Time for another rescue from the rejected Iceland photos pile. I think I hated this one previously only because I hated how I looked in it. Haha. My skin was dry and chapped from the salt and sharp, icy wind over the sea, and my eyes were puffy from a series of panic attacks the day before. Not to mention I could barely move in that giant drysuit. 😁
But this was one of my favorite days in Iceland: I saw a humpback whale for the first time in person, I got to spend hours on the ocean, and I had some of the freshest seafood I've ever tasted after we got back to shore.
The little town of Húsavík has a special place in my heart now. It was lovely and peaceful, and exactly what this agoraphobic traveler needed after pushing my limits way too far in the days prior.
Visiting the biggest Pagoda in Asia you'll climb hundreds of steps in the neverending golden pathways, statues all along the way.
Their knees and bellies rubbed so often that they're polished black from their original grey.
There is a truly ancient feel to this gigantic place with its many beautiful buildings. I felt set back in time while overlooking the lush green area and the picturesque rooftops and towers.
We are back and ready for our next adventure. Someone help us come up with a good hashtag for our adventures and we will put them up for a vote. ✈️🗺 I had the best time adventuring with this incredible woman! I am so excited to see what adventures we go on next! 📷 by @thisislindahong
The strangest thing has happened!
It's no secret I'm a HUGE wuss about winter. But, after spending a few days in Detroit--of all places--I don't loath the cold as deeply. .
The city is beautiful. But it's the people around me that brought enough warmth to thaw even the chill of the -11 degree wind chill. .
I'm overflowing with love and gratitude to have found this tribe. My tribe. The #KiaFamily is a group so full of sincerity and goodness backed by a brand with the same qualities. I'm beyond thankful to be part of it. ❤
Left Right Left. Do we all look at an old pic and ask ourselves, how the hell did we end up here? Do we all sometimes try so hard to pin down a turn, a moment that led to the downfall of everything? Do we all wonder if we found out why and how exactly it went wrong, maybe we could have gone back to take the other turn instead, and maybe, just maybe, we would be different now? Even I rarely regret, I can’t help but asking why and how and when. The older I grow, the more I believe life is about asking better qns yet accept sometimes the best qns still don’t have an answer.
I thought this picture would represent the end of my trip in Philippines. A bit emotional and in the middle of Manila chaos I took this picture on the way to the airport.
Soon the emotional thoughts were gone when the flight attendant say " Vietnam immigration office doesn't allow you to get in the country due to damaged passport, therefore you aren't allowed to board". As you can imagine, the plan changed completely and I had the best time ever! 1. Amazing xmas by the beach with the sweetest Filipino family and our couchsurfers 2. And.. one the highlight of my 9 months traveling - Get to know and spend time with the indigenous people from Kalinga province (north of Philippines). Yes, there're pictures!!! (although i lost them and I had to recover )
Sometimes, the neighborhoods with the most colorful histories are the easiest to convert into new trendy hangouts, and that was certainly the case with Lisbon’s Rua Nova do Carvalho. Once the meeting point for sailors, local criminals, and prostitutes, it developed an unsavory reputation, but the scandalous buildings have turned into works of art and now serve as fascinating points for conversation. Lisbon’s “Red Light District” is long gone, but the Pink Street left in its wake is brighter than ever. (SRC: www.theculturetrip.com)
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Saturdays are for the beaches. But first, something cultural. Take a bike ride to the Tulum ruins and either pay for a guide or download the “Tulum - Be Your Own Guide” app. #travelnative tip - get there early before the hoards of coach buses arrive. Tourists...ew. ALSO. It’s cash only.
Dinner is at Gitano - you’ll know it by the neon pink sign and the DJ beats coming from behind the trees. A jungle mezcal bar with string lights, candles, and a disco ball? Yes please. What to order? Tuna tostada, quesadilla, grilled avocado and any of the large plates to build your own taco.
Grab your glowsticks because after dinner it’s time for the full moon party at Papaya Playa. This is an all-night, raucous dance party on the beach. It is not to be missed. #travelnative tip - you will be forced to buy drink tickets and they don’t take cards, so bring cash.
This is one of my favourite pictures from the time I spent in Morocco the past summer, taken at Ben Youssef Madrasa in Marrakech. Marrakech is such a magical city that has a unique vibe to it ✨. Being a solo female traveler in Morocco can at times be a bit frustrating, but I cherish the time I spent in that interesting country and reflecting on my time there I feel that it taught me self-reliance and self-trust 🙏🏼.
I’m back home missing -8 temperatures and fluffy snow as the UK is practically underwater with all this rain! 😬☔️ Thankfully my first weekend back from Russia is an exciting one celebrating my Gran’s 80th birthday in Londaaaan!💂🏻♀️ What are your plans for this weekend? 🤗