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How to Spend a Week in Cuba

Old American Car in Havana Cuba

I had a vacation planned for the east coast for two weddings and decided while I was there to add Cuba to my list. I convinced my best friend and fellow blogger, Alex Caraciolo, to come with me (our plus ones tagged along as well 😉 …thanks for the photos boys! xx) Things To Know Before You Go: We booked our tickets before Trump announced changes for travel to Cuba in June 2017. While you can no longer travel under…

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An Unforgettable Hawaii Proposal

I haven’t posted in a while because July was INSANE. I’m pretty sure 99% of my friends on this island were born during this month so between camping trips, boat parties, BBQ’s, and dinners I’ve barely had time to catch a breath (a lot to complain about, I know). And on top of all that, my best friends boyfriend and I were planning their PROPOSAL IN HAWAII! Chase reached out to me at the end of June telling me his…

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Exploring Maui: The Valley Isle

Haleakala Sunset

Living on Oahu is amazing, but when I have a long weekend I love to explore the neighbor islands. Since I haven’t visited Maui in two years, it seemed necessary to take a quick trip over Easter weekend. It helps when some of your best friends used to live there and can give you a pretty amazing to-do list. It’s even better when they decide to join you and show you their favorite spots in person (thanks Macey & Liz).…

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Northern Vietnam: Hanoi, Ha Long, and Cat Ba

Northern Vietnam

Vietnam: Part 2 Traveling in SEA is extremely cheap which is why it’s such an ideal place for backpackers. We spent our first half of the week exploring Saigon in southern Vietnam and spent the last half in northern Vietnam. Our flight from south to north was only an hour and cost us about 30 dollars one way. We left Ho Chi Minh City and landed in Hanoi around midnight. We booked a hostel in Hanoi for one night and…

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Southern Vietnam: Ho Chi Minh City & Mekong Delta

Guide to Southern Vietnam

Vietnam: Part 1 Day 1: Ho Chi Minh City Nicole, Lauren, and I departed Bangkok and headed to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. The visa-upon-arrival took about two hours at the airport, but what can ya do? We took a cab to our hostel in District 1 and by that time it was already 8pm and we were exhausted. Travelers tip: The first thing we noticed when we stepped outside was how humid hot the air was. If you’re traveling to…

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Traveling Thailand

Wat Pho Temple

My first time in Thailand was in 2015. I was backpacking for a couple weeks with my besties from college. We started in Bangkok, and made our way through the islands for the Full Moon Party and New Years then finished up in Chiang Mai trekking with elephants. It has been my favorite place to-date and it’s not surprising that I made my way back for a few days. 2015 Thailand Recap 2016 Thailand: Bangkok This time around Nicole and I were…

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Best of Japan: Day trips

Japan Shrine

I spent my Thanksgiving Holiday on a plane headed for Japan (Thanks, China Airlines for the two decent meals on my 9 hour flight). I was meeting my friend Nicole in Yokosuka where we were staying with our friend, Josh, who had just been stationed out there. My very first impression of Japan is it is CLEAN and the transit system is impeccable. Nicole and I purchased our Japan Rail Pass before we left so all I had to do was…

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Shark Dive, Oahu

Galapagos Shark

So you might think diving into shark infested waters without a cage is a little crazy. However, I’m happy to report that I’ve done this twice and made it out in one piece. This has nothing to do with actually being a mermaid, either. Now hear me out, sharks aren’t pets nor are they domestic in any way (and rightfully so) but they are truly majestic and powerful creatures of the ocean. You would think that the entire experience would…

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LDW in Alaska

Aerial View of Alaskan Range

Labor Day Weekend in Alaska Labor Day Weekend is typically spent soaking up the last days of summer, drinking a nice cold brew and grilling out with family and friends. However, living in Hawaii pretty much equals endless summer. So Erin -my fellow mermaid/travel companion- and I hadn’t seen snow in almost three years and decided an Alaskan girls getaway would be ideal. We originally planned on heading over to San Diego to visit friends until we realized that tickets were OUTRAGEOUS. It…

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Big Island Lava Flow

Volcano National Park

The closest thing you get to a road trip living in Hawaii is island hopping. Sometimes you need a little motivation to book a flight (even though its only a 20 minutes each way). Mine was to see the lava flow into the ocean on Big Island. The lava had been pumping for the past month and when I was there in April for my birthday we went to the lava fields, but no gooey magma was witnessed. I had…

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