What to Do in Oaxaca For First Time Visitors

Wondering what to do in Oaxaca on your first visit? Expert, Susan Ripley of Brooklyn Tropicali, is here to spill all she knows! It’s not very often that you find a travel destination that is jam packed with traditional culture, a variety of high quality artisan work, thousands-of-years-old archaeological sites, beautiful nature, colorful architecture, and some

The Best Waterfalls in Oregon: Your Ultimate Guide

Have you ever been to a place that kept pulling you back? You visit again and again and never get sick of it. It constantly shows you new things, there are new surprises, and you uncover something else you love about it with each visit? One of those places for me is Oregon. I will

How to Spend a Weekend in Buffalo, NY

It may be surprising, but there are actually a lot of wonderful ways to spend a weekend in Buffalo! When I moved to here for my (now ex) partner’s work, I received a lot of snide comments from Americans and Canadians. (People from outside North America didn’t tend to know where it was, so didn’t

8 Incredibly Delicious Places to Eat in DC on a Budget

When I first moved to Washington seven years ago, I was an unpaid intern on a strict budget. Even though I prepped a lot of my meals at home, I still managed to eat out thanks in part because I found a ton of incredibly delicious places to eat in DC on a budget from

Mount of the Holy Cross: 9 Things I Wished I Knew Before Hiking a 14er

Back in August, my husband and I planned a long weekend trip to Colorado to watch our dear friend run the Leadville 100. We had a few extra days to explore the beauty that is the Mountain West and thought why not check off hiking a 14er off our bucket list. Another couple of friends

Mount Pleasant, Vancouver: An Up and Coming Neighborhood You Need to Visit

I find that, despite being a meticulous planner, my favorite travel discoveries are often accidental ones. That’s how I found Mount Pleasant, Vancouver, an up and coming neighborhood south of downtown. Completely by coincidence, my most recent trip to Vancouver overlapped with a family friend’s need of a house sitter. She was jetting off on

Cancun Packing List For Resorts + Ideas on What to Wear

Chances are if you are heading to Cancun on vacation, you are staying at a resort. There are so many cool places to stay and when you save up for your big vacation, you want to take cute pictures in perfect outfits, feel like you are dressed appropriately, and feel comfortable. This Cancun packing list

44 Things to Know About Living in Mexico as an Expat

There are so many articles out there about living in Mexico as an expat and some kind of scare people into not wanting to go or focus just on the cost of living being low - there so much more to know about living in Mexico. In this post, I'm going to share some things