Every year I make it a goal to visit a new international country. I am, 41 years into my life and not yet running out of places to explore. Having visited Turkey in 2020, heading to Ecuador with a good friend's family felt like the perfect way to close out 2021. Here's my Ecuador Travel Guide, along with photos and stories of this beautiful country to accompany it.
To this day, I have remembered Bogota, and Colombia in general, to be my absolute favorite travel destination. The primary reason for this is the simple fact that the people are so incredibly warm and generous. They are so proud of where they have come and eager to show of their culture. Each city in Colombia has its own personality (I would liken Bogota to New York City: a bit darker and a bit more cosmopolitan). The city offers a unique blend of modern and traditional culture, making it a melting pot of diversity. From exploring the historic district of La Candelaria with its colonial architecture to the modern culinary scene, there is something for everyone in Bogota.
It wouldn’t be a trip to Portugal without a stop in this large, sophisticated city with pockets of old-world European charm. Spend three days in Lisbon and you’ll have plenty of time to discover all the pockets of wonderful things this area has to offer. Lisbon, while expansive and mysterious, wasn’t quite as thrilling for me after spending so many days in Porto. It’s a much larger city and it feels that way. That being said, it’s a worthwhile stop for two to three days while you are exploring the country. That being said, it wouldn’t be a trip to Portugal without a visit to Lisbon and here's all the reasons why.
Despite all the places I've traveled, Porto, Portugal remains its stronghold in my top 3 of all time. This city is endlessly charming, incredibly affordable, and full of wine. Here's my Porto Travel Guide and all the reasons I think you shouldn't sleep on visiting this sleepy little city.
When five girls from Texas emailed me to find out if I'd be interested in following them around wine tasting for a day as their [...]