International Travel, Itineraries & Trip Planning

1 Day in Lanzhou: What to Do and Eat

The capital of Gansu province, Lanzhou is a key gateway to northwestern China (your other option is Urumqi). These days Lanzhou is just a 2.5 hour plane ride or 9-hour high speed train from Beijing. It’s the perfect starting point to visit the famous Mogao Caves of Dunhuang, experience the Silk Road at Mingsha Mountain… Read More 1 Day in Lanzhou: What to Do and Eat

International Travel, Itineraries & Trip Planning

The Best Hostels Around the World, Accordingly to Travel Bloggers

I adore hostels. While some believe they’re best saved for gap year and college students, I’m firmly in the camp of “hostels for all!” I have met amazing people of all ages in hostels, including those I’ve later visited in their hometowns. Some hostels do indeed fit the old-school image of being grungy and seedy,… Read More The Best Hostels Around the World, Accordingly to Travel Bloggers

International Travel, Itineraries & Trip Planning

1 Day in Lima: What to See and Eat

All those who went to Peru before me said, “Lima’s a bore, the only good thing there is food.” But unless you’re entering Peru from another South American country, you’ll most likely need to first fly into Lima. So since you’ll be there anyways, here’s an itinerary for you to see and eat the best… Read More 1 Day in Lima: What to See and Eat

International Travel, Itineraries & Trip Planning

7 Tips for Experiencing Bali on the Cheap 

For as long as I could remember, Bali was a destination tucked into a folder categorized for honeymooners and rich older people. Fittingly, it was also labeled as expensive in my head. And so it was never near the top of my “next place to explore” list. When a rough patch at work got me… Read More 7 Tips for Experiencing Bali on the Cheap 

International Travel, Itineraries & Trip Planning

Biking to Praia de Benagil from Praia da Rocha

Biking the Algarve is one of the best ways to enjoy its scenic beauty and take advantage of the gorgeous weather while still being active. Praia de Benagil was the key Algarve draw for me when I went to Portugal last fall, and as I neither like to drive nor can ride a motorcycle, biking… Read More Biking to Praia de Benagil from Praia da Rocha

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P.S. 2016 – Solo Tripping Portugal and Spain

September 2016 My dreams of Lisbon led me to the city last fall. From there, I made my way to the southern coast of Portugal, across the border to Seville, and then Granada and finally Madrid. It was my first 100% solo trip in countries where I don’t speak the language. I’ve done domestic trips… Read More P.S. 2016 – Solo Tripping Portugal and Spain

Domestic Travel, Itineraries & Trip Planning

Long Beach Weekender: 5 Best Local Spots to Eat

June 2017 This Independence Day weekend we flew down to Catalina Island via Long Beach and spent just enough time in Long Beach to eat and drink our way through some local favorites. Here are 5 of the best eats in Long Beach, perfectly paced for one very gluttonous day. 1. Morning buzz at The… Read More Long Beach Weekender: 5 Best Local Spots to Eat

Domestic Travel, Itineraries & Trip Planning

Urban Hike SF: Interior Greenbelt, Mount Sutro, and 16th Ave. Tiled Steps

Like many of San Francisco’s residents, my friends and I often head out to various parks and reserves around the Bay Area for weekend hikes. But besides a trek out to Lands End every 18 months or so, I’ve never actually hiked within city limits. So this weekend we decided to head toward the 16th Ave. Tiled… Read More Urban Hike SF: Interior Greenbelt, Mount Sutro, and 16th Ave. Tiled Steps

International Travel, Itineraries & Trip Planning

One Week in Cuba Itinerary

Okay, fine, technically we were in Cuba for 8 days, but you can use this to create an itinerary for one week in Cuba or add to it for a slightly longer trip. If you’re a visual person like me, you can also take a photographic journey of this Cuba trip first before digging into the… Read More One Week in Cuba Itinerary

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Cuba Planning Tips

Cuba is gorgeous and traveling through the country is a fascinating experience, but it can take a good bit of planning. I put together the first version of this Cuba travel planning tips list in a Google Doc at the request of friends, coworkers, and even strangers (hey, maybe that’s how you found the link to this… Read More Cuba Planning Tips