What the Guidebooks Won’t Tell You: 10 Things You Must Do When Visiting Rio de Janeiro

Okay, so you’re going to Rio. You’ve read the guidebooks, and you know you’re supposed to see Christo…The Copacabana beaches…Jardim Botanico…Sugar Loaf Mountain…but what else? What do the locals do in Rio? Well, after spending nine months in Rio, I like to think that I became a bit of a local. I saw and did aContinue reading “What the Guidebooks Won’t Tell You: 10 Things You Must Do When Visiting Rio de Janeiro”

8 Ways to Meet People While Traveling Solo

Solo travel is exhilarating. It’s liberating. And it’s transformative. But at the same time, it can get pretty lonely. Over the years, I’ve gone on various solo trips and moved to places where I didn’t know a soul. I’ve found that it’s actually easier to meet people when traveling alone than when traveling with people,Continue reading “8 Ways to Meet People While Traveling Solo”

Spending a Day in Tossa de Mar & Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava

Barcelona is a pretty amazing city. But one of the best things about living in Barcelona is being able to venture out of the city from time to time and explore the magnificent coastline. Costa Brava is a region on the coast of Catalonia in northern Spain. It’s well known for its beautiful beaches andContinue reading “Spending a Day in Tossa de Mar & Lloret de Mar, Costa Brava”

What it’s REALLY Like to Live in Medellin, Colombia

After spending seven unforgettable weeks in Buenos Aires, I once again packed my bags and this time, relocated to Medellin, Colombia, where I ended up living for another two months. Why Medellin? I was drawn to the fact that there was a huge digital nomad (pardon the douchy term) and entrepreneurial community there, thanks toContinue reading “What it’s REALLY Like to Live in Medellin, Colombia”

Observations from 7 weeks in Buenos Aires

In November of 2016, I left my 9-to-5 office job and started working for a remote-based marketing agency, which has since given me the freedom to work from anywhere in the world. I first set my sights on Buenos Aires, where I ended up staying for 7 weeks. A little context: When I first arrivedContinue reading “Observations from 7 weeks in Buenos Aires”

Beyond the Beaches: Getting to Know Some of the Real Mexico

I think it’s safe to say that most gringos visit Mexico for the beaches. I’ll be honest: I’ve been guilty of being one of those gringos too. Up until last week, the only places I had visited in Mexico were Tijuana, Cancun and Puerto Vallarta. In the latter two cities, my friend and I stayed atContinue reading “Beyond the Beaches: Getting to Know Some of the Real Mexico”

Hiking Around Paraty and Surrounding Beaches

While I was living in Rio, one of my best and oldest friends from home, Mareill, came to visit me to help me celebrate my 27th birthday. As if visiting me wasn’t enough, as a birthday gift, she generously treated me to a three-day hiking trip around Paraty, a small coastal colonial town in theContinue reading “Hiking Around Paraty and Surrounding Beaches”

Being 20 Again: 12 Days Spent in Ouro Preto

Last night I got back to Rio after spending twelve incredible days in Ouro Preto. I had originally planned to stay for five days, but was having such a great time that I ended up extending my stay. And I went by myself, which just goes to show that, while it’s always fun traveling withContinue reading “Being 20 Again: 12 Days Spent in Ouro Preto”

15 Things That Surprised Me About Brazil

You can learn a lot about a country and its culture just by visiting. But you really learn about a place after living there. After the honeymoon phase is over, you start to see both the good and the bad. You see what really lies beneath the surface, as opposed to just the fantasy sold in guidebooks andContinue reading “15 Things That Surprised Me About Brazil”