Suggested Itinerary: Things to do in (and beyond) Merida, Mexico

Suggested Itinerary: Things to do in (and beyond) Merida, Mexico

  Merida is a good base to start a trip to the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico. First, it’s very accessible with its airport that serves both local and international flights and buses that go to different cities of Mexico. Next, it was also relatively cheaper to fly in compared to Cancun (at least for me). And most importantly, this beautiful vibrant city is a perfect introduction to the history and culture of the Mayan and Spanish colonial heritage. Oh and a bonus, there’s a nearby beach for a refreshing dip…

The Highlands and The Isle of the Skye

The Highlands and The Isle of the Skye

  The good thing about having the flexibility when traveling is you get to pick ideas and recommendations. If possible, you make changes as you wish. You get to explore places that would surprise you. You welcome experiences that you didn’t even think of. And, you take all these unbelievably blissful memories that even after time had passed, it still is one of your favorites. The Isle of the Skye in Scotland is one of my them… And I almost didn’t make it up there! Scotland was a potential destination…

Discovering Iran: A Beautiful Experience

Discovering Iran: A Beautiful Experience

  Visiting Iran has been one of the most beautiful experiences that I’ve had. It shouldn’t be a surprise, but Iran is amazing beyond words, from the foundation of its culture to the genuine warmth of its people. — Perhaps, we got lucky from the very start. I’ve always been intrigued with the unknown, and to be able to discover it without being clouded by judgement and preconceived notions was refreshing for me. I must say though, that some of my family and friends were worried about me because of…

The Truth About Solo Travel: The Ups, Downs and Everything in Between

The Truth About Solo Travel: The Ups, Downs and Everything in Between

  There’s something intriguing about traveling alone. Hearing stories about spontaneous adventures and serendipitous encounters, one can’t help but have the illusion that traveling solo is always dreamy. While it can be quite surreal, the truth is, it’s not always as vivid and sweet as it seems to be. — Let me share with you some truths about solo-traveling: Sometimes, we travel solo not because we wanted to BUT because we needed to. It seems impossible to not have at least one person, whether a family or a friend, join you…

My Secret In Long Term Travel: How To Afford It

My Secret In Long Term Travel: How To Afford It

Myself at Versailles, France Disclaimer: I find that photo (above) a fitting “money shot”. 😉 The time has come for me to address the elephant in the closet: how I was able to afford long term travel. If I was being more technical, I was just traveling on and off for the past two years: long trips that went on for months, breaks at home, and holiday within breaks. However, doing that for 2 years is quite a long time as compared to what most people do. Thus, raising questions…