All posts tagged: Travel

Exploring Maui underwater

If water sports are your thing, Maui is the place to do it.  Unlike the Big Island, Maui is a lot more remote and quiet – perfect to reconnect with nature and take in all the beautiful sights the island has to offer. Snorkeling We snorkeled with Four Winds II and it was an incredible experience. Originally we were supposed to sail to the beautiful crescent shapped Molokini Crater to snorkel, but conditions became rough and we had to head towards another part of the island. Which actually was not a disappointment at all because we saw a TON of tropical fish and even a few turtles! It was amazing how close we got to them… and all the beautiful coral that lived under the ocean. Its another world beneath the surface. Four Winds provided all the equipment, served breakfast and lunch and an open bar. Paddleboard/Surfing This was my first time paddle boarding and it was a lot harder than I thought! It’s easy to get knocked off balance by the waves and because we were …

What’s in my Beauty Travel Bag

I’m probably not alone when I say that choosing and packing toiletries and make up is one of the more time consuming parts of packing especially if you have to keep your liquids within 100ml. I have my beauty bag narrowed down to the essentials and I’ve learned a few tips and tricks over the years on maximizing luggage space. Make up The key is to bring multi-purpose products and avoiding things that spill or require brushes to apply. Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer – You probably will not need or want a full face of make up when you are traveling. This compact concealer is the perfect tool to address the bare essentials – hiding dark circles and redness/blemishes. It’s super pigmented and blends very easily with your fingers. It’s also small enough to fit in your purse or clutch for touch ups throughout the day. Dollywink Eyeliner and Fairydrops Mascara – Opt for waterproof options as they have longer staying power and stays put if you are going to a beach or waterpark. For a night …

Los Angeles: Santa Monica Beach, Mexican Food and Rooftop Lounging

Day 2 of Los Angeles and it was time to hit the beaches!  We went to Santa Monica beach which was swarming with both tourists and locals looking to catch some rays and fun in the sun. Seems strange to find rows of crosses on a beach but they are placed there in memory of the American soldiers that died in the Iraq war.  Pretty deep for a place people usually go to sun tan. One of the key features that makes Santa Monica unique is the outdoor gymnasium/work out equipment.  You see people doing some crazy athletic poses and moves and its pretty entertaining to watch them perform. Near the beach there are streets conveniently lined with shops and restaurants.  We stopped by Border Grill for some dinner.  The Mexican food is supposed to be very good in California because of the large Spanish community.  The chips are fried in house with a fresh guacamole and the ceviche with crispy plantain was bursting with flavor and my favorite dish. Their Baja Fish Tacos served with three …

Rome: Colosseum, Trevi Fountain, Spanish Steps, Roman Forum

We came from the all time high of our Tuscany tour to the bustling and crowded city of Rome.  As much as I don’t want to kick off our 4 day adventure in Rome on a negative note, I have to admit I wasn’t too thrilled about smoggy air, hoards of evident tourists, and dusty streets.  This should not be surprising as Rome is a hot spot for both vacationers and business.  Aside from our impressions of the city, the second thing on our mind was food and at this point I was already a little sick of pizza but it literally is the most readily available street food.  We grabbed a slice for dinner and retired early to get ready for a jam packed day of sightseeing the next morning.   We stayed at Gaius Roma B&B and I make a point of mentioning this because the owners of the place are an old married couple and they are honestly the NICEST people I have come across.  They are so polite and genuine and they …

Backpacking 101

In about a week I will be departing the safe confines of my temporary San Francisco home and venturing across Europe.  Along with my travel partner, we’ve been preparing months in advance, making sure we hit every city on our bucket list and getting the most out of our month long journey.  I know a lot of you guys will be doing your fair share of travelling this summer so I thought I’d share some of the best tips I’ve come across in preparation. Cell phones: Don’t fall into the “international packages” trap.  Forget about your local service provider, you’re WAY better off getting an unlocked phone and buying a SIM card and plan from one of the local carriers.  There is supposedly countless kiosks scattered across major European cities that will gladly sell you a cheap SIM card.  I’ve done some research and found that Vodafone offers the best service in terms of coverage and quality.  Bell Canada’s best offer for a European plan was $50/month for 50 sent texts, 50 minutesm 25MB of data.  Vodafone …