How to Store Your Bags at the Kiev Train Station

Traveling in Eastern Europe is efficient and cost-effective when you go by train. Unlike in America, where an Amtrak ticket will leave you behind on time and budget, rail travel throughout most of the rest of the world is highly accessible and widely used. If you’ll be traveling in or through Ukraine, chances are you’ll … Read moreHow to Store Your Bags at the Kiev Train Station

Lifestyle Changes for Travel: 3 Habits to Start Now

For many of us, planning to travel extensively often boils down to one thing: money. Especially if you have dreams of backpacking around the world, you probably won’t have a reliable source of income as you travel, and will need to live off of savings. For many of us within the backpacking around the world … Read moreLifestyle Changes for Travel: 3 Habits to Start Now

Sweat, Steam and Ritual at a Russian Banya

Ukrainian culture isn’t all about vodka! …Ok, it’s a big part of it, but when you’re not gathered around a table full of food in a celebratory toast, what is there to do? To answer this question, we took one afternoon to experience a very old part of traditional Russian culture- the banya, or sauna. … Read moreSweat, Steam and Ritual at a Russian Banya

Is it Safe to Go? Ukraine Crisis and Conflict Worldwide

In the fall of 2014, less than a year after the violent protests in Kiev, Ukraine, we went back- to Kiev and to Nikita’s hometown in the central part of the country. [blockquote type=”center”]Were we going to a warzone? [/blockquote] Nikita and his mom, a native Ukrainian who has been back multiple times since she … Read moreIs it Safe to Go? Ukraine Crisis and Conflict Worldwide

Like it Never Happened: Kiev post-Maidan Protests

Fresh off the plane in Kiev, we had over 4 hours to kill and one destination in mind: the site of the 2014 Maidan Protests, Maidan Nezalezhnosti. Independence Square. We caught a cab after dropping our luggage off at the train station. The whole thing was in Russian, and I’d been told not to speak … Read moreLike it Never Happened: Kiev post-Maidan Protests

The San Blas Islands: Panamanian Backpacker Paradise

White sandy beaches, clear waters and coral reefs- some of my favorite things. So of course, I had to go to San Blas. What is San Blas? The San Blas islands are a a tropical archipelago off the Caribbean coast of Panama, within an autonomous region owned and operated entirely by the indigenous Kuna people. … Read moreThe San Blas Islands: Panamanian Backpacker Paradise

Rainforest in the City: Metropolitan Natural Park

Panama City is a huge, densely urban, cosmopolitan city. For the city-going tourist, there’s plenty to do and see, the canal, high end restaurants and shopping and an active nightlife. However, if you find yourself in Panama City craving a bit of nature, the Parque Natural Metropolitan comes highly recommended. The Parque Natural Metropolitan, or … Read moreRainforest in the City: Metropolitan Natural Park

Placindi Recipe – a Ukrainian Take on a Moldovan Pastry

On my last day in Ukraine I got to help out making a family recipe. A big deal considering I wasn’t allowed to lift a finger the entire week, or else I’d get nagged and told to sit down. And was shortly fed thereafter. Good times. Feeling old cravings from being at home after so … Read morePlacindi Recipe – a Ukrainian Take on a Moldovan Pastry

What if I Were Quarantined? Ebola, Air Travel and Food Poisoning

Food poisoning and sickness are a normal part of traveling- especially if you travel long and far enough. While you do your best to avoid questionable food and drink, take the necessary precautions for water and street food depending on where you’re traveling, getting sick to your stomach is almost unavoidable and some might say, … Read moreWhat if I Were Quarantined? Ebola, Air Travel and Food Poisoning

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