides of Long Term Travel

Over the past year, I’ve had the opportunity to do some incredible things during my dabble in long term travel.  From trekking to Mt. Everest Base Camp, to SCUBA diving between tectonic plates in Iceland, to hiking the Great Wall of China and becoming a beach bum on the island of Koh Lanta in Thailand. I wouldn’t trade a single second of anything I’ve done in the past 13 months. Continue reading The Downsides of Long Term Travel

The Importance of Travel Insurance: How I was refunded over $1000

Travel insurance is one of those topics that is under constant debate in the travel world. Do I really need to buy expensive insurance?  Will I really end up using it?  Or will it just be a waste of money?  Is it better to be safe than sorry? I’m more in the mindset of the latter category.  I’d rather have a fall back just in case something happens.  Plus my Continue reading The Importance of Travel Insurance: How I was refunded over $1000

Sad news and changes to my travel plans

On Sunday, after getting back to my hostel from a walking tour around Manila, I got the sad news that my grandmother had passed away suddenly. Anyone who has ever been away from home when something like this happens knows that it’s a tough and lonely place to be, and my ‘to-do’ list for the day went from “What am I going to have for dinner?” to “Do I stay Continue reading Sad news and changes to my travel plans

Answering some questions: Liebster Award

I have been nominated for The Liebster Award by Green Goats Travel.  Thank you! I hadn’t heard of The Liebster Award until I was nominated but it seems to be a fun chain mail type thing between bloggers where you learn more about your fellow bloggers and nominate five more to keep the ball rolling! THE RULES Thank the blogger who nominated you, and include a link to their blog Provide answers Continue reading Answering some questions: Liebster Award

The day before everything changes a.k.a. I’m going on an adventure!

The day has almost arrived and I honestly can’t believe it. Tomorrow is the day I set off on a new lifestyle of travel, uncertainty, and adventure. I remember when the little countdown on the top right-hand corner of my laptop said ‘784 days left until I see the world’ or something like that.  Now that counter says 1 day. Over the past few weeks, and especially the last week, I’ve Continue reading The day before everything changes a.k.a. I’m going on an adventure!