Lake Batabat and Its Floating Island, the Gem of Nakhchivan

Lake Batabat and Its Floating Island, the Gem of Nakhchivan

I had never seen a landscape change this dramatically this quickly before, from dusty red rocks straight out of the American Southwest to lush green rolling foothills and steep mountains tipped with snow within the span of a single hour. I must have had my head hanging out of the taxi window nearly the whole drive, like…

Backpacking Europe Packing List: The Women’s Survival Guide

Backpacking Europe Packing List: The Women’s Survival Guide

If the prospect of packing for Europe long-term has you overwhelmed, don’t worry: you need far less than you think. I’ve spent a cumulative 10 months of my life backpacking through Europe with nothing more than a 45L carry-on size bag that escapes even the eagle eyes of budget airlines. You don’t need to pack…

The Exhaustive Guide to the Best Hostels in Nicaragua

The Exhaustive Guide to the Best Hostels in Nicaragua

I spent 5 weeks backpacking Nicaragua, from towns in the north like León, Estelí, and Matagalpa all the way down the south in San Juan del Sur and even the Corn Islands. Nicaragua numbers high amongst my favorite countries in the world and even in 5 weeks, I’ve left so much unvisited that a return…

5 Best Travel Coffee Makers, Compared by a Former Barista

5 Best Travel Coffee Makers, Compared by a Former Barista

If you’re a coffee fanatic like I am, it’s probably important to you that you’re never far away from a good cup of coffee while you’re traveling. There are some places around the world with fantastic coffee: I’ve been especially impressed with the coffee in Australia and Scandinavia. However, it’s also true that certain countries…

Nicaragua Packing List: The Ultimate Guide on What to Pack

Nicaragua Packing List: The Ultimate Guide on What to Pack

Packing for a trip to Nicaragua isn’t too difficult. Being a subtropical climate, Nicaragua only has two seasons: rainy and dry, and both have around the same average temperatures (read: hot AF). The rainy season — which is low season — lasts from May to November, peaking in October. That said, despite the rain, the…

11 Magical & Unexpected Things to Do in Mayo, Ireland

11 Magical & Unexpected Things to Do in Mayo, Ireland

If you’re looking for the most stunning places on the Emerald Isle, there’s no better place for an Ireland road trip than exploring all the beautiful places and things to do in Mayo. This county is home to some of the most stunning landscapes, delicious food, and off the beaten path gems in Ireland. This…

Is Nicaragua Safe? My Perspective and Recent Safety Updates

Is Nicaragua Safe? My Perspective and Recent Safety Updates

It’s unfortunate but true: women travelers everywhere have different safety considerations than men. And this is doubly true in Latin America, with its strong patriarchal culture. When I told people back home that I was spending 4 months traveling alone through Central America, I had many surprised and nervous reactions. But were they warranted? Well,…