Category Travel Tips

Spanish 101: What are Those Little Accent Marks For?

I could go on and on about the virtues of learning Spanish (or any foreign language, for that matter), but let’s save that for another post. For now, let’s learn a bit about Spanish pronunciation- particularly, word stress and accent marks– to make your next trip to a Spanish-speaking country a tiny bit easier! Luckily, […]

Getting Robbed in Barcelona: How to Avoid Pickpockets

I’ve been robbed 3 times during the 2 years that I’ve been living in Barcelona. That also doesn’t count the time that my friend was mugged while we were walking back to our hostel the first time I visited Barcelona in 2012. Barcelona is home to world-class pickpockets who pry on the millions of visitors […]

From Anonymous Dot to Social Butterfly: Traveling Alone in Budapest

I had randomly always wanted to go to Budapest, and one November that dream came true! Feeling adventurous, I went completely by myself, not knowing a single soul there. I checked into my hostel in the afternoon, and the place that I had chosen for my first night was interesting, to say the least. It was this super […]

Traveling with Acne

That acne sucks is a universally known fact. While already dishearteningly difficult to deal with in everyday life, the stresses and unpredictability associated with traveling can unfortunately exacerbate it. Up until quite recently, I struggled with moderately bad acne and tried everything short of Accutane: Proactiv, drugstore cleansers, organic/natural cleansers, expensive cleansers, antibiotics, the Clarisonic brush, […]