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Seven of the Best Party Hostels in Central America

New Years Eve is 111 days away. As such, you might be pondering over where to situate yourself during that oh-so-important strike of the clock. Central America’s warmer climes provide the backdrop for some monumental parties with its cool beaches and unsurpassed backpacker scene. I fondly recall when I touched down in Costa Rica for…

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My Travel Bucket List

2011 was the year I first visited Hawaii. It had been a lifelong dream of mine to go to Honolulu. I adored everything I thought it was. I even loved saying it. Ho-no-loo-loo, just rolls off the tongue somehow doesn’t it? It held a mysticism in my thoughts. I had to see it, and I’m so…

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10 Things I Love About Spring

The cherry blossoms are aflutter. And it’s fabulous. The world gets so much more playful. Suddenly, we’re celebrating things like goof off day (March 22), fly a kite day (March 27) and Scrabble day (April 13). Oh and International fun at work day on April 1st is a thing too (and that’s not an April…

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How to Connect with Anyone from Anywhere

Travelling in a place where you don’t speak the language is incredibly challenging. It can darn well even be frightening. Sometimes right on home turf, there may be occasions where you just can’t seem to break through with someone, occasions where having a secret weapon would be nothing short of miraculous. Well, that secret weapon is…

50 Notes on Love & Romance

What’s the very first thing that comes to mind when you think about romance novels? That they’re hyper-sensationalised depictions of utopian fantasies? Enjoyable light reading? What are your thoughts on romance in general? What does it mean to you? Romance to me isn’t getting a card for my birthday. Romance is knowing that I love…

5 Cures for the January Blues

Sure, the Christmas festivities are over; you’ve run out of excuses to wear funny yuletide sweaters, buy party dresses and consume copious amounts of champagne, but January needn’t be your dreaded month. All is not lost. Here are some expert tips to battle the January blues: 1. Have a lie in January 3rd is the…

6 New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is a great time for reflection and hope, a period where we begin to think of ways we can make ours, and the lives of others better. To get 2017 started off right, here are six New Year’s resolutions from me to you. 2017 is looking up! 1. Live life and actually live…

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Barcelona- One City, Ten Beaches

As the name of this blog might suggest, I absolutely adore all things beach. Thus I couldn’t think of a better City than one with TEN beaches for a brief blissful weekend away. Barcelona, Spain’s second largest City is home to 1.6 million residents, 68 parks, a world-class football team, several universities, and did I…

12 Things You Didn’t Know About Hawaii

There are many generally accepted facts about Hawaii: year-round sunshine, deep blue waters, endless beaches, laidback surf culture, rainbows, colourful cocktails and luaus. However, you probably didn’t know that… 1. The Hawaiian alphabet contains only 12 letters and every single word ends in a vowel 2. Hawaiian-born Barack Obama is the only American president not…

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30 Great Beers to Try Around the World

There is nothing quite as gratifying as the very first sip of a nice, cool beverage on a sunny day by the seaside. I have made a habit of trying out local beers whenever I visit somewhere new. Not only is this deliciously fun, but trying out the local brew can be a great memento of your…

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Beautiful Music: Ducktails

I like to begin each morning with a beautiful tune because it just starts the day right. That track today was Letter of Intent by Ducktails. The band is the side project of ex Real Estate Guitarist Matt Mondanile and shares Real Estate’s woozy, hypnotic sun-kissed sound, one which I have become a tad bit…

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10 Ways to be Kinder to Yourself

One of the most prevalent criticisms of mindfulness and self-reflection is that they are inward, self-gratifying egotistic acts which put the needs of the individual above all else. Well, I’ll ask you this, would you dare to get on a plane piloted by someone without a licence? Would you accept travel recommendations from a travel…

50 Mindful Ways to Enjoy Your Life Today

If you knew you were going into a restaurant and would come out of it feeling physically sick, would you still go in and eat there? This is essentially what we are guilty of when we allow negative thoughts to eat away at our fruitful life harvest. Why allow negative thoughts to creep into your…

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Beautiful Music: Surf Rock from Real Estate

I am finding myself absolutely mesmerised by the smooth surf rock sounds of Real Estate. The New Jersey band’s choruses are blissfully tranquil, and remind me of days spent laying on the beach listening to Air and Zero 7. The most appropriate terminology to describe the band would be dreamy, exultant and serene. For carefree daydreaming on a warm,…

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5 Tips to Help You Sleep on Planes

Getting that extra bit of slumber in-flight can mean you’re refreshed and ready to go once you touch down and have more vigour and energy to instantly apply to your adventure/ holiday/ dancing/ discovery. Here are 5 tips to help you sleep on planes and enjoy your time in the air. 1. As far as possible,…

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10 Ways to Make New Friends at the Beach

As they say, the beach is a place where doing absolutely nothing, is something. If you wish to seek out others to do nothing with, there are several surefire tactics to help you get acquainted with your fellow beach bums. Here are 10 of my favourite ways to make new friends at the beach: 1.…