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Ecuador Travel Tips + Cultural Considerations

The first time I came to Ecuador there were many things that caught me off guard. When a lot of people think Ecuador they think Quito, coast, and the Galapagos right? I was in for

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Exploring Brooklyn on a Budget: What to Do at Low Cost (or Better Yet, for Free!)

Any trip to NYC deserves some time spent in Brooklyn. Brooklyn really is a city within itself, with so many fun vibes and cool things to do and see. There are many awesome neighborhoods to

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Our Sweet Weekend Getaway to Zaruma

Its hard to believe that I keep traveling Ecuador and keep finding new gems nearly two years later! I have yet to visit the Galapagos nor have I gone deep into the Amazon, but still

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Where to Find the Best of Everything in Baltimore

I may be a bit biased, but Baltimore is without a doubt one of the best cities in the U.S. Whether you're visiting as a tourist on a longer trip or you're in town just

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Seriously Cool Things to See in Columbus, Ohio

Columbus, Ohio, isn't your typical top-of-the-bucket-list city, but most people don't know that Columbus is a surprisingly cool place with tons of things to do and see. You'll find some classic spots, such as the

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Super Fun Things to Do Besides Eat in Albuquerque, New Mexico

When most people think of Albuquerque, New Mexico, they instantly think of food or "Breaking Bad." Do a quick Pinterest search, and you'll get a glimpse of the food culture, which includes chile, craft beer,

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What Not to Miss in and Around Richmond’s Hollywood Cemetery

Image via Flickr by Mobilus in Mobili Richmond is an essential destination for anyone traveling the East Coast. Its history and Southern charm are so inviting that you'll want to take at least a few days

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Quilotoa: The Wonder of Ecuador you Really Can’t Miss

We recently went to Laguna Quilotoa (Lake Quilotoa) and I am SO excited to share all about it with you. Quilotoa is arguably my favorite spot in Ecuador. This crater lake or caldera was formed

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Ecuador Bucket List: What Not to Miss in the Country of 4 Worlds

If you've read any of my posts before, I think I've made it pretty obvious that I have a passion for life, travel, and adventure in Ecuador. The country of 4 worlds (Amazon, Andes, Coast,

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Step Outside in Minneapolis

Image via Flickr by m01229 Think Minneapolis is the city of the Mall of America and brutal winters? Think again! I've recently learned about the city's great natural beauty, and I'd love to share it with

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