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Month: June 2017

Biggest mistake people make when traveling to Puerto Rico

Biggest mistake people make when traveling to Puerto Rico

Not exploring outside of San Juan! That’s the biggest mistake people make when they venture to Puerto Rico. Why?  Outside of San Juan’s city limits is an entirely different culture to absorb. Puerto Rico is considered a Caribbean escape, decorated from edge to edge with […]

Beginner’s guide to Puerto Rico

Beginner’s guide to Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico is a relatively small island, measuring only 100 miles and 30 miles wide. But this island is jam-packed with excitement. The island caters towards a wide variety of people: those who are searching adventure, those looking to come home with a great tan, […]

Thrifting: the No. 1 reason I can vacation multiple times a year

Thrifting: the No. 1 reason I can vacation multiple times a year

The secret is out. Thrifting, that’s my big money saver.

Journal: Feb. 28, flying back to Minnesota

Journal: Feb. 28, flying back to Minnesota

I got up for the last time this morning to enjoy my customary mango, Puerto Rican coffee, and peanut butter toast. As I sipped on my coffee as others grumbled about how hungover they were or itchy from the bug bites they got in the […]

Journal: Feb. 27 – San Juan, PR

Journal: Feb. 27 – San Juan, PR

I never thought about feeling lonely as I traveled solo. But once I felt a twinge of loneliness, I was so thankful for the group of friends and strangers I could converse with at my hostel. I began to finally understand the importance of hostels while […]

Journal: Feb 26 – San Juan, PR

Journal: Feb 26 – San Juan, PR

I think my next job title should be a beach bum. After these past few days, I think I could say I’m an expert at soaking up the Caribbean sun’s rays. But today, I enjoyed paradise with new friends. They laughed as they watched me bravely, […]

Remembering Puerto Rico with sandy book pages

Remembering Puerto Rico with sandy book pages

The pages still smelled of salty, humid air as I flipped the pages. I triple checked that all the page corners were straight and not dog-eared. I ran my fingers once more down the battered spine and traced the letters of the title, “The Savage Garden.” […]

No hablas espanol? Go to those countries anyway

No hablas espanol? Go to those countries anyway

Me gusta tu gato! De donde al bano? Buenos noches! That’s about the extent of my Spanish speaking skills. I know how to utter complete nonsense and also know a few necessary phrases. To be honest, the last one is a toss-up for me. I’m […]

Travel bucket list for 2017

Travel bucket list for 2017

Six months ago, to the day, I held a glass of champagne in my hand as I cheered as 2016 ended. That day signified a huge change in my life.  Months earlier I had quit my job and decided to pursue a new way of […]