A Detailed Guide: Visiting Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

A Detailed Guide: Visiting Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

In the Spring of 2015 I traveled to Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for the first time, and I fell in love with it. Now, while it’s not a place I would want to live for the rest of my life, Santo Domingo does hold a special place in my heart. So special, in fact, that I visited the country again in the Spring of 2016. I went with a student group both times, and together we explored the Zona Colonial, visited scenic nature areas, tested restaurants, and relaxed on the beaches. We also helped volunteer at a local boys orphanage during our stay, which was one of the most beautiful experiences of both trips. Because I have stayed in the same city in the D.R. twice now, I consider myself an “amateur expert” on how to see the best of Santo Domingo, where to stay, and how to interact with the locals. Today, based on my “amateur expertise,” I’m sharing with you a detailed guide to visiting Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  

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Airport Travel Tips For First Time Flyers

Your first time flying is exciting! But it could also be a bit daunting for those of you unfamiliar with airports. So you know where you are flying to, but do you know how to navigate the busy airport? Here’s a detailed list of what to expect, what to prepare, and what to look out for when traveling through an airport. Keep reading, all you first-time flyers!

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20 Adventurous Things To Do in Your 20’s

Your 20’s are all about personal growth, fun adventures, new life experiences, and taking advantage of the opportunities shown to you. In your 20’s, you are young, full of time and energy, and are probably itching for amazing experiences! So here are 20 Adventurous Things To Do in Your 20’s. Keep reading!

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Top Carry-On Bag Essentials (What’s In My Bag)

Packing for a flight requires planning and making sure everything you are bringing is TSA approved. There are a lot of odd regulations to follow, but if you know them ahead of time you can avoid any annoyances at the airport security. Here is everything that I bring with me in my carry-on bag, which I consider to be the top carry-on essentials for flight travel! Keep reading to see what’s on my list!

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5 Mind-Blowing Beautiful Hikes in Colorado

Denver is a growing, bustling city with tasty burger joints, huge outdoor gear stores (the REI is in a massive restored train station), and clean energy initiatives (people walk and bike everywhere —  it’s awesome). But even more special is what lies outside of the city: the mountains! Keep reading to see the amazing views at these 5 mind-blowing beautiful hikes in Colorado.

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8 Best Hiking + Swimming Areas in East Tennessee

I am so fortunate to have grown up in such a lush, green and beautiful part of the south. Being a local Tennessean, I have explored several of the most popular state parks and natural areas, as well as secret hidden gems, around East TN. Practically all I do during my summer days off work is hike and swim across the state. Today, I’m sharing with you a list of my 8 favorite hiking and swimming areas in East Tennessee, so that you too can adventure like a local! Fun Fact: each place listed below is free of charge to enter!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Study Abroad

Studying abroad is one of the best ways for young people to travel (and afford it) nowadays. It is becoming even more affordable now that more colleges are beginning to value study abroad programs more strongly, and some even offer scholarships and financial aid for these programs. Now all you have to do is decide to take advantage of these opportunities. Here’s my 5 reasons why you should study abroad!

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5 Reasons Why You Should Travel While You’re Young

Some of the best advice I have ever received is being told to travel while I’m young–that the best time for me to travel is now while I have the time, freedom, and energy to do so. I have always believed that when you travel, you are growing your understanding of the world and enriching your life in general, which is so important to do while your mind and heart are still open to new things. Traveling in your younger years rather than later is best for many reasons, so here are 5 reasons why you should travel while you’re young!

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3 Great Girl Getaway Ideas On a Budget

Sometimes you just need a vacation, and sometimes you’re short on time and money but just want to go somewhere. I have had my fair share of stir crazy feelings in between my bigger trips, and I have found that the best option is to call up your gal pals, choose a destination, and escape for a few days! Go in groups of 3 to 4 people to help split the cost of gas/campsites/hotel rooms, etc., making your trip more affordable for everyone. For 3 awesome, outdoorsy + adventurous girl trip ideas (on a budget), keep reading!

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Weekend In Charleston, SC: A Budget Travel Guide

Weekend In Charleston: A Budget Travel Guide

When you’re on a budget, sometimes a mini weekend trip is the best way to see that city on your bucket list! Last summer 2015, three of my best friends and I set out on a weekend road trip to Charleston, SC! We had only 2 full days to see the city’s most famous landmarks, and wow we packed a lot in! Here’s a list of the 7 best things to see and do in Charleston on a budget!

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