Introducing ili: The World’s Fastest Offline Translator for Travelers

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One of the biggest struggles of long-term travel is finding ways to communicate in foreign countries. While English is very much a universal language, it shouldn’t be expected for other countries to always cater to you, and that’s why I try and learn at least 10-15 words of the local language before I arrive so that my effort is acknowledged and people are more likely to help with my needs.…

Sitting down to take a stand: Greensboro, North Carolina

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Sitting down to take a stand: Greensboro, North Carolina
Greensboro, North Carolina

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of U.S. Civil Rights Trail. All opinions are 100% mine.

Sitting down to take a stand was the powerful method of operation for a young group of black students Joseph McNeil, Franklin McCain, Ezell Blair Jr. and David Richmond, who were refused service at a lunch counter in Greensboro, North Carolina, but stayed and sat in until it closed anyway.…

Attending the Sake Festival in Japan

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Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan

There are so many reasons why Japan is my favorite country in the world, from their collective mannerism, to their nearly 100% literacy rate, to their stunning fashion, to their overall dedication to excellence.

When I think about my childhood, Nintendo64, Yoshi, Pokemon, and Sailor Moon come to mind. My guide immediately exclaimed, “Ooooh, you’re that generation.” Haha!…

Introducing the New & Improved TravelSmart App

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Kurashiki, Japan

If you’re accident-prone on the road like muah, then having travel insurance is simply non-negotiable. I’ve blogged before about the importance of being insured abroad, but I understand if it takes a canceled flight or lost baggage for you to finally be convinced 😉

I’m insured through Allianz and you can get a free quote for yourself at the end of this post, especially after learning about the app that you can use in conjunction with it.…

Sri Lanka: The Pearl of the Indian Ocean

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Camellia Hills, Hatton, Sri Lanka

“But why Sri Lanka??? a friend from the U.S. asked me as I pissed my pants with excitement for this highly-anticipated adventure.

“But… why not!?” I replied, reminding her that every lesser-known destination is a beautiful gem waiting to be discovered.

What intrigued me most about Sri Lanka was how nobody I knew had been there yet.…

3 Awkward Mishaps Abroad That Travel Insurance Covers

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Traveling without insurance these days is like going on a Tinder date without an escape plan. Except you can’t undo and unmatch a real-life accident — which, if you’re of my special breed of clumsy, is probably inevitable.

I wrote about everything you need to know about travel insurance a few weeks back, and now I’m writing a follow-up post listing some of my quirky stories and mishaps that happened while abroad that travel insurance would have my back for.…

Donkey Republic – 24/7 Bike Rentals Around the World

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Vienna, Austria

There’s no better thrill than biking through a new city, wind blowing through your hair, and you unleashing the child within.

Bike-riding is one of the most eco-friendly modes of transportation, and countries like the Netherlands and Denmark can be a biker’s paradise for navigating the city.

I once tried to rent a bike in Barcelona and failed, as I needed a national card to open up an account and unlock a bike.…

Travel Insurance: Everything You Need To Know

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Interlaken, Switzerland

Something I’ve learned the hard way while traveling over the years, is how you’re never really immune to disasters or random mishaps on the road, no matter how experienced of a traveler you are.

You could plan every detail, confirm all your information, and the universe will still find a way to politely screw remind you who wears the pants in this travelationship.…

7 Reasons Why Everyone is Visiting Puerto Rico

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Comfort Inn & Suites Levittown, San Juan, Puerto Rico

While 2017 has already sprung upon us and everyone is fine-tuning their bucket lists for the new year, I had to make an article about why Puerto Rico should be near the top, because it’s one of the easiest travel destinations I’ve been to recently.

So much goes into perfecting a vacation, and when it comes to first-time travelers, backpackers, or fashionistas, Puerto Rico is the perfect destination for all of the above and more.…

Street Art Photo Essay | Our Road Trip Through Germany

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Bremen, Germany

Anyone up for a roadtrip? Well, a virtual one — because there was way too much street art in Germany, to contain in one post.

First off, it’s worth mentioning that our itinerary was an ambitious one. While no day was the same, every morning was quite similar, jumping out of bed, trying to remember what city I was in, rushing down to breakfast to greet the bright-eyed crew, and then hitting the road to meet with the first local street artist of the day before moving on to the next city.…

Visiting Puerto Rico and Becoming an Island Queen

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Once you get past the enormity of my feet, you can appreciate the beauty of this photo 😉 // Photo Credit: Derio Ilari

As a part of the Choice Hotels Caribbean Campaign, I was invited to the gorgeous island of Puerto Rico alongside Derio to explore the sights and highlight all the fun and adventurous things that can be done around the island.…

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