Bocas Del Toro famous with backpackers, surfers, and scuba divers looking for an off beaten path destination that feels like paradise. I never heard of Bocas Del Toro until I arrived in Panama City, Panama and immediately knew I had to go. While Panama City was awesome, I knew I had to get out of the city. I loved the thought of a place where I could get the beach, jungle, and island paradise all in one. While some maybe put off by the 10-hour overnight bus ride, or taking another flight I heard this place was worth every extra minute and cent it took to get there.
Cape Cod is where time stops, and life slows down and you actually can relax on your vacation. The best Cape Cod towns to experience feel like they have stood still in time. I have been going to the “Cape” as locals call it since I was in a little kid perks of growing up in Massachusetts part-time. Maybe I love it for the nostalgic memories, but mainly I love it because the setting of the Cape makes me feel like I am at the center of a Nicholas Sparks novel.
Lately, my world has been spinning at a million miles an hour, so I thought I would go somewhere I could catch my breath. While Cape Cod is New England’s best-known summer escape, I would also recommend it in September for a last-minute getaway before fall really starts in New England.
Originally when I thought of Panama City and Panama, all that came to mind was the Panama Canal. I didn’t expect to find one of the most beautiful countries with the richest biodiversity in the world, amazing beaches, and mouthwatering food. I originally booked a ticket to meet up with a guy that I liked. A friend from Couchsurfing, and thought checking off another country off my list would be a perk. (Learn more about Couchsurfing here!) While things didn’t work out with the guy, I found a new country that I absolutely love with friendly people! Panama is a country that had more than I could see in just the 10 days that I had booked. Suffice to say I will definitely go back one day.
I am a Florida girl and for the longest time it killed me that it felt like Cuba was at my fingertips, but I wasn’t allowed to go. 90 miles off the coast of Florida, less than an hour flight, and a past between our countries that seemed ages ago was holding back cultural exchange between the people of Cuba and the USA. When Obama lifted travel restrictions to Cuba, I rejoiced, but now with a tightening grip hold by Trump Era Regulations it looks like it is getting a lot harder.
Get weird in Austin! Austin, Texas’s unofficial slogan is “Keep Austin Weird”. A slogan coined by a local radio station legend, hippies and old-timers alike used this as a battle cry to fight commercialism and the rapid overdevelopment due to the soaring population from tech giants adopting Austin as a new home.
Heading to Austin I was excited for a city that embraced the unconventional and defended its local businesses and quirks.