• Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA
    hiking,  north america,  outdoors

    Great Sand Dunes National Park

    Did you know Great Sand Dunes National Park has the tallest dunes in North America? It’s over 750 feet in height and 30 square miles long. Elevation of 8200 ft (2499 m).   GETTING THERE Great Sand Dunes is open 24/7. The park is a 4-hour drive from Denver, Colorado. Admission is free with the America the Beautiful pass. Otherwise, you pay $15 per vehicle. During the summer, the sand can reach up to 150 degrees F. It’s best to hike early in the morning or in the evening.    THINGS TO DO AT GREAT SAND DUNES Hike to High Dune Hike Date: August 2018 Distance: 2.5 mile (4…

  • View of Table Mountain from Lion's Head trail
    africa,  hiking,  outdoors

    Hiking Table Mountain: India Venster Trail

    Table Mountain is Cape Town’s iconic landmark. It’s about 3280 feet (1 km) above sea level and the views from up top are amazing! Of course there are other trails that can lead you to the top, but India Venster trail is a popular hiking trail worth doing. I’ve visited Table Mountain twice. First time was by cable car and second time by foot.   GETTING THERE You’ll find the start of India Venster trail near the cable car station. Enter into Google Maps this address: Table Mountain Lower Aerial Cableway Station, Tafelberg Road, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa   I took a Uber to the meeting point so…

  • africa,  reviews,  travel

    Garden Route: Wild Spirit Backpackers Lodge Review

    Wild Spirit Backpackers Lodge is popular for a reason. The property is hidden in the forest and has stunning views. If you’re traveling along the Garden Route, be sure to check them out. It’s only a 5 minute drive from the N2. They are in Nature’s Valley. Booking Date: January 2019 (2 nights)   ATMOSPHERE The staff are warm and welcoming. If you need help booking any excursion, they are willing to help you. They booked my kayak and lilo excursion at Tsitsikamma National Park. There were families with kids, solo travelers, and couples staying on the property.  They have camp fires, a yoga room, piano room, and an open…

  • Lower Antelope Canyon, Page Arizona
    north america,  outdoors,  travel

    Price Guide: Road Trip in Southwest USA

    There are many variables when it comes to a road trip. This post will show what the road trip expenses were driving solo versus expenses shared with another person. Bare in mind that the itinerary for these 2 Southwest road trips weren’t 100% the same.   COST BREAKDOWN FOR 1 PERSON Disclaimer: These prices reflect my travel style and might not tailor your travel preferences.    ROAD MAP I started and ended the road trip in Denver, Colorado because I was living there at the time. States Covered: Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Arizona Method of transportation: Car only Date: September 2018 Trip Duration: 4 days Arches National Park (B) Canyonland National Park (C)…

  • Sand Dunes in Dubai, UAE
    travel,  travel tips

    Reasons To Travel Alone

    Travel alone OR with someone? Well, solo travel continues to be on the rise. Not everyone will like traveling alone, but if you haven’t tried it, you can’t claim it’s not for you.   In my early 20s, a coworker suggested that I travel solo. Frankly, I had no clue solo traveling was even a ‘thing.’ I brushed it off and was unwise for not even considering it back then. I felt it wouldn’t be a good fit for me. Who is going to take my photos? Who will I share the fun moments with? As cliché as it may sound, it is the truth: If you wait for others, you’ll…