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How to spot and avoid an Airbnb scam like a pro

How to spot and avoid an Airbnb scam like a pro

I’m embarrassed to admit it, but I fell victim to an Airbnb scam on my recent trip to Belize. I’ve been using Airbnb for years to book accommodations. I’ve never had a problem booking a home, until now. In fact, I’ve even recommended the site […]

23, a year of bravery 

23, a year of bravery 

Super long, sappy, self-love post ahead!  A year ago, I thought I was on the summit of Mount Everest in the happiness department. I had everything figured out: my career, my love life, my relationship with friends and family, finances, everything. Which all called for […]

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.” […]

Journal: Feb 25 – San Juan, PR

The rooster at the ranch must think 2 a.m. is the time to wake up. When dusk is rubbing its eyes, it’s time to rise like the feathered beast that ruled the ranch. He crows heartily hoping the rest of the barnyard wakes up to […]

Journal: Feb 24 – Vieques, PR

Journal: Feb 24 – Vieques, PR

The beauty of El Yunque and view of San Juan and Fajardo welcomed me this morning. The rooster crowed and other wildlife slowly woke up from their comatose state as the sun inched higher in the Caribbean sky. Today I’m making my way to Fajardo […]

Journal: Feb. 14, Puerto Rico

Vast. That’s how the airport felt that late Monday evening.  It was the gateway to a world of vast opportunities and adventures. Then there was me — a mere speck in the wild, whirlwind of an intricate map that started under the wheels of the […]