Looking to plan a transformative travel experience of your own? After traveling to more than 30 countries on six continents, I’ve put together resources on planning and packing.
Meaningful travel experiences don’t have to be expensive, and transformative travel often means going it alone, so I’ve also included my specific tips for budget travel and solo travel.
Got a specific place in mind? Check out my trip itineraries below, or visit the Destinations page for more information about other countries and regions.
During my recent visit to Puerto Rico, I came up empty when trying to research a great walking route around Old San Juan. The same landmarks were mentioned in everything I read, but there was no mention of how to navigate between them.
Old San Juan really isn’t that big, and we found ourselves wandering around in circles. Based on that experience, I’ve put together what I think is the perfect walking tour of Old San Juan.
If you have all day, this will fill the whole thing nicely. However, you can easily cut one of the forts out or forgo the last part of the itinerary if you have only half a day to spend.
1) Grab breakfast in Old San Juan
I recommend Waffle-Era. Their waffles are to die for, and it’s a great location to start your day. After breakfast, walk a few steps down to the small park at the end of the street for some spectacular views!
Today I’m getting back to my travelin’ and work abroad ways. I’m spending the summer in Fiji working as a Global Communications Coordinator for Rustic Pathways.
I’m not sure how much updating I’ll be able to do while I’m on the ground, but you can follow along with my adventures creating future global citizens on Instagram at @rusticrachael!
An African safari is a dream for most travelers, a bucket list item almost everyone hopes to do some day. I’ve had safari dreams for as long as I can remember, but I always imagined it would be something I wouldn’t get to do until much later in life.
Lucky for me, the opportunity came much earlier (basically because I have an awesome dad!). The park, Zulu Nyala Safari Park, and even the region of South Africa (near Hluhluwe in KwaZulu-Natal) doesn’t have the largest wealth of information about it on the internet, so I was apprehensive that the animals would be very hard to spot or far away. Thankfully, this was not the case at all.
Our safari was, in a word, incredible! We enjoyed five days of pure safari bliss, and every single day was amazing. Without further ado, here are some of our safari highlights. (more…)
When I was in South Africa I witnessed a lot of animal lovin’. Some if it was not quite appropriate to share here… but some of it was cute!
So whether you’re spending your Valentine’s Day cuddling up with a backpack, a book, or another human being you care about… enjoy some cute and cuddly African wildlife!
The first thing we saw on our first day on safari at Zulu Nyala… nuzzling zebras!
…Loving giraffes (more…)
So you’ve got three days to spend in South Africa and you’re at a loss of what to do. My first and most important secret tip: spend more than three days! If there is any possible way to do that, do it.
Planning to have an extra day in Jo’burg or Durban? I may get flack for it, but cut that day and add it to Cape Town! There is SO much to do in this incredible town, three days just isn’t enough.
That being said, I get it, sometimes three days is all you have… And it’s better than two! I myself was guilty of allocating only a trio of days to the lovely Cape Town, and while I left feeling I had just scratched the surface, I certainly didn’t leave disappointed so I dare say my itinerary is one worth following if you are looking to build a three-day itinerary. (more…)
Cape Peninsula is a must do if you have more than a day or two to spend in Cape Town.
During my three-day visit to Cape Town, we felt it would be easier to hop on a day tour since we were strapped for time and hadn’t had as much time to plan ahead as we’d have liked. The day tour — which we took with Cape to Addo — was fine, but we felt rushed and wished we could have spent more time in certain places than we were able. We also would have liked to have been able to stop off at different places and maybe not stop off at others. We wished we could have had more flexibility. (more…)