• Bourke's Potluck in Mpumalanga (South Africa)
    africa,  travel

    Why Southern Africa Is Worth Visiting

    There is nowhere like Africa. It is a continent (NOT a country) that encompasses a wide variety of cultures, ecosystems, languages, and religions. Although Africa continues to be exploited by foreign interests, it has the potential to be great. #WakandaForever Countries visited: South Africa, Mozambique, Swaziland, Lesotho* Total time spent: 5 weeks *Lesotho is only mentioned once in this post because I was there for 3 hours  This trip was not my first time on the continent. Nigeria is the only African nation I am familiar with. Lived there for 2.5 years at age 7 and was last there in 2015. I quickly realized that Nigeria isn’t like South Africa.…

  • Table Mountain National Park
    africa,  travel,  travel tips

    How To Fly To South Africa For Less Than $100

    Compared to Europe and Asia, Africa can be expensive to fly to, but there are a few ways on how to fly to South Africa for less. This isn’t complicated. If you have good credit, disciplined with credit cards, and willing to pay annual fees, then flying to South Africa for less money should be easy for you to achieve. DISCLAIMER: This post is geared for people from the United States. So how did I score a flight ticket for under $100? I’m a United frequent flyer member so I used their awards travel tool to search for airfare to Johannesburg and Cape Town. Searched for two one-way tickets for October-November timeframe. Both…

  • Cooking with Sapori e Saperi in Italy
    europe,  reviews,  travel

    Review: Cooking Lesson in Italy

    Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are my own. This was self-sponsored and not sponsored by anyone.  Maybe it’s just me, but I noticed how oversaturated the cooking lesson business in Italy is. Too many to choose from! And the cuisine varies from region to region. Sapori e Saperi, in my opinion, was worth every nickel and dime. (Lesson was done in May 2017.) Our chef’s name was Gabriella. She is Italian and has lived all her life in Italy. Location: Near Viareggio in the Tuscany region Duration: About 6 hours Start time: 9 AM We first met up at the pier. Spent approximately 20 minutes there. Gabrielle brought some freshly caught seafood…

  • europe,  reviews,  travel

    Review: Meet Hostel

    Disclaimer: All opinions expressed are my own. This was not sponsored by Meet Hostel or anyone. I paid for 100% of my stay. I have to admit that after last year, I started to dislike hostels. It was a hit-or-miss experience. Some hostels made it easy to socialize with fellow guests. There were some in dire need of renovation. Some had high reviews but left me disappointed. And the list goes on. But Meet Hostel, located in Northern Italy, along with another Italian hostel gave me renewed hope. I had such a pleasant time here that I returned back for an additional day on my way from Bolzano. Mind you, this N-E-V-E-R happens.  …

  • Gazing into the Tyrrhenian Sea
    europe,  travel

    18 Things I Found Interesting About Italy

    If you’ve been to Italy, you cannot say it isn’t beautiful, but it is an interesting place. It has been high on my list for a while and I’m pleased I was able to visit. But I have to admit that I knew very little about the culture, history, or food prior to booking my flight. But you can bet that I did a lot of reading before embarking on this trip. Disclaimer: Many of these statements are general observations based on the places I visited as a first-time visitor (which are: Rome, Palermo, Catania, Peschiara del Garda, Malcesine, Venice, Viareggio, Lucca, Pisa, Florence, Cinque Terre villages, La Spezia, Porto…