Category: International Travel

How to Spend a Week in Portugal

hilltop-view-of-lisbon
I’m a planner. I love knowing where I’m going, what I’ll be doing, who I’ll be seeing, etc. Most would agree when I say I have a pretty structured life. (Good? Bad? I don’t know.) But when my best friend invited me on a trip to Portugal with five week’s notice, I decided to make it happen. I also didn’t...
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8 Do’s and Don’ts of Volunteering Abroad

Temple in South East Asia
Ever heard of a “gap” year – a time that some people take sometime between high school and college years to go travel or perhaps volunteer? Or hear of those people who take a sabbatical or early retirement and do the same? About 8 years ago (oh my gosh… it was 8 years ago!) I traveled to Kenya by myself...
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What to See and Do in Cabo San Lucas

Flora Farms Kitchen
Spring Breakers have been all over San Diego for the past month. Coming from Oregon, most of our Spring Break trips were to somewhere sunny and hot like Palm Springs or Cabo. There’s just something about Cabo that allows it to be a perfect destination for fits those looking for a party and equally those looking to relax. I probably did...
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Things To Do In Dubai – There D Goes Style

Loved the contrast of the traditional abra boat against the buildings
Dubai was always on my bucket list. Who isn’t intrigued by a new city with man-made islands, the tallest building in the world, and other absurdities? To me, it seems like a Vegas of the Middle East, which is like a huge contradiction in my mind and had to be explored. I only had two days there, but fit a...
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Things To Do in Abu Dhabi – There D Goes Style

Running the Desert Safari San Dunes
Lots of you have probably heard about Dubai, but know little about what there is to do in Abu Dhabi. So, to orient you, it is about a 1.5 hour drive southwest of Dubai and is the other main city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). In fact, it’s the country’s capitol. (And yes, it was the setting of Sex...
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Tips for Traveling to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi (view from the side)
Traveling to the UAE was on my bucket list, and I’m so grateful for the chance to have gotten to visit. There’s something so refreshing about traveling to some place so foreign to you and learning an entirely different world. I got to have some amazing experiences, learn about the culture, the history, the geography, see some amazing sites, and...
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How to Dress in Abu Dhabi & Dubai!

All of my clothes to pack for UAE
This week, I’m in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. (Yes, Abu Dhabi as in the location of “Sex & The City Part 2”, or Dubai as in the land of man-made islands and indoor skiing that you’ve likely heard of.) This country has been a big mystery for me, and I think for a lot of people, based on the questions...
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7 Things Every Female Traveler Needs to Pack

Krystina on a hike with a scarf for sun protection
If you know me, you know I love to travel. I’ve gone all over the world on all different types of trips from relaxing, luxurious vacations to to “I can’t believe I did that” adventurous, budget backpacking trips and everywhere in between. But no matter where you go, there are always a few “must haves” for women travelers. Luckily, Krystina...
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Cause a Girl Needs a Little Pool Time – Costa Rica – Day 12 & 13

My mom photo bombed me while laying out at JW Marriott in Guanacaste
The title sums it up. You know those vacations that are so busy and active that you get home and need a vacation from your vacation? This was not one of those. Don’t get me wrong, the beginning was busy and active, but mom (and her travel agent, Ani) did it right by ending with 2.5 days of relaxation at...
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Arriving at JW Marriott in Guanacaste, Costa Rica – Day 11

Hilton Guanacaste Hotel Pool
After a pretty adventurous and active trip, it was nice to wind down and relax at a nice pool in the beach area in Guanacaste. We drove about 5 hours to an area just south of Tamarindo where we checked in the JW Marriott Guanacaste. The resort is GORGEOUS. It has the Spanish-inspired layout with a courtyard area, (see below),...
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