5 Gift Ideas For Travelers

The holiday season is underway and so is the pressure to knock out your gift list. You might find it difficult to shop for the frequent traveler in your life but I’m here to tell you that practicality is key. Giving something that will complement their lifestyle is the best way to score points with…

Discovering the Beauty of West Ireland

The highlight of my short trip to Ireland was an excursion to the western coast. I kept hearing that Dublin is a great city but it’s similar to other Western European metro areas. The smaller towns give you those real Irish vibes.   Seeing the Cliffs of Moher was the main reason I came to Ireland,…

Keeping It (Is)rael

Every now and then, you need someone to push new ideas into your travel plans. My mom served as that shove gentle nudge when she insisted on going to Israel for her 60th birthday. The country has never been on my “must-see” list but her excitement quickly rubbed off on me. We arrived in Tel-Aviv…

How To Choose Your Travel Buddy

Traveling is a huge investment. You’re stepping out your comfort zone, burning through precious vacation days and most importantly, spending a great deal of money. With so much at stake, it’s best to be in good company. I realized how important travel buddy chemistry is when I became a flight attendant. I could be in…

Why You Should Study Abroad in College

“You still need to take a foreign language and couple of electives to graduate. You could go abroad for your last semester!” With that simple remark, my college advisor opened me up to a life-changing opportunity. One that I feel every college student should consider. I spent the following semester in Madrid, learning Spanish and…

Dear Airline Passengers, Lose The Attitude

Summer is here and many infrequent flyers are at the airport. The recent string of airline incidents has added unwelcome tension to an already chaotic season. Every day, I’m either hearing a passenger’s passive aggressive comments under their breath or reading a “Look what this airline employee did” headline on my news feed. I can’t…

Traveling Like A Local

I love ‘touristy’ attractions. You can’t visit Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower or go to London without Big Ben. Sightseeing staples are always high on my list but I also want to experience the local favorites. That means trying food that natives eat, shopping where they would, etc. So how can you see the…

3 Quick Tips for Mardi Gras

As cliche as it sounds, Mardi Gras in New Orleans is like no other annual event. The music, the food, the people, and of course the public drinking in Bourbon Street make it an unforgettable experience.

Being Black Abroad – Should You Be Concerned?

Your race plays a huge role in your everyday life. So it can obviously affect your travels too. While the majority of my adventures abroad have been drama-free, I’d be a fool to think that every person of color can say the same. It’s hard to tell whether these instances occur from prejudice or plain…